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Double titles for Moyes ahead of senior racing debut in south England

Stowmarket’s Emily Moyes said that winning the Junior Vitality Westminster Mile event has put her on the cusp of achieving her dream of a senior athletics career.

The 19-year-old steeplechaser said it was a ‘surreal feeling’ having spent so long chasing a goal that was always ‘on the horizon’.

But it is now just one race away, with the St Mary’s University student due to compete in her first ever major senior race this weekend – the Southern Outdoor Senior Championships.

Moyes will compete over 1,500m rather than the steeplechase as she tries her hand at a variety of distances for speed and enjoyment.

She will then take part in the England Athletics U23 Championships on June 16 – competing in both the 1,500m and 5,000m, despite the finals being just two hours apart.

“I’m loving my racing at the minute,” she said. “And I want to do it all. I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’ve spent so long chasing my dream of becoming a senior athlete, that’s what it’s all about – no one remembers a successful junior career.

“But it was always on the horizon before, and now it’s right here, it’s a very surreal feeling to be so close to it.

“There’s nothing better than going into a race with the sole focus on winning it – and then pulling it off – I love the tactics and the elbow-to-elbow racing.

“Chasing times is less fun, and that’s been my focus in the past, now it’s on results and it’s so much fun. I love winning.”

Moyes enjoyed double title winning May bank holidays ahead of her senior debut, as she retained her BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) 2000m Steeplechase Outdoor title on May 7 before the Vitality Westminster Mile on May 27.

The West Suffolk Athletics Club member took top spot in the Girls Junior British Athletics One Mile Road Race, ahead of her closest rival by two seconds.

She said the result, watched by a healthy crowd, made it a ‘special day’, as she relished ‘putting on a show’ for the spectators.

“It’s important to give the spectators something interesting to watch,” she said.

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