Sad end to Jenny’s GB debut in World Half Championships

JENNY Spink’s debut for Great Britain at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff ended in bitter disappointment yesterday.
The Bristol & West AC runner was forced to drop out after 15k due to a calf pull so was unable to compete the race.
Fellow west runner Rachel Felton of Stroud AC also had a tough day on her senior GB debut as she finished 63rd in 1:16.36.
Leading British runner on the day was Aly Dixon in 27th recording a time of 1:12.57. The Sunderland Stroller was 19th at the last edition of the event in Copenhagen and had mixed emotions with her performance in a wet and windy Cardiff.
“Training has been going really well, so I’m not going to get worked up,” said Dixon.
“I’ve just got to forget about it and focus on London and turn it up there. It’s always good to have a championship on home turf - there was plenty of support out there.”
Charlotte Purdue was the second counter for the British team in 33rd with a season’s best time of 1:13.20, which completed a strong second half to the race.
Purdue commented: “It was great to put on a British vest again, my first time since 2013 and under a new coach. I am racing in London in four weeks’ time so today the plan was just to have a strong run and feel good at the end. I feel as though I am ready to take on the full marathon now.”
Tina Muir was the third counter on her international debut, finishing 49th in 1:15.12 helping the team finish 11th overall.

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