Stowmarket’s Moyes runs into record books

RECORD-BREAKER: Emily Moyes
RECORD-BREAKER: Emily Moyes

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.”