THE number of children completing the cross country course at Par hit a record high for the second fixture in the Restormel Junior Schools League.
A total of 395 crossed the line, as a result of the highest totals recorded in both Boys and Girls races in the Year 5 age group.
Including a further 300 at the Newquay Tretherras School in the same week and a reported 430 at a similar league in the Eastern area of the county, which was set up in the wake of the success of the Restormel area League, cross country running is no longer the Cinderella event in the school calendar and is enjoying a huge surge in popularity.
The Year 5 Boys race positions were thrown wide open with completely different athletes and order of finishing from race 1.
This time, Archie Bees (Pondhu) made the break through to the top of the leader board with his first win from a fourth place at race 1, Siam Juntakeret (St Petroc's) improved a place to second whilst leader, Connor Cooke (St Stephen) slipped to third and Logan Eade (St Mewan) was down to fifth from second behind Charlestown's Samuel Knobloch.
With four in the top ten, St Petroc's, Bodmin levelled with last month's leading school team from St Mewan, who finished second. Backing Siam were Zac Hancock (6th), James Hurst (8th) and Sam Smith (9th). St Stephen Churchtown completed the top three. Some 143 finishers beat the previous record by 21.
The girls numbers were also up by four, having reached a high of 113 at race 1. Chloe Pettitt (St Stephen) continued her progress to retain the year 5 girls title for the third year with another impressive win.
She finished ahead of Maddie Babb (Roselyon) who dipped below fiv minutes for the first time over the 1200m course, up one place from last month.
Ellie-Kira Wagstaff (Carclaze) had finished in the top three as a Year 4 last year and went straight back to third in her first race of this winter.
Jessica Spry (St Stephen) moved up from seventh, with Elisha Murphy (Tywardreath) moving down from second to fifth.
St Petroc's Bodmin won their second team victory of the day but by only one point from St Stephen Churchtown. Tia Brown (9th), Alishia Davey (13th), Lola Armour (15th) and Rachel Trethewey (22nd) made the difference.
Carclaze made their presence felt on their return to the league with a third team place.
Tom Randles (Tywardreath) took full advantage to chalk up his first win in the year 6 Boys, with last month's winner Huey Campbell (St Mewan) missing this race.
Tom overtook early leader, Charlie Parker (St Petroc's) in the second half of the race, who also moved up a place.
A second Bodmin school, St Mary's, joined the league for the first time, showing they have a talent in Ollie Greenough, who finished third just ahead of a tightly packed group behind.
St Mewan could have done with Huey, with Adam Dalby at sixth and Jake Montgomery seventh but it was St Petroc's Bodmin that once again triumphed through Parker and then Jack MacKenzie (4th) and Tom Anderson (8th).
James Martin (Ladock) at fifth was the fourth in the chasing group all on the same time. With Joseph Barker at ninth, St Mewan finished second, two points clear of Tywardreath.
Clare Tapsell (St Petroc's) took 11 seconds off her previous time for the biggest winning margin of the day even though Neve Birnie (Grampound with Creed) also improved on her best time and a move up to second.
A debut run for Katie O'Mahony (Roche) took her straight in at third.
St Petroc's Bodmin made a clean sweep of all four races, winning the Year 6 Girls team event with Rosie Dowen at fourth and Amy Crane 12th. Biscovey improved to second with St Mewan completing the top three.