Silverstream School's Thomas Andrews (10), Lucy Cowie (9), Shyah Beattie (9) and Danni Thomson (9) in training. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Silverstream School pupils are on their marks and set to go
for the Taieri school sports cross-country event next week.
Event co-ordinator Angela Hawthorne said pupils at Elmgrove,
Silverstream and East Taieri schools had been training for
the past several weeks for the event, which would be held at
Tirohanga Camp, Wyllies Crossing, on Tuesday at 1pm.
Mrs Hawthorne said up to 350 pupils from the three Taieri
primary schools would compete.
The event would be broken into three age groups and
These were year 4 (1km), year 5 (1.5km) and year 6 (2km).
The young runners would be expected to run, walk and
sometimes scramble along a pre-determined circuit through
farmland that had ''some pretty major hills, lots of mud and
''Tirohanga is very challenging for the kids, and it's a
really competitive event,'' Mrs Hawthorne said.
The top 10 runners in each age group will be selected to
represent the Taieri at the Otago cross-country at Kaikorai
Valley College on September 5.
''We have never been lucky enough to have a pupil get a top
place in the Otago cross-country.
''Here's hoping this year will be different.''
• If weather prevents the event from going ahead on Tuesday,
it will be postponed until Thursday, August 14.