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Ten-year-old carries injured friend to race finish

Two friends in Grimsby had their own 'Brownlee brothers' moment when one carried the other across the finish line in a cross country race.

10-year-old Riley Watson was just metres from the end of the challenging run when he collapsed with a stitch.

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However, his classmate 10-year-old Julian Otu came to his aid and carried him over the finish line in a move reminiscent of the moment when Alistair Brownlee helped his brother Jonny over the finish line at the Triathlon World Series, sacrificing his own chance of winning.

Julian, who is a School Sports Partnership young ambassador, said: "I'd rather not have won and helped my friend than leave him there."

The touching moment happened during a Year 5 race in an inter-schools cross country event at Weelsby Woods in Grimsby.

Julian and Riley Credit: SWNS

What Julian did encompasses how we want our children to be. He has exemplified his caring attitude. He is a very caring boy.

He is one of our young leaders where he helps support younger children within the school with extra classes.

I am proud to say we have a school full of Julians. They are all exemplary. I think it's wonderful what Julian did so it's so nice to hear something good. That's our Julian for you.

– Amanda Turner, Headteacher of Allerton Primary School