February 16, 2016
Birtley coach Tom Millmore has been in the enviable position of having two of his young athletes selected for international competition within a month of each other, Kate Waugh and Sophie Burnett. This is a fantastic achievement for any coach, but for a small club like Birtley it is really impressive, and shows the quality of the coaching and the club’s ability to nurture young talent.
Kate Waugh was selected to represent England Athletics on the 24th January at an international cross country event (Elgoibar) in Spain. She competed in the U20 age group despite still being an U17. This came as a boost for her as she was selected as reserve for the GB team at the recent Great Edinburgh XC (a good achievement in itself) and was slightly disappointed not to get a race.
On the day, Kate raced really well, and was unlucky to just miss out on the medal positions. A few words from Kate herself:-
Finished 4th!! Really really pleased! Bit gutted to have just missed out on a medal but I wasn’t expecting to come up that highly anyway! Very hot conditions meant I suffered slightly towards the end but nonetheless very happy and a great experience!