Heathfield pupils star in cross country mud

Kidderminster Shuttle: Heathfield students: Emily Seymour-Perry, Sally Thorogood, Amelia Cove, Alice Dudley, Saffron Smith and Lucy Newton. Heathfield students: Emily Seymour-Perry, Sally Thorogood, Amelia Cove, Alice Dudley, Saffron Smith and Lucy Newton.

STUDENTS from Heathfield Community School in Wolverley helped to secure first place in the ISA Midland Cross Country Championships at Bedstone College in Shropshire.

The team containing Emily Seymour-Perry, Sally Thorogood, Amelia Cove, Alice Dudley, Saffron Smith and Lucy Newton raced to victory in year five to six age group.

Seymour-Perry, Thorogood, Cove and Dudley also qualified for the national championships after securing top ten finishes out of an overall field of 150.

The six-strong team claimed the shield for the second consecutive year, with their points score of 65 far superior to the second-placed side, who bagged 130.

Heathfield had sent a team of 52 junior and senior pupils to the event, which attracted strong contenders from about 20 schools from all corners of the Midlands.

Every athlete put in a superb performance running in what became a mud bath after a prolonged spell on heavy rain.

Teacher Anne Williams was full of praise for her team.

She said: “We are so proud of Heathfield pupils who put in such determined team efforts in appalling conditions.”

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