ELLIE Wallace gave it everything to make the Great Britain team for the European Cross Country Championships but ultimately she fell short of her ambition.
Her dream was never going to be easy to realise – GB vests are hard-earned – and Wallace (pictured right) also found herself in an outstanding calibre of under 23 runners.
Indeed, six of that age group made the top 12 of the senior women’s race at Sefton Park, Liverpool, which hosted the trials within the third British Athletics Cross Challenge event.
Nonetheless, as her coach Julian Emery stressed, Wallace can take great pride in her effort – and now use that as a base to build upon for the remainder of the season which now includes selection for the Midland Counties team for the next British Cross Challenge race in Belfast on January 22nd.
“Ellie went with it from the off, gave it a good go but everyone was entered and in good shape so she wasn’t good enough on the day,” said Emery.
“She battled all the way. It was freezing and blowing a gale. The girls were flying. She finished 36th overall and 12th under 23 so more work to do.”
Top local finisher in the race was Bristol & West AC’s Kate Maltby in 30th.
In the senior men’s race Stroud’s outstanding Tom Mortimer placed fourth overall and first under 23 runner to guarantee his selection for the Europeans.
Behind Mortimer Devonian Will Battershill, of Erme Valley Harriers, enjoyed a terrific run in fifth while from Bristol & West AC Jack Millar finished 42nd.
In the under 20 women’s race Rosie Hamilton-Jones of Westbury Harriers (pictured left) , who is now studying at Birmingham University, ran strongly to finish 13th.