Running to success
Thursday 20th November 2014 @ 12:22 by Mark Phillip
Hyde Sports

Two enthusiastic Tameside runners returned to Hyde last week brimming with pride.

George Reed and Beth Donnelly.

George Reed and Beth Donnelly.

That’s because Beth Donnelly and George Reed, who are students at Hyde Clarendon sixth Form College, competed in the highly acclaimed Regional Cross Country Qualifiers held at Witton Park in Blackburn.

The budding stars, whose interest in the sport spans several years, entered the event at the behest of the college which ultimately proved to be an inspired decision.

Beth’s interest in the sport eats away at her spare time where she is commonly seen at Trafford Athletics Club with her brother Jack Donnelly.

The running sensation placed second in the female qualifiers which secured her place in the North West team next March.

Beth will compete along with seven other runners from the North West in the AoC National Championships and is relishing the prospect already.

She told the Colleges official website “I’m thrilled to have placed second at the Regional Cross Country Qualifiers, the route was tough but it was a fantastic day.

“I’m looking forward to representing Hyde Clarendon and the National Finals.”

The blossoming talent will also go into the sixth Forms history books, as she is set to become the first student to compete at the National Finals.

Student Activity Leader, Luke Podmore, detailed his delight in the duo’s achievements.

He said “Beth and George should be extremely proud of themselves as they represented Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form College impeccably.

“The College is now beginning to become a force in the region out of the classroom as well as in it.”