Harrier Rebecca races to first national title

Rebecca Moore on the podium (above) after she won her first national title
Rebecca Moore on the podium (above) after she won her first national title

WORTHING Harriers Athletics Club’s Rebecca Moore raced to her first national title on Sunday when she won the 10,000m gold medal at the British Universities Championships in Bedford.

It was the third successive year that Cambridge University student Moore, 22, had entered the event after she finished fourth in 2012, when it took place at the Olympic Stadium, and second last year, when she finished behind GB international Rhona Aukland.

In warm and sunny conditions, Moore finished in a time of 34min 34.77sec as she only just finished outside her personal best time of 34-27.85. There were 21 athletes in the final and she finished more than a minute ahead of Ellie Davies, from Bath, and Maryse Haynes, from Birmingham.

Moore lapped all of the finalists up to and including fourth place, such was her dominance and she is now ranked seventh in the UK.

Moore said: “I was always hoping to win it after I’d finished fourth two years ago and second last year. I just set off at a good pace and maintained it and it’s nice to have won it as it’s my first national title.”

Full story in this week’s paper.