Over the weekend, three University of Leeds female undergraduates competed at the final, World Mountain Running Grand Prix, held at Smarna Gora in Slovenia. Jemima Elgood (Dentistry, 3rd year & Sports Scholar), Hannah Russell (Cardiac Physiology, 2nd year) and Helen Thornhill (Geological Sciences, 2nd year) represented England in the women’s under 23 team.
In a statement, Thornhill expressed the thrill of competing in such a picturesque location, commenting:
The race was an amazing opportunity for me, as I didn’t really know if I’d make the team. Slovenia was a beautiful country and we got to see areas such as Lake Bled and explore the mountains as well as compete in the race. Preparation for me involved training with the University Cross Country team, University Swimming Club and doing some solo gym sessions at the Edge – Leeds has such good sports facilities! It’s really boosted my running confidence, and I’m hopeful that the next year will bring more opportunities for me, as long as I train hard and keep things up.
The trio were joined by Lauren Dickson (International Business and Spanish, 2nd year & Sports Scholar) who competed for Scotland. Indeed, all four managed to secure a finish inside the top ten, amongst a world class field of senior athletes.