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Born: 18 April 1990
Coach: Mick Woods
Club: Stockport Harriers
Lives: Stockport
OCWK: Female Athlete


Personal Bests
800m 2:08.8 (2007), 1500m 4:18.75 (2007), 3000m 9:14.07mx (2011) / 9:20.44 (2007), 5000m 16:23.60 (2012), 10,000m 34:42.95 (2012)

Involvement with OCWK
Jess joined ‘On Camp with Kelly’ in 2007 and has taken part in the following OCWK events:
Loughborough Educational Camp 2007
Bath Get-Together Weekend 2007
Loughborough Educational Camp 2008
Tonbridge Get-Together 2008
Loughborough Get-Together 2009
Birmingham Get-Together 2010
Tonbridge Training Camp 2010
Olympic Park Visit 2010
Tonbridge Training Camp 2011
London Get-Together 2012
Lee Valley Get-Together 2012

Jess received an ‘On Camp with Kelly’ Excellent Achievement Award in 2007 in recognition of her participation in the European Athletics Junior Championships and in 2012 in recognition of her gold medal at the European Under 23 Cross Country Championships.

Athletics Achievements
1st European U23 Cross Country 2012
1st England 5000m 2012
2nd BUCS 10,000m 2012
7th European Junior 3000m 2007
1st England Under 20 3000m 2007
26th World Junior Cross Country 2007
14th European Junior Cross Country 2006
1st English Schools Inter 3000m 2006
1st AAA Under 17 1500m 2006

Performances in 2012
Jess finished second in the BUCS 10,000m on 6 May and then won the England 5000m title on 3 June. In November she was an impressive winner of the senior women's race at the Liverpool Cross Challenge to secure her selection for the Under 23 race at the European Cross Country Championships where she performed brilliantly to win the gold medal.

Personal Bests set in 2012
16:45.6, 03/06/12, Birmingham
16:23.60, 24/06/12, Birmingham

34:42.95, 06/05/12, Stratford

10km – previous PB 33:18
33:12, 07/10/12, Edinburgh

Performances in 2011
Jess improved her 3000m best twice in mixed races at the end of the season to 9:18.75 and 9:14.07. On 16 October she went to eighth on the UK all-time list for 10 miles with a 52:53 clocking in Twickenham.

Personal Bests set in 2011
3000m - previous PB 9:20.44
9:18.75mx, 23/08/11, Trafford
9:14.07mx, 06/09/11, Trafford

5km - previous PB 16:51
16:32, 28/07/11, Manchester

52:53, 16/10/11, Twickenham

Performances in 2007
Jess was an easy winner of the 3000m at the Norwich Union England Athletics Under 20 Championships and went on to finish seventh over the same distance at the European Athletics Junior Championships. Earlier in the season she had improved her 3000m best to 9:20.44 and has also set personal bests for 1500m of 4:21.82 and for 800m of 2:08.8. In March she finished 26th in the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Kenya.

Personal Bests set in 2007
800m – previous PB 2:16.6
2:08.8, 2/06/07, Stockport

1500m – previous PB 4:22.87
4:21.82, 15/05/07, Stretford
4:18.75, 30/06/07, Watford

3000m – previous PB 9:24.61
9:20.44, 20/05/07, Loughborough

Introduction to Athletics
Jess qualified for the English Schools Cross Country in 2004 and came 23rd. She enjoyed it so much that she joined the running club a couple of weeks later. In 2005 she had a good cross country season and realised that she had potential and could do even better if she took it a little more seriously.

Jess’s training group under coach Dave Turnbull includes European 800m bronze medallist Becky Lyne.

Click here to check out Jessica's recent performances on the Power of 10 website