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by Val Baxter

December 19, 2014

International Success for Lydia and another GB selection

On Sunday 14th December, Lydia Turner ran her first international race as a Junior woman at the European XC Championships at Samokov in Bulgaria. Lydia ran a fantastic race, finishing in a strong third place behind team-mate Jessica Judd to secure a personal bronze medal and a Gold team medal. There is a full write up of the race in the Evening Chronicle.

Local international athlete Aly Dixon had this to say about Lydia:-

I don’t delay my runs for much, but today I delayed it to watch a young lady who I have had the pleasure of watching since she was about 11years old blossom on the international stage. She made it well worth while by running a great, mature race to earn a well deserved bronze medal at the Euro Cross. I couldn’t be prouder of Lydia if she was a family member. There’s certainly a very bright future for this young lady and I look forward to see it develop. Well done coach Tom for nurturing such a great talent.

A replay of the race can be viewed here (European Athletics, Samokov 2014 EXCH Junior Women’s race) Here are a few photos from the day:-samokov 3

samokov 1

samokov 2

For anyone interested, here is the course map:- course map

Following this success, the GB Team has been announced for the Edinburgh International Cross Country on the 10th January – Mo Farah can’t believe he’s actually part of the same GB Team as Birtley’s Lydia Turner 😉 (story here).

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