Thompson caps fine season with gold and silver medals

Emily Thompson (65) capped a fine season with a gold and silver at Loughborough

Emily Thompson (65) capped a fine season with a gold and silver at Loughborough

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Emily Thompson concluded her season in style with a gold and silver medal at the UK School Games at Loughborough University.

After a dramatic day of competition, the Banbury Harrier emerged with a silver medal in the 800m and a team gold in the 4x300m relay.

Emily Thompson picked up two more medals at Loughborough

Emily Thompson picked up two more medals at Loughborough

The UK School Games brought together 1600 of the UK’s best athletes over four days of competition.

The 800m event saw the best two-lap runners from each of the English regions, as well as Scotland and Northern Ireland, competing for the UK Schools title.

The line-up included European Youth silver medalist Anna Burt from England South-West, and Northern Ireland champion Davicia Patterson, the fastest in the UK over 400m at under-17 level.

Burt took the gold but Thompson’s time of two minutes ten seconds was her second fastest of the season.

We were really happy with the way we ran and to get the gold was an unexpected bonus

Emily Thompson

Having won gold with the England 4x300m relay team in July, Thompson faced the prospect of running in a Midlands team against her England team-mates. Scotland led almost from the start but Kiffin, Buchanan, Thompson and Adikpe left the South East and South West trailing.

Scotland crossed the line a second ahead of the Midlands but were disqualified for breaching the rules on baton changeovers.

Thompson said: “We were all really happy with the way we ran and to get the gold was an unexpected bonus.

“It was a really competitive race. Everyone played their part for the team and I’m just delighted for all the girls.”