Cross country stars

Rosie Taylor, Hollie Winstanley and Farron O'Higgins of Holy Family School, Warton
Rosie Taylor, Hollie Winstanley and Farron O'Higgins of Holy Family School, Warton
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More than 100 schoolchildren are expected to descend on a Fylde park for a special series of cross country races.

Lytham’s Queen Elizabeth II Park View Playing Fields, also known as Park View, will play host to the Fylde Primary Schools Cross Country races next month.

The hugely-successful event, which is organised by Lytham St Annes Road Runners Club, was staged last year for the first time and featured three young athletes from Holy Family Primary School in Warton.

Year 6 runners Hollie Winstanley, Rosie Taylor, and Farron O’Higgins enjoyed the experience so much they immediately joined up with Lytham St Annes Road Runners Club and are now regulars at the club’s training sessions, competing in numerous cross country and track and field competitions.

Hollie said: “Last year I took part in the Fylde Primary School Cross Country race at Park View in Lytham.

“This was my first experience at cross country running and I really enjoyed it. I then decided to join the junior section of Lytham Road Runners.

“In the summer I started to enter track events at Blackpool Stanley Park , then this winter I have competed in cross country races all over Lancashire. Cross country running is my favourite.

“But most importantly I really enjoy training and competing. I couldn’t have been as successful as I have been if it wasn’t for my coach Tony, he has helped me all through my training.”

Race organiser Tony Croft added: “The 2013 event was well received by the local Primary Schools and it provided a unique opportunity for the local children to engage in a cross country race”

The races, which will be held on March 2 with Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils allowed to take part.

Parents can enter their children online at or using an entry form which has been distributed to most schools.

Thanks to sponsorship from Helical Technology and Fylde Council this year’s event will again be free to enter and all runners will receive a memento medal.