Sports award for Pailton young farmer Tilly

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A young farmer has secured first place in a national sporting competition.

Tilly Lea, who is a member of Pailton Young Farmers’ Club, beat competitors from across the country to take her place on the podium in a running event.

She won the U21 Ladies’ 5k Cross Country race at YFC’s National Competitions Day in Stafford last Sunday.

Tilly, 19, who lives just outside Rugby, had previously competed against members of nine other clubs from Warwickshire before going on to represent the county.

A sporting talent must run in the family, as younger brother Tom also competed, coming in fourth in the U16s Men’s category.

She said: “I’ve been running for about five or six years now, it’s something I’ve always been passionate about.”

Tilly, who is a member of Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club, is in training for future races.

“I’ve got quite a few more races coming up,” she added.

Cross Country is just one of the many competitions Young Farmers take part in, from public speaking to pantomime, sheep shearing to sports.

Run by their members, for their members, there are ten YFCs across Warwickshire; with 25,000 members nationally they are the largest rural youth organisation in the country.

Tilly said: “A lot of people think you need to be a farmer to join which isn’t true.

“We have lots of social events and it’s great fun, I recommend it.”

For more information visit warksyfc.org.uk to find out more.