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Catholic pupil is champion

Young Catholic runner from St Bede’s College in Manchester wins cross-country relay and road relay championships

By on Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Christy O’Brien, 13, has won two national running medals

Christy O’Brien, 13, has won two national running medals

Christy O’Brien, a young Catholic runner from St Bede’s College in Manchester, has just won two national championships. 

Christy, 13, won both the English cross-country relay and the English road relay championships with two other runners from his running club Sale Harriers. 

When asked about how he felt about winning the two national championships the modest teenager replied:  “I was surprised and shocked at beating the other teams in the competition.”

Christy is the reigning north-west champion at cross country and has ambitions to follow former Bedian, the Olympic runner Andrew Steele, by taking up running as a profession when he leaves St Bede’s. Christy represents the college at a number of sports, including athletics and football. 

Michael Barber, headmaster, said: “We are delighted with Christy’s national success, which has come at a very early stage in his career. Despite his heavy commitment to his running career, he still finds time to represent the college at a number of other sports.”