ALBANY Academy students came out in force to run in the District Cross country championships.

Fifty-six pupils competed in both legs of the championships, running the 2000m cross country course which was held over two race meetings at Albany Academy and Holy Cross.

Students were aided by the unusually good weather which helped them to achieve some amazing individual and team results.

The races, which are split into age three age categories (Year 10 and 11, Year 8 and 9 and Year 7s) were closely contested.

Year 11 pupil Jon Linford (ninth) and Year 10 student Ellie Baker (seventh) claimed top ten places.

Albany students achieved a remarkable five top ten finishes in the Year 8 and 9 races with Matthew Flatters (Year 8) finishing third overall.

In the girl’s race Grace Davidson(10th) and Piper Stevens (seventh) produced fantastic performances.

Milly Lever (Year 8) and Bethany Reid (Year 9) stole the show producing astounding performances and finished second and third respectively.

There were more great performances in the Year 7 races with Lucas Brennan achieving a place in the top 20 and Alyssia Jackson crossing the line in fifth spot.

The overall team results show strong performances from Albany students with the boys performing well in all age groups.

The Year 7 girls coming first overall based on the first four finishes.

The Year 8 and 9 girls were not to be outdone also finishing first based on the results of the first six finishes. The Year 10 and 11 girls also finished third overall.

Beth Milburn, girls’ PE teacher, said, “I am so proud of everyone who took part at both events.

“It was a fantastic achievement from all who took part, especially the Year 8 girls competing with Year 9s and still reaching the top 10 places.’’

The highest placed students from all the schools in each year group will be chosen to represent the Chorley in the regional cross country championships on February 6.