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Campaign success for teenage Hampshire runners

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Campaign success for teenage Hampshire runners

Published at 6:01am 17th April 2020.

After huge disappointment when the coronavirus outbreak saw an international event being cancelled two teenage runners from Hampshire have won a month-long campaign for their England kit.

14 year old James Dargan, from Yateley, and Daniel Shattock, from Hartley Wintney, were set to take part in an international event which had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, as previously reported by Eagle Radio.

It meant none of the young runners were representing their country and so did not get any kit, in line with a rule by the English Schools' Athletic Board.

But, the English Schools' Athletic Association has now decided to award England vests and international badges to the boys in recognition of their performances.

James Dargan while training in lockdown
James Dargan out training during the coronavirus lockdown

James, aged 14, said they are all really happy with the outcome:

"We would have obviously all preferred to run in the actual event, but we're all really happy that our efforts have been recognised.

"It means so much because we've worked really hard to get to where we were.

"It's really nice we've been recognised for our efforts - it's really cool."

James has kept up his running during the coronavirus lockdown, but instead of heading to the track and running with his friends, he has been going out with his mum while she cycles - which is "really nice".

He has been keeping up his normal sessions, running around 8 to 9km, as well as a longer run of 10 km on Saturday mornings.

James told Eagle Radio he is trying to keep his fitness up and that running "makes me feel a lot better".