SUNSHINE fell on Colfox Academy for the final crosscountry event of the year as several schools tasted success.

After two races the final event consisted of a mixed team relay for children in Years 4 to 6.

In the Year 3 and 4 event St Catherine’s versus Parrett and Axe was always likely to be a hot contest and so it proved with Parrett and Axe’s A team taking an early lead only to be pegged back on the final leg.

St Catherine’s eventually took first place with Parrett and Axe B in third the latter taking the B team trophy after an incredibly impressive display.

In the Year 5 and 6 race the order changed several times which made for an exciting event.

Parrett and Axe took an early lead on leg one before Bridport Primary took over and were then pursued by Salway Ash and Thorners.

Bridport hung on to take first place with Thorners in second and Salway Ash in third, with Ash’s B team taking the B team trophy.

Ashley Chant from sponsors CHG Southwest was on hand to present the trophies.

Meanwhile, Castle Court hosted their first cross country event for Year 4 runners with a trophy for the lowest combined score for boys and girls.

Parrett and Axe took a squad of 12 runners to the event held in beautiful grounds. In the boys’ race Harry Kemp was first home for Parrett and Axe in second place with Finlay David in third place. All five Parrett and Axe runners finished in the top 10 and they finished with a score of 16.

Anna Wheeler finished in first place for the girls, closely followed by Isabella Mesthrige in third place. The girls ended up with a team score of 12 points giving a combined score of 28 points, low enough to be crowned the first ever champions of this trophy.

Elsewhere, Colfox’s junior boys extended their stunning winning streak to nine races unbeaten with victory in the Clayesmore relay.

Star of the show was Jonny Styrin, who broke the individual course record.

The boys completed the course in 35:56, four minutes ahead of second-placed Millfield, taking their record set in 2009.

The four Colfox Year 8 runners also all figured in the top five individual lap times.

In the relays, teams are made up of four runners and all teams run at the same time. Colfox’s Year 7 girls ran incredibly well finishing fifth overall and Maisie Macdonald was the third fastest individual.

Colfox’s Year 7 boys finished sixth with Archie Elliott the sixth-fastest individual, while the Year 8 girls finished eighth with Maddie Simonds the first Colfox runner back.