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School teams are at Cross purposes.

AN appeal for more opportunities to participate in cross country led to the staging of the inaugural Newcastle Schools' Cross Country Challenge Series.

There were two races across the city, which organisers hope to increase to three next year.

Four schools participated and it is hoped more will take part in 2008.

There was no team competition, but schools could enter as many runners as they wished in the four races.

At the end of the series, the runner in each group with the lowest total was named 2007 champion.

In the girls' years seven and eight event, Megan Piper of Walbottle won both races, as did her fellow schoolmate Michael Hall in the boys' years seven and eight race.

In the girls' years nine and 10 event, Brigid Duffy of Sacred Heart won the first race.

She was defeated by her schoolmate Fiona Gabbitus in the second, but did enough to be overall champion.

Ryan Kay of All Saints did the same in the boys' years nine and 10 and 10 competition, winning the first race but finishing runner-up to Callum Johnstone of Walbottle in the second - but he still finished champion overall.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2007
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