A cross country team from a Northumberland school is celebrating after being named Under-15 champions, having beaten 28 other teams from around the country.

Six students from The King Edward VI School in Morpeth, part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, travelled to Suffolk at the weekend to compete in the national final of the English Schools’ Athletic Association’s (ESAA) Cross Country Cup.

Year 10s Dylan Davies, Dylan Gooding, Ben Waterfield, Ben Walker, Euan Duffin, and Sam Tate, who is in Year 9, raced against two rival teams from other regions in the intermediate boys competition, accumulating 80 points between them to take the title against their host, Woodbridge School, and Surrey’s Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College.

The group won the regional final earlier this month, beating Ermysted’s Grammar School in North Yorkshire, and Darlington’s Hummersknott Academy.

The school’s PE teacher Jack Quinlan said: “I am so proud of these students for their positive attitude and determination. They represented the school to the hilt as they competed throughout the three-stage process, which started last month with more than 1,500 teams from 500 UK schools.

“I’m thrilled for them that they’ve brought home this accolade and the whole school community wants to give each and every one of them a huge pat on the back.”

To find out more about sporting provision at The King Edward VI School, visit kevi.the3rivers.net. And to find out more about The Three Rivers Learning Trust, visit the3rivers.net.