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Grace in the medals at top events

Grace Baker, of Hastings AC, on the run at the National Championships

Grace Baker, of Hastings AC, on the run at the National Championships

Athletics ace Grace Baker won medals at two major cross-country championships in the space of seven days.

The 17-year-old Bexhill College student bagged a bronze at the South of England Cross-Country Championships, and a week later scooped individual silver and led Aldershot, Farnham & District AC’s under-17 women’s squad to team gold at the National Championships.

In the latter event at a snowy and boggy Sunderland, Baker had sweet revenge on Alex Clay, who beat her the previous week, and was only four seconds and closing on the eventual winner, world under-20 mountain running champion Annabel Mason.

This was possibly the best run in her short career from the Pett-based youngster, who does most of her training with Hastings Athletic Club, and sets her up well for the forthcoming trials for the Great Britain under-20 women’s team for the World Championships in Poland during March.

See Friday’s Observers for the full article.

 

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