Jess Coulson finishes third in Cross Internacional de Atapuerca

Athlete Jess Coulson (OS 2008) produced an outstanding performance to finish third in the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca in Spain last weekend.

Up against a world-class field of runners, Jess (pictured furthest right) completed the race in a time of 25:42 and was the first European over the finishing line – sending out a strong message ahead of next month’s European cross country championships.

Speaking to the Brooks Running website after the race, Jess said:

I started off steady and gradually in each lap picked my way through the pack. Hiwot and Linet had left the chasing pack after the first lap, so it was a race for the minor places.

I kept relaxed and sheltered from the wind, and coming into the last lap I felt good. I slowly wound it up and found myself in third position and able to finish strong.

I’m really happy with how the race went and it was a very enjoyable trip with great support from the England team and managers.

22-year-old Jess, who runs for Stockport Harriers, was also a winner of last month’s Great Edinburgh Run and was a runner-up behind Jo Pavey in the Great South Run a fortnight ago.

Jess still trains at Stockport Grammar and passed on some her expertise to our current pupils during a series of athletics masterclasses during the last summer term.

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