Cross Country: Students battle with their county rivals
PUPILS from across North East Lincolnshire represented their area with distinction at the Humberside Schools County Cross Country Championships.
The event was held in sunny conditions at Barton.
Those representing North East Lincs were up against tough opposition from North Lincolnshire, East Riding, and Hull Schools.
With the first eight from each race from year eight upwards qualifying for places in the Humberside Schools' teams by right, and the next four as reserves, the competition was fierce.
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There were good-sized fields with more than 40 taking part in most races.
There were impressive success stories by Grimsby-area youngsters in the intermediate boys' and girls' races.
In the intermediate girls' showdown (for school years 10 and 11), Beth Barley, pictured, who is a member of Cleethorpes Athletic Club, produced a first-class run to qualify for the English Schools Championships, with a super fourth place.
Another North East Lincs athlete forced her way into the top ten – Grimsby Harrier Lauren Bell.
In the intermediate boys' showdown, Finley Thompson, of Oasis Academy Wintringham, clinched sixth place.
The Lincoln Wellington AC member finished one place ahead of Lewis Jagger, of Healing Academy.
Luke Nuttall, of Cleethorpes AC, finished 11th to put his name on the English Schools reserves list.
In the junior boys' race, North East Lincs schoolboys Jay Rowbotham and Ryan Jackson finished seventh and eighth.
Cleethorpes AC members finished first and second in the year seven girls' race. Olivia Evans took top spot ahead of Katie Hodgson.
In the corresponding boys' race, Ben Plumpton came home 10th and fellow NE Lincs representative, Jordan Robbins, came 12th.
In addition to those mentioned above, there were encouraging displays from other Clee AC and Grimsby Harriers members at the event.
The Clee contingent included Darby Fytche, Jenny Boyd, Callum Ely, Peter Boyd, Georgina Creed, Jon Dollery, Tom Nuttall and Casey Barber.
For the Harriers, Lucy Gash, Francesca Florida-Chapman and Miguel Plaatjies all acquitted themselves well in their respective age groups.
Plaatjies had a good run in the intermediate boys' race. With limited cross country experience, being more used to 200m, 400m and 800m track races, he battled well and a rapid sprint finish earned him a creditable 17th place.