Kingswood reign in B&NES event
Kingswood School topped the medals table when it hosted the Bath & North East Somerset Cross Country Championships last Thursday.
Four team medals – including two golds – and six in the individual sections comprised Kingswood's overall haul of ten. That was two more than Chew Valley, with King Edward's third on five medals, St Gregory's fourth on four and Beechen Cliff and Ralph Allen bagging three apiece.
"The athletes did really well and it was a good day for cross-country racing," said Kingswood's Sandy Burgon, who organised the event at Lansdown Playing Fields.
Kingswood's minor girls' squad of Lilly Landema, Elizabeth White, Lexi Hart, Alice O'Garman, Charlotte Cutter and Natasha Houghton enjoyed one of the biggest wins of the day as they finished 111 points clear of KES.
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Landema and White also won individual silver and bronze respectively behind champion Laura McNab of The Royal High.
The inter girls' race was a more closely-fought contest, with the Kingswood squad of Grace Goodwin, who won individual silver, Emma Narbett, Esmee Charley, Harriet Parker, Anna Thompson and Lottie Biggs finishing just 15 points ahead of Chew Valley.
KES runner Susie Barnes, 15, retained her individual title in some style.
Kingswood's junior boys' squad of Carlie Patterson, Eddie Narbett, Rory Finnamore, Elliot Hawton, Jake Taylor and Nick Harris were second, while the junior girls' team of Ella Reeman, Jessie Davies, Jesse Akiwumi, Susannah Sealy, Kiana Portman and Olivia Watts bagged bronze.
Twelve months after winning the junior boys' title, Chew Valley's Charlie McDonald lifted the inter crown at the first attempt.
Likewise, Ralph Allen's in-form Themis Bower stepped up into the junior boys' class and repeated the victory that he enjoyed in the minors age group last year.
Royal High's Alex Withy retained her junior girls' title ahead of Maddie Awan of KES, while school-mate Laura McNab triumphed in the minor girls' section.
Many of the runners will go on to represent B&NES at the Avon Schools' Championships at Blaise Castle, Bristol, on Saturday, January 12.