Pupils from Hull's Wold Academy compete for the annual David Ross Education Trust Cross Country Cup

Over 230 runners from across the David Ross Education Trust’s primary and secondary schools came together to compete for the annual 2018 Cross Country Cup, with thanks to the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund.

Competitors included pupils from Daventry’s Abbey CE Academy, Tattershall’s Barnes Wallis Academy, London’s Bobby Moore Academy, Northampton’s Cedar Road Primary School and Malcolm Arnold Academy, Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy, Loughborough’s Charnwood College, Kettering’s Greenfields Primary School, Grimsby’s Fairfield AcademyHavelock Academy and Humberston Academy, Spilsby’s King Edward VI Academy, Corby’s Lodge Park Academy, Lincolnshire’s Skegness Grammar School, Kirton’s Thomas Middlecott Academy and Hull’s Wold Academy, who were put through their paces in the hope of their academy securing the top spot. 

Several races took place throughout the day in order to find the individual frontrunners, and each team’s points were added together to confirm the winning academies. 

World, European and Commonwealth medallist, Jenny Meadows, was on hand to show her support and motivate students during their races. She said: “The event was really professional and I loved being part of it. The students really are exemplary and their attitudes are first class.”

Following tense competition, students from Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Academy were crowned the Secondary Cross Country Cup Champions. Grimsby’s Humberston Academy took home silver, and Corby’s Lodge Park Academy claimed third place.

Meanwhile, Northampton’s Cedar Road Primary School was named winner of the Primary Cross Country Cup, with Kettering’s Greenfields Primary School in second place, and Grimsby’s Fairfield Academy securing bronze. 


The annual Cross Country Cup is just one of many highlights within the Trust’s pioneering sports and enrichment programme that aims to motivate young people to be the best they can be, and allows sports enthusiasts to progress and compete against others, whilst developing many important life skills along the way. 

Alice Page, Sports Enrichment Coordinator at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “This was a tough course for our students, and they showed real grit and determination during their races. They have worked tirelessly in order to prepare for this event, and it was fantastic to see all of their hard work pay off.   

“Our Trust-wide sporting events are a great way to encourage our students to strive for success and be the best they can be. We are so thankful for the support of the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund, which allows us to hold these incredible competitions for our students.”

The David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund is used to create thousands of incredible opportunities for the Trust’s 12,000 students, helping them to develop their passions and discover their talents.


If you would like to find out how you or your organisation can support the Inspiration Fund, please contact Geoff Sweeney, Head of Fundraising at the David Ross Education Trust by emailing GSweeney@dret.co.uk

You can also make a donation to the Trust’s Inspiration Fund JustGiving page, where all proceeds are used to create outstanding opportunities for its 12,000 students.