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It took mud and guts to win the county cross-country championships in 1980

PUBLISHED: 18:30 21 April 2019

A group of runners encouraging each other along the way on the tough course  Picture: OWEN HINES

A group of runners encouraging each other along the way on the tough course Picture: OWEN HINES

Owen Hines

Love it or hate it, cross-country has long been a staple of school life.

An athletic pupil striding to the finishing line  Picture: OWEN HINESAn athletic pupil striding to the finishing line Picture: OWEN HINES

Pupils have run in pouring rain, chilling winds and freezing temperatures in this great sport of endurance over different terrain.

On your marks, get set, go!  Picture: OWEN HINESOn your marks, get set, go! Picture: OWEN HINES

They have gone up and down hills, over ditches, through soggy, muddy marshland in pursuit of a personal best, or just simply just to cross the finish line and return to the locker room for a hot shower.

It's anyone's race as the young students set off for steep hills and muddy ditches  Picture: OWEN HINESIt's anyone's race as the young students set off for steep hills and muddy ditches Picture: OWEN HINES

For some, it was a welcome break from the confines of the classroom, a chance to see trees bursting into leaf and feel the warm sun on your back. For others, it was something that was dreaded, a mental challenge as well as a physical one.

The course is no easy feat, as the students run down a dusty hill  Picture: OWEN HINESThe course is no easy feat, as the students run down a dusty hill Picture: OWEN HINES

Back in 1980, youngsters from a range of Suffolk schools took part in the annual county cross-country championships on the edge of Ipswich

Whoops! Some of the students make their way over muddy terrain  Picture: OWEN HINESWhoops! Some of the students make their way over muddy terrain Picture: OWEN HINES

The young boys and girls in these photos will be in their 50s by now – do you recognise any of the faces in our gallery, or did you take part in the race?

The Suffolk pupils compete in a cross country  Picture: OWEN HINESThe Suffolk pupils compete in a cross country Picture: OWEN HINES

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