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    Saint Ignatius College House Cross Country Carnival

    Article by Mr Andrew Philp

    2018 Saint Ignatius College House Cross Country Carnival

    Thursday 26th April 1.30pm

    Time: Normal Timetable. Lunch finishes at 1.15pm and all students assemble in their respective House areas on the oval for official opening ceremony and competition briefing. First race will begin at 1.30pm.

    Age Groups: 13 Years (Born 2005, 2006) - 14 Years (Born 2004) - 15 Years (Born 2003) - 16 Years (Born 2002) - OPEN (Born 2001, 2000, 1999)

    Uniform: Normal PE uniform is to be worn by all students for the whole day. Students are encouraged to wear a running t-shirt during their race that matches their House colour. A number of different singlets and bibs will be available at the start line.

    Participation: Attendance is compulsory. Absentees (non-runners) will be checked. It is expected that ALL students participate. Cross Country Day is about participation and having fun. Not everyone will be able to complete the whole course running but everyone can have a go! An absence will be treated with the same penalty as missing a class. Your ‘House’ will more likely take out the carnival if you have more runners competing than other Houses!

    Points for your House: All students who compete will earn points for their respective Houses. ‘Top 10’ finishing students for each age group will earn maximum points.

    Age Champions & School Champion: Age Champion Medals (male & female) will be awarded to students who win their respective age groups.

    Asthma Medication: Students with asthma should have their personal reliever medication with them when they run.

    Drink Stations: There will be two drink stations on course. Students wishing to utilise these drink stations will need to bring their own personal drink bottle to fill while they are running/walking.

    The Course: The course starts on our main oval. After 150m runners will head up Gillies Road, cross Anderson Road and then head towards the Drysdale Pony Club. For about 300m runners will need to jump over a number of obstacles before heading out on the new Lake Lorne running track which passes the iconic Drysdale Train station. Runners will then enjoy a good 1km of running on the gravel track that hugs the lake. After exiting this track, runners will head up Peninsula Drive until the main entrance of our college. After waving to Saint Ignatius, students will continue along the back driveway of the school before turning left at the performance arts block and make their way to the inflatable arch of the finish line. Total distance is 3.50km!

    Check out this link for a birds eye view of the actual course: 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_acy2X0tfk&t=94s 

    Canteen: Will be closed after lunch. However, VCAL students will be selling sausages in bread ($2) and cans of soft drink ($2). Be sure to bring your small change!

    OUT OF BOUNDS: Homerooms, buildings and green basketball courts are out of bounds and no ball games are allowed during the carnival time. When students are not competing they are to be around the football oval precinct.

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