Nailsea athlete helps Avon become national champions

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 April 2018

Avon beat 12 other counties to become national champions.

Avon beat 12 other counties to become national champions.


A Nailsea runner helped Avon become national school athletics champions, beating 12 other counties for the coveted title.

Charlie Thornton was the only team member from Nailsea School, in Mizzymead Road, to represent the county.

The 12-year-old won a silver medal for the six-lap running race, posting the second fastest time in the UK for his age group.

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The finals took place at the Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, and Avon saw off competition from Berkshire, Surrey, Devon, and Norfolk to be named the best under-13 team in the country.

It was a great day all round for Avon, with the under-15s finishing third overall in their respective competition.

Charlie’s proud mum Amanda said: “It was an amazing day and the Avon coaches, David Turner and Susan Jones, have done a great job in supporting and developing these young athletes.

“We are so pleased with Charlie.”

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