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I think is special about her isn't just the physical attributes, it is the
strength of her will." - David Farrow, coach
|| National Prep Schools
set a new UK Under-15 indoor record for 3000m with a stunning performance in
Cardiff on Sunday.
The 12-year-old Gloucester AC runner smashed her personal best with an amazing
time of 9mins 55.71secs at the Welsh Indoor centre to finish third overall in a
race against women twice her age.
"I was really
surprised and I could hardly believe the time," said Pidgeon. "At the
start I was hoping to run around 10mins 20secs but I got fastest and faster. I
think it was one of my best races ever."
It was easily the fastest time ever run by a 12-year-old girl in Britain and
carved 35 seconds off the outdoor personal best she ran at Watford during the
The performance also rounded off a superb weekend for the David Farrow-coached
athlete. Pidgeon was nominated for the junior category of the National Sports
Personality of the Year competition, reaching the last 10 out of over 600
nominations, but did not win the trophy, and on Saturday, she romped to victory
in the junior girls' race at the Gloucestershire Schools' Cross Country
youngest sports stars of the future are to be honoured by a new BBC television
award as part of Sports Personality of the Year. For the first time since
the programme's inception on Dec 9, 1954, three teenagers under the age of 16
will rub shoulders with the great and good of British sport, including last
year's winner Sir Steven Redgrave, and previous winners and nominees Lennox
Lewis, David Beckham and Tim Henman. Ten finalists have been chosen from just
under 600 nominations from schools and sports clubs for the Young Sports
Personality of the Year award. The 10 will be shortened to a final three on Dec
7, announced on Blue Peter. These include Emily Pidgeon, 12, from
Gloucestershire, the national under-13 cross-country champion, with a national
age group best time over 1500m, 3,000m, and one mile. She is also the county
under-17 champion at 800m and 1500m.
was a very impressive performance,"
|| Midlands Indoor Championships
|| National Prep Schools
led after the first 150m and never saw anyone after that,"
said her coach David Farrow.
were delighted but also relieved in some ways because she missed the South West
Schools' championships due to illness and she hasn't done much running in the
past two weeks. In
fact, it was only during the week that we decided she was well enough to run on
her television interview after her race, Pidgeon got straight to the point: "I
would like to go to the Olympics" she
wind was very strong but I liked the course and I felt really good," said
had to restrain Emily,"
said her coach David
showed a lot of self-control and discipline as well as a great show of
front-running in the second half of the race."
English Schools XC
|| Hylands Park,
English Schools' race was the one I really wanted to win this season and I am
Emily Pidgeon set yet
another UK record as she recorded a time of 5:05.6 at the Gloucester Mile on
Tuesday 10th September, breaking the previous age 13 record of 5:08.1 that had
stood since 1982. Pidgeon now holds the mile records at ages 11, 12 and 13. The
age 10 best belongs to her training partner Sarah
the summer she ran the best ever by a British U15 girl and a European
age-12 best for 3000m with 9:44.39 in May and in July she then took the
bronze medal (4:32.58) in the Junior Girls 1500m at English Schools, after
winning her heat.
Emily won the Cheltenham
Race for life in 2002.
In September Emily Pidgeon,
13, travelled from Gloucester to win the girls' Junior Great North Run by over a
minute and a half from local entry Mary Ferrier, of Gateshead Harriers. Emily
was the 1st girl to finish in the Junior 5 kilometre race, this was
for boys and girls up to 16yrs; about 7,000 competitors and Emily came 15th
She also won the U15s race at the National 10km, her
time 1minute 49secs faster than 2nd place Julia Cooke's.
|| Reebok Cross Challenge
English Schools XC
|| Stanmer Park,
||She has only been back in training
after a toe injury for the past
five weeks and, after a cautious opening, was in the leading group at the
end of the first lap. She then took charge, taking the lead on the second
hill of the 3,000-metre course, retaining her title in magnificent style
by crossing the line a staggering 32 seconds clear of her nearest rival.
has shown enormous patience and discipline with her toe injury and we were
both delighted that it has all been justified,"
said her coach David Farrow.
is really nice for her to defend her title because not many athletes in
the English Schools' Championships manage to do that.
"It also helps wipe out missing the other
races in the season because this was always the main target and she beat
the girl who won the English Under-15s title a few weeks back."
|| Gloucestershire Schools' Track and Field
||2:14.2 (CBP, County
||"Basically Emily's time
was not only a junior record but also quicker than any time run by an inter or
senior girl," said her
coach David Farrow. "It
was a very pleasing time for Emily."
British Distance International
In July Emily
became the youngest middle distance runner to represent Great Britain in a track
event. She competed in the 3,000 metres in an under-20 triangular meeting at
Nove in northern Italy against the national side and a regional team, and came
second in a time of nine minutes, 29.34 seconds.
The run was all the more remarkable because of events before the race.
Emily and her
two other British team-mates sharing her hotel room were woken
up at 4am by flames that were rising from a fridge
in her hotel room. Pidgeon and the girls fled the room to escape the
flames and smoke and raised the alarm with the night porter. The hotel
management eventually managed to extinguish the fire themselves before Pidgeon
was relocated to another room and given a mattress to sleep on the floor.
Her coach, David Farrow, said: "It was
potentially a very dangerous situation for Emily. Luckily one of the other girls
was woken up by the fire otherwise goodness knows what might happened. The girls
ran out of the room shouting 'fire, fire' and the management got it under
control. Eventually Emily managed to doze off to sleep again at 6.30am but it
was hardly the ideal preparation for her British debut."
went on to record her second fastest ever time to finish second behind the
Italian number one, five years her senior. "She
did exceptionally well and her time was inside the required time for the
European junior championships."
"She had already done
the time, but she'd had only four or five hours' sleep and it was hot,"
her way through the last 400m to both the gold medal, and the 15-year-old
Championship record, previously held by Jo Pavey. "We
had the record in mind and it was a great run by Emily to break it,"
said coach David Farrow.
"I really enjoyed the
race and it was certainly better than last year when I was third,"
said Pidgeon. "Making
my Great Britain debut was great but winning this title was always my
time was also the second best ever for a British U15 girl.
Valley Stadium, Sheffield
beat Jo Pavey's record of 4.30.23 so I am very pleased,"
said Pidgeon. "The Schools was always
my number one target and I also ran a better time there, but I am very pleased
with both victories,"
|| 5 miles
||"It was Emily's first
race since taking a holiday so the time wasn't great and she went off a bit too
quickly," said coach
David Farrow. "But it
was a lovely day for her and a great experience to be lining up alongside Paula
opened her cross country season in style with an victory in the Reebok Challenge
at Senneleys Park, Birmingham in 12.12. She dominated the race to win by 33 seconds
from Kirsty Hamilton with Danielle Walker third.
was Emily's first cross country race since the English Schools' Championships
last spring," said
coach David Farrow.
"She led almost from gun to tape and it was a good work-out for her and she
now has four wins from four at Birmingham."
in line for top award"
Pidgeon defeated athletes five years her senior to win the under-20 event at
the Reebok Challenge European Trials in Liverpool.
Pidgeon does not celebrate her 15th birthday until June 1 next
year. Yet she romped away from 18-year-old Dani Barnes, the European junior
1500m silver medallist, to win by six seconds in 14.28.
Pidgeon's mother, Jessica, said her
proudest moment was when she watched Emily romp home to victory in under-20
women's race in the Reebok Liverpool Cross Challenge, incorporating the European
trials in November. She said: "It
was pretty spectacular. It was a big race because she was up against people five
years older than her."
"In European junior
champion Charlotte Dale’s absence, 14-year-old Emily Pidgeon put in a
remarkable performance to win, but she has declined selection. Her coach,
David Farrow, wishes to avoid asking her to perform at such a high level
again within the next few weeks."
world 10,000m champion Liz McColgan warned against getting carried away with
the achievements of Emily Pidgeon.
McColgan was massively impressed by Pidgeon's
victory, which was unquestionably the performance of the weekend.
McColgan, twice a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and a former London
Marathon winner, admitted she had one or two 'reservations' about her
achievements. "The girl is obviously a real talent and is pretty
My only reservation is she is so young. I would be more impressed if she is
running like this in five years' time," she added, alluding to the fact
success is one thing as a youngster, but is more important at an older age."
McColgan added, "it is nice to see
talented youngsters working so hard and taking their opportunities."
won the intermediate girls' race in the Gloucestershire School'
Cross-country Championships over Forest trails at Heywood School in
Cinderford, and is among the favourites to win the English Schools'
championship in March. She opted for these championships over the European
Cross-country, in which she would have been a strong contender for the
the first youngster to score Reebok Cross Challenge victories across four age
groups (3 of them this season!). She took some time to break the strong resistance of Under 15 Series
leader Non Stanford before coming home 16 seconds clear at the Reebok Challenge in
in a time of 14:11. The two were able to move up from Under 15s
because of the different age group rules operated by Schools authorities. She
also got athlete of the meeting, as “she
won the Under 17s’ race by a fair margin and she beat some class athletes.”.
She has had an amazing time this winter, winning the Under 15 race at
Birmingham, the Under 20 race at Liverpool (when she was also named Athlete of
the Meeting) and now the Under 17 race at Cardiff.
The U.K.A. in the wake of the Emily Pidgeon
court case have now decreed that U15 girls can run at the higher distance of
The Emily Pidgeon case was brought by her
father against the UKa, for his daughter persistently being refused entry into
3000m races, by entry officials, track referees and other bodies. The result
was, he won the case, the UKa, hurriedly went into a huddle and came out with
the decision you have above.
1st Feb - Emily (currently) ranks highly in the U17 girls indoor
rankings 2004; in second in the 800m with 2:17.19, and 3rd for the U17 and U20
1500m with 4:30.58.
"Emily Pidgeon, pick of the current crop of up and coming
athletes in Britain, ran her first senior AAAs
and World Trials in Sheffield on Sunday 8th February.
The U14 and U15 number one at 3000 metres was the youngest
competitor in the Women's 3000 metres race. The ever-improving Jo Pavey
will start as favourite, but Pidgeon's star shines brightly and a medal is a
real possibility for the 14-year-old who holds the European record for her age
Emily was 5th with a
personal best time of 9.34.66, a UK under-17 and
under-20 women's record. Pidgeon's
time took almost three seconds of Cornish athlete Zoe Jelbert's (Newquay and Par
AC) previous best, despite suffering a heavy fall just before halfway.
was won in 8:43.23 by Jo Pavey, who ran the
second fastest time in the world so far this year. [The
World Indoors qualifying time is 9:03.00.]
thissisgloucestershire:Her coach, David Farrow, was delighted with the spirit she showed after she
collided with another runner and fell on the sixth lap.
collided with an African runner at the end of the sixth lap and went down splat
on the track," said
coach David Farrow.
got up pretty quickly and went whizzing back into the race because the adrenalin
was flowing," he said. "But
the fear with those sorts of incidents is that you use too much energy in
getting back into the race and you pay for it later. I definitely think that
cost Emily several seconds and she might well have run under nine minutes 30
seconds if she hadn't fallen. It was a fantastic time when you consider she hit
the deck and we were all really pleased. It was a real test of character for
Emily, especially as she had been suffering with a cold all week."
performances like that will always provoke envy and coach David Farrow is well
aware that there is a whispering campaign that he is running Pidgeon into the
ground for short-term success and that he risks burning her out before she turns
18. Farrow dismisses the criticisms as not just totally wide of the mark but
also naive to the point of reflecting why this country's elite athletes all too
frequently lag behind their global rivals when it comes to the business of
winning medals at major championships.
"Running the AAA
Indoor Championships as a 14-year-old could be a good test for the 2012 Olympics
when Emily is 22,"
said Farrow. "Everything
we do with Emily is controlled and balanced, day-by-day, month-by-month and
"Emily's progress is
dictated by long-term goals and we are working towards making her competitive on
a global stage when she reaches 18. That means she must match the best Africans
because they are the athletes who are setting the benchmark in athletics."
Farrow pointed out that Paula
Radcliffe has shown it is possible to take on and beat the Africans and
Britain's new generation of young female athletes must not only match
Radcliffe's professional approach but also improve upon it as standards continue
"It is no good aiming
just to be the best in Britain or even Europe because when someone like Emily is
exposed to the global stage the Africans are at another level,"
"In working towards
the goals it is not so much the fact that Emily is leaving her peers behind but
that standards in this country are lagging. On a global level Emily is not ahead
of the pack at all. It is a tough, feisty sport and for youngsters like Emily
who want to follow in Paula's footsteps it is not going to become any
Pidgeon set a new UK Age 14 record in a thrilling race in the Junior AAA Indoor
Championships in Birmingham. The Gloucester AC junior international was
instrumental in making the Under-17s 1500 metres arguably the race of the
championships as she cut out the pace from the gun.
With two fellow English
Schools' champions and track specialists on her heels - Aldershot's Charlotte
Browning and Dorchester's Nikki Hamblin -
Pidgeon was always going to be up against it over the seven laps.
"We knew the other two girls would sit on Emily and use her as a pacemaker
and that is exactly what happened," said
coach David Farrow.
"Emily just couldn't quite push it hard enough in the middle to get rid of
them but then again they are 800 or 1500m specialists and Emily has been running
cross-country and has only just recently returned from a training spell in South
Browning, aged 16, won in a
time of four minutes 29.90 seconds, the fifth fastest on the UK all-time list
for Under-17s with 15-year-old Hamblin out-dipping Pidgeon for second in
4:32.41, seventh on the all-time list. Pidgeon was rewarded with a UK Age 14
best of 4:32.67, which is also a new personal best indoors.
"She had a go and it proved to be a good learning experience for her,"
added Farrow. The other two girls were better than her on the day and that's
Pidgeon (153) is surely the hottest favourite there has ever been for an
Inter-Counties Championship. She finished first in the Under 20 Women’s race
at the Reebok
Cross Challenge Liverpool
in November, but is unable to bid for a repeat because a new IAAF rule is now in
force. Rule 141 spells out the definitions that apply to the age groups
recognized by the IAAF (pertinent in this case because the Inter-Counties Under
20 races are World Trials).
At Reebok Cross
meetings this winter, she has won the Under 15 Girls’ race in Birmingham
by 33 seconds and
won the Under 17 Women’s race in
by 16 seconds as well as lead home the Under 20s and Under 17s in
addition, she has turned in some pretty amazing indoor performances, including
an age group 3000m record of 9:34.66 among the Seniors at the Norwich Union
World Trials and AAA Championships at the English Institute of Sport Arena in
Sheffield on 8 February.
Emily didn't run at Nottingham, after being told that she
could not compete in the U20s age group.
had originally intended to take part in Saturday's Under-20s trials race in
Nottingham with the aim of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the
Great Britain team. Having already stunned the athletics world by winning the
European Under-20s trials before Christmas, there was every chance she could
have caused another upset against girls up to five years older than herself.
"From January 1, it
seems the IAAF have tightened up their rules in the junior age group so that the
athletes must be aged from 16 from 19 to take part,"
explained Pidgeon's coach, David Farrow. "With
Emily being only 14, that means she cannot take part and has been told she would
have to run the Under-15s race.
We don't think it is
worthwhile going to the Inter Counties so we'll save her for the English Schools
Championships in Maidstone the following week."
IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said the rule change has been implemented to protect
young athletes. "We
want to protect young athletes from possible mental and physical burn-out,"
said Davies. "The IAAF
believes that it is healthier for young athletes to evolve into international
competitors in a gradual fashion rather than taking on seniors when they are 14
or even 13 years' old."
Farrow points out that the IAAF rule is aimed at stopping youngsters competing
against senior athletes. "All
Emily wants is to race against junior athletes and has more than proved she is
capable of doing that," added
Farrow. "It is just a
shame that this new rule has restricted our choice of where we want to
make up for the disappointment at not being able to run in the British
Junior Women's Under 20 trials for the World cross country championships
Emily Pidgeon ran in the Italian ones instead!
Coach David Farrow
found the alternative race
and, at the last minute, he secured an entry to the Italian Championships, which
were being held in conjunction with the Cinque Mulini race near Milan.
was only confirmed very late that Emily could take part,"
said Farrow. "This
is a top class event that has attracted some of the world's best runners for
years - people like Steve Ovett, Seb Coe, Lasse Viren, Brendan Foster and all
the top Kenyans have run in the men's race. This year it also incorporated the
Italian trials for the World Championships so it was guaranteed a good
not good enough to trouble Pidgeon, who romped to an emphatic victory by 47
seconds over the 6km course in 20:38 over second placed Caterina Coppola.
Two of the girls in the top three in Saturday's British trials - runner-up Katrina
Wootton and third-placed Claire Holme - were well beaten by Pidgeon in the
European trials in Liverpool last November.
Schools CC 2004
English Schools, Kent: Emily
Pidgeon will start favourite for the inter-girls race but will be reminded by
coach David Farrow that medals are not awarded for simply turning up. "There
will be a couple of good girls there so Emily will have a race on her
hands," said Farrow.
Emily won the Inter Girls' race
for the third time in succession
Schools in Maidstone, Kent, by a
margin of 37 seconds, the most impressive win of the day.
was her first success in the inter-girls age group and added to her triumphs in the junior girls' age group in 2002 and 2003.
was really pleased to win the race and it was good to make it a hat-trick,"
was definitely fired up to win and I took the lead early on. I did not want to
sit around and wait but no-one followed me which was a bit disappointing." Pidgeon
said the victory rated second to her success in the European Championships
Under-20s trials race at Liverpool before Christmas.
top of this, Emily Pidgeon has been selected to represent England in the British
Schools International next month.
Schools CC 2004
British Schools: Emily
will finish her season by running for
England against Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales at the British Schools
cross Country Championships in Ayr on Saturday, April 3. She
has never run at the competition, despite being selected in the past. Pidgeon
had been looking forward to the Scottish trip after English Schools.
really looking forward to running in Ayr with Sarah. It will be nice to go away
together," said Pidgeon.
Pidgeon has withdrawn from the British Schools' cross country championships in
Ayr, Scotland, on Saturday.
The 14-year-old Gloucester AC runner is suffering from a flu virus so is not
well enough to take her place in the England intermediate girls' team. "Emily
has been in bed for a few days so she cannot run this weekend,"
said coach David Farrow. "It is a real shame
and it means her cross country season is now over."
Pidgeon earned her place in the team after winning the English Schools' title in
Maidstone and would have started favourite to lift the British title as well.
Pidgeon's withdrawal will be equally disappointing for her Gloucester clubmate
and training partner Sarah Hopkinson, who will be representing England in
the junior girls' race and the pair were eagerly looking forward to making the
trip to Scotland.
British Miler's Club PB
Pidgeon will open her 2004 track season in next Monday's British Milers' Club PB
Classic meeting in Millfield, Somerset.
and the other athletes in the David Farrow coaching group traditionally use this
high-quality meeting to mark the start of the new campaign. Reigning English
Schools' 1500m champion Pidgeon will tackle the 3000m but coach Farrow is
cautious about her prospects after her cross country season was brought to a
premature end with a nasty attack of flu.
"It forced Emily to
take to her bed for a while and she was on antibiotics to finally clear it
up," said Farrow.
"She is training now
but is not where we would expect her to be at this stage of the season having
lost a few weeks. But that is the nature of the sport and time is on her side.
She should be back to full fitness for the major championships in July and
For the 14-year-old Gloucester AC international those main targets will be the
English Schools Championships in Gateshead on July 9-10 and the AAA Under-17s
and Under-15s Championships at Birmingham on August 7-8.
"Emily will also be
looking to improve all her personal bests from 800m to 3000m,"
Unfortunately Pidgeon has been precluded from bidding to qualify for the Great
Britain team to take part in the World Junior Championships following a rule
change that states athletes must be 18 in the year of competition. Nonetheless,
it will be interesting to see whether Pidgeon can get close to the World Juniors
qualifying time of nine minutes 20 seconds. Her current personal best is 9:28.7.
Emily Pidgeon opened the 2004 summer
in superb style by setting a new UK Age record in the British Milers' Club PB
Classic at Somerset's Millfield School.
The Gloucester AC runner, took full advantage of the conditions and the good
competition in Monday (3rd May) night's meeting to set a personal best at 3000m.
Lining up for the 3000m, Pidgeon knew she was going to be in for a hot race with
Welsh rival Non Stanford in the field and so it proved as the pair were paced
around the seven-and-a-half laps by Steve Mosley.
When it came to the crunch, Pidgeon proved the stronger and she crossed the line
in a time of nine minutes 23.77 seconds, a New UK Age 14 and 15 record and just
outside the European Age best, and taking five seconds off Pidgeon's previous
best for 3000m.
"It was a really hard-fought race with Non
Stanford and Emily really had to fight hard to beat her,"
said Farrow. "She just opened a chink with 600
metres to go and that was enough."
Roger Bannister memorial
For the second time in four days Emily Pidgeon has
re-written the track history books. Her latest exploits took place in front of
one of the legends of British athletics, Sir Roger Bannister.
Gloucester AC runner Pidgeon set a new European Age best times in Thursday (6th
May) night's Under-20s mile race, which was held at the meeting staged to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bannister's ground-breaking first sub-four
On the same Iffley Road track in Oxford - now a modern all-weather surface
compared to the cinders in 1954 - Pidgeon won the Under-20s race in a time of
four minutes 50.68 seconds.
Welsh rival Non Stanford, who 14-year-old
Pidgeon beat over 3,000m on Monday night, was again second with Hannah England
time was a new British and European Age 14 record,"
said proud coach David Farrow.
Emily was presented with a special commemorative medal to celebrate the
Bannister mile by Diane Leather,
who, 23 days after Bannister’s feat, became the first woman to run a mile in
under five minutes. “I
read about it on the way here in the car, and it made me want to do it
myself,” Pidgeon said.
She also spoke to Bannister.
Bannister at the meeting
Emily won the
Tewkesbury half-marathon fun run the following Saturday, making it 3 wins
in 6 days for the Gloucester AC runner.
|21st May - The Gloucestershire AAA championships at
the Prince of Wales Stadium produced some fine performances.
They included an European age best in the under-15 girls' 800 metres. Gloucester
Athletics Club's Emily Pidgeon, who lives in Shurdington and is a pupil at
Cheltenham College, and Sarah Hopkinson ran in the same race.
Hopkinson, 12, shadowed her clubmate all the way round before falling back
slightly over the final 100. Her time of two minutes, 13.9 seconds was a new
stadium age group record and an European age 12 record. Pidgeon's winning time
of two mins, 12.4secs was a new stadium under-17 record.
athlete Emily Pidgeon clocked a superb time of 16mins 24.38secs in the senior
women's 5,000m at the British Milers' Club in Birmingham as
she celebrated her debut over the distance with a record-breaking time of
16:24.28, shaming many of
Britain's leading senior runners with her fifth place performance in a high
"I really enjoyed it,"
said Pidgeon afterwards, not at all distressed by her efforts.
"It seemed much shorter than I expected. I
felt really strong. I did it for a bit of fun."
The time was well inside the qualifying standard of 16:30 for the World Junior
Championships in Italy but the rules prevent Pidgeon from taking part as she is
But coach Farrow stressed that Pidgeon will be sticking to the 1500m for the
rest of the season as she concentrates on the English Schools' and AAA
Emily was second
in the 1500m race at the British Milers Club meeting in
Watford on 13th June in 4:24.9,
a faster time than she won the English Schools Track and Field Championships in
set a personal best of 14.7 over 100m, which she ran for speedwork, at the
Worcester Open meeting on Tuesday [15th June] evening. She then ran the 800m,
but could only manage a time of 2:17.1, having been caught out by the fast start.
went on to set a league record in the Avon League race in Yate with a time of 4:25.5 over
English Schools Inter Girls' 3,000m: Cheltenham College pupil Emily Pidgeon
is the favourite to win the girls' 3,000 metres at under-17 level. Pidgeon holds
the best age group times in the country in both the 3,000m and 5,000m. Her best
time for the 3,000m is nine minutes, 23.77 seconds.
Emily Pidgeon stepped up to the intermediate girls' 3000m and proved a class
above her rivals as she raced clear in the early stages and remained
unchallenged, winning at leisure from Avon's Steph Barnes in 9mins 57.96secs,
over half a minute away from what she has run already this season. Such
are the high expectations surrounding Gloucester AC's Pidgeon that no-one was
surprised by her victory, although hampered by illness it could all have gone
afterwards Farrow revealed that Pidgeon was not well and had it been any other
race she may well have withdrawn.
came down with an infection just a few days before the championship but was
determined to run," said Farrow.
"She certainly wasn't at her best in the race and
will now have a well-earned rest."
College's Emily Pidgeon claimed another national record. She competed in
the women's 2,000m steeplechase as a guest in the Dorset championships at
Her winning time of seven minutes, 22.8 seconds was
the fastest yet by a British under-17 girl.
2004 - 2005
GLOUCESTER AC's English Schools' champion Emily Pidgeon makes the short
trip down the M5 for the Bristol Year of Sport mile road races on
Staged as a warm-up for Sunday's half marathon, the mile races will be held on a traffic free circuit
around College Green in front of the Council House.
Pidgeon opened her winter season with a course record in the Bristol Year of
Sport/British Milers Club Road Races.
On a tight five-lap, traffic-free course next to the Cathedral in Bristol City
centre, the 15-year-old Gloucester Athletic Club runner quickly stamped her
authority on the small field. Pidgeon was soon out on her own and in what
virtually amounted to a solo time trial, she covered the mile in a new Under-17s
record time of five minutes and 16 seconds.
"I'm very pleased with
that as it is my first race for a while,"
Her track season fizzled out due to illness after winning the English Schools
title and she then took a break from running while on holiday.
But she looked fresh and full of running on Saturday and is clearly full of
enthusiasm for the coming cross-country season.
"I will be running
some of the Reebok races and then the Under-20s trials for the European
cross-country championships before Christmas,"
Pidgeon's triumph was one of three victories for the David Farrow training
Ac members were prominent at the Nike British Milers Club Four Kilometre
Cross-country Classic held on Clifton Downs, Bristol.
The combined senior girls and Under-20s women's race proved fascinating as
Emily Pidgeon was chasing her own course record of 14:04 over the four
After spending two laps in a lead group of four,
including Gloucester AC's Kate Goodhead, she made her move on the third
one- kilometre lap and quickly opened up a large gap to come home in a new
course record of 13:59.
The battle for second raged over the last two laps
between Goodhead and Clevedon AC's Stephanie Barnes, with both continually
swapping the lead. Barnes won the sprint finish to claim second
overall in 14:24, leaving Goodhead to take third in 14:27, but finishing
as first Under-20.
Emily Pidgeon regains the joint under 20 and under 17s title at Parliament
Hills, the 15-year-old Gloucester Athletic Club
runner will not be leading the British junior team in Germany, as Pidgeon
will not be selected as she is considered too young.
"While it is
frustrating that Emily cannot earn the right to be picked for the team,
we've decided there is no reason why she shouldn't run,"
said Farrow. "She has recovered from
winning the British milers' Club race last Sunday. We would not be going
unless Emily could prove a point.
"The pressure will be on the other girls to
beat her and if she makes the top six then it will be another illustration
that she is good enough to represent her country in this age group."
Pidgeon won the joint under 20 and under 17s race at the Reebok Cross
Challenge race at Parliament Hills, London in devastating style for the
second year running. Pidgeon held off a fierce mid-race challenge from
Claire Holme of Ipswich to win by five seconds.Her
victory was one of four medals won by Farrow's training group.
felt really strong and was really pleased to have won," said
was disappointed at not having her victory properly recognised but Reebok
Series coordinator Cliff Robinson explained they had to abide by the rules
and, at 15, Pidgeon was too young to compete in the European junior
championships so could not count in the junior trial.
was not running for a place in the GB team whereas most of the other girls
were really revved up for that," said
her coach David Farrow.
was a very hard race for Emily and she ran very bravely. I am very proud
is very frustrating that this option has been taken away from Emily,"
said coach David Farrow.
Holme (Ipswich) was awarded the junior title despite finishing five
seconds behind Pidgeon. Although she admits she prefers hills the
Birmingham University physiotherapy student said she found parts of the
course difficult to run over because her back was pulling as she ran down
some of the slopes.
Pidgeon was expected to run away with the Intermediate Girls' Gloucestershire Schools cross-country
championships at Hartpury College, but withdrew from the race after a thigh injury flared up during her warm-up.
DECISION PAYS OFF FOR BRILLIANT PIDGEON
BY KEVIN FAHEY
20 January 2005
last minute decision to run in the UWIC/BMC Indoor meeting at the weekend
was rewarded with yet another UK record.
The 15-year-old Gloucester AC runner tore around the tight indoor track in
Cardiff to clock a personal best time of nine minutes 19.31 seconds for
3000m. It not only earned her victory over top Welsh senior Catherine
Dugdale but was a new UK Under-17 indoor and outdoor record.
It also put Pidgeon fourth on the UK Under-20 list that is still headed by
Olympic runner Zola Budd.
But mere stats do not do full justice to Pidgeon's effort particularly as
she has not been training for the event because her main focus is on the
cross country season.
"Emily's run was particularly
pleasing as we did not ease down at all and only decided on Friday that we
would race in Cardiff," said
coach David Farrow.
"Emily hadn't raced since the
European cross country trials in London [which she won but was too young
to earn selection for the Europeans] but she trained well over Christmas
so I decided to let her have a go.
"Emily was delighted as she is in the middle of training for the
cross country season and yet she showed great speed in the last 400m when
she sprinted away from Dugdale."
Dugdale clocked a personal best time of 9:22.50 while a distant third was
Pidgeon's Gloucester AC team-mate and training partner Sarah
||AAA Senior Indoors
(9th U20 all time)
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||English Schools XC
Edwards and Stephanie Twell, who
earned their places by finishing first and second in the Trial race at the
Reebok UK Inter-Counties Championships, are aged 15, as is Emily Pidgeon
(Gloucester AC), the English Schools Intermediate Champion who has won the
last two Junior Women’s races at European Trials without being old
enough to claim a place in the Norwich Union GB Team. Jessica Sparke and
Abby Westley, who were third and fourth in the Trial race, are both 17.
Morag MacLarty, who was ill in the 24 hours leading up to the Trial, is 19
– and is the Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m Champion.
their rivals in St Galmier will be Kenya’s 16-year-old Jebichi Yator,
the World Junior Women’s 3000m Champion. Her winning time in Grosseto
was 8:59.80. Pidgeon was the fastest of this Norwich Union GB Junior Team
last summer, clocking 9:23.77 in a mixed race, and has accelerated to
9:19.51 this winter.
Cross-Country, St Etienne, France
Junior women’s race (3 laps, 6152m)
Pidgeon (Gloucester AC) surpassed even her own high expectations in
her first World Cross Country Championships on Saturday 19 March, taking
20th place on a scorching day at the St Galmier course in
France and missing the distinction of being first European home by the
closest of margins.
15-year-old Cheltenham schoolgirl, who was ruled too young to take part in
last year’s European Cross Country Championships despite having won the
Trials, had targeted a place in the top 35 for her first experience of a
major international event, but she did even better on an afternoon when
many runners were badly affected by temperatures that rose to 27 degrees,
finishing half a stride behind the fast-finishing Russian, Victoria
Ivanova, in 22 minutes 15 seconds.
highlight of the day, was the confident performance of the schoolgirl who
first indicated her enormous potential by winning the European Cross
Country Junior Trials of 2003 as a 14-year-old. Pidgeon,
coached by David Farrow, revealed afterwards that Paula Radcliffe, who chose not to run here in order to concentrate on her
preparations for the Flora London Marathon, sent her a text message of
encouragement from her training base in Albuquerque.
message said ‘’best of luck, relax and enjoy it’ – and it was
really fun,” said Pidgeon, who added
that she had taken a tip out of Radcliffe’s autobiography by
pouring a bottle of water over the back of her neck just before the start.
first two laps weren’t nearly as hard as I thought,” she
said. “And the last one was only as hard as
I thought the first one would be. I kept pushing on, and I was so pleased
with where I finished.
were telling me from the sidelines what position I was in. On the first
lap they were saying 35th, then 20s in the second lap and 20 on
the last. I thought 35 was my maximum. David has been telling me
for five years that I needed to see how close I could get to the best
African runners. I really enjoyed it. I’ve never been to a cross country
race where there are people covering every single bit of the
finished with the same time as the Russian who headed her on the line. “I
was a bit annoyed about that,” she said,
adding that she had not been aware of Ivanova until she saw her at
Gelete Burika Bati finished well clear in the three-lap, 6152m
race in a time of 20:12. Kenya, with four finishers in the first six, took
the team title for the seventh successive time, with Norwich Union Great
Britain and Northern Ireland finishing as leading Europeans in eighth
followed that breaking the British junior record for 2000m steeplechase on a
trip to South Africa.
Milfield - Arguably the most exciting and high quality race of the evening
was the Women’s 1500m A race, featuring just some of the teenage talents
who are confidently expected to beat the UK Athletics qualifying standard
of 4:20.00 for the European Junior Championships before the official
Trials take place at the Norwich Union AAA Under 20 and Under 23
Championships at Bedford on 2-3 July.
(Gloucester AC), who is not 16 until next month, took off with three laps
to go and built an imposing lead before being dramatically caught in the
final 20 metres. Danielle Christmas
crossed the line first in 4:25.16, just outside her current PB.
Another Under 20, Carolyn Plateau (Radley Ladies) snatched second in
4:25.53. Pidgeon was third in 4:25.59 with yet another Under 20 from Kelly’s
Camp, Hannah England (Oxford City) fourth in 4:26.16.
Manchester: Emily won the Women's 5000m A race in a time of 16:04.46.
AAA U20 Track & Field
While the amazing Emily Pidgeon (Gloucester) is expected to aim for the
5000m in Kaunas, she inevitably dominates the rankings all through the
distances. She is European Juniors No.1 at 1500m has gone three seconds
quicker this season than MacLarty, who is second in the UK rankings and
fourth in Europe with 4:20.97.
underline the growing UK strength, Abby Westley is seventh in Europe with
4:21.99 – and then there are Kelly’s
Campers entering the fray Charlotte
Browning (Aldershot, Farnham and District), Danielle
Christmas (Crawley), Hannah England (Oxford City), the Euro Juniors
3000m rankings leader Non Stanford
(Swansea), Danielle Walker (Royal
Sutton Coldfield) and Marrakech-bound Sian
took 20 seconds off her UK U17 5000m record when she won in Manchester in May in
16:04.46, over 5 secs off her 1500m best with 4:19.65 and showed improved speed
to win the Midland U17 800m title in 2:11.1.
looks towards 2012
middle distance runner Emily Pidgeon is only 16 years old but she's
already built up a reputation as a future athletics star. BBC
caught up with her for a quick chat about her career so far and her plans
for the future ...
currently engulfed in Olympic fever after the London's successful bid to
host the 2012 games, the focus now shifts to the future stars of athletics
who will represent our country at the event.
16 year old
Emily Pidgeon, from Shurdington in Gloucestershire, could well be one of
our Olympic hopefuls at London 2012 if she continues to mature as a middle
as an athlete with tremendous potential - some are calling her the 'new
Paula Radcliffe' - Emily visited BBC Gloucestershire to talk about her
career so far as well as her plans for the future:
does it mean to you, a young athlete, to have the Olympic games here in
absolutely amazing, for it to be in my home country is amazing. I watched
the Commonwealth Games, which was in Manchester, and seeing all the crowd
support, listening to them sing the national anthem - I'd love that to
happen for me.
to those in the know, you've got a chance of standing on the podium at
just such an event one day ...
my ultimate goal. If it's London, with the crowd behind me, the motivation
would be so great.
your plan as far as Olympic games are concerned, because the next one is
Beijing in 2008 ...
I'm not sure about Beijing because I'll only be 18 so I might be a bit
young but definitely London 2012. That would probably be the perfect year
for me and maybe the one after that. London would probably be the best
year for my career.
16 how do you look ahead to your career and who works with you?
coach David Farrow does most of that for me but we don't look too far
ahead. We just plan the year as it comes and then we see what happens. If
I do really well I do a few more races or if I'm doing not so well then we
focus on the training. We only plan the year ahead - we don't plan too far
ahead because I'm only young!
you've just finished your GCSEs haven't you?
just done nine GCSEs and they went quite well.
you managed to revise and keep training as well?
Mum locked me up in my room just to make sure I got the hours in but it
all fitted in quite well so hopefully I'll have done okay. The training
went well too so it's all going well this year.
what inspired you to get into running?
I was in Year Three I started running for the Richard Pates School cross
country team in the Cheltenham Primary Schools cross country. I came about
50th in that - this was against up to Year Six. David, my coach, saw that
I was determined to do well and he liked that quality so he asked me to
come and train with him. I did one session, absolutely loved it and
were spotted at an early age but what do you think can be done to get more
young people interested in sports?
think it needs to be encouraged in schools because not many schools focus
on sport, particularly athletics. I think sport would need to be a big
centrepiece in schools, I think that way children would become more
interested and would hopefully take up more sports. If your school doesn't
do much sport then you've got no way to get into it.
talk about your year so far. It's gone very well in the cross country
it did. I did lots of domestic races and they all went very well. Then I
did the world cross in March in France and came 20th. That was very, very
did you get out of that experience that you can take on into the rest of
never raced Africans before so that was a big experience, racing them. My
sport is dominated by Africans and they're very hard to beat. You have to
put in a lot of hard work to beat them.
your next target then?
main aim of this season is the European Juniors, which is in Lithuania,
and I'll be doing the 5,000 metres there. I'm very excited about that.
That's at the end of July.
talking about your events here, you've done the 3,000m, 5,000m and the
steeple chase - why the steeple chase?
always liked to try new things and the steeple chase is always fun. I love
the 3,000m but it isn't an Olympic distance and the only way to do it is
to do the steeple chase. I've always loved it because I like doing
obstacle courses and things. So to jump over the barrier is always fun.
It's really just to keep my options open for the future.
would be the event you eventually look towards?
the longer distances because I think I'm better at those ones. So maybe
the 5,000m and 10,000m. But at the moment I'm keeping my options open with
lots of different distances but ultimately I think the 10,000m.
about the marathon one day?
... hmm, I'm hoping not to try that! I think it would be a good
experience. I'm hoping to do the London Marathon, I think that would be
amazing, but I'm not sure about doing it seriously.
lot of people do give you this label as the 'new Paula Radcliffe' or the
'Paula in waiting', how do you cope with that level of expectation and
I've never really let the pressure get to me. It's very flattering being
called the 'new Paula Radcliffe' but it's a bit of a high expectation to
live up to. I haven't let the pressure get to me too much so that's good.
do you decide on a career because, in sport, you never know with injuries.
Have you got a reserve plan?
be honest I haven't really thought about it at all. I've no idea.
haven't got a burning ambition to be a doctor or a journalist or something
love to be on the television, to do commentating like Sue Barker - that
would be really good.
Under 20 Championships, Kanuas, Lithuania: 5000m
HEADS TO LITHUANIA AFTER ILLNESS
athlete Emily Pidgeon is ready to compete at the European Junior
Championships after illness. She flew out to Lithuania with the Great
Britain squad two days ago ahead of her 5,000 metres race tomorrow, which is
scheduled to start at 4.45 BST.
Pidgeon saw her preparations disrupted by a bout of
gastroenteritis and coach David Farrow said it was unclear whether she could
produce her best at the championships after being forced to withdraw from
the 3,000 metres at the English Schools' Athletics Association track and
field championships in Birmingham two weeks ago.
picked up well and there was no question of her not going out," he
just won't know for sure how well she's recovered until she has to dig deep
and find that last per cent against high-class competition."
The 16-year-old's main rival tomorrow looks likely to
be Russian Viktoriya Kharitonova, who has achieved a marginally better time
The 18-year-old Kharitonova has run 16 minutes, 4.41
seconds, while Pidgeon's best time is 16 minutes, 4.46 seconds.
Another possible danger among the 16 entries is Azra
Eminovic, of Serbia and Montenegro, with a best time of 16 minutes, 5.38
Farrow said the championships, for under-20 athletes,
would form an important part of the season for Pidgeon.
He said: "It's
the big one of the summer and it's the biggest track competition she's done.
It's not been ideal preparation for her, but that's sport."
16-year-old Emily Pidgeon (Gloucester AC) – the youngest member of this
Team but by no means the ‘baby’ of it – confessed beforehand to
and excited.” After
all, she had sacrificed the chance to run against athletes closer to her
own age in last week’s IAAF World Youth Championships because she and
her coach, David Farrow, considered the 5000m was her best distance and
there wasn’t one in Marrakech.
she won, she was “shocked
and thrilled.” But
not half as stunned, one suspects, as the sparse crowd that watched her
superbly mature performance. Here’s how she conquered her dozen rivals
and won the admiration of all who saw her…
was warming-up in the forests over-looking the stadium, feeling nervous
and apprehensive about her first major track championship, when
“I got another motive to run well. As I was running through the forest,
I heard the National Anthem playing for the 100m boys.
still felt nervous, but that disappeared in the call room when I saw the
opposition. There weren’t any monsters. None of them looked huge and
threatening, as I had feared one or two might.”
she added: “I had
no plan.” Instinct
truly was golden!
the race started, 18-year-old Svetlana Kudelich (Belarus) set a steady
pace through the first 1km in 3:20.75 and continued to dawdle through the
puddles until Emily took up the pace for a lap through 2km (6:39.94) and
stretched the leading bunch into a single file of no more than six with
realistic hopes. She did it, she explained later, because “I
didn’t want to continue running wide and I wanted them to begin to
did. Kudelich took Tatyana Azorkina (Russia) and Emily through 3km in
9:56.35. Azorkina led through 4km in 13:07.95. Long before then, it was
obvious nobody else was going to be in with a chance of a medal. Indeed,
Kudelich fell off the pace with 1200m to go and was to finished third in
16:33.07, a creditable PB in the conditions.
whose PB is 16:18.32, continued to lead and one was reminded of the manner
in which Russia’s Rybakov twins had taken off 800m from home to win both
the Men’s 5000m and 10,000m at last week’s European Under 23
Championships, Surely the tactic that defeated Mo Farah in Erfurt would
not befall Emily as well?
a chance! Azorkina tried to push on as she passed the 2-to-go lap marker
but Emily stayed on her heels. And with 550m left, on the crown of the
bend beside the water jump she would doubtless have taken in her firm and
flowing stride if necessary, Emily struck.
felt she was beginning to tire a bit and I felt good and strong,”
she explained. “I
went past her and heard her for 10 metres. Then I couldn’t hear her any
more. I was concerned about where she was until I began to round the bend
at the start of the last lap and saw on the big TV screen [in the middle
of the back straight] that the gap was widening.”
it was: five metres at the bell became 20 metres down the back straight
became 30 metres by the line. Her winning time of 16:14.71 gave her an
advantage of 4.11 seconds over the gallant Azorkina.
hooked all my season on this race,”
the process, she etched a place in GB athletics history almost as
indelible as the 100m trio. She is the first GB Gold medallist in the
Women’s 5000m, though Collette Fagan (in 2001) and Charlotte Dale (2003)
both won Bronze medals. She is the first GB endurance runner to win a
Women’s Gold medal at these Championships, though Paula Radcliffe (in
the 3000m in 1991) is among the athletes who have striven mightily for the
joins a select band of only 11 GN female athletes to win European Junior
track and field titles. Her predecessors are Helen Golden (200m in 1970),
Sonia Lannaman (100m in 1973), Fatima Whitbread (javelin, 1979), Fiona May
(long jump, 1987), Donna Fraser (400m in 1991), Keri Maddox (100m hurdles
in 1991), Oluyinka Idowu (long jump in 1991), Katharine Merry (200m in
1993), Diane Allahgreen (100m hurdles in 1993) and Vernicha James (200m in
WINS EURO 5,000M TITLE
Athletic Club's Emily Pidgeon shrugged off a recent bout of food poisoning
to produce a wonderfully mature performance and take the gold medal in the
women's 5,000m at the European Junior Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania
The 16-year-old (pictured right) competing against
athletes up to three years older, kicked away from her main rival, the
Russian Tatyana Azorkina, to win by almost four seconds in 16:14.71. An
elated Emily, who trains at Gloucester's Black Bridge track, with coach
David Farrow, said: "I felt really great. I am shocked, really,
wasn't the plan at all to go with 550 metres to go.
"I just felt so good I thought I would go
then. I looked up on the big screen (in the stadium) and saw I was about
ten metres ahead.
"This has been the aim all year."
Yet, only two-and-a-half weeks earlier, she had
been laid low for five days by an untimely bout of food poisoning, missed
the English Schools' Championships and also lost an important chunk of her
preparation time for her European test.
On a wet day, the rain finally abated and the sun
came out for the start of the 5000m, a 12-and-a-half lap race, where it
was expected Pidgeon, the youngest member of the British team, would face
strong opposition from the three Russian athletes.
The early pace was shared between Azorkina and
Svetlana Kudelich of Belarus and Pidgeon, the UK junior steeplechase
record-holder, also took her brief turn at the front in the first half of
Azorkina launched her victory assault with just
under 2,000m to go and only the Gloucester AC athlete could match the
Russian's pace and the pair were in a straight fight for the gold medal.
But the decisive moment in the race came with 550
metres to go as Emily could wait no longer and eased ahead of the Russian,
opening up a five metre lead by the bell.
By the back straight that advantage had doubled and
she took victory in 16:14.71.
Emily's father, Stephen, who is a direct marketing
agent at Target Direct in Cheltenham, wiped a tear of joy away at Emily's
He said: "I'm
so proud. She ran such a powerful race. She's awesome, really
Farrow added: "We
had a period when Emily was ill for five days and lost a couple of kilos
"That meant I didn't want her to go (in the
lead) from too far out.
"I was hoping she would win.
"Emily had a lot of expectation on her. I'm
relieved and pleased."
Euro Trials hat-trick bid
European Junior 5000m Champion Emily Pidgeon is aiming to complete a
hat-trick of European Trials victories at the UK Cross Challenge meeting
in Liverpool’s Sefton Park on Saturday 26 November.
difference this time is that victory will give the super-charged
16-year-old a perfect send-off to the European Cross Country Championships
to be staged in Tilburg, Netherlands, on Sunday 11 December.
For on the
previous two occasions she led home the Junior Women’s fields, she was
too young to be selected in Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern
Ireland Teams that went on to win European Champs Gold medals in 2003 and
Silver medals last year.
Gloucester schoolgirl says of her next battle against the UK’s top under
20s: “I’m looking forward to the
race and hopefully winning it for the third time!”
will be the overwhelming favourite even though the field includes European
Junior 1500m Champion Morag MacLarty
(Central AAC), who won at the Birmingham Cross Challenge at the start of
this month and was last weekend named Scotland’s Athlete of the Year;
Sykes, who set a course record
in leading Bedford and County AC to victory at the ECCA Relays
Championships a fortnight ago; and several members of the squad being
mentored by Olympic double Champion Dame
Kelly Holmes including Charlotte
Browning (Aldershot, Farnham and
Christmas (Crawley), Sian
Edwards (Kettering), Hannah
England (Oxford) and Non
Stanford (Swansea Harriers).
year, the first in which she was old enough to compete on the
international stage, Pidgeon was the second European finisher in the
Junior Women’s race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships last
March; won the 5000m with powerful ease at the European Junior
Championships in July; and ended the track season ranked first among
European teenage women at 5000m, second at 3000m and third at 3000m
Pidgeon won the Under 20 Women's race at the UK in Liverpool.
Junior Women (U20 at 31.12.06) and Senior Girls (schools) 5km – Pidgeon
(Gloucester AC) has truly taken flight since winning, among many others,
the Under 13 Girls’ race at Cardiff as recently as 2002. If her rapid
progress to 2005 European Junior 5000m Champion and European Junior Cross
Country Silver medallist is not sufficient inspiration for the
schoolchildren gathering for their races, then maybe the sight of Non
Stanford (Swansea Harriers) in her county schools team will catch
their imagination. For Non – who was second to Emily in that
Under 13 Girls’ race three years ago – spent last weekend at the
Lisbon Junior International in Portugal, where she completed a Norwich
Union GB 1-2-3 in the Junior Women’s race. Also in the Cardiff field are
two more of the Norwich Union GB Junior Women who won the Team Gold medals
at the European Cross Country Championships in Tilburg last month, Sian
Edwards (Kettering Town Harriers) and Nicola
Sykes (Bedford and County). And the lure of the Cross Challenge is
evidenced by Scottish Champion Siobhan
Coleman (Pitreavie) making the long flight south in search of a
little more quality competition.
Pidgeon raced up two age groups to win the Senior Women's race at the UK
four years after winning the Under 13 Girls’ race at the Reebok Cross
Challenge in Cardiff, 16-year-old Emily Pidgeon (Gloucester AC) continued
her rapid rise through the endurance ranks by triumphing in the Senior
Women’s 6km at the
UK Cross Challenge meeting in Blackweir Park, Cardiff, on Sunday 22
broke away from English National Cross Country Bronze medallist Hattie
Dean (Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield just after halfway and won in 19:46.
Dean was second in 19:54 with Challenge Series leader Kate Ramsey
(Charnwood AC) third in 20:09; recent Norwich Union GB Junior
international Claire Holme (Ipswich) fourth in 20:14; Norwich Union GB
Under 23 international Laura Kenney (Royal Sutton Coldfield) fifth in
20:21; veteran Wendy Jones (Cirencester) sixth in 20:29; six-times Welsh
long course Champion Catherine Dugdale (Swansea) seventh in 20:47; Gemma
Turtle (Shaftesbury Barnet) eighth in 20:50 with a positive run on her
move out of the Junior ranks; Clare Martin (Wells City) ninth in 21:31;
and Courtney Birch (Oxford University) tenth in 21:42.
said she and her coach, David Farrow, had taken a late decision to move up
from the Under 20 Women’s race because she needed the hardest possible
workout. She added: “David
told me, ‘Stay with them and if you die, you die but at least you will
have had a good hard run.’ It was really good having Hattie there. I
think I got away on some wood chippings going up a little slope in the
woods. I sensed she had begun to falter. I tried to keep the pace going
and luckily she did not come with me.”
said: “Emily was
relentless. Every time I made a move, she was there. It was impossible to
break away. Then when she got five metres away, I couldn’t get back to
her. I felt I had a good race but she ran a great race. I felt really good
for the first two laps. I didn’t feel bad on the last lap but I didn’t
of two Ramsey is having a great winter at the age of 37 but she said: “I
am tired at the moment. I knew I couldn’t go out with Hattie and Emily.
Emily is just superb. She’s so talented that it’s hard to remember she
is so young.”
Cross-Country, Tilburg, the Netherlands
Pidgeon finished second in her race to lead the Norwich Union Great
Britain junior side to victory.
She finished two
seconds behind Romania's Ancuta Bobocel with Morag MacLarty sixth, Stephanie
Twell seventh and Sian Edwards 15th
to secure team honours.
"The best is
to come" said Pidgeon. "I'm
aged 16 and I finished second. I am already looking forward to a a
re-match next year".
16, leads GB seniors in Italy
the 16-year-old European Junior 5000m Champion, took another milestone in
her stride today by leading home the Brits in the senior women’s race
Cinque Mulini IAAF permit cross country meeting in San Vittore Olona,
her first international-standard senior race, the Gloucester AC star was
fifth in 21 minutes 16 seconds – finishing well clear of England team
mates Hattie Dean (Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield), who was seventh in
21:35, and Kate Ramsey (Charnwood), the newly-crowned Midland Champion who
finished eighth in 21:37. By coincidence, these were also the two athletes
who got closest to Pidgeon when she won at Cardiff last month on her UK
Cross Challenge senior debut.
6km race was won in 20:43 by Aniko Kalovics (Hungary), who was fifth in
the senior race at this winter’s European Cross Country Championships in
Tilburg, where Pidgeon finished second in the junior race.
Solihull, June 2006
Pidgeon found herself
isolated from the leading group and often making her own pace with fellow
Edwards (Kettering) close by watching her every move. Pidgeon
dropped Edwards in the last mile and strode away to stop the clock at
15:41.00 to go second on the UK all time lists.
As Zola Budd's former
world record is the only one ahead, Pidgeon's mark was the best ever by a
British born junior and smashed the UK age 17 record.
'One pacemaker was too
fast, the other too slow so I just tried to run the right pace myself and
I felt really good. I knew Sian
was there so I upped the pace in the last
few laps, and still felt strong at the end,' said
third on the UK junior all time lists with her big PB of 15:50.69, also
well inside the Beijing qualifying mark of 16:00.
Athletics: Pidgeon continues to soar
high above cloud of politics
Heiress to Paula Radcliffe's crown will
get to the top her way, writes Mike Rowbottom
Published: 15 July 2006
18th Jan 2007
1st Feb 2007
Pidgeon (Gloucester AC), the reigning European Junior 5000m champion now
coached by UK Athletics Senior Performance Manager for Endurance Alan
Storey, faces five athletes who are faster on paper, much as in Kaunas two
Pidgeon (Gloucester AC), the defending 5000m champion, opened the
Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team’s medal account at
the 19th European Junior Championships in Hengelo, Netherlands,
on Friday evening, 20 July.
the sullen, humid end of a dramatic day interrupted for 1 hour 40 minutes
by a fierce thunderstorm, Pidgeon took the 5000m bronze medal in 16:31.30.
was not a twin for the gold she won two years ago in Kaunas,
Lithuania. But it was probably a better run given that she had been
struggling with a cold ever since landing in Hengelo on Monday evening.
the first day this week that I have not had a headache,” said
the 18-year-old, whose preparations were also interrupted by the A-level
exams that will earn her a place at Loughborough University in the autumn.
was with the leaders to halfway but said: “It
was hard. It was hot and humid. We were praying for the rain to come back
because it cools down the body temperature.
very, very pleased because I am not fully race fit. I’ve been getting
there because I really wanted to do this. It was a good occasion. It was
wonderful to run round with so many people cheering and I swear Britain
had the biggest crowd of supporters; they were brilliant. I’m pleased I
got a medal.”
time was 16:31.30 while the medals went to 19-year-olds Natalya Popkova
(Russia) in 16:08.95 and Ingunn Opsal (Norway) in 16:14.59.