Talented Ollie wants to keep on running

A HUGELY talented scholar on Dyke House Academy’s Elite Development Squad programme is looking to deliver a North-East double this weekend.


A HUGELY talented scholar on Dyke House Academy’s Elite Development Squad programme is looking to deliver a North-East double this weekend.

Not only is Ollie Duthie the fastest Year 7 in the region for the 1500m, the Year 7 student has qualified to run in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Northumberland tomorrow.

Duthie is an exceptional all-rounder and is developing his running ability at school level alongside playing football for Middlesbrough’s academy and competing for Hartlepool Youth Athletics.

Duthie said: “I've never ran in such a high level race so I am nervous but keen to get out and do the best I can. I would love to do well and be selected to race for the England schoolboys’ competition which is in Leeds in March.”

Ollie, from Seaton Carew, has run since the age of seven when he represented Holy Trinity Primary at the Hartlepool schools’ trials at Summerhill.

Since then he has progressed to a high standard throughout the summer and winter seasons, resulting in amazing Power of 10 statistics. He is already beating many Year 8 athletes in the 1500m.

When he went to Stewart’s Park in Dyke House colours he claimed a first county triumph at that level, having won it four times previously during his primary school days.

He said: “It feels really good knowing that my hard work has paid off by now being the fastest cross country runner in the town and county.

“My races for my athletics club are mixed with Year 7 and 8s, which can be difficult knowing I'm racing against lads a year older than me, but I just go out try my best and push myself as hard as possible.”

Ollie has settled in well to life at Dyke House and has captained the Year 7 football team to the last-16 of the English Schools’ Playstation Cup. They head to Leeds on Wednesday for the next round.

Ollie said: “It's a big week this week not only because of the cross country race on Saturday but we travel to Leeds too.

“I really want me and the lads to progress all the way because it would be a huge achievement not just for the team but also for Dyke House and Hartlepool.

“I'm in my second year of my contract at Middlesbrough Academy so it's a big commitment to do both football and my athletics but I will keep trying my hardest and hopefully be successful in both sports.”

Ollie has high hopes of becoming a professional footballer, although he is remaining level headed.

He said: “I would really like to be retained at my football academy but realise how competitive it is at such a high level. I would like to do well with the district football team too, and we have only really just got started on that.

“In terms of my running I would like to race for the England schoolboys, representing my school, my town and my athletics club, with help from my coach John Spence.

“I'm really lucky to be part of the Elite Development Squad at Dyke House and hope to keep doing well both in my sport and academically to keep my spot.”