Monday, November 28, 2011

Athletics: Steph Twell relishes her come back to action after ankle injury

Posted by Admin On 10:25 AM

Steph Twell is glad to be back after coming fifth in her first major race in nine months. The 22-year-old, who missed most of this year after contravention her ankle in February, earned a place at next month’s European Cross Country Championships with a brave run at Saturday’s trials in Liverpool, finish up 32 seconds adrift of winner Hattie Dean.

“I loved it,” said Twell. “I felt myself again and coming through the way I did really gave me confidence.” Fellow Scot Freya Murray emphasize her own come back from complaint by coming third to cement her spot in Great Britain’s squad for the Euros in Slovenia on 11 December, leading Edinburgh AC to team gold.

Andy Vernon won the men’s race at Sefton Park, while there could be three Scots in the GB squad today after Derek Hawkins, Matthew Graham and Matt Gillespie came second, third and fourth in the under-23 race, won by Mitch Goose.

Dai Greene’s gold medal-winning hurdles run at the world championships were named as presentation of the Year at the Aviva UK Athletics Awards in London on Saturday. Malcolm Arnold, who trainer both Greene and Scotland’s Commonwealth medallist Eilidh Child, was honor the Elite Coach of the Year prize. Henry Muchamore, a central figure at both Haddington leader and East Lothian Athletics Development Group, was named as the helper of the Year.

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