It was a Tuesday like no other besides the fact we had cross country that day. Everyone turned up at around 8:50 and ready to walk to cross country. The cross country was held at the Burrendah field. Though the weather was a bit of a put down, but we were lucky as the weather had calmed down so we could then walk to Burrendah.
It was cold and windy and the ground was wet as we were about to leave from Oberthur. Our school travelled in a big long pack while we were walking.
It took about 15 minutes to get to Southlands shopping centre. Burrendah was now right across the road. I saw the cones for where the track was. Wow it was so much bigger than what Mr Jay announced.
The distance the year fives and lower had to run was 1.5 kilometers or 1500 meters. The year six’s had to run 2 kilometers or 2000 meters and than the year sevens had to run a long, 2.5 kilometers or 2500 meters. Though it sounds easy huh?
Well it wasn’t.
The year 5 girls went first, the year five boys were next, year 4’s went next, year 3’s than to the year 6’s and 7’s. Luckily the weather wasn’t too bad to run it though it was cold and windy.
Everyone glared over to the start of the track were the year 5 girls were ready to run. I perched myself besides the finish line of like the others had done. The excitement rose as the whistle blew the girls ran at fast speeds over-taking one-another. Finally the gap of the girls occurred and now you could clearly see what position the girls were in.
The leader (winner) of the pack came around the corner with a red, puffed out face. She jogged for a little while until she had reached the the far side of the soccer goals, that’s when her pace rose furiously. People had been instructed and recommended to go faster near the far side of the soccer goals.
The cheering engaged rapidly when the leader of the girls pack was about 10 meters away from the finish line.
As she finished I shivered in a cold way and a nerve-racking way. I slowly walked over to the starting line while the race was still going. I noticed the two cones on each side of the starting point.
I lined up with the other students ready to start, before you know it the whistle blew. I sprinted for the first 50 meters then got into a fast jog for about 400 meters. Around the corner near the football goals my stamina plummeted. Still winning I slowed down my pace completely.
I jogged up until the point were Mrs Taylor and Mr Jay announced my opponent was 10 seconds behind which I think was an exaggeration as after I gained speed and went around the swamp I couldn’t help myself but to look behind. My opponent hadn’t even got to Mrs Taylor and Mr Jay yet so I steadied down my pace.
As I reached the end of the soccer goals yet again I started to sprint
I was close to the end still with my sprinting pace.
I ran over the line and looked back. The student in second place was still near the swamp and just coming to the soccer goals. He also had a fast pace for the 100 meters in between and came rushing through the finish line.
My raced had now finished and the year 4’s race was on now. I though was not paying so much attention to these events as I was in the warm change room talking with my friends. Although I do know the winners of each of the year 4 and 5’s.
Year 5 Girls: Ashlee C
Year 5 Boys: James M (me)
Year 4 Girls: Emily B
Year 4 Boys: Eric J
The year 5 and under went to line up in year order. We were doing this to go to get lunch. Once the teachers had counted all the seated students.
We started to start walking. The big packs of students slowed down at the side of the road, we waited for a few cars to go past than we crossed the road. Our pack was in front of McDonalds now and that’s when we split up to go to the lunch area we wanted to go to. I went to Subway with my friends.
We just finished eating and headed for McDonalds to pick up most of the other students.
Once they had been picked up we started to walk back to school.
I would like to have a big thanks Mr Jay for organizing the occasion and training us for the event, I would also like to thanks Mrs Taylor for training us for the run and to Ron (our school gardener) for putting the cones out for the run.
by James M