University of Bath student Jenny Nesbitt has been named in a 36-strong British Athletics squad for the European Cross Country Championships in France.
The 20-year-old Sports & Social Science, student who is a Trendell Sports Scholar, will compete in the women’s U23 race in Hyères on Sunday, December 13.
It continues a remarkable return to competition for Nesbitt, who was a UK champion at U17 level but had her career put on hold for two years after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP).
She battled back to fitness in 2014 and, after beating Paula Radcliffe in the Worcester City 10k, was a reserve for last year’s European Cross Country Championships. She then claimed her first senior victory at the British Athletics Cross Challenge in March.
Nesbitt – who started her studies in September – secured her place in the British squad with a fine performance at the European Trials in Liverpool on Saturday, finishing 21st in 28:47.
Spencer Duval, the British Team Leader, said: “After the successes in Samokov last year [nine medals including four gold], we have selected a team which will look to continue Britain’s fine form at the European Cross Country Championships.
“There have been a number of encouraging performances so far this season and I’m confident that the team will equip themselves well against the best in Europe.”
Report courtesy of the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd