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Another hectic, atmospheric Cross Country event saw over 300 students from northern area schools race, taking our Cross Country participants for the week close to the 700 mark!
The competition saw competitiors, staff and supporters from 16 schools descend on Alfreton Park for four races across two age groups with every student giving their all for their team!
Races for Y3/4 and Y5/6 for both girls and boys were staged with over 80 runners in each across two different courses, Y3/4's running 850m and Y5/6 completing a 1200m course

The first of two Cross Country events in 2016/17 for southern area schools saw over 350 young people run the course!
14 schools brought their best runners along to compete in four races for boys and girls in Y3/4 and Y5/6
The course for Y3/4 students measured 850m with the Y5/6's being challenged to run 1300m 
Some amazing determintation, perseverance and talent was shown by students from every single school
Each race rewarded the top 3 runners individually with every athlete trying to finish as high as possible to gain points for their team

After an incredibly high standard of competition at Tuesday night's High 5 Netball competition at Heanor Leisure Centre it was Loscoe Primary who once again came out on top
Loscoe will progress to the borough finals in May after a dominant performance to overcome Mundy Junior, Breadsall Primary and Codnor Primary
All four teams had clearly been practising hard with everyone well drilled in both the game play and rotations system

Ripley Academy hosted six teams in the first of two rounds of KS3 Girls Football fixtures with students from Y7, Y8 and Y9 competing to win points for their team and position themselves well for the second round in May
There were some really close games and fantastic team and individual performances from players in every team, there were games in which the goalkeepers and defenders excelled themselves and others where attacking play came out on top which was fantastic to see!

Ten school teams competed in Monday's Belper and Duffield cluster High 5 Netball events all fighting for the right to represent their schools in the Amber Valley Borough finals
Two venues were running simultaneously with teams expected to rotate their players to ensure each one had the oppotunity to play in different positions
The standard of netball was outstanding throughout with some incredibly close games and fantastic performances