Jess Coulson (OS 2008) claimed a comfortable gold in the women’s under-23s race at the weekend’s European cross country championships in Budapest, finishing the 6km course over 50 metres clear of the chasing pack.
Jess finished the race in 20 minutes and 40 seconds, a time which saw her win Great Britain’s only individual gold at the event. After the race she told the press:
This has been a long time coming. The last time I made a GB team was five years ago.
I put it down to my coach, Mick Woods. I just really worked hard and I enjoyed it out there today, I was even singing to myself on the way around. I just felt good. I got going and then didn’t stop.
Full coverage of Jess’s gold can be seen on the BBC website.
Jess is still a regular visitor to Stockport Grammar where she trains on the school fields and has passed on her expertise to our current pupils during a series of athletics masterclasses. Head of PE and Games Mr Chris Wright told us that her gold medal is “a fantastic result for Jess and just reward for all the hours that she has invested in her lone training schedule!”
Jess has also been nominated for European Athletics’ athlete of the month award for November after producing an outstanding performance to finish third in the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca in Spain.
The award is designed to recognise outstanding performers at all levels of the sport in Europe, with the winner jointly decided by public vote, the media and a panel of expert statisticians.