YOUNG athletes from across Northumberland and Durham descended on Haydon Bridge High School for a prestigious annual event. 

The school hosted the Tyne and Wear Schoolgirls’ Cross Country Championships for the 16th consecutive year.

And there was a bumper entry for the challenge over Haydon Bridge High’s Waite Farm course, with 34 teams competing across four age groups.  

First up was the minors’ race for girls in Year 7 and below, where Dame Allan’s Marina Swift lived up to her name with a clear victory. First home for Haydon Bridge was Katie Martin in 65th position.

The juniors’ race saw the biggest field of the day with 17 teams and 130 runners battling it out in a race won by Millie Breese, of the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick. 

Haydon Bridge’s Ella Pigg had an outstanding run to earn 26th place, leading her team home to a respectable 10th place overall.

Haydon Bridge had their work cut out to keep ahead of the field in the intermediates’ race. 

Newcastle High School for Girls’ Ines Curran set off at a lightning pace which she maintained over the full course. 

The host school had a strong showing, however, with Isabel Roberts first home in 21st, and Bryony Agar hot on her heels in 22nd. Sophie Macneil was 28th, Emily Macdonald 30th, and Chloe Sinclair 32nd.

The Haydon Bridge senior team produced the best result of the day for the school with a hard earned second place in a race dominated by

Newcastle High School for Girls’ which provided four of the first five finishers, including Allendale’s Sarah Jackson in third place. 

The Haydon Bridge girls packed well in the race, with Zoe-Claire Trespaderne in sixth, Victoria Potts seventh, Charlotte Murray ninth, and India Wood 10th.

The event was made possible by the efforts of over 60 of the school’s young sports leaders who took responsibility in roles such as marshalling, serving refreshments, team managing, registering teams and recording results. 

Haydon Bridge High’ School PE teacher Liz Hicks said visiting staff were unanimous in their praise of the students’ unwavering politeness, helpfulness and efficient organisation of the event.

Miss Hicks said the day was a resounding success.