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Friday, 29 May 2015

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PONTELAND High School athlete Philippa Chambers will go into the England Schools Cross Country championships with an outside chance of a medal.

For she booked her appearance at Castle Donington, in Derbyshire, on March 15 by finishing second in the North East Inter Counties heat.

Philippa, representing Northumberland at Durham recently, was the second fastest representative in the intermediate girls heat and will head into the nationals in confidence.

Also representing the Tynedale and Ponteland area in the inter girls at the inter counties was Hannah Pinkney who finished in the top half of the field.

In the junior girls, Isobel Chaudhry, a schoolgirl in Newcastle but a Tynedale Harrier, finished fifth with a strong run. Down in 15th was clubmate and Tynedale Schools representative Ellen Ricketts.

Similarly to Isobel, Tynedale Harrier and Newcastle pupil Charles Downs left Durham with a fifth place in the Year 7 boys category.

Ben Dykins was 18th and the Tynedale pairing of Aidan Pinkney and Angus Thomson crossed within a place of each other to claim top half placings.

Jonny Currie, representing Newcastle Schools, was the district’s fastest finisher in the senior boys as he claimed 16th spot.

Not too far behind in 20th was Tynedale’s Ali Maxwell-Gray with Sean Wylie in 27th spot.

In the inter boys section, Dominic Kilsby claimed a place just within the top 20 while fellow Tynedale athlete Fergus Robinson was just outside the top half.

With county champion Max Pearson out of action, Chris Jackson was Tynedale’s fastest finisher in the junior boys as he finished 19th in a field of 64. Finishing down the pecking order was both Thomas Carvell and Lucas Newman-Rock. Max, meanwhile, will return to action in the England Schools.

There were top half finishes in the Year 7 girls heat for Tynedale’s Freya Barr and Sophie Wright, with fellow district representatives Chloe Wellings, Bethan Nitsch and Keely French also making appearances.