YOUNG runners from numerous south Essex primary schools competed in the popular Hobbs Cross Country race.

Hosted by Southend’s Alleyn Court Prep School, more than 230 pupils competed from schools including Plumberow Primary School, Holt Farm Junior School, Great Wakering Primary School and Bournemouth Park Primary School in bright and sunny conditions.

Hugo Fryatt, Charlie Burzotta, Niamh Staunton, Bella Knight and Grace Witt took part from Alleyn Court and it proved to be a successful day for the school.

The four Year 3 and Year 4 races were all won by Alleyn Court with numerous impressive performances.

And the four Year 5 and Year 6 races were all won by Plumberow.

It was the Hockley school, based in Hamilton Gardens, who claimed the overall title.

Noel Smith, the director of sport & activities at Alleyn Court, said it was a great day all around.

“It was a perfect morning for running and the children all did themselves and their schools proud,” he said.

“There really was some fantastic talent and sportsmanship on show and it was lovely to see all the pupils running, with smiles on their faces.”

Smith added the new additions to the well-attended event were also important contributors at the Hobbs Cross Country.

He added: “The event ran really smoothly and it was especially great to welcome two new schools to Alleyn Court this year, with Great Wakering and Holt Farm taking part.”