Jessica Judd is thrilled to be competing at the elite level again as she prepares for Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Italy.
The 21-year-old Sky Academy Sports Scholar battles through mud and very testing conditions on the cross country winter circuit to build up her endurance for the track season.
After a disappointing Olympic qualifying campaign, Judd surprised everyone, including herself, last week in Liverpool’s Sefton Park by finishing third in the U23 age group in the European trials.
“I’m really excited to be going to the championships in Chia,” Judd said. “I had it at the back of my mind but I didn’t expect Liverpool to go quite so well. Running 8k was always going to be a struggle so I am over the moon to be on the team.
“I am not expecting anything in the race – just being in the team is a fantastic achievement for me. It will be good to see how I go against European competition and it’s just fantastic being in an elite environment again and to wear a GB vest.
“I’m feeling good and know this is the last race before the new year so it would be good to end 2016 running for my country. This track season didn’t go well for me at all so it’ll be nice to put all that disappointment behind me when I line up on the start line on Sunday.
Source : Internet