Hyde pupils sprint ahead of the competition

HYDE school pupils have found themselves literally leading the way after scooping a massive medal haul.

Alder Community High School won an incredible 13 gold medals at the Tameside Athletics Championships at Manchester’s SportCity.

And Hyde Community College also joined the gold rush by taking its own title.

Throw in the batch of silver and bronze medals and Hyde can rightfully claim to be among the most sporty towns in the area.

Imogen Gush, Lily Murphy, Kayle Herring and James Harney from year eight led the way, along with Tilly Whibley, Christie Allen and Kian Purcell by winning two gold medals each.

Imogen and James managed it at different ends of the distance spectrum.

The pair took out their respective 1500 metres title then followed it up by forming part of the successful junior 4×100 metre relay teams!

Kayle and Lily won the 200 metres and the junior relay, while Kian was king of the sprints by also winning the juniors’ individual 100 metres.

Christie won the intermediate girls’ 300 metre race while also linking up for the 4×100 metres relay title.

Alder took the title in the Junior Girls section of the competition while finishing second in the junior boys.

Alder’s roll of honour also included Lucy Osborne, who came second in the junior girls’ 1500 metres, Leona Morrison who came second in the junior girls’ long jump, Ethan Wheatley’s second place in the junior boys’ high jump and Harrison Bennett’s bronze in the junior boys’ javelin.

Ethan and Leona later made it for it by being part of their respective victorious relay sides.

And teacher Jenny Hill said: “We didn’t think we’d beat last year’s 15 medal haul but did and with far more gold medals than we ever thought!”

Across town, Hyde Community College also had star performers of their own in year 10 pupil Nadine winning the high jump event, while year seven’s Gracie came second in her high jump event while year eight’s Evie came third in the discus.

It is not just on the track that pupils from Alder, on Mottram Old Road in Gee Cross, are excelling.

They also added to their huge fundraising total in aid of Manchester’s Christie Hospital by taking part in the Alder Run up nearby Werneth Low.

In this school year alone, it has raised more than £8,000 through activities including supermarket bag packing, selling official Christie merchandise.

That took the total amount past an astonishing £65,000.

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