Video and photo gallery: Talented youngsters compete at Norfolk Schools Cross Country Championships in Norwich

The Norfolk Schools Cross Country  championships at Sloughbottom Park. The Under 13 girls race. Picture: Denise Bradley The Norfolk Schools Cross Country championships at Sloughbottom Park. The Under 13 girls race. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thursday, January 23, 2014
6:30 AM

Those who thought cross country as a sport in schools was in decline should have been at Sloughbottom Park in Norwich yesterday.

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Over 400 young athletes from every corner of the county took part in the Norfolk Schools Championships. Many had qualified from area events to be at the event. There were some fine individual performances as well as some excellent competitive races. The enthusiasm from the young athletes was evident for all to see.

In the senior boys 6.5km race over a fairly flat grassland course Scott Greeves (Reepham High) pulled away over the last of the four laps to record a convincing win. Another emphatic winner was Luke Spear (Langley School) who ran away from the field in the under-17 boys race.

While Emily Hoogkamer (Wymondham College) clearly won the senior girls race it was Sophie Alden (Hellesdon High) who caught the eye in the under-17 girls competition. She took the lead from the start and built up a commanding lead by the end of the 3.7km race, finishing ahead of Katie Clark (Reepham High).

Tom Greenacre (Framingham Earl) confirmed his improvement this year by running from the front in the under-15 boys 5km race and again building up a good lead by the end of the race.

The biggest fields of the day were in the under-13 (year seven) races. There is no doubt that there are some very talented young athletes in the county.

Club runners will also be in action in the Southern Counties Championships on Saturday. The event will be on the demanding course at Parliament Hill Fields in London. The top athletes from the Norfolk Schools Championships will compete in the Anglian Schools event on February 1 in Northampton.

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