Badgemore Wins New Mayor’s Cup at Great School Run

Both children and parents tackled the Great School Run steep course on Sunday morning at Stonor Park in the sunshine with Badgemore School being the winner of the new Mayor’s cup.

The cup was presented to Badgemore School by Henley Mayor, Councillor Michelle Thomas. It was awarded to Badgemore School for the most number of entrants relative to the number of pupils at the school.  The cup was paid for by Henley Town Council.

The race was organised Education Henley and over 200 entries from children as young as 3 entered races.  It is now the finale event of the schools cross country season. There were different distances for age of children with Nursery and Reception children ran 340m, Years 1 and 2 ran 780m, Years 3 and 4 ran 940m, and Years 5 and above ran 1850m. Each route took them up a steep hill at the start which quickly spread out the fitest runners.  There were some nervous runners beforehand however there were big smiles on faces when they finished.

All the runners were presented with a finishers’ certificate.  Nick Armitage, Headteacher at Rupert House and Henley Mayor, Councillor Michelle Thomas presented the top 3 place medals.

Nick Armitage said, “We were delighted that so many children and parents were keen to take part in the run, with 42 schools in the area represented. Most importantly, all those who took part seemed to enjoy doing so, and the biggest cheers were often saved for the last-placed finishers. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to help, to Birte Hayes, who planned and organised the whole event and to the Stonor family for so generously hosting the run. We hope to see everyone back again next year!”

Michelle added, “We’re here in such beautiful surroundings but the course is really hard uphill.  It’s not just a steep hill, it’s a gradual hill which I think is even worse.  It is good to see so many children here from lots of schools. It’s for all ages and what I think was really good was that there was a Mums and Dads race so the kids could cheer on their own parents as well which I think is really good and getting them into the competitive spirit. It was lovely to see the nursery aged children run too. The early ages of a child’s development is really important so if they are going to discover a love of sport early on why not bring them down here and see if they are good at it.

The run was raising money for Sue Ryder from entrants’ donations and a sweet stall at the event and raised almost £500.

The top 3 places for each race are listed below:

Female adults:

1 – Birte Hayes
2 – Gilly Meek
3 – Freya Randall  – Year 9 Great Marlow School

Male Adults:

1 – Jay Patel
2 – Tom Sturgess
3 – Richard Ellera

Nursery Boys:

1 – Joshua Cima – St Andrew’s Pre-School
2 – Jack Friend – Harpsden Woodland Pre-School
3 – Harrison Barr – Rupert House School

Nursery Girls:

1 – Milly-May Pontin – Rupert House School
2 – Victoria Vernon – Rupert House School
3 – Madeleine Soles – Highmoor Nursery

Reception Boys:

1 – Monty Ellera – Valley Road Primary School
2 – Austin Atherton – The Heights Primary School
3 – Cedric Reed – The Heights Primary School

Reception Girls:

1 – Evelyn Harris – Rupert House School
2 – Annika Bromley – Trinity C o E Primary School
3 – Primrose Lefroy – Sonning Common Primary School

Year 1 Boys:

1 – Joey Quinn – Oratory Prep School
2 – Wilf Goodson – Kidmore End CE Primary School
3 – Finley Stowell – Trinity C o E Primary School

Year 1 Girls:

1 – Phoebe Soles – Nettlebed Community School
2 – Freya Hamond – Kidmore End CE Primary School
3 – Alice O’Brien –  Trinity C o E Primary School

Year 2 Boys:

1 – Harry Oliver – Benson C o E School
2 – William Ellera – Valley Road Primary School
3 – Finn Costa – Nettlebed Community School

Year 2 Girls:

1 – Grace Hollins – The Manor Prep School
2 – Sophie Longden – Oratory Prep School
3 – Isabelle Bromley – Trinity C o E Primary School

Year 3 Boys:

1 – Frank O’Brien – Trinity C o E Primary School
2 – Thomas Mills – The Heights Primary School
3 – Miles Taylor – Shiplake CE Primary School

Year 3 Girls:

1 – Teddy Molnar – Rupert House School
2 – Aurelia Mills – The Heights Primary School
3 – Lotte Groh – Rupert House School

Year 4 Boys:

1 – Ambrose Paviour – Kidmore End CE Primary School
2 – Lucas Robinson – Moulsford Prep School
3 – Toby Coulson – Westende Junior School

Year 4 Girls:

1 – Jemima Watson – Rupert House School
2 – Eloise Wouters – Rupert House School
3 – Alice Vernon – Rupert House School

Year 5 Boys:

1 – William Bryant – Moulsford Prep School
2 – Raph Odlin – Caversham Prep School
3 – Thomas Lindsay – Cranford House School

Year 5 Girls:

1 – Freya Hodgkins – Rupert House School
2 – Amy Londen – Oratory Prep School
3 – Matilda Groh – Rupert House School

Year 6 Boys:

1 – Henry Mclean – Trinity C o E Primary School
2 – Irving Paviour – Kidmore End CE Primary School
3 – William Hooker – Goring C of E Primary School

Year 6 Girls:

1 – Piper Seddon – Rupert House School


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