CHILDREN from primary schools across Thornbury have taken part in a sporting event held at the local secondary school.

The Castle School in Thornbury hosted a cross country event on their playing field, and was greeted with huge enthusiasm by pupils taking part despite getting off to a damp start.

St Mary's Primary, Oldbury-on-Severn Primary, Christ the King Primary, Manorbrook Primary, and Crossways Junior School all entered pupils from Years 5 and 6.

Two races took place - one for each of the Year 5 and Year 6 entrants and medals were awarded to the top three runners in each event with Crossways, the school which scored most highly overall, earning the highly-coveted Castle School Events Cup.

Joe Docherty, head teacher at The Castle School, said: “Huge thanks are due to our sports leaders - Beth Elderton, Joe Edwards, Louis Bloodworth, Adam Jackson, Mitch Sewell, and Catalin Adronik – and to the many others from across the year groups who helped with preparations for and running of the event, including race marshals, those who provided support to runners at the finish line and our house captains for helping with results.

“I’d also like to thank Year 10 students Yareni Jacobs and Amy Hewitt who photographed the event, Alice Goodman – also Year 10 - who created certificates for the winners and Ruby Erylis-Fellows in Year 7 who was responsible for making signs for the day.

“I think we can safely say the event was a great success. It was lovely to welcome the runners from Years 5 and 6 to our school and we look forward to the next such occasion.”

The Castle School is part of the Castle School Education Trust (CSET), which also includes Marlwood School, Mangotsfield School, Downend School, Charfield Primary School, Lyde Green Primary School and Severn Beach Primary School.