Go Emily!!

Emily Williams proudly represents England at her final Cross Country fixture to cap what has been an outstanding season for the 14 year old. Emily, who won Junior Girls English Schools Championships 2 weeks ago, heads to Falkirk this weekend to compete for her country for the first time in the SIAB British Schools Championship which pitches the best 8 athletes from England, Scotland, Wales & the combined Ireland to define who are the best individual athletes and teams throughout the whole of the UK & Ireland.

The SIAB competitions are one of very few events where junior athletes, especially at under-15 level, can gain international status without achieving senior standards. The SIAB events are extremely elite and the competitions are designed as incentives and a reward to junior athletes for their hard work and commitment to training.

The international athletics events put on by the SIAB are highly regarded and those involved in its organisation have achieved national recognition. The events have provided an opportunity for teenagers in the UK and Ireland to taste international athletics competition for the first time and have in the past provided a platform for such UK international athletes as Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe, & Mo Farah.

Coach Shane Smith said “Emily has made huge strides with her endurance over the winter and this is a wonderful opportunity for her to capitalise on her magnificent win at English Schools and cap a truly fantastic 2015/16 Cross Country season; opportunities like this need to be seized and Emily needs to believe in herself and just go for it”.

Emily Williams - A superb 2015/16 Cross Country season.

Kettering Town Harriers wish Emily the best of Luck in this exciting new chapter in her running career.