Hannah makes international mark

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

HARPENDEN resident Hannah Walker made a great start to her international athletics career last week by finishing second in the Elgoibar Cross Country championships in Spain. The 17-year-old made it a team one-two in the Junior Women s race, finishing behi

HARPENDEN resident Hannah Walker made a great start to her international athletics career last week by finishing second in the Elgoibar Cross Country championships in Spain.

The 17-year-old made it a team one-two in the Junior Women's race, finishing behind team-mate Kate Avery in a field of 30 Under 20 athletes and the teenager was understandably delighted with her performance: "It was a great result and I'm pleased with how it went. It was brilliant - it was very different to anything I've done before. There were lots of locals there and you start on a track, then you do a grassy loop and then go up a hill, it was very much a multi-terrain event."

Hannah admits her call-up came as a surprise saying: "I wasn't expecting it. I got the call on New Year's day, so it was a really good start to the year."

The Sir John Lawes student is looking for more success when she heads back to Europe next month, representing the South of England in an international meet in Germany.


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