The main term for cross-country at Elstree is the Lent Term and it includes various events and fixtures. We have a beautiful course marked out for juniors (1km), intermediates (2km) and seniors (3.5km) which runs through woodland, pasture-land, over undulating hills and a small river.

The biggest event of the year is the eagerly awaited House cross-country competition in which every child competes and their position counts towards their House. There is a tremendous atmosphere and a healthy rivalry between the four Houses spurred on by the four Housemasters. Those who are more confident compete in fixtures against other schools including the annual Eddelstone Trophy, the Ludgrove Relays and, in recent years, the fixture at Chandlings which is open to even the youngest in the school. The Head of Sport organises training sessions once a week for the team, and in addition to this some pupils have cross-country as part of their games time-table.

We see cross-country as a valuable sport for instilling self-discipline, endurance and resilience in our young children as well as it being good training for any sport. It is also unique inasmuch as girls and boys can not only compete against others, but also against themselves and each child will have a personal best time recorded at the start of the term for him to try and beat as the term ensues.

Chris Schuman

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