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Full Name: Stephanie Twell
Born: 17th August 1989 (Colchester)
Height: 1.67m
Event: Middle distance & Cross-country
Club: Aldershot, Farnham & District AC (AFD)
County: Hampshire/ Surrey Schools - 2005, Hampshire Schools 2005-2007
Coach: Mick Woods
Sponsors: Nike


Personal Bests: 

800m 2:06.97 23 Aug 06 Watford, GBR
1500m 4:10.71 2 Jun 07 Barcelona, ESP
1 Mile 4:51.60 21 Aug 2005 Sheffield, GBR
3000m 9:07.41 8 Jul 06 Gateshead, GBR
5000m 16:08.33 28 Aug 06 St Peter's Port



12 May Hampshire Championships Portsmouth 800m U13 2:39.92 6th
13 May Hampshire Championships Portsmouth 1500m U13 5:22.41 5th
3 June Alder Valley Girls' League Eton 600m U13 1:50.1 1st B-string
17 June Lily B League Walton 800m U13 2:36.7 1st B-string
8 July Lily B League Guilford 800m U13 2:36.1 1st B-string
19 August Alder Valley Girls' League Guildford 600m U13 1:51.0 1st
8 September Lily B League Cup Final Kingston 800m U13 2:38.8 1st B-string



Stephanie was 65th at the English Schools Cross-country Championships in Hylands Park.

6 July Alder Valley Girls' League Woking 1500m U15 5:07.0 1st B-string
14 July   Horsham 1500m U15 5:01.1 1st


Stephanie was 14th at Nottingham, 18th at Margate, in the U15 girls races in the 2002-2003 Reebok Challenge series. 






  Hampshire XC Championships Dibden Enclosure U15 2nd
  National XC Parliament Hills, London U15 3rd
March English Schools XC Stanmer Park, Brighton Junior Girls 8th 
  SIAB International XC Dublin Junior Girls 8th


  Guildford Area Track & Field Championships   1500m     1st
  SEAA Championships   1500m U15 4:46.03 5th


26 Apr   Milton Keynes 1500m U15 4:54.2 1st
3 May Southern Women's League Bracknell 800m Senior 2:24.4 1st
5 May BMC Chester-Lee-Street 1500m C Senior 4:45.98 2nd
10 May Hampshire Championships Portsmouth 800m U15 2:23.90 2nd
11 May Hampshire Championships Portsmouth 1500m U15 4:56.10 3rd
17 May Southern Women's League Abingdon 1500m Senior 5:01.2 1st B-string
25 May SEAA Championships Watford 1500m U15 4:46.03 5th
31 May BMC Grand Prix Manchester 1500m C Senior 4:52.20 10th
1 Jun Southern Women's League Southampton 800m Senior 2:26.4 1st B-string
7 Jun   Basildon 800m U15 2:25.1 1st
14 Jun Surrey Schools Kingsmeadow Stadium 1500m Junior girls 4:46.71 2nd
22 Jun SEAA Championships Portsmouth 3000m U17 10:28.13 4th
29 Jun Southern Women's League Portsmouth 800m   2:23.7 1st
5 Jul   Guilford 800m   2:19.8 1st
11 Jul English Schools Don Valley, Sheffield 1500m Junior girls 4:52.2 ht
12 Jul English Schools Don Valley, Sheffield 1500m Junior girls 4:50.03 9th
17 Aug AAA U15/U17 Sheffield 1500m  U15 4:48.44 7th
24 Aug U20 & U15 Inter-County Match Abingdon 800m U15 2:25.11 ht
24 Aug U20 & U15 Inter-County Match Abingdon 800m U15 2:25.63 5th
3 Sep Watford Open Watford 3000m   10:20.02 14th
6 Sep Southern Women's League Battersea Park 1500m Senior 5:05.9 1st B-string


2003-4 season


Margate U15 3rd  
  Liverpool U15 2nd  
6th December  SEAA Inter-Counties XC Stowe, Buckinghamshire U15 1st  
3rd January  Hampshire XC Championships Dibden Enclosure U15 3rd  
  Southern XC Parliament Hills, London U15    
National XC U15 1st Twell earned Gold the lung-bursting way. She waited until the last 100m of the remorseless uphill finish before powering to victory, 15m ahead of the defending Champion, Danielle Walker (Royal Sutton Coldfield).

“It was a hard start. It was so crammed, you almost had to walk. I got going right on the outside and thought for a long time that I would be third. I got so much encouragement from the crowd – not just AFD but people I didn’t even know – it was tremendous.”


Inter-counties cross-country

Pre-race: Nottingham:  Stephanie Twell (177)  won the English National title, just two seconds ahead of the Midlands’ Dannie Walker. Proving yet again the strength in depth of Aldershot, Farnham and District AC in the age groups, at the South of England Championships Twell was second to her team-mate Stacey Preston (174). Twell was also second in the Reebok Liverpool Cross Challenge in November.
Stephanie was 3rd in the U15s race at the Reebok Inter-counties in Nottingham. Hampshire won the Team Gold.


Stephanie was 3rd in the Reebok 2003/2004 series, with 100 points.

In March, Stephanie was 7th in the Inter Girls' race at English Schools in Maidstone, Kent. Hampshire & Vectis were 2nd in the team score.

In April Stephanie Twell took the individual silver medal in 15:39 as the English School's Intermediate Girls' team ran away with the team gold in the British Schools Cross Country International at Ayr. The race was won by Wales' Non Stanford in 15:11.


Stephanie took the Under 17 girls 800m and 1500m titles at the Hampshire Track and Field Championships, in times of 2:15.21 and 4:32.52 (a Championship Best Performance) respectively, both ahead of AFD clubmate Emma Pallant.

Stephanie narrowly missed out on the medals in the Intermediate Girls' 1500m at the English Schools Track and Field Championships in Gateshead, after finishing 4th in her heat. Her time of 4:28.99 was still a national standard performance though, in an extremely high-class field. The race was won by Surrey team-mate Danielle Christmas, who streaked ahead to win with a 2 second margin. 

At the IAAF Norwich Union Super Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, Stephanie finished 4th in the Under 20 3000m in a time of 9:59.18. She went on to win silver at the AAAs Under 17 championships in Birmingham, recording a personal best time of 4:26.74.


Pre-race: Nikki Hamblin (Dorchester AC) fresh from a successful track season that included English Schools and AAA titles is in the field, along with Aldershot, Farnham and District’s Stephanie Twell and Emma Pallant, who finished first and second in the recent Hampshire Senior Women’s Cross Country league. Jessica Sparke (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies) who ran the fastest leg at the Southern Road Relays is also in the field.
Fifth overall and third place in the Under 17 race at the Reebok Cross Challenge in Birmingham went to Stephanie Twell (Aldershot, Farnham & District).


Aldershot, Farnham & District did well at the English Cross-country relays, winning the Under 15 Girls and Under 17 Women's events and they were the only double winners. Stephanie Twell ran the fastest leg in the under 17s.


In the absence of Falkirk winner Non Stanford (Swansea Harriers), who will return from the Norwich Union sponsored ‘On Camp with Kelly’ in South Africa on the day of the race, the leading Under 17 in Birmingham, Sian Edwards (Kettering Town Harriers), will probably be the leading contender.  She will be challenged by the third Under 17 in Birmingham Stephanie Twell (Aldershot Farnham & District), who also ran the fastest leg to lead her club to victory in the English Cross Country Relays.

Also in the field are the equal leaders in the Reebok Cross Challenge standings, Siobhan Coleman (Pitreavie AAC) and Jessica Sparke (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies AC).

Parliament Hills


ATHLETICS - Hampshire go close at hilly Stowe


Hampshire sent a large contingent of runners to the annual South of England Cross-Country Championships, run on a tough, hilly course at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.

A strong under-17 women's team failed to win their group by just one point from Essex despite Aldershot's Stephanie Twell recording a fine win.

Two other Aldershot girls, Emma Pallant and Hannah Jones, were fourth and sixth, followed by Sasha Mucci (Southampton) 16th, Polly Keen (Havant) 20th, Hayley Pointer (New Forest) 25th, India Lee (Aldershot) 26th and Lucy Bowers (Southampton) 40th.

With Aldershot's Charlotte Purdue leading the way in second place, Hampshire were third in the under-15 girls' race.

Southampton's Louise Webb had a good run for fourth and behind here were Sarah Burgin in tenth, Michelle Hallett (Southampton) 35th, Rebecca Jones (Aldershot) 45th, Rio Brookes-Gibbs (Southampton) 51st and Georgina Gair (Portsmouth) 56th.

Hampshire's young senior women's squad finished last despite a great run from Winchester's Rachel Townend for fourth.

Next came Natalie Coveney (Winchester) 27th, Heather Buckingham (Southampton) 30th, Rachel Kinchington (Overton) 40th, Emily Lowndes (Winchester) 52nd, Tahli Gill (Aldershot) 53rd, Sam Stewart (Southampton) 57th and Sarah Bolton (Basingstoke) 61st.

Hampshire's lone under-20 women's runner was Jade Davies (New Forest) in 15th. Pick of the county's under-13 girls was Winchester's Nicola Ferris in 11th.

Aldershot pair Andrea McCarthy and Claire Arnold were 30th and 31st respectively. They were followed by Alice Cole (New Forest) 37th, Hannah Vosser (Winchester) 38th, Brogan Percy (Isle of Wight) 45th, Ollie Berry (Winchester) 47th and Catriona McGill (Aldershot) 56th. The county placed seventh.



  Hampshire XC Championships Dibden Enclosure U17 1st  
23rd January  Lisbon Junior XC International  Lisbon      
29th January Southern XC Parliament Hills, London U17 2nd  
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UK Inter-Countries XC

Pre-race: Central Trains Under 20 Women’s 6km:

Running: It’s always hard to spot front-runners because Under 17s have a habit of upsetting Under 20 form-guides. Siobhan Coleman (Scotland East) leads the Reebok Cross Challenge Under 17 standings. Sian Edwards (Northamptonshire) won the National Under 17 title a fortnight ago, ahead of all the Under 20s eligible for this race, having earned a place in the Norwich Union GB Junior Women’s Team that won Silver medals at December’s Spar European Cross Country Championships. Hannah England (Oxfordshire) currently leads the Reebok Cross Challenge Under 20 standings. Karrie Hawitt (Cheshire) is the defending Champion and has an extra reason to get to the World Cross Country Championships – the Junior Women’s race is on her 19th birthday, 19 March. Morag MacLarty (Scotland East) won the Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m title in Australia pre-Christmas and led the Norwich Union GB Junior Team to success in the annual Lisbon International a few weeks ago. Sara Ponsford (Wiltshire) is second in the Reebok Cross Challenge Under 20 standings. Stephanie Twell (Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) is the National Under 17 Silver medallist.

Asked selectors to consider: Emily Pidgeon (Gloucester AC) has won the last two European Trials Junior Women’s races without being old enough to take her place in the Norwich Union GB Team, and has informed the selectors she intends to run in the English Schools Championships on 12 March rather than the Reebok UK Inter-Counties Championships.

Stephanie took the silver medal, running up the age group in the Under 20s race at the Reebok Inter-counties cross-country Championships in Nottingham.
Stephanie Twell finished runner-up in the individual race in that age group and qualified for the Great Britain team at the World Cross Country Championships to be held in Saint-Galmier, France, on March 19/20.

Twell, who is still in the under-17 girls age group, ran in the under-20 women to see if she could gain selection for the World Championship - only to be beaten by another under-17 girl, winner Sian Edwards of Northamptonshire.

Another Hampshire under-17 athlete, Emma Pallant, finished 11th in the same race. 


Pre-race: Sian 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.

World Cross-Country, St Etienne, France
Junior women’s race (3 laps, 6152m)

The youngest member of the GB team, Stephanie Twell, finished 60th in 23:23.

Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland finishing as leading Europeans in eighth.

For Stephanie Twell, the youngest member of the team – she doesn’t turn 16 until August 17 – the experience was a hugely positive one. “I loved it,” said the Aldershot, Farnham and District athlete. “I’ve got to come back and do this event again.”


AAA Young Athletes Relays - Stephanie Twell (Aldershot, Farnham & District) went head to head with Non Stanford (Swansea Harriers) on the final leg of the Under 17 Women relay.

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Twell set off with a strong lead, chased by a determined Stanford who closed the gap and produced the fastest time of the day, but had to settle for second place behind Aldershot.



24 Apr-05 NJL Itchen Divison Crawley 800m 02:17.5  U20 1st  
02 May-05 BMC Chester-Lee-Street 1500m 04:32.6   7th A  
11 May-05 St Mary's Adidas Relays  Twickenham 3000m 09:49.4   8th  
14 May-05 Hampshire County Championships Portsmouth 1500m 04:37.7  U17 1st  
15 May-05 Hampshire County Championships Portsmouth 800m 02:13.6  U17 1st  
21 May-05 BMC  Manchester 5000m 16:49.7   12th  
28 May-05 South of England U20 Championships Portsmouth 1500m 04:36.0  U20 1st  
01 Jun-05 Watford Open Graded Watford 800m 02:12.0   8th F  
04 Jun-05 Guildford Guildford
60.9   1st  
04 Jun-05 Guildford Guildford 800m 02:12.4   1st  
11-Jun-05 BMC Watford 1500m 04:25.6   3rd B  
15-Jun-05 BMC Bath 3000m 09:41.0   3rd  
25-Jun-05 BMC Solihull 1500m 04:25.1   11th A  
07-Jul-05 European Youth Olympic Festival  Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy 1500m 04:29.9   5th  
10-Jul-05 AAA Championships Manchester 5000m 17:00.3  SEN 14th  
22-Jul-05 London Super Grand Prix  Crystal Palace 3000m 09:47.1  U20 1st  
27-Jul-05 BMC Watford 800m 02:12.2   7th A Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
06-Aug-05 BMC Crystal Palace 1500m 04:31.9   10th B  
14-Aug-05 AAA U17-U15 Championships Birmingham 800m 02:09.9  U17 2nd  
21-Aug-05 Sheffield Grand Prix Sheffield Mile 04:51.6   7th  
24-Aug-05 BMC Gold Standard Races Watford 800m 02:10.7   6th A  


South RRelays

Hampshire Leagues

UK Challenge

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European Cross-Country, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Teenager Emily 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. 




7th January Hampshire X Championships Staunton Park, Havant U17 1st  
   Hampshire Schools XC Gang Warily, Fawley Senior Girls 1st  Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


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Sian Edwards (Kettering Town Harriers) capitalized on Emily Pidgeon’s decision to move up to the Senior race in the bold manner that has become a trademark of the UK’s current generation of female endurance runners. From the gun, she shot off like one of the many startled squirrels who spent the afternoon scurrying up trees as the athletes pounded past. And when Steph Twell (Aldershot, Farnham and District) caught her in mid-race, she put on another surge and won by over 50m.

The fact that Twell was even in Cardiff speaks volumes for her attitude. She could have rested on the considerable laurels she earned last week by winning for Norwich Union GB at the Lisbon Junior International. She could have cited the fact that she had to run the Hampshire Schools Championships yesterday – no easy victory there with all her AFD training mates to race against! But she acquitted herself well again and said: “I feel as if I had a steady, strong run. I’m cracking on now for the Worlds.”



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English National - Parliament Hills


Inter Counties and World XC Trials, Senior women's 4km

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World Cross-Country, Fukuoka, Japan

The 6km race was dominated by African athletes with Kenya taking all three individual medals. Pauline Korikwiang won in 19 minutes 27 seconds in a sprint finish against Veronica Wanjiru with Mercy Kosgei third in 19:45. Edwards’ time was 20:10.

Kenya took the Team Gold medals with only 10 points. Ethiopia were second with 29, Japan third with 58, Eritrea fourth with 83 and Norwich Union GB fifth with 116 – 17 points ahead of Russia – Sian Edwards (Kettering Town Harirrers) 10th in 20:10;  Stephanie Twell (Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) 31st in 21:14; Non Stanford (Swansea Harriers) 37th in 21:24; Danielle Sale (Orion Harriers) 38th in 21:24; Jessica Sparke (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) 44th in 21:41; and Joanne Harvey (Exeter Harriers) 51st in 21:59.

Twell, the 16-year-old who was seventh in helping Norwich Union GB win the Junior Team Gold medals at this winter’s European Cross Country Championships, improved hugely from 60th on her Worlds debut 12 months ago with another mature run that belies her tender years. She was placed 56th at the first checkpoint, only five seconds behind Edwards in the packed field. Despite the congestion, Twell had moved up to 29th by halfway in 9:43. She gained one more place in the next section, passing the electronic checkpoint in 17:01.

She said: “It was really exciting – an amazing experience. I was feeling really good before the race. My pre-race aim that I kept secret was to finish in the top 35. I lost five places in the space of five seconds on the last lap; other than that, I really enjoyed it. We’re all absorbing the experience for future years.”

Norwich Union GB Junior Women’s Team Leader Stella Bandu summed-up: “The whole team did absolutely fantastically in a highly competitive race. By finishing fifth, they have beaten a lot of very good teams. It’s been a real privilege to be their Team Manager and I hope what they have gained from this will help them towards fulfilling their long term goals and potential. It’s been a good learning experience.

“The policy of enabling young athletes to compete at occasions like this can never be under-estimated. If they were all asked to write a short essay on what they have learnt, I think they would end up with very long essays!”


Stephanie won the London Mini-marathon for 15-17 girls in a narrow victory over Wales' Non Stanford.



South of England Championships

Pre-race: The Junior 800m has a field that is far more competitive than the senior women's and could feature the quartet that set the British 4 x 800m U20 record last week. Crawley trio Hannah Brooks, Emily Goodall and Dani Christmas plus Hannah England (Oxford City) will also have opposition from fast improving Stephanie Twell (Aldershot Farnham & District) and Jessica Sparke (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) - the latter two were well inside the Beijing World junior standard at 1500 last week. Sparke, England and Twell are also entered for the 1500m.


BMC Solihull, June 2006

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Steph ran a 4:12.76 1500m at the BMC race in Solihull to break Bridget Smyth's 22-year UK age 16 record of 4:15.20, comfortably inside the World Juniors qualifying mark.

Twell, coached by Mick Woods, was very emotional after the race when she realised the enormity of her performance, she said, 'I knew Jo and Helen would be running 64s and so I wanted to run my own race rather than be sucked up into someone else's and so I stuck to 68s.

"From there I tried to pick it up and pick people off and I felt strong and felt I was really motoring and even closing slightly on Helen. I wanted to run the last 300m quicker than I ever have and break 4:15 so I'm amazed with 4:12."

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25th November UK Challenge Liverpool U20 1st


Steph sparks golden hat-trick for Norwich Union GB Women

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Steph Twell gave the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team a golden start to the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy, on Sunday 10 December.

The 17-year-old, who will still be a Junior in 2008, powered to victory in the Junior Women’s race, leading Norwich Union GB to the Team Gold medals. This was followed by the Norwich Union GB Under 23 Women’s Team also taking Gold. And the Norwich Union GB Senior Women’s Team missed completing the hat trick by the narrowest of margins, losing to Portugal on count back by only one place.

As expected, Norwich Union GB won this team title for the fifth time since 2000 – led by a wonderfully aggressive victory by Steph Twell (Aldershot, Farnham and District), who was seventh in this race 12 months ago.

Showing no fear of the athletes who finished ahead of her in Tilburg, she was content to sit off the early pace made by defending Champion Ancuta Bobocel (Romania) and choose her own time to attack. Then she struck with devastating effect in the final 600m, moving inexorably away from her most tenacious rival, Karoline Grovdal (Norway) to finish 10m clear. Twell’s time was 12:33, Grovdal’s 12:36 with Bobocel a further 15 seconds down in third place.

Norwich Union GB scored 21 points for the most comprehensive triumph of the day. Russia scored 76 to win the Silver medals and Romania 83 for Bronze.

Team Leader Alan Storey said: “Steph ran a sensible race. She let them go early on, made up the gap when she needed to and was in the right place to make her effort when she decided to.”

Twell said: “Everyone in the race went off like bats out of hell. I didn’t want to get too mixed up in that. I was just watching everyone. The stage came when I thought they were maybe too far away so I started moving through. Once I got moving, the adrenalin kept me going all the way through to the finish. I was so determined, I couldn’t think of anything else.”

Her coach, Mick Woods, UKA Endurance Performance Centre Coach at St Mary’s University Twickenham, said: “This was the pre-season target though Steph would not divulge it to anyone. We talked about this at the Junior Camp at St Mary’s in the summer and her ambition was quite clear to me. She ran a totally dominating race.

“She could not have run a more perfect race. She didn’t get sucked in at the beginning. She moved up to them sensibly and, once there, dominated the race.


New European Cross Country Champions Mo Farah and Steph Twell, far from resting on their laurels, are planning to race in tough international races on Sunday 17 December – only a week after their glory runs for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team that topped the medals table in Italy. 

While 17-year-old Twell, who won the Euro Junior title, contests the Senior Women’s 6.5km race at the 40th annual Granollers International near Barcelona in Spain, 23-year-old Farah heads a huge UK invasion of the IAAF Permit meeting in Brussels. Twell declined an invitation to run Brussels in the hope that the course in Spain will be less muddy. Her coach, Mick Woods, explained: “We feel Steph should take in a senior race to give her a hard work-out but fear that, lovely as the Brussels meeting is, the course would be too heavy. The forecast is for rain in Belgium before the weekend. We hope it will be drier in Spain.”

Senior success for 17-year-old Stephanie Twell in Spain

Of Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team members in endurance running action on Sunday 17 December, 17-year-old Stephanie Twell scored a super senior victory in Spain, Mo Farah and Hayley Yelling became somewhat stuck in the mud of Belgium and Phil Nicholls sped 60 places up the Power of 10 rankings over 10km with a searing solo run at Telford.  

Twell (Aldershot, Farnham and District AC), the newly crowned European Junior Cross Country Champion, won the Senior Women’s 6km

 at the 40th annual Catalunya International meeting in Granollers, Barcelona.

A week after emerging as Europe’s top teenager, the schoolgirl from Farnborough in Hampshire looked to have blown her chances when she lost a 50m lead to the hot favourite, Habtemariam Nebiat (Eritrea), who finished 16th in the 2003 World Cross Country Championships and has already enjoyed successes in previous races in Spain this winter.

But when Nebiat looked set to strike with 500m to go, it was young Twell who stunned the crowd by finding the stronger finish. She crossed the line in 20 minutes 37 seconds to win by four seconds. Third, a further 40 seconds adrift, was Miriam Ortiz Rivas, who represented Spain in the under-23s’ race at the Europeans.

Twell’s delighted coach, Mick Woods, Performance Coach at the UK Athletics Endurance Performance Centre at St Mary’s University Twickenham, said: “She has learnt a massive lesson. She got excited when she built a 50-metre lead with 2.5km still to go.

“She began to struggle but she has a really good racing head on her shoulders and she didn’t panic when Nebiat caught her and hit the front with probably 500m to go. She responded very well and her finish over the last 400m was just as powerful as last week’s at the Europeans.

“To win against a quality field like this has been a huge experience for Steph.”






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6th January Hampshire XC Championships Basingstoke U20 1st


European Junior Championships

Pre-race: Stephanie Twell, the European Junior Cross Country Champion, and her Aldershot Farnham and District AC training mate Emma Pallant – they are coached by UKA Performance Coach Mick Woods – are fourth and fifth in the 1500m rankings.

Stephanie Twell ran the bravest track race of her 17 years to win 1500m silver.

After the leaders dawdled through the first lap in 73.91 seconds, with 17-year-old Twell staying well out of any trouble in ninth place, she hit the front with 900m to go and built a lead of 10 metres.

Hard though she battled to maintain her hot pace – through 800m in 2:25.99 and 1200m in 3:28.39 – she was caught with less than 50 metres to go by Cristina Vasiloiu (Romania), who crossed the line in 4:15.30.

Twell, who finished in 4:16.03, said: “In my head, all I was thinking about were Mick’s instructions. I didn’t want to get involved in the fighting at the beginning so I went straight to the back. When I realised it was slow, I notched it up a little gear with 900 to go then with 700 to go I let them know I wasn’t coming back.Unfortunately I got lactic in the last 100. It was a big learning curve!”



European XC Championships

Steph Twell (Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) gave GB&NI the ideal start by becoming the first athlete ever to successfully defend the junior women’s title. She will be young enough to go for the first-ever hat-trick of titles next year.





5 January UK Challenge Series Belfast   Senior 22:07 6th
12 January Great Edinburgh International inc Inter-District Championships Edinburgh   Senior 20:34 4th
26 January Southern Championships Parliament Hills   U20 19:07 1st
2 February BUSA Championships Swansea     23:45 1st
23 February English National Championships Alton Towers   U20   1st
4 June St. Mary's Classic Twickenham 3000m   9:13.00 2nd
21 June England Athletics Open Championships Bedford 1500m U20 4:35.81 1st ht
22 June England Athletics Open Championships Bedford 1500m U20 4:24.91 1st
14 June BMC Nike Elite Meeting Watford 1500m Senior 4:14.79 4th A
28 June BMC Nike Grand Prix Solihull 1500m Senior 4:09.29 1st A
11 July World Junior Championships Bydgozoz, POL 1500m U20 4:19.18 2nd ht
13 July World Junior Championships Bydgozoz, POL 1500m U20 4:15.09 1st
18 July Golden League Paris, FRA 1500m Senior 4:05.83 8th
26 July Aviva London Grand Prix Crystal Palace 3000m Senior 8:58.45 5th
21 August Olympic Games Beijing, CHN 1500m Senior 4:06.68 6th Ht
7 September Rieti Grand Prix Rieti, ITA Mile Senior 4:32.84 14th
10 September Quercia Roverto, ITA 3000m Senior 8:57.22 8th
14 September IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, GER 3000m Senior 8:50.89 7th
28 September South of England Women's 4 Stage Relay Aldershot     12:22 1st
4 October BUPA Great North Elite Races Newcastle 1 Mile R   4:45.5 4th (1st J)
17 October Poole Runners Winter 5K Series Boscombe 5kmR   16:18 1st F
1 November ECCU XC Relays Mansfield     8:00.45 1st
15 November McCain UK Cross Challenge Gateshead   Senior 26:46 1st
29 November McCain UK Cross Challenge Liverpool   Senior 27:09 1st
14 December European Cross Country Championships Brussels, BEL 4km U20 13:28 1st