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‘Future Olympians’ in big race to victory

12 October, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

The chase to the finishing line gets underway

RACERS from Brookfield School in Highgate were proudly partying in the park after they retained their cross-country crown.

Almost 1,500 pupils from 26 primaries packed out Parliament Hill Fields when they took part in the Cross-Country Championships recently, which were hosted by the Camden Schools Sports Association (CSSA) in partnership with Camden Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Service.

In the end, it was the boys and girls from Brookfield in Chester Road celebrating for the second year in a row as they finished ahead of runners-up Christ Church in Hampstead and Gospel Oak, who took third place.

Victory cheers from champions Brookfield

Special guest Camden mayor Councillor Richard Cotton was full of praise for the competition as he turned up to hand out medals and cheer the young athletes on.

“It was inspiring to see so many primary school kids enjoying a healthy cross-country run on Parliament Hill, each hoping to win but all supporting each other,” said Cllr Cotton.

“Just watching it made me feel breathless!

“Congratulations to the organisers, to the Highgate Harriers, to all the proud teachers and parents and, above all, to our wonderful young people – the Olympians of the future.”

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