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British Athletics Cross Challenge Liverpool Ė 23 November 2013

Grace Copeland, on the performance that got British Athletics tweeting.

Everything this year seemed to go to plan after the disaster last year with the car breaking down and the closure of the motorway due to an accident.

It was a smooth journey up to Liverpool with not much traffic on the road making it to the hotel by 2.00pm.

We jogged the course that afternoon so we didnít have to do it on race day. Which was a big bonus for me so I didnít have to get up so early, it saved a load of energy for the race and I got to have breakfast in bed (porridge  and bananas).

We arrived at 10.00am to collect my numbers, warm up and use the loo a million times before the start of the race!

I was so nervous on the start line there were over 100 girls all waiting for the gun to go. Once under way it took me 600m to catch up with Kathleen Faes the race leader and that is where I stayed.

With about 500m to go I made my move as we came out of the wooded area into the clearing. It all seems a bit like a dream as I could hear the commentator talking about me, about the club I belong to, where Iíd come in other events and what I was wearing even the colour of my socks!!!!

With 200m to go I started to feel sick but the gap seemed to be getting bigger and I could see the ribbon being held up at the finish line which spurred me on with the clapping and cheering.  This was a great moment running through the finish I should have been smiling but I was close to tears with happiness knowing this was an amazing win for me.



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