Wetherby Runners vie for English Schools selection

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Five junior athletes from Wetherby Runners AC competed in the West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships held at The Grammar School at Leeds over last weekend.

The five athletes were competing in the Inter Boys and Girls races, with the first eight finishers in each race gaining automatic selection to represent West Yorkshire Schools County team at the prestigious English Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in March.

This was the largest number of athletes that Wetherby had ever had at these championships and they had all qualified to represent the Leeds Schools team at the event last weekend.

Phoebe Coster had a great run in the Inter Girls event finishing 19th position in a race of a very high standard.

This was followed afterwards by the Inter Boys event over 3.5 miles.

Robert Etherington, Toby Hillery, Sam Buck and Joe Atkinson all competed with distinction, especially as they were racing at the bottom end of their age group.

At the end of a very exciting race Robert Etherington finished in a superb third place, after a thrilling tussle with the eventual winner.

An ever-improving Toby Hillery came home in fifth place to secure his selection also for the English Schools event.

Delighted Head Coach from Wetherby Runners AC, Ian Legg said: “These performances along with those of our athletes who competed in the North Yorkshire schools event the other weekend mean that seven Wetherby athletes will be competing at the English Schools Cross Country Chapionships in March.”