HUNDREDS of plucky children battled through a mass of thick mud and the cold temperatures as they took part in a school cross country event.
Around 250 children from five primary schools across Hartlepool took to the line for the races at a freezing Summerhill outdoor recreational park.
Children from Year 4 to Year 6 from Sacred Heart Primary School, St Teresa’s RC Primary School, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, St John Vianney RC Primary School and St Bega’s RC Primary School all swapped the warmth of their classrooms for the muddy and soaking course on Friday.
The six races were part of the English Martyrs-cluster event and the top eight in all of the races qualified for the town-wide championships against the best from the other secondary school clusters in Hartlepool next month.
Chris Glynn, a PE teacher at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College who organised the event, said: “We do this every year but this is the best turnout we’ve ever had.
“It was cold and the course was wet and muddy, but the kids were brilliant so well done to everyone who took part.”