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3 April 2014 / IMPRESSIVE CROSS COUNTRY SEASON FOR HIGH SCHOOL'S TOP RUNNERS

Truro High School is nurturing two cross country runners who have had an outstanding season. Yoyo Barnsley and Tegan Elliott are Year 10 pupils, they're close friends and they both have huge potential.

Yoyo's most recent successes earned her a place on the South West U15 girls team to run in the Virgin London Mini Marathon. On April 13 she'll complete the last 5K of the London Marathon course with elite athletes from across the UK. During the English Schools' Cross Country Final in March, despite being a year young, Yoyo also ran for Cornwall in the Intermediate Girls competition finishing 13th and just missing out on qualification for an England vest. She was the first Cornish girl to finish.

Both Yoyo and Tegan have been leading performers in county and regional cross country competition this year. In the Cornwall Schools Cross Country championship Yoyo won and Tegan came fourth and in the South West Inter-Counties Championships, Yoyo came 4th and Tegan 17th.

Tegan, who is also a talented musician, has only just come back to Truro High School and the UK after spending time living in the USA. She had competed in cross country events for the High School before the move but has returned with renewed enthusiasm and increased talent for the sport. She was invited to represent the county as soon as she came home to Cornwall.

Hazel Elliott, Tegan's mum, said: "Tegan had only been running with Truro High School for a few months before her dad's job moved us all to the US. We came back this year and the school has provided invaluable help with that transition. Part of that help has been encouraging her sporting activities. Tegan has had a stunning cross country season and is looking forward to athletics in the summer."

Amanda Barnsley, Yoyo's mum, said: "Yoyo has had a fantastic season and last weekend, the English Schools cross country finals at Castle Donnington, was the icing on the cake. Yoyo is now looking forward to the start of the track season and building on her success in 800m and 1500m last year."

"Both these girls have such potential," explained Head of PE Kathryn Barbery-Redd. "They have achieved a huge amount during the cross country season and both are also accomplished middle distance runners with the ability to be equally successful during the athletics season."


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