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Brunel student selected for GB world cross country championships

Elle, 23, who is studying for an MSc in Sport Sciences was the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) Champion in 2006 and silver medallist in 2007. She achieved a first class honours in Sport Sciences in 2005 from Brunel.

“I'm really pleased to be going to Mombasa for the World Cross-Country. It's a chance to compete against the world's best distance runners and a great chance to see how I measure up against them,“ she said.

The trip includes 16 days warm-weather training in Durban, South Africa, to acclimatise to the high temperatures and humidity that the team will experience in the race. There are five days in Mombasa for the race before flying home.

“This is my fourth International championship and a chance to consolidate regular selection for GB even though I have only just turned 23,“ she added. Elle has a Sports Scholarship from Brunel University which helps to pay for support services and gear.

Meanwhile, Brunel students performed well at the Norwich Union European Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield this weekend [Feb 10/11]. Accounting student Bernard Yeboah came first in the men's long jump with 7.50 personal best jump in the second round. Kadi-Ann Thomas, studying Sport Sciences celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday by winning the women's 200m with the PB of 23.68.

Graduate Laura Turner won the women's 60m final with a PB of 7.25 and Sport Sciences student Montell Douglas set a PB of 7.33 in third.