Westbury Harriers ace gets national call-up
Westbury Harriers athlete Hannah Hobbs ensured that England reigned in Spain.
Hannah was celebrating after winning the Under-20 women’s cross-country race in the prestigious Cross Internacional de Itálica event.
The race took place on a four-kilometre dry clay course set in the sun-drenched ruins of the ancient Roman village of Italica in Santiponce just outside Seville.
Among the first people to congratulate Hannah and the England team as they dominated the top four spots was Olympic legend Sebastian Coe who is now the IAAF president.
“The call-up came out of the blue but it was a great honour to represent my country and my club,” said Hannah, who attends Castle School sixth form in Thornbury.
“It was great to meet Lord Coe after the race because he was really nice to us when we were chatting away.
“Overall it was a great experience. I learnt a lot, it was nice to meet other athletes and I’m looking forward to running for England again.”
Hannah represented England against Scotland, Wales and Ireland in the Schools Home International two years ago in Falkirk but this was her first overseas competition.
Hannah’s Westbury Harriers coach, Pat Gallagher believes the teenager is heading for great things.
“Hannah really could go the very top,” Pat said. “She has what I could call a very clever ‘race brain’ but she’s also incredibly dedicated and hard-working.
“She is doing Westbury Harriers proud and I am certain that she has what it takes to achieve great things.”
Anyone interested in joining Westbury Harriers should visit the club website: https://www.westburyharriers.com