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Richmond upon Thames wins GOLD in the London Youth Games Virtual Cross Country!

Release Date: 24 December 2020

The Nike x London Youth Games Virtual Cross Country event took place from earlier this month with four different age groups competing in the London-wide competition.

30 boroughs took part with a total of 3,894 young runners. Approximately 600 of these runners represented Richmond upon Thames – a huge turn out that saw the borough soar to the top of the leader board!

As well as excelling in participation, Richmond’s young runners also performed remarkably well and claimed about 25% of the top finishing spots. For example, in the U17 male category, 25 Richmond runners finished in the top 50 and in the U15 female category, nine Richmond runners finished in the top 50!

Special mention goes to Siena Lepine who finished first in the U13 female category and to Jonny Brook who also finished first in the U17 male category.

Siena Lepine, the U13 female winner, said:

"It was exhausting yet exhilarating to push myself to the limit, achieving a personal best. I was happy to learn it was also the winning time! I am thankful to LYG that in these difficult times, we can still compete in events, even if virtually."

Cllr J-F Burford, Lead Spokesperson for Sport, said:

"It’s great to have some good news and I would like to congratulate each one of the young runners who helped the borough top the leader board! Well done!"

To find out more and to get involved in future events head to London Youth Games.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Fenna Maynard on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P511/20

Updated: 24 March 2021