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Full Name: Nicola Sykes
Sex: Female
Club: Leighton Buzzard AC
Event: Middle/Long distance, Cross-country
County: Bedfordshire

Personal Bests: 

14 July 2002

Luton, GBR

3 Aug 2003
Bury St. Edmunds, GBR
11 July 2003
Sheffield, GBR


Nicola was 2nd in the Under 15s race at the English Cross-country Championships at Bristol's Ashton Court behind Aldershot's Charlotte Browning. She went on to finish 9th in the Intermediate Girls' race at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Chelmsford.


Nicola was 3rd at the Reebok Inter-counties in Nottingham.

Nicola won the Intermediate Girls' race at the English Schools Cross-country Championships (Stanmer Park, Brighton) in March.

Nicola 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 U17s race at the Reebok Challenge in Falkirk.

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 race-series.

Nicola won the U17s race at the Reebok Challenge in Birmingham, in a time of 17.21.


Nicola was 14th in the U17/U20s 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 won the U17s race at the Reebok Challenge in Belfast, in a time of 14:41. This return to form earned her the 'Athlete of the Match' title.

"Sykes announced Athlete of the match"

Nicola was 2nd in the South of England Cross-country U17s Race at Parliament Hill, London in a time of 20:42.

Inter-counties Cross-country

Pre-race: Nottingham: Nicola 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.  


12th March English Schools XC Norwich Senior girls 3rd


English Schools Track & Field Championships 2005 - 

Nicola Sykes was 6th in the Senior Girls 3000m, with a national standard time of 9:58.75.


Pre-race: 11.00: 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.




24th February UK Inter-Counties XC Woollaton Park, Nottingham Senior 60th