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    Cross Country Success for West Hatch High School Students

    More than 60 West Hatch High School pupils from Year 7 through to Year 11 have been competing in this year's cross country fixtures.

    A 24-strong team was selected to represent the school in Round 1 of the regional part of the annual National Cross Country Cup in Thurrock with pupils running from 2.5kms in the junior girls race to a gruelling 4.5kms in the intermediate boys event.

    Teacher Aaron D'Silva said: "With some of the top sporting Essex schools it was difficult to gain success in such an event but the teams efforts couldn't be faulted and county swimmer Olivia Roberts (Year 8) was the best placed in the junior girls category in 20th place."

    Following national competition on Friday, a squad of 50-plus students was picked to run in the West Essex Secondary Schools Association (WESSA) district championships at Burnt Mill, Harlow yesterday (Monday).

    The best placed team was the senior girls with Caitlin Hulbert (Year 10) and Nikita Roberts (Year 11) very well placed.

    Mr D'Silva said: "In the junior categories, Year 7 morning runners Isabelle Smith and Evie Aviram both placed extremely well and have demonstrated excellent running abilities since the beginning of the Autumn term."