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Jess Coulson wins Euro Under 23 Cross Country Title

9 December, 2012

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‘On Camp with Kelly’ athlete Jess Coulson (Stockport Harriers) performed brilliantly to win the Under 23 women’s title at the Spar European Cross Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday 9 December.  It was the second consecutive year the race had been won by an OCWK athlete, with Emma Pallant taking the title last year.


It was a dominant performance by Jess who won the 6km race by over 50 metres in 20:40. She was to the fore from the start of the race and made her decisive move shortly before the 4km point, quickly building a big lead on the field.

After the race she said: “This has been a long time coming. The last time I made a GB team was five years ago. I put it down to my coach, Mick Woods. I just really worked hard and I enjoyed it out there today, I was even singing to myself on the way around. I just felt good. I got going and then didn’t stop.”

The Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team took silver medals six points behind Russia.


Jen Walsh (Spenborough & District AC) finished eighth in the junior women’s 4km race in 14:01, having been to the fore for much of the race, helping Aviva GB & NI to the team title by a massive 78 points ahed of Germany.

Emelia Gorecka (Aldershot Farnham & District), who has previously taken part in ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ Education Days, won the silver medal with in 13:37 behind winner Amela Terzic of Serbia’s 13:29.

Simon Horsfield finished 23rd in the Under 23 men’s 8km race in 25:21 and took a team bronze medal.

With two gold, three silver and five bronze medals the Aviva GB & NI Team topped the medal table for the fifth successive year at the event.

Click here for full results on the European Athletics website

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