Teenage Invicta East Kent Athletics Club cross country runner Rebecca Weston shines on international debut for GB
by Alex Hoad
Rebecca Weston produced a superb performance to overshadow
her Invicta East Kent AC rivals Bobby and Alex Clay and claim a
podium place at the Edinburgh International Cross-Country.
Weston, 18, pipped her team-mates in a sprint finish over the
last 200m of the 4km under-20 race, to claim third spot in 14mins
1sec in her first ever international appearance.
Fellow GB debutant, 17-year-old Alex, was three seconds back in
fourth, and 15-year-old Bobby, the youngest in the race, was given
fifth place after finishing in the exact same time as her
It was the first time this season that Weston (pictured), from
Blean near Canterbury, finished ahead of either of the
sisters, from nearby Wingham, while it was the first time any Kent
athlete had finished ahead of Bobby in more than three seasons.
The IEK trio formed half of a six-strong GB squad which
took on teams from the USA and the rest of Europe, with GB
team-mate Emilia Gorecka winning the race in 13.46 with Jessica
Judd (13.58) in second.
All three girls will return to action in the McCains
Cross-Country Challenge in Cardiff on January 20.
Meanwhile, despite the absence of the Clays, the IEK under-17
women’s team claimed team gold at the Kent Championships at
They held off the challenge of second-placed Blackheath &
Bromley and third-placed Tonbridge, who have won the age-group for
the past seven years.
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