Teenager with no running experience qualifies for regional championships

Zak Penrose.

A teenager with no competitive running experience has qualified for the regional championships.

Richmond School year 8 pupil  Zak Penrose doesn’t have any running experience, but after winning the 200m race at sports day last year, he was asked to compete at the area championships in the junior boys 200m.

The category is for year 8 and year 9 boys, so Zak was one of the youngest.

He won both his heat and the final with a time of 25.1 seconds which meant he qualified for the county championships which were held in York on Saturday.

Again, it was Year 8 and Year 9 and it is thought he was the only Year 8 in the race.

He came second out of eight with a time of 24.5 and has qualified to represent North Yorkshire in the Northern Counties Championships this coming Saturday in Gateshead.

Jack Moore, PE Teacher, said: “This is amazing news for Zak who clearly has huge potential as a runner which we spotted at the last sports day.

“He is a fantastic sportsman and regularly excels on the rugby pitch and it’s brilliant that he is applying his fitness and determination to athletics.

“We wish him all the very best at the Northern Counties championships.”