Athletics: Runners are crowned after league ends on a high note
The final race of this year's Leicestershire Primary Schools Cross-country League strengthened its status as the leading event of its kind in the country.
The 1,252 finishers meant that more than 4,300 young athletes had competed during the three-race series.
After last year's events were all held in bright sunshine and dry conditions, this year brought different challenges to the organisers.
The move to Prestwold Hall was firmly justified, as it would have been unlikely that the final two events could have taken place on the city parks as weather conditions would have been too unfavourable.
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In the year three girls' race, Mackenzie Smith (Elizabeth Woodville) held off Hallaton team-mates Madeleine Mayes and Evie Sillet to keep her unbeaten record and win her first league title.
In the boys' event, Lachlan Finch (Huncote) beat Freddie Mcgrady (Frisby) for the first time this season, but finished an agonising point short of Mcgrady's score in the individual league standings.
The year four girls' category has been close all season.
There was a repeat of November's 1-2-3 as Carys O'Reilly (St Peters, Hinckley) pipped runner-up Katie Parker (Lady Jane Grey) and Flora Miskin-Young (Queniborough).
Both O'Reilly and Parker were tied on five points apiece and were crowned joint-league champions.
Ben Jones (Mercenfeld) won his second successive race in the boys' series to add a league title to the County one he won earlier this year.
The year five girls event was always going to go down to the final strides of the last race, and so it proved as Rachel Nealon (Elizabeth Woodville) finished ahead of arch rivals Maisie Elliott (Burbage) and Rachel Lawrence (Rothley).
Roman Watson-Quilter (Martinshaw) made it a hat-trick of league wins in the boys' race and received his first league championship leader trophy.
His brother, Lucca, just held off the challenge of Andrew Jones (Fairfield Prep) for runners-up spot in the overall league standings, although Jones finished ahead of him in the final race.
Mia Atkinson (Fairfield Prep) and Morgan Enoux (The Hall School) dominated their leagues. Both completed unbeaten seasons and were crowned league champions.
The county finals will be held on March 16, at Launde Abbey.