Three young athletes from Upton Junior School in Broadstairs will represent Kent in the prestigious English Schools cross-country tournament this weekend.

The event will be held in Loughborough and it will be filmed by drone and transmitted live online via the Internet on Saturday, March 23.

The cream of young running talent will include Upton’s Ethan Harding and Ivy Haggerty from year 6, and Luke Foster from Year 5.

The trio qualified through finishing inside the top 12 runners at the Kent Cross-Country held at Detling near Maidstone in November. All three are also current or former winners of the Thanet Cross-Country events held at Quex Park in Birchington

Deputy Head Dave Walker said:

“Everything is about sports opportunity at this age.

We entered 50 runners in the Kent Cross-Country in Detling to give our best runners the next level of opportunity and from this we now have three representing Kent. We are very proud of them all.

We are fortunate in Thanet to have the Quex Cross-Country events organised by Thanet Athletics Club, which over many years have given pupils a competition to aspire to – it is the first step on their distance running pathway.

We also host our Upton Cross-Country event at the school in the summer that attracts 600 runners from 20 local schools.”

*The high level of sport delivered by Upton Junior School has been nationally recognised with a top award. After achieving five gold School Games awards in succession, Upton qualified for the coveted ‘Platinum Award’ achieved by less than one per cent of schools in the UK.

The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government led programme designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Arts Primary School.

Thanks to Upton Junior School for this article, we wish you the best of luck!

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