Sky Scholar and athlete Jessica Judd shines in BUCS Cross Country race in Sheffield

By Mark Ashenden

Last Updated: 24/03/2017, 10:46 GMT

Jessica Judd (L) helped Loughborough win the team event
Image: Jessica Judd (L) helped Loughborough win the team event on Saturday

Jessica Judd continued her fine form in cross country this winter with a battling third place in Sheffield at the weekend.

Fresh from her victory in Cardiff two weeks ago, the 22-year-old Sky Academy Scholar was at it again at Graves Park in the BUCS Cross Country Championships.

Judd, Rebecca Murray and Emily Hosker-Thornhill led the pack for the first half of the race, only for Murray to pull away and finish top of the podium.

It was, though, another encouraging performance from Judd. The 1500m runner said: "It was a really tough course and was fast from the start so I was so happy to finish as high up as I did behind great competition!

"I gave it everything and felt I ran well on the mud and the hills so I was really happy with my run. Loughborough managed to win the team competition too so that was just amazing to be able to contribute to that.

Friend and rival! Emily Hosker-Thornhill and Jessica show off their silverware
Image: Friend and rival! Emily Hosker-Thornhill and Jessica show off their silverware

"I've got a couple more cross country races but at the moment I'm just going to get back into training and try to do some speed work in this phase."

Judd will next compete in a 3K road race on February 16 with the national championships at the end of the month in Nottingham.


WHAT'S COMING UP FOR OUR SCHOLARS....

FEB 9: Jack Bateson, World Series of Boxing in Rome, Italy

FEB 10-12: Elise Christie, World Cup short track speed skating in Minsk, Belarus

FEB 25: Jessica Judd, National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham

FEB 24-26: Quillan Isidore, Gator Nations Supercross Series in Oldsmar, USA

MARCH 4: Sam Oldham, American Cup in New Jersey, USA

MARCH 10-12: Elise Christie, World Championships in Rotterdam