Nicholls takes silver in nationals
ASHFORD School pupil Max Nicholls won a silver medal in his age group at the English National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill fields.
Max finished 2nd in the three-kilometre boys’ under-13 race, coming home just three seconds behind a fell runner from Cumbria out of a field of 500.
Earlier Max’s sister Grace, who also attends Ashford School, had finished 5th in the five-kilometre girls’ under-17 race.
Max and Grace, who train with Ashford Athletics Club, are now looking forward to competing in an Inter-counties match in Nottingham the weekend after next. NEW ROMNEY’S Dwyte Smith finished third in the men’s long jump competing for Great Britain in a jumps international against the Netherlands in Appeldorm on Saturday.
The 17-year-old Marsh Academy student recorded a best leap of 6.90m, 0.34m outside his personal best, to finish behind compatriots Jamie Blundell (7.45m) and Leigh Smith (7.41m).
He said: “Although I beat all the Dutch jumpers, it was a bit disappointing because I got an attack of cramp and could only complete two jumps.”
Smith is now turning his attentions towards the outdoor season, starting with the county championships in May.
His PB outdoors is 7.16m and he said: “My main targets this summer are to improve my PB to 7.60m and to qualify for the European Junior Championships.”