Local athletes are best in the country

Regan Morris
Regan Morris

ENGLISH Martyrs have a lot to be proud of once again after a group of athletes scooped the tag of the best team in the county at regional finals day.

The school’s sports scene has already seen girls compete in the National Netball finals and the Under-16s girls football team win the Durham County Cup this year alone.

Now they have the best Year 7 and 8 girls athletics team in the whole of Cleveland.

In total fourteen girls travelled to Hull on Monday to take part in the North East regional finals of the English Schools Athletics Cup, where they represented Cleveland following their win in the county round.

At the tournament they competed against schools from Northumberland, Yorkshire and even Humberside, and two of the young athletes claimed first in three of the eleven events.

Runner and long-jumper Lauren Howells stormed past her nearest challengers in the 200 metres race, winning by 1.5 seconds. The result was testament to Lauren’s undoubted talent as she also won the 200 metres in the Cleveland round of the competition at Clairville in May.

In her second sport, the long jump, Lauren once again trounced the field as she won by 32cm, her score of 4.58m placing her on the top of the leaderboard.

Sadie Thomas, who like Lauren and fellow-athlete Regan Morris hold school records, powered the shot putt 7.27 metres, more than enough to record yet another win for Martyrs’ girls.

Though the girls’ overall combined results placed them seventh out of the eight participating teams, PE teacher Rebecca Fox hailed the girls’ dedication and performances.

“They’re a talented group and they train hard,” Rebecca told SportMail.

“They train at least two times a week and reaching the next round was a reward for their dedication.

“Casey Crossman and Grace Lambert were the two Year 7s in the group and competing against pupils in the year above shows how talented they are.

“All the girls were excellent ambassadors for the school and they all performed really well.

“Their results reflect how good they are. To be the seventh best athletics school in the whole of the North East and the best in Cleveland is an excellent achievement and one they can all be proud of.”

Girls from English Martyrs who represented Cleveland in the North-East regional finals: Montana Farrow, Lucy Johnson, Megan Picken, Maddi Din, Sadie Thomas, Libby Dunning, Regan Morris, Rebecca Dobson, Lauren Howells, Sam Murphy, Tiffany Pitman, Casey Crossman, Grace Lambert and Paige Boulton.