MORE than 400 intrepid runners lined up for the West Buckland School cross-country run across Exmoor. The race, which this year commemorated the 150th anniversary of the school, has been run annually since 1859 - apart from two occasions, when it was stop

MORE than 400 intrepid runners lined up for the West Buckland School cross-country run across Exmoor.The race, which this year commemorated the 150th anniversary of the school, has been run annually since 1859 - apart from two occasions, when it was stopped by snow and by the foot-and-mouth outbreak.More than 70 old boys and girls also ran to celebrate the occasion and support their old school.The pupils run to gain points for their House and glory for themselves. Those not old enough to participate act with staff as markers.The Senior boys walked seven miles to the start and before running 10 miles to the finish. Senior girls walked six miles and ran seven-and-a-half. Junior boys walked five miles and ran five-and-a-half and the junior girls walked four miles and ran four miles. They came home mud-spattered and with tales of trainers lost in the mire, but with a spirit of fun and determination. Harry Aitchison won the senior boys event, with Caroline Webber winning the senior girls for the second time. Nick Bennett won the junior boys and Diana Webber completed the double for the junior girls. Michael Owen was the winner of the guests' race.