WHITBY Community College students rose to the occasion at the county cross country championships at Catterick on a rather bleak and long course.
The week leading up to the event saw the girls years 10/11 team decimated by flu, with five out of the original seven girls selected to represent the district, unable to run.
It was left to Dani Braithwaite and Annie Jones to fly the college flag.
Annie ran solidly to finish 35th and Dani Braithwaite romped home in a very creditable 4th place, securing her place in the county team for the nationals.
England junior footballer Beth Mead, who went to watch her younger brother run, stepped into the breach left by the poorly girls.
Not only did she run, but she secured her place on the county team to run in the inter county match by finishing 16th.
Beth proved that she is a also a force to be reckoned with on the running front as well as the football pitch.
In the senior girls’ event, Grace Rodgers ran positively to finish in fourth position – she too will travel to the nationals next month.
In the years 10/11 boys’ event, Phil Hartas led the way home for the college boys and finished in 16th place.
Phil was delighted with this result and has been asked to represent the county in an inter-county match at Hexham next week.
Dougie Elias finished 20th, Adam Entwistle 25th, Ben Lewis 26th, Harry Smith 29th and Joe Hogarth 32nd. All boys were a credit to themselves and the college.
Darren Mills ran in the senior boys’ event and finished 11th - he too was selected to run for the county.
Becky Mills, Darren’s sister who was blighted by flu, is waiting to find out if she will gain one of the two discretionary place on the North Yorkshire Team following her previous good form.