A totalL of 226 youngsters from 39 schools competed at the opening round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series.
Organisers West Cheshire were delighted with the turnout for the popular fixture, which is part of a four-round competition held at the Stanney Oaks track.
The event was open to primary and secondary schools pupils within the Chester, Ellesmere Port, Neston and Helsby area.
Tamsin O’Keefe and Jac Goodall secured a double success story for Christleton by clinching victories in the Year 6 girls and Year 8 boys races respectively.
Christleton Primary pupil O’Keefe clocked a winning time of five minutes to finish 14 seconds clear of runner-up Anna Crayston (Tarporley), while Meadow’s Hollie Jones was third in 5:34.
Christleton High student Goodall posted a winning time of 11:07, ahead of second-placed Rory Willson (Tarporley) who clocked 11:58, and third-placed Patrick Tate (Christleton) in 12:34.
Hannah Duffy and Zak Dean celebrated success for Helsby Hillside in the Year 3 girls and boys races respectively.
Duffy won with a time of 3:39, an identical time clocked by runner-up Jessica Henessey (Newton), while Acresfield’s Jessica Leatch finished third in 3:42.
Dean posted a winning time of 3:19, just two seconds clear of second- placed Charlie McMullan (Tarvin) and Tarporley’s Harry Bugg in third spot.
Rebecca Kenworthy (Tarporley Primary) and Issy Clarke (Tarporley High) won the Year 4 and Year 8 girls races respectively.
Kenworthy clocked 3:23, just one second in front of runner-up Imogen Pughe and third-placed Lara Battersby, who represented Childer Thornton.
Joe Carroll (Millview) celebrated success in the Year 4 boys race with a time of 3:01, the same as runner-up Henry Robinson (Waverton), while Millview’s William Sutcliffe was third in 3:08.
Lottie Wood (5:40) and Jessica Wood (5:44) from Kingsley finished first and second in the Year 5 girls race, ahead of Tarporley’s Izzy Heath in third spot with 5:47.
Saighton’s Isaac Tait won the Year 5 boys race in 5:09, ahead of runner-up Jake Baker-Humphries (Eaton) in 5:25 and third-placed Lewis Gray (Eaton) in 5:32.
Harvey Tegg, of Childer Thornton, won the Year 6 boys race in 4:53, from Tarporley’s Max Ross (4:56) in second place and Charlie Potts (Helsby Hillside) who was third in 5:00.
Georgia Bell (Whitby High) claimed success in the Year 7 girls race with 9:21, five seconds ahead of runner-up Lilly Moorhouse (Tarporley), while Harriet Belderbos (Neston) was third in 9:29.
Morgan Gray, from Abbey Gate, was victorious in the Year 7 boys race in 8:55, the same time as runner-up Josh Phillips (Wirral Grammar), while Whitby’s Ethan Fiddler was third in 9:01.