SPRINTER Owen Richardson will be among the favourites to win the intermediate boys 400m title at the English Schools Championships this weekend.

The 15-year-old Costello School pupil is one of 14 north Hampshire athletes selected by the county for the championships, which take place at the Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham, on Friday and Saturday.

Richardson is the number-one ranked under-17 400m runner in Britain so far this season, having clocked an impressive 48.41sec at the English under-20 championships last month.

He will be joined at the championships by 12 other athletes from Basingstoke and Mid Hants.

Hannah Haugvik (75m hurdles), Katherine Abel (javelin) and Amelia Cook (shot), will all compete in the junior girls category, with Harry Richardson (800m) and Malachi Gair (high jump) representing Hampshire in junior boys events.

Charlie Sheridan will run the intermediate boys 800m, while Lucy Bomphrey (100m), Lucy Wildash (3,000m), Devon Brimecome (300m hurdles) and Evie Wilcox (discus) will all compete in intermediate girls events.

Myles Richardson will run the senior 200m, while Brendan O’Connor will compete in the senior 1,500m.

The Clere pupil Holly Mills has been selected to do battle in the junior girls long jump.