Hannah is Avon’s star as she wins England vest

AVON runner Hannah Hobbs produced a superb performance to finish sixth in the inter girls’ race at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Nottingham on Saturday .
The 16-year-old Castle School Thornbury student committed herself from the star and stuck with the leaders until the closing stages of the race to improve massively on her 25th place just twelve months ago.
ut more importantly earned her one of the coveted eight places in the England team for the British Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Scotland a week on Saturday (MARCH 19TH).
“I was shocked and really pleased to finish sixth,” said Hobbs.
Her first England vest will provide a fitting finale to an outstanding season for Hobbs, who is coached by Pat Gallagher at Westbury Harriers.
In the boys’ race the best result came from 16-year-old Bristol Grammar School student Hugh Sadler, who battled hard to finish a fine 12th in a high quality inter boys’ race.
North Somerset’s Sam Gentry showed a massive improvement from 124th in Blackburn last year to finish 16th in the junior boys’ race.
Ellie Hobbs, younger sister of Hannah, didn’t feel at her best on the day but still worked hard to finish 21st and top Avon scorer in the junior girls’ race with Enya Maylor 31st.
In the senior girls’ race Redland High’s Ellie Wallace led the way in 45th with Redland Green’s Ellie Leather 70th while another top 50 finisher was Imogen Marony in the inter girls’ with 41st.

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