A RECORD number of over 200 runners descended on Colfox Academy for the first primary crosscountry event of the year.

In the first race Year 3 boys competed in the same race as girls with the team comprising of two boys and two girls. As always the race was very fast, seeing six runners break away from the rest of the field.

With 400m to go Tilly-Lu Winters-O'Brien broke away from a group of boys and stormed to victory in a record time.

With three runners in the top three, St Catherine's took first place, closely followed by Parrett and Axe in second and Salway Ash third.

Girls from Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the second race and it was always going to be a close race based on results from last year. Colmer's winner, Maisie Macdonald, led from the front and with 300m was looking strong to make it two wins from two races. However, last year's runner-up, Anna Scarborough (Parrett and Axe) had other ideas and with 200m remaining she took to the front and never looked back.

Maisie Pitcher also went one place better than last year finishing second, just ahead of Macdonald.

St Catherine's took first place in the team event, three points ahead of Bridport Primary with Salway Ash in third. Bridport Primary took the B Team trophy.

The final race involved a record number of boys and St Catherine's were looking to make it three from three.

St Catherine's duo Jack March and Archie Elliot paced the race superbly, taking to the front at the midway point and never looking back.

Ryan Butt of Bridport Primary chased hard to finish in third and he was followed by the chasing pack, all looking to secure points for their team.

Mirroring the previous race, St Catherine's took first, Bridport Primary second and Salway Ash third with Bridport Primary winning the B team trophy.

The next race takes place at Beaminster School on Tuesday, February 12.