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European XC Championships
Medulin, Croatia
8 December 2002

16 year old Rachael Nathan of Lincoln Wellington AC has returned from the European Cross Country Championships at Medulin in Croatia with a team gold medal in her pocket. Representing the Great Britain U20 women's squad she produced a spectacular individual performance to defy the near hurricane force winds blowing in of the adjacent Adriatic Sea and charged across the line in 11th place overall. She was delighted to find that she had grabbed the vital fourth scoring spot for the six strong British team and that close rivals Russia has been kept at bay by 8 points in the tussle for the top honours.

Rachael's performance was all the more meritorious in that she was comfortably the youngest member of the British squad and was also the leading 16 year old in the entire race. She will also be eligible to run in this race as far ahead as 2005.

Having reached a successful conclusion to the first phase of her Winter season she will now take a break from competition and return to hard training before embarking on a series of New Year races which will include the Reebok Intercounties at Nottingham, the National Championships at Parliament Hill Fields in London and the English Schools Championships at Brighton.

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