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Stafford schools cross country triumph

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD and District have enjoyed one of their most successful county schools cross country championships for some years.

The event, at the Stoke-based Staffordshire University, saw runners compete in four different age groups, with selection for next month's All-England Schools the goal.

And there was another brilliant performance from Iris Davies (y8/9), even though she is in her first year in this age group. The Sir Graham Balfour girl, along with her Cannock and Stafford AC club mate Rachael Jones (Y9), went clear over the two mile course.

Davies emerged the individual champion, just getting the better of Jones who also ran a splendid race to take silver.

Unfortunately the team were just edged out on the crown by Staffs Moorlands. Molly Shermer (Walton High) was 11th. The other individual success for Stafford was claimed by Harrison Hardy-Smith (Yarlet School) and the year seven team lifted the team title, helped by James Boote (Christchurch Academy), a superb third, Will Harvey (7th) and Kyle Haycock (both C and S) in 15th.

Stafford's year seven girls dominated as Isabelle Kelly (King Edward V1) took bronze, from Olivia Osborne fifth, Jessica Harrison (Penkridge Middle) seventh and Charlotte Harries 18th.

Despite being a year younger than most of his rivals, Ryan Ashforth (King Edward V1) was sixth in year 10/11, while Rebecca Brown (Walton High) led home in tenth (y10/11), with Katie Lord 11th and Amy Oliver (Sir Graham Balfour) 12th.

In the senior boys, James Russell picked up an excellent bronze, with James McCann in fourth spot. Oliver Coleman (Alleyne's) was fifth in the year 8/9 race and Charlotte Walsh (KE) fourth in the senior girls.

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