Junior European Cup-Lucy Haines
JEC 2016 took place in Scotland in October. We arrived on the Thursday, and went straight from the train station to the training area where we practiced a few legs in terrain that was similar to our races.
On Friday we travelled to Stirling University to run the sprint. I had looked at the map a lot before the race but unfortunately I couldn’t hold it together on the day…. I made a few mistakes towards the end that cost me a good position. Nevertheless, we still had 2 more races to run! Well done to Laura King for coming 4th in the sprint- a fantastic result and well deserved!!
On Saturday the relays took place. I was nervous because I was 1st leg, racing all the pros. I was very pleased with my run and came back only 1:30 min down on the leaders. The courses were gaffled but I didn’t make any mistakes. It was then time to recover. We also had a prize giving and then the party- which was great fun! I loved making friends with all the foreigners!
On Sunday the long distance took place- my favourite. I was very nervous for this race as I knew I had a good chance of doing well if I got everything right! I started off really well, choosing good route choices around the paths and running fast where I could. But then we entered the light green area where we had a butterfly loop. Unfortunately I lost quite a bit of time. However, I kept calm and finished the last loop of really well. Overall I came 24th, which I was pleased about. I know it could’ve been top 10 with a clean run- something to aim for next year!!
Overall it was such a great weekend. Thank you to all the coaches and thanks to the Jack Bloor fund more sponsoring me!
Here is a photo of me finishing the long distance.