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Fabulous Fullerton gets call up to British team for World Championships in Seville

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 March 2018

Havering's Faye Fullerton at the Big Half London (pic Peter Luck)

Havering's Faye Fullerton at the Big Half London (pic Peter Luck)

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Havering AC star Faye Fullerton has been selected for the British team that will travel to Spain for the World Half-Marathon Championships later this month.

Fullerton, who is only just back from injury, ran in the Big Half in London at the weekend and it clearly caught the eye of the GB selectors.

The 33-year-old trimmed two seconds off her career best and club record in finishing ninth in the British Championships which was held as part of the inaugural Big Half on Sunday.

The race took the athletes around half of the London Marathon course, but in the opposite direction, starting from Tower Bridge and finishing in Greenwich and it proved popular.

The race came just two weeks after a fifth-place finish in the UK Indoor 3,000m and despite lacking specific training for the event, her time of 74.04 was still nearly a minute inside the selection standard.

After suffering stomach cramps around five miles, Fullerton kicked in a few miles at 5.20 pace, around 10 seconds faster than she was planning.

Although she did pay for that in the closing stages as she slowed a little, she still beat here previous best from October 2015.

Then at 8am on Wednesday came the news she had been selected for the GB team in Valencia on March 24.

“I was surprised and delighted to be selected for the GB team as my race on Sunday didn’t exactly go to plan,” said Fullerton.

“I’ve gradually regained fitness, helped by my club training partner Grant Twist, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of a World Championship.

“I’m determined to give it my all and justify the selection.”

This weekend sees several Havering athletes pull on the red vests of Essex at the Inter Counties Cross-Country Championships at Loughborough.

*The wintry weather put paid to most events planned for Harold Wood Running Club members over the weekend.

The latest parkrun was cancelled due to the snow, while the Colchester Zoo 10k has now been postponed until May 20.

Parisa Skeldon (below) had to go all the way to the Anglesey 10k to find some action on Sunday, where she clocked a time of 1:04.20 on an undulating course.

Most members are now training for the Brenwood Half-Marathon which takes place on March 18.


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