THREE county champions from mid Cheshire will lead Cheshire’s challenge at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships later this month.

Holly Weedall, a student at Weaverham High School that took the national clubs’ title last week, is among those hoping to add another gold medal to a growing collection.

She is joined in a junior girls’ line-up by Grace Roberts (Hartford Church of England High School) and Ellie Hudson (Winsford Academy).

Patrick Griffith, from St Nicholas RC High School, was crowned as the junior boys’ champion at county level at Knights Grange last month.

He has Dylan Carney, also a pupil at the Hartford school, alongside him in Cheshire’s list for the same age-group category at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds.

Holly Smith is the other mid Cheshire athlete targeting a double in the senior girls’ race.

A trio of fellow Sir John Deane’s College students, twin sister Lucy, Ellie Grinnell and Lily Moorhouse, are in the team too.

Two more from the Northwich college – John Humphries and Aaron Doyle – are joined by Ben Webb from St Nick’s on the senior boys’ list.

Faye Conboy (County High School Leftwich) represents the county in an inter girls’ race for which Beth Latham (Middlewich High School) is on stand-by.

This year’s English Schools’ Cross Country Championships are scheduled for Saturday, March 16.

Selection (with mid Cheshire athletes in italics)

English Schools’ Cross Country Championships

Saturday, March 16

At Temple Newsam Park, Leeds

Junior boys

Patrick Griffith (Mid Cheshire, St Nicholas RC High School); Jamie Richardson; Jake Wilson; Ben Hamilton-Ryan; Dylan Carney (Mid Cheshire, St Nicholas RC High School); Philip Goodfellow; James Knockton; Erik Marshall Reserves Sam Hollins; Oliver Atkinson; Aadi Whitlock

Intermediate boys

Ed Pettitt; Finley Proffitt; Thomas Roberts; Raif Serif; Sam Stephens; Bradley Gilbin; Isaaq Ataullah; Joe Roberts Reserves Finley Greenwood; Isaac Tait; Laurence Manley; Louis Wakefield

Senior boys

Joseph Buckley; Ben Lee; John Humphries (Mid Cheshire, Sir John Deane’s College); Thomas Wood; Sion Roberts; Ben Webb (Mid Cheshire, St Nicholas RC High School); Jac Goodall; Aaron Doyle (Mid Cheshire, Sir John Deane’s College) Reserves Jack Wadsworth; Peter Goodfellow; David Dentith

Junior girls

Holly Weedall (Mid Cheshire, Weaverham High School); Grace Roberts (Mid Cheshire, Hartford CoE High School); Carys Roberts; Ellie Hudson (Mid Cheshire, Winsford Academy); Ellie Bushill; Sophie Grainger; Alice Gale; Orla Gregory Reserves Harriet Bain; Rebecca Dilworth; Niamh Boyd

Intermediate girls

Sian Heslop; Lara Crawford; Eden O’Dea; Jess Connolly; Imogen Owen; Ella Dimbylow; Faye Conboy (Mid Cheshire, County High School Leftwich); Anoushka Brooks Reserves Henrike Hilbrig; Beth Latham (Mid Cheshire, Middlewich High School); Anna Harris

Senior girls

Holly Smith (Mid Cheshire, Sir John Deane’s College); Stephanie Moss; Emily Lowery (Mid Cheshire, Sir John Deane’s College); Isobel Clarke; Elizabeth McMahon; Lucy Smith (Mid Cheshire, Sir John Deane’s College); Lily Moorhouse (Mid Cheshire, Sir John Deane’s College); Olivia Baker


1230 Inter girls (3.71km)

1300 Junior boys (4.1km)

1330 Junior girls (3km)

1400 Inter boys (5.22km)

1435 Senior girls (4.1km)

1505 Senior boys (6.7km)