Sam Gentry ran arguably his finest cross country race at Truro last weekend whilst 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 AC 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 Boys 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 Boys team that took the team Silver medal for Avon.
David Warnes was another club athlete to have a great run. He produced a fine 6 th place finish in the Senior Boys race with team mate Joe Gentry also running well to take 16 th . Both athletes contributed to helping the Avon senior boys 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 39 th and 46 th respectively, whilst Megan Mcrum also ran well for the Intermediate girls in her debut at this event to finish 45 th .
Alys Withers showed great strength in worsening conditions when others faltered to beat some very good athletes for a fine 25 th 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. Good luck to you all.