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From running courses to being a running course

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Children taking part in the county cross country qualifier at Bishop Auckland College

It normally runs courses but for one day Bishop Auckland College became a running course      as it hosted a cross-country event for 600 local schoolchildren.

The young runners, aged from seven to 11, were bussed in from 30 primary schools across the Wear Valley and Teesdale areas to take part in the county qualifier.

There were four events – the Year 3 and 4 Girls 800m, the Year 3 and 4 Boys 800m, the Year 5  and 6 Girls 1,000m and the Year 5 and 6 Boys 1,000m – with 180 children running in the biggest race. All were held in the college’s grounds.

The two winnings teams and the top three winning individuals from each race qualified for the county cross country championships.

The event was organised by James Oldfield, School Games Organiser for Wear Valley & Teesdale,  assisted by Bishop Auckland College’s Sport Development Officer Ben Trotter. Volunteer students     from Bishop Barrington School and the college’s sport students helped make the event a success,   acting as safety marshalls.

Ben Trotter, Sport Development Officer at the college, said: “The cross country qualifier went very      well; we had great feedback from both parents and staff from the schools and the children clearly  enjoyed themselves. We look forward to hosting next year’s event.”