Culford pupil named as the top runner in East of England

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Culford Preparatory School pupil Charlie Wakefield has been crowned the top runner in the East of England at the weekend.

The 13-year-old ran for his county in the Great British Cross Country Championships in Birmingham, where he competed against more than 300 runners from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Wakefield not only managed to secure his title as top East runner, but was also able to place 20th overall, making him the 20th best runner in his age group in Great Britain.

The youngster was incredibly pleased with his achievement and feels that this race was the highlight of his season.

“This was a great milestone for me,” he said. “Hopefully I can carry on training hard and move further up the ranks in British Athletics.”

Elsewhere in the Championships, Culford Senior School pupil Olivia Allum placed 40th and took the title of first Suffolk runner.

The 14-year-old, from Bury St Edmunds, and Wakefield, most recently represented Suffolk in the English Schools Cross Country Championships after qualifying through the county and regional stages.

Both runners came away with fantastic places despite running against older competitors.

Wakefield has also received notification that he is to be awarded the Norfolk County Under-13s Boys Cross Country award in recognition of his achievements in 2015.

The Feltwell teenager will also represent the East in the three-mile Mini London Marathon on Sunday, April 24.