The future is bright for Brock and Hobbs...

WEST runners Grace Brock and Hannah Hobbs both made successful debuts for England in Spain recently.

Seventeen-year-old Cornwall AC runner Brock, who lives in Penzance, celebrated her first international appearance with a fine victory, surging clear of Westbury Harrier Hobbs in the closing stages as the English team dominated the event in Seville.

“It was Grace’s first England vest of any sort and to win on her debut was very encouraging,” said coach John Knowles.

“She joined my group about a year ago and we have been working hard on improving her strength and speed and that seems to be paying off.”

Knowles said that Brock, who is a student at Truro & Penwith College, has set herself a target of qualifying for the British team to compete in the World Schools’ Championships, which is a competition for under-18 athletes.

There is no one trials race for that competition but Brock’s performances in the South West event, scheduled for Newton Abbot on Saturday, and then the English Schools’ Championships in Leeds on Saturday, March 17 will determine whether or not she will be selected.

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