14 July 2002
3 Aug 2003
Bury St. Edmunds, GBR
11 July 2003
was 2nd in the Under 15s race at the English
Cross-country Championships at Bristol's Ashton
Court behind Aldershot's Charlotte
She went on to finish 9th in
the Intermediate Girls' race at the English Schools Cross
Country Championships in Chelmsford.
was 3rd at the Reebok Inter-counties in Nottingham.
won the Intermediate Girls' race at
the English Schools Cross-country Championships (Stanmer Park, Brighton) in March.
won the Intermediate Girls' SIAB Cross-country International in Dublin in March,
in a time of 14:22.
Nicola won the Inter girls'
3000m title at English schools, in a time of 10:07.65.
Nicola took the 3000m Gold
at the SIAB International Athletics meeting in Cardiff, in a time of 10:04.43.
Nicola won the
race at the Reebok Challenge in
Scottish Athletics: Nicola Sykes (Leighton
Buzzard) was another debut winner. She said: “I got a
fast start and just gradually built up the pace.” The English Schools
Champion also confirmed her intention to do all the Reebok events in the 6
won the U17s
race at the Reebok Challenge in
Birmingham, in a time of 17.21.
Nicola was 14th in the
race at the Reebok Challenge in Sefton Park, Liverpool, in a time of 15.12.
Nicola won the SEAA
Inter-counties cross-country championships on 6th December in Stowe,
Buckinghamshire in a time of 18:07.
Nicola was 2nd in the South
of England Cross-country U17s Race at Parliament Hill, London in a time of
Sykes (No. 18), Bronze
medallist in this race last year, heads this winter’s Reebok Cross Challenge
standings with 62 points. Was first in the Reebok
Belfast Cross Challenge, second at the IAAF Permit Meeting in Seville,
Spain, and second in the South
of England Championships in January; second at the Reebok Liverpool
Cross Challenge in November, after opening her winter campaign with handsome
victories at the Reebok Cross Challenge meetings in
Falkirk and Birmingham.
In March, Nicola was 5th in the Senior Girls'
race at English Schools in Maidstone, Kent.
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Nicola Sykes was 6th
in the Senior Girls 3000m, with a national standard time of 9:58.75.
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.