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Redbridge enjoy strong start at London Youth Games

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 November 2012

Some of the Redbridge team pose for the camera at Saturday's London Youth Games cross country race at Parliament Hill.

Some of the Redbridge team pose for the camera at Saturday's London Youth Games cross country race at Parliament Hill.

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Redbridge youngsters took to Parliament Hill for the cross country competition in the London Youth Games.

Amid a sharp downpour and thick mud the 2013 London Youth Games kicked off on Saturday with the cross country championships at Parliament Hill – and Redbridge made a storming start in their pursuit of the Jubilee Trophy, writes Joshua Richards.

A record 1,114 runners registered at the iconic venue, where Redbridge’s girls finished fourth and the boys placed 12th – the first year the competition had been split in two – placing the borough sixth overall.

Redbridge’s squad of 42 was spearheaded by Daniel Richards, who finished fourth in the under-15s boys race.

And team manager Darren Trippick said: “We are lucky in Redbridge to be able to work closely with the schools and clubs to run a cross country competition where we select our Youth Games team.

“This is a good start and we look forward to the upcoming competitions.”

On London’s toughest cross country course there was a silver medal for the under-13 girls’ team – led by Isabelle Hoy who claimed fifth spot.

Marathon runner Scott Overall, who finished 61st in the marathon at London 2012, believes the Youth Games are important for any young athlete’s development.

“The races tend to be very competitive,” said Overall.

“I used to hate cross country, I did anything I could to get out of it, so fair play to all the youngsters running on a really tough course.


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