A YOUNG runner is hoping to defend her title at a national championship this summer.

Lucy-Erin Hunter was crowned the North-East under 15 800m champion at a competition in Gateshead last month for the second consecutive year.

The 13-year-old student at Hummersknott Academy, in Darlington, also won a silver medal in the 1,500m and hopes to defend her title at the English Schools Athletics Championship, which will be held in Birmingham later this year.

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As well as running at school, the youngster also trains two to three times a week with Darlington Harriers.

She said: “I am going to continue training and improving my times – I knocked two seconds off in this race compared to the previous year and I hope to improve as the season continues.

“This year I am concentrating on 800m.”