Sam’s the man at South West Schools Championships

PUBLISHED: 15:01 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 15 February 2017

Sam Gentry.

Sam Gentry.


North Somerset Athletic Club youngster Sam Gentry won a silver medal at the South West Schools Cross Country Championships.

Sam Gentry ran arguably his finest cross country race at Truro last weekend while representing the Avon schools team in the South West Schools Cross Country Championships.

In a winter season that has seen Sam win many a race, an individual silver may not appear such a great fete for the talented North Somerset Athletic Club youngster. However, this was a race of the highest calibre in which he separated two national standard athletes from Cornwall.

Top age athlete Finn Bernie was the race winner, with Sam beating last year’s junior boy’s English schools cross country champion Harris Mier into third place.

Sam will now look forward with relish to the big races approaching as we enter the finale of the winter season. Other club athletes Callum Smith (42nd), Jack Wilkinson (47th), Will Fuller (49th) and Jaylan Bacon (62nd), also formed part of the same intermediate boy’s team that took the team silver medal for Avon.

David Warnes was another club athlete to have a great run. He produced a fine sixth place finish in the senior boy’s race with team-mate Joe Gentry also running well to take 16th. Both athletes contributed to helping the Avon senior boy’s team to the team silver.

In challenging conditions for their first SW Schools event, Daisy Manners-Lolley and Abi Taylor ran solidly in the minor girls’ race for 39th and 46th respectively, while Megan Mcrum also ran well for the intermediate girls’ in her debut at this event to finish 45th.

Alys Withers showed great strength in worsening conditions when others faltered to beat some very good athletes for a fine 25th place finish.

All the athletes selected now go forward to represent Avon at the English Schools Championships at Norwich in March for what is the climax of the cross country season.

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