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Record number of runners brave the snow

The weekend’s snow fall might have convinced many of us to stay indoors but it certainly didn’t deter runners in the North East’s Cross-Country Championships in Sedgefield, or MP Phil Wilson, who visited the event.

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Hosted by Sedgefield Harriers, the North Eastern Counties Athletic Association’s 110th Annual Cross-Country Championship was held at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield.

With the largest entry since 1993, over 1450 senior and junior runners faced the gruelling conditions to take part in the event.

The junior races, which took place before snowfall began, were started by Phil Wilson, who was also on hand to present prizes to the winners.

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The snow did not appear to dampen spirits, as the event experienced its highest number of people completing the course, with a record breaking 410 men crossing the finish line.   

Speaking after the event Phil said “I would like to congratulate all of the runners in today’s events. The snow made for some challenging conditions, but this didn’t seem to deter them.”

“I’d also like to say thank you to the volunteers and officials who braved the bad weather to ensure the event could go ahead.”

Speaking to the Northern Echo, event organiser Chris Lines said “The amount of snow was not what we expected or what was forecast but it added an extra dimension to the event. I think when people look back it will stick in their minds and I think in a positive way.”

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