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Sophie sizzles at Hexham

SOPHIE Hamilton showed her class when she was crowned the North-East Inter Counties champion.

SOPHIE Hamilton showed her class when she was crowned the North-East Inter Counties champion.

The 17-year-old Thorp Academy student, who is part of the Elite Performer Programme, turned up the heat on her rivals with a stunning display at Hexham in the 400m hurdle.

Sophie recorded a personal best time of 72.80secs and was three seconds clear of the runner-up.

She was representing Durham in a four county competition that also included Cleveland, Northumberland and Cumbria and she was in the mood to shine.

The Blaydon Harrier has an abundance of talent and potential having shown already what she is capable of. She memorably broke her mam's 28-year-old high jump record on school sports day.