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Hannah’s delight as she wins her first England Under 20s vest

HANNAH Hobbs is this week celebrating her selection to represent England at an international cross country fixture in Spain.

The 18-year-old Westbury Harrier from Thornbury (pictured left) received the news at the weekend and immediately celebrated by winning the under 20 women’s title at the South West Cross Country Championships on Sunday.

“I have run for English Schools’ before in the Schools’ International Cross Country but this is my first England national under 20s vest so I am delighted,” said Hobbs.

“I am travelling out to Seville on January 19th and then racing on the 21st. I am really looking forward to it.”

Hobbs certainly had a spring in her stride as she took on defending champion Ruth Barnes, who won the Bath half marathon last year.

The pair moved quickly clear of the field and it was only in the closing stages of the two-lap event around a testing course at Aldon Hill, Yeovil that Barnes used her superior strength, stamina and experience to edge up the penultimate climb.

 “But I felt really good on the flat and I am pleased with my run,” added Hobbs.

Also on the international front Bristol & West AC’s Hugh Sadler (pictured right) makes his debut for the Great Britain under 20 men’s squad at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country tomorrow. He is joined in the squad by Stroud’s Tom Mortimer.