Ria grand!

Glendale Middle School athlete Ria Fairnington.
Glendale Middle School athlete Ria Fairnington.

A WOOLER athlete returned from the recent county championships as triple champion.

Glendale Middle School pupils performed very strongly at the Northumberland Schools Athletics Association Minor County Championships (see story above) at Gateshead International Stadium, but 12-year-old Ria was the golden girl with her victories in the 200m, high jump and long jump.

Glendale Middle School athlete Ria Fairnington.

Glendale Middle School athlete Ria Fairnington.

Ria had won the Year Six long jump the previous year but returned to defend that title and add the other two titles in the Year 7 events at the championships, which took place at the end of June.

And her 29.6secs in the 200m, 1.35m in the high jump and 4.15m in the long jump all broke her own school records.

In the long jump, Ria leapt 13cm further than her nearest rival and was one of only two athletes in her age group to break the four-metre mark.

Ria was also the only female athlete at the event of any age group to win more than one individual event.

Headteacher Ruth Bull said: “It’s the first ever time we have had a triple county champion which is amazing.

“It’s the first time we have ever had seven county champions. We are just delighted they have done so well.”

Ria, who belongs to the Glendale Sports Academy which is run out of the school, and her colleagues have been training hard all through the winter under the watchful eye of PE teacher Craig Pickup.

And it appears the training paid off as Ria returned to Glendale with her three titles.