North Somerset athletes shine at Avon Schools Cross Country Championships

PUBLISHED: 12:44 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 23 January 2018

Sam Gentry.

Sam Gentry.

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North Somerset athlete Sam Gentry ran an excellent race to win the Avon Schools Championships intermediate boy's title.

Qualifying for the Avon Schools Cross Country squad is no easy feat and standards at the Avon Schools Championships was very high indeed.

However, no less than nine North Somerset athletes did just that and will now travel to Devon on February 3 to represent Avon in the South West Schools Championships.

It was the final race of the day that provided the best finish with Sam Gentry making a welcome return to form in the intermediate boy’s race.

After an uncharacteristic run of poor results, Sam went with his great Westbury rival from the gun with the pair breaking clear from the leading group at the midway stage, before Sam timed his sprint finish to perfection to take the title.

Keira Devereux was the only other North Somerset medallist. Running sensibly throughout, Keira worked her way through the field before closing in on the leader, but she left just a little too much to do in her quest for gold. A silver medal however is just reward for the talented minor girls’ athlete.

Other strong top 10 performances to secure Avon qualification came from Callum Smith (senior boy’s), Ollie Lock (intermediate boy’s), Harrison Garland and Will Scott (junior boy’s), Alice Bridger-Morales (juniors girls’), Blythe Jones (minor girls’), Megan McCrum (intermediate girls’) and Lizzie Plews (senior girls’). In the Somerset Schools Championships, Matt Howard put in a terrific performance to win the intermediate boy’s title. It was only his second cross country race this season, but he still had too much for his rivals who all race regularly on the cross country circuit.

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