Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

School Switch Proves to Be a Class Decision; SCHOOLS ATHLETICS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

School Switch Proves to Be a Class Decision; SCHOOLS ATHLETICS

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Byline: BILL MCGUIRK Athletics writer

DURHAM Schools moved their annual cross-country championship to the magnificent setting of Barnard Castle School - and feedback was excellent after the eightrace progamme had been completed.

Close to 500 competitors lined up in the hope of making the county team for the forthcoming Inter-Counties and National Championshipss.

It was a clean-sweep for Durham Central in the senior boys' event with victory going to Alex Brown over fellow Central athletes Michael Wade and Cameron Allen.

Central also had the fourth and fifth finishers, Luke Pickering and Joseph Grehan-Bradley.

It was a Durham Central one-two in the intermediate boys' event and in a sprint finish Jamie Reed gained the verdict over team-mate Ben Horsfield with just one second separating the duo at the line.

Darlington's Max Harris was a close-up third.

Gateshead's Daniel Joyce finished in pole position in the junior boys' contest, winning by five seconds from Durham Central pair Sam Gibson and Peter Cook.

Chris Perkins showed no signs of a recent illness to comfortably win the minor boys' event, the West Wearside athlete winning by 41 seconds from Darlington's Charlie Wood with Owen Davison (Durham Central) a close-up third.

Darlington's Lucy-Erin Hunter led throughout to win the senior girls' race with Olivia Bateman (Gateshead) in second place just five seconds adrift.

Hunter's team-mate Laura Kirkham finished in third place.

India Pentland (South West Durham) and Darlington's Catherine Roberts went stride for stride in the intermediate girls' race before Pentland pulled away in the closing stages for a comfortable victory.

South Tyneside's Sophie Robson came through in the second half of the race to take third.

Emily Chong (Durham Central) continued her run of good form to take the junior girls' title ahead of West Wearside's Lydia James with Rebecca Wren (Gateshead) completing the one-two-three. …

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