ATHLETICS: CRAIG France's remarkable season continued on Saturday with his second major title of the year.
The 16-year-old from Ellesmere Port added the English Schools' intermediate 100m hurdles title to his Scottish indoor crown at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield.
Although Craig has chosen to represent Scotland, courtesy of his Scottish-born mum, Diane, he will be turning out for England for the first time in a schools' international against Scotland, Northern Ireland and hosts Wales at Cardiff tomorrow.
The Whitby High School pupil, a member of Liverpool Harriers and AC, clocked a personal-best 13 seconds to win the final after putting up the fastest qualifying time of 13.07 seconds in his heat.
He said: 'This was my third appearance in the English Schools' Championships, but I didn't ever think I was going to make it.
'I picked up a foot injury about three weeks ago and I was really struggling, and then I was having problems with a tight calf after my qualifying heat on Friday.
'I got over the problem but I still can't believe I've won. This is easily my biggest win so far.'
A former member of West Cheshire AC, he paid tribute to all those who helped him in his fledgling athletics career. 'I'd like to thank Eddie Gore at West Cheshire AC for getting me started in athletics, all my friends at the club and, of course, my coach Pat Spencer and my current training group,' he added.
Craig is now a member of the Bank of Scotland hurdles squad and he is top of the Scottish sprint hurdles ranking lists for his age, and seventh in the all-time age group Scottish list.
* William Lowndes, of Tarporley High School, added an English schools silver medal to his growing collection when he putted the shot out to 15.37 metres in the inter boys' event to be pipped for gold by just one centimetre.