Newtonian and former Woodham Academy pupil, Kate Avery landed a top three position at the European Cross County Championships held in Hyeres, France this weekend.
Athlete Kate held a strong position throughout the race before powering on in the final lap to achieve an emotional silver medal.
Kate, who did not expect to be attending the championships due to recently losing her father, commented “It was a totally different race to last year. I feel like I really had to build up for that second place. My dad was my biggest support, I thought a lot about him today.”
This is the second consecutive year the 24 year old has achieved a silver medal.
PE teacher and Deputy Head at Woodham Academy, Danny Morgans, said: “We are immensely proud of everything Kate has achieved. She is a shining example of someone who works hard to achieve their goals and we wish her the very best in all her future competitions.”
Britain topped the table with every participant receiving a medal on the night, taking the team to a 13th consecutive win.

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Kate Avery on the podium with Sifan Hassan (c) and Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal
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