ON COURSE: Bangalow runner Brianna Campton will compete in the World Interschool Cross-Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday.
ON COURSE: Bangalow runner Brianna Campton will compete in the World Interschool Cross-Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday. David Trend

Brianna ready to race in Budapest

BANGALOW runner Brianna Campton will compete on the international stage at the World Interschool Cross Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary this weekend.

The 15-year-old former Byron Bay High School athlete will run as part of the St Margaret's Anglican Girl's School team from Brisbane.

They qualified as the team to represent Australia after winning at the Australian Cross Country Championships at Moonee Valley racecourse in Victoria last year.

She is on a full scholarship at the school and follows in the footsteps of older sister Marlie Campton who represented Australia at the same event two years ago in Israel.

Brianna, a regular track and cross country representative at national level still trains with the Border Striders at Kingscliff and Tweed Heads on top of her boarding school commitments.

"She's come through that tough North Coast regional competition over the years, so she has a good grounding", Striders coach Brian Chapman said.

"China's team, which races zombie-like in formation, and the free-spirited Turks are probably the pick of the nations so Brianna will need to be at her best."

Brianna will race in a team of six where they will each run 3.6km with the top four times recorded.

She has already headed overseas with the team in a training camp for the past couple of days in Prague.

"She's having a ball over there and they have a pretty close-knit little team," her mother Jannine Campton said.

"I think to be able to do it with friends adds another level of excitement to it.

"We didn't push her into a scholarship, it was a dream of hers and she has made the most of the opportunity."

Marlie Campton has recently had a break from racing since she returned from individual competition in Israel.

She still competes in some events and will likely spend more time on the track after she completes her HSC this year.



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