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Friday, 18 April 2014

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THE intermediate team was the pick of the bunch for the hosts when Haydon Bridge High School once again welcomed hundreds of runners to compete in the Tyne and Wear Schoolgirls Cross Country Championships.

With some strong performances spread across the team, the intermediate girls finished in third place in a well attended fixture.

The leading pack of Lauren Brown (20th), Catherine Sadler (27th) and Polly Byron (28th) were followed in by Rosie Hodnett (43rd), Maeve Woodhouse (44th) and Niamh Redden (45th) in quick succession to secure their place high up in the team rankings.

There was a bumper entry for this year’s event, with 47 teams from the top sporting schools across the North-East as well as a considerable number of individual runners contesting the four age group races.

Racing over a newly configured course around the school’s Waite Farm, the runners were faced with two lengthy climbs which, combined with the wet conditions, provided a real test of endurance.

In the senior race, Hannah Illingworth provided Haydon Bridge’s highest individual finish of the day with 13th place.

In the minor girls race, top finisher for the hosts was Lexie Walker in 53rd with the Haydon Bridge team in 13th.

The junior race saw the biggest field, with 183 runners completing the course. Haydon Bridge’s Jasmine Edwards had an excellent run for 30th place, leading her team home for a commendable 10th place from the 25 teams finishing.

A big winner of the day was the organisers of the event provided by the school’s GCSE, A-level and Btec sport students who marshalled the course and manned refreshment stalls.