Superb turnout for town championship

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THE Burnley School Partnership Primary Schools’ Cross Country Championships saw record numbers convene at Towneley Park for their annual endurance race.

A total of 193 runners contested the girls’ race, which saw a battle between defending champion Natalya Irvine of St John’s Cliviger, and last year’s runner up, Megan Robinson of Padiham Green. Natalya just managed to pip Megan on the home straight.

The boys’ event again saw record numbers, with over 250 lining up at the start.

In typical cross country weather, with the wind howling and a hail storm prevailing, first back was cricketer Henri Wilkes of St John’s Cliviger, followed by Oliver Credland of Casterton in second, and swimmer Harry Pilkington of Wellfield Primary in third place.

Team results were: Girls’ Large Schools, 1, Christ the King; 2, Wellfield; 3, Brunshaw; Girls’ Small Schools, 1 Cliviger; 2, St Augustine’s; 3, St Leonard’s.

Boys’ Large Schools, 1, Rosewood; 2, Wellfield; 3, St John’s RC Burnley; Boys’ Small Schools, 1, Worsthorne; 2, St Augustine’s; 3, St Stephen’s.

The top 25 competitors from both races were invited back to Towneley to compete in the elite runner’s competition against Pendle Schools.

Burnley’s boys did not have it all their own way with a well-deserved victory for Kai Atkins of Laneshaw Bridge ahead of Burnley winner Henri Wilkes and Oliver Credland.

It was a clean sweep for Burnley in the girls’ race with Natalya Irvine winning convincingly. Megan Robinson again had to settle for second, with Zara Preedy of Christ the King taking bronze.