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World Championships medallist Dina Asher-Smith joins Bromley youngsters for cross country event

PUBLISHED: 16:06 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:06 27 November 2013

Dina Asher-Smith with the Year 3 and Year 4 girls' team from Parish Primary School, and Bromley mayor, Cllr Ernest Noad.

Dina Asher-Smith with the Year 3 and Year 4 girls' team from Parish Primary School, and Bromley mayor, Cllr Ernest Noad.

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Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith returned to her old stomping ground last week, as she watched more than 1,600 young runners take part in a cross country event in Crystal Palace Park.

The World Championships 4x100m bronze medallist was the special guest of honour, re-living her former glory as a pupil at Perry Hall Primary Shcool.

The largest of its kind in the UK, the Bromley Borough Primary Cross Country Association’s bi-annual race meeting saw more than 40 schools take part.

Boys and girls aged between seven and 11 tackled the testing conditions, breaking records and pushing team performances to new heights.

Rowan Fuss, from Scotts Park Primary School, in Orchard Road, Bromley smashed the Year 5 and Year 6 boys course records, finishing in a time of 6.22 minutes.

Parish Primary School, in London Lane, Bromley were victorious with an impressive four trophies, including Best Medium School - partly as a result of their record breaking total of 23 points from their Year 3 and Year 4 girls’ team.

Chris Waring, co-organiser, said: “The event was a great success. The parents, the teachers and, above all, the children contributed to make it a perfect morning in the sun.

“Dina Asher-Smith’s input was very welcome. She spoke warmly and eloquently to the competitors present at the end. It’s just possible that she may have inspired one or more of them to emulate her sporting success.”

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