Brilliant Baker wins Euro silver

The Great Britain junior women's team, including Grace Baker (third-from-left)
The Great Britain junior women's team, including Grace Baker (third-from-left)
  • Grace Baker wins silver medal at European Championships
  • Pett-based runner helps GB junior women finish second to Germany
  • Baker comes 44th in the individual standings
  • GB top the medal table with team medals in each category
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Grace Baker won a silver medal at the Spar European Cross-Country Championships.

The talented runner from Pett was part of the Great Britain junior women’s squad which came second in the team event in Hyeres on the French Riviera last weekend.

Great Britain’s junior women were edged out by a strong Germany team which scored 20 points to GB’s 40.

Baker’s contribution was a 44th place finish. After the race the 19-year-old was reasonably content, knowing that she could have given no more on the day.

She said: “It’s great to come home with a European medal, but in truth I was aiming for a top 20 finish. This was predicted by my coach, based on how I have been training.

“I hate making excuses, but on the day I had a stomach upset and felt drained. I gave it all I could, but the legs just weren’t working properly. I need to carry on learning.”

It’s great to come home with a European medal, but in truth I was aiming for a top 20 finish.

Grace Baker

The Great Britain squad enjoyed a successful championships, topping the medal table and winning team medals in each category.

Baker is part of Mick Woods’ elite training group of top international runners based in Aldershot, where she travels several times a week from her student accommodation at Royal Holloway University of London.

Baker, a former Rye and Bexhill College pupil, will be in action at the Brooks Sussex Cross-Country Championships in Bexhill next month when she will move up to the senior women’s age group.

She has won this race for the past two years, but due to her young age was not give the full county champion title. This time she will face a tough test from Worthing’s Emma Macready.

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