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August — Cross Country

Episode 8
UK: Thursday, June 05, 2014
Australia: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Written by Kirsten Fisher
Directed by Pino Amenta

Alex couldn't possibly be less excited about running in the boys' cross country race. Until he learns that Nicola won the girls' cross country race, and that the winner of the boys' race will be forever linked with her in the school trophy cabinet. Suddenly, he knows what he has to do: win, win, win! Never mind that he hasn't trained, and that super-fit Troy is clearly the stronger contender — Alex is determined to be the first across the finish line. Even if he has to cheat!

Against Maddy's protests, he agrees to Simon's plan to catch a bus to the first checkpoint, but this 'shortcut' takes them on a convoluted journey involving a near miss with his mum and sister, missed stops and a ticket inspector … until any chance Alex had of winning is dashed.

The next time around, he's ready for action. He's trained, he knows the route, and he knows that cheating won't help. And while he gets off to a great start, his determination to stick to the course in order to win, quickly leads to more misfortune! Can he still claim victory and get his name paired with Nicola's for eternity?


  • Ned Napier as Alex King
  • Tiarnie Coupland as Maddy Kent
  • Laurence Boxhall as Simon Birch
  • Xander Speight as Parker
  • Liam Erck as Howe
  • Syd Brisbane as Mr Norris
  • Lana Golja as Nicola
  • Kaiting Yap as Loren
  • Jessie Blott as Amy
  • Arielle O'Neill as Samantha King
  • Annie Jones as Mum
  • Jeremy Stanford as Dad
  • Bellamy Duke as Big Hannah
  • Fergus McLaren as Toby
  • Kingsley O'Connor as Troy
  • Paul Ireland as Fireman
  • Roy Barker as Ticket Inspector