MAX Davis is determined to return to the international scene as quickly as he can after making a successful debut for England last week.

The 17-year-old member of Avon Valley Runners wore the England vest for the first time at the European Junior 10k Road Championships staged in northern Italy.

That was a daunting enough test without the added challenge of a traditional European type course of nine laps over a tight, twisty course that hampered any attempt to develop a rhythm.

But Davis wasn’t deterred as he finished seventh in 31mins 54secs and second England scorer to ensure third place in the team competition behind France and Italy last week.

“It was some of the best days I have ever had, and I really enjoyed my time there,” said Davis.

“I was very pleased with my performance. I went for it from the start because the race was held over nine laps on a tight course with lots of turns and I knew I had to get up there.

“The last few laps were tough but I managed to hold on to my seventh place and it was great to win the team bronze medals and finish just two seconds behind the Italians and 16 seconds behind the French.

“Hopefully I will get further international opportunities in the future but that wasn’t a bad start.”

Nearer to home, AVR club-mate Owen Lythell enjoyed a handsome win in the 1,500m D race at the British Milers’ Club PB Classic meeting at Millfield School on Saturday.

Lythell clocked a time of 4:25.62, which slashed over 20 seconds from his 2018 best and shot him up to 21st in the South West rankings for U17 men.

There was also a PB of 4:51.38 for AVR teenager Freya Buglass in the F race.