‘I cried down the phone’ says Race on GB call up

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Sporting attentions on the European Championships may have just ended but if Worksop athletics prodigy Emily Race continues her rapid progression she could be flying the flag for Nottinghamshire soon.

Race is aged just 17 but is already one of the country’s brightest hopes in athletics and competes in high jump, heptathlon and hurdles.

In a busy season Race has won county, midlands and national events, and recently competed under the Great Britain banner at a European match in Berlin.

“I was expecting to go to a different competition with England and wasn’t expecting an invite to the GB one so that was good,” said Race, who trains with Worksop Harriers. “When I found out I was crying down the phone!

“I’ve not had loads of time to train as I’ve had quite a lot of competitions that I didn’t anticipate but they’re all going well so it’s making up for it.

“I was at senior nationals, which I won, so that means I get to go to the Manchester International in mid-August for England. I won the English Schools a few weeks ago, Midlands and county and stuff all before that as well.

“I don’t think I handled the workload well last year because I got behind with my school work, but when you’re in the holidays it’s a lot easier, you’ve got less to worry about.”

Race’s cause is also being helped by The Nottingham Building Society, who are teaming up with charity SportsAid to support 50 local athletes as they try to find their ‘time to shine’, with each receiving £750 of funding.

Having already donated £240,000 to SportsAid to help athletes buy equipment, travel to competitions and receive the training they need to be the best they can, The Nottingham Building Society are now also helping athletes on the path to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and beyond.

“It’s been massively important to get that support,” added Race, who studies at Valley Post-16 Centre. “With things like competing in Germany we’ve had to buy flights and all the kit and stuff for various competitions, we wouldn’t have been able to without money.

“I’d like to do well at the Manchester International and then in September I’ve got the national finals for the heptathlon so I’d like to do well there if I can.

“I get a rest after that, well, training-rest, and then it’s on to indoors.”

- Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray teamed up with SportsAid in 2013 to help future sports stars get their time to shine. Visit thenottingham.com to find out more.