Gold medal for Niamh as she wins 800m race in Birmingham

Niamh Emerson of Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club
Niamh Emerson of Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club

Amber Valley & Erewash Athletic Club’ s Niamh Emerson, 13, has struck gold to become an England Athletics Champion.

She triumphed in the U15 girls 800m at the England Athletics U15 / U17 / U20 Indoor Championships, held at the NIA in Birmingham.

Fresh from her victory in January at the Northern Indoor Championships, she became yet another athlete from the club’s middle distance training group to medal at a major championships.

With no obvious hot favourite within the race, based on personal best times, it was clearly going to be a close one. Niamh again ran an intelligent race over the four laps, letting others take the pace for the first two laps and running just wide enough to keep out of trouble.

Sitting on the shoulder of the leader during the second half, she made her move with 150m to go, taking the lead, and then, as others challenged she found enough to kick again to win by a clear margin.

Another major medal success was Alexandra Turner, 21, who was successful in winning bronze in the women’s 800m at the British Universities and College’s (BUCS) athletic championships in Sheffield.

Alex is a student at Nottingham Trent University.