South West Schools XC

A very good days racing by the Bristol and West Athletes who chose to compete in the South West Schools.

Pride of place has to go to Annabel Gummow who not only beat the opposition but had to pick her way through careless spectators who blocked the course. Undaunted with this she eventually cruised to a 38 second victory. Olivia Sadler has added to her fine series of races with another pleasing performance in fifth place, this time only 12 seconds away from the medals and more importantly gaining ground on Midland Silver Medallist Imogin Wolsey. Billie Williams received a late call up into the squad and was determined to prove worthy of wearing the Avon Schools colours, Billie showed remarkable improvement by finishing 12 seconds behind an experienced
team mate.

Hannah Alderson proved that she is well on the way back to fitness when finishing runner up in the senior girls’ race. The shock result in this race went to Rosemary Hurford who ran the race of her young life to finish 7th. Considering the step up in standard this showed remarkable improvement on her 2nd place in the Avon schools and her 1st in the Bristol schools.

Miranda Sadler was another girl on fire in the Junior Girls race, swapping places with Emily Smith of Somerset on the last lap. Miranda finishing in 3rd was just 13 seconds adrift of eventual winner Loren Bleaken. Hannah Cockram should qualify for her first appearance in the English Schools after putting in a solid performance and beating four of her Avon team mates.

Lewis Nightingale was the only boy from the club to compete in Truro and may have done enough to secure a place at the English Schools.

Senior Girls: Hannah Alderson 2nd, Rosemary Hurford 7th

Inter Girls: Annabel Gummow 1st, Olivia Sadler 5th, Billie Williams 62nd

Junior Girls: Miranda Sadler 3rd, Hannah Cockram 55th

Junior Boys: Lewis Nightingale 46th

Dave Taylor