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Aryan Dsouza from Ngatea leads the pack during the 11 year olds’ race. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER

Sunshine and mud

The Thames Valley Cross Country group day took place at Mangatarata on August 29. Kids from across the region maneuvered through the ridges and valleys on their quest to reach the finish line. While the terrain was challenging, the students, ranging in age from eight to twelve, had a blast both running and cheering on their teammates. ALICE PARMINTER stopped by to watch. 

Ngatea Primary School kids watch from the hillside. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Connor Perry, left, and Rai Kaye from Hikutaia School representing the Ohinemuri Cluster. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Georgia Court, 10, from Parawai School heads for the finish line. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Ten year old Dezyhl Duncan, Rowan Nielsen and Damon Clegg from Waitakaruru School take a moment to recover after they finish out their race. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
The kids from Te Puru School enjoy the sunshine as they finish out their races. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER