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Rebecca earns GB selection for European Mountain Championships

REBECCA Hilland has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Mountain Championships in Slovenia next month.

The Team Bath AC runner (pictured left training in Norway) booked her place in the team after a superb third place in the trial race staged in the Lake District on Sunday.

“I was really pleased with my third place as I was unsure how I would go,” said Hilland.

“I had done a few uphill races only at home in Norway but they were only half the distance of the trials race and I knew I was up against some very strong girls in the trials.

“But I knew the top three would automatically get selected and there is also a fourth place available so I think I have done enough now.”

Hilland is understandably delighted to win her third senior GB vest on top of her junior vest she won as a teenager when she was  a student at Bath High School living in the city.

Now, of course, Hilland is based in Norway and after a long break from the sport is enjoying a marvellous return and finally realising the potential she showed as a youngster.

A recent hamstring injury, which forced her to miss the London Marathon, had hampered her preparations but the fact that the Europeans this year is just an uphill race was a big help.

“Just racing uphill is obviously much better for my hamstring but it is getting a lot better anyway,” added Hilland.

“But that was definitely my best run of the year so far so I am really pleased.”