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PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 05 July 2010

Jackie Milton, left, and the successful Ashley School team. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Jackie Milton, left, and the successful Ashley School team. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

A STAR team of athletes from The Ashley School struck gold again as they raced to a clutch of medals at the national cross country championships.

The team of nine from the Lowestoft school travelled to Hylands Park, in Chelmsford, on Saturday with parents, carers and PE teachers Jackie and Roger Milton, to compete in the second Open National Cross Country Championships for athletes with a learning disability.

A STAR team of athletes from The Ashley School struck gold again as they raced to a clutch of medals at the national cross country championships.

The team of nine from the Lowestoft school travelled to Hylands Park, in Chelmsford, on Saturday with parents, carers and PE teachers Jackie and Roger Milton, to compete in the second Open National Cross Country Championships for athletes with a learning disability.

It was the first time that the school had entered a team in the competition, which is run by Mencap sports, and they were able to follow up their success at the National Athletics Championships for athletes with a learning disability with more medals.

Kimberley Aspland, national learning disability champion for 1500m, took the Under 15 title with a fine run over 3km, while team-mate Donna Cause took bronze.

Maryanne Speight also ran well to ensure that the three girls also lifted the team title.

In the U15 boys category the team took a clean sweep as Sean Houghton, Lewis Pryke and Daniel Scarlett, took gold, silver and bronze respectively, as well as the team title.

At U17 level the team entered two girls and one boy, and once again they struck gold. Chelsea Dixon, national learning disability 3000m, long-jump and 200m champion, stormed through the field to take gold, while national learning disability discus and 300m champion Holly Durbidge took bronze over the 3.5km course.

In the boys' race, Declan Manning took gold as he clocked just under 19 minutes for the 3.7km route, ensuring that the team took a clean sweep of medals for every event they entered.

Mencap endurance coach John Wooton was watching the event and the school's pupils could once again be in line for national and international selection.

“The whole day was a huge success,” said Jackie Milton.

“Without the support from Kingsley Healthcare, the school and obviously the great support from parents, carers and grandparents we would not be able to achieve what they have. Thanks to all those involved in support of this group of very talented young athletes.”

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