Stowmarket’s Emily Moyes has smashed a Steeplechase record in one of the fastest times for any young British Athlete, as she romped to her first national title.
The 18-year-old won the 2,000m steeplechase at the British University
Championships at Bedford International Athletic Stadium, knocking a 1.5 seconds off the last record.
Moyes, a student at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, finished in six minutes 35.7 seconds to eclipse Pippa Woolven’s 2012 record of 6.36.60, making her the second fastest British female under-20 since records began.
The first year university student said: “It was such a shock.
“I usually look at the lap times when I’m running but I didn’t this time.
“When I noticed how close I was to the record I just ran as fast as I could for that finish line.
“It was my first national title, my first real taste of success, and I liked it.”
Moyes, who is studying a BSc in Sport Science, said it had been a tough year so far due to injury.
She missed most of the indoor season and decided to prepare for the outdoor season with altitude training.
“I was just hoping for a medal after so many injuries this year but it obviously went much better than that”, she added.
“When I saw that Pippa wasn’t racing I was both happy and sad — I realised I had a much better chance of winning.
“At the same time, though, I was also sad I didn’t get to race her too. Maybe our times would have been even better.
“There’s a group of us that really push each other on with our results as we all try to improve.
“I’ll be going to the Loughborough International Athletics competition in a few weeks.
“I’m hoping to produce a big personal best in the 3,000m and, possibly, a place in the European Junior team too.
“I can do it, my times have been getting much quicker, I’m knocking seconds off my best times and I have a lot of confidence off that race now.
“I’m really happy and hopefully it’s onwards and upwards now from here.”
Dad Chris Moyes, 50, said he had been a Suffolk County Champion at 800m, 1500m, 3000m and cross country.
“It’s in the genes”, he said. “But Emily is much better than I ever was.
“It was a very exciting race, I watched it as it was streamed live and the time was incredible. It’s just the start for her really, the future is looking bright.”