Breaking news: Baker named in GB squad

Grace Baker triumphs at the National Cross-Country Relays
Grace Baker triumphs at the National Cross-Country Relays
  • Grace Baker named in GB squad for European Cross-Country Championships
  • 19-year-old from Pett will compete in junior women’s race
  • BBC-televised event will take place in France on December 13
  • Baker’s fourth GB selection comes after fifth place finish at trials
  • Baker also competed at European Junior Championships on the track in the summer

Running ace Grace Baker has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Spar European Cross-Country Championships.

The 19-year-old from Pett will compete in the junior women’s event at Hyeres in the south of France on Sunday December 13.

Baker is part of a GB team that is arguably the strongest sent to a European Championships, in an event which GB’s junior women have tended to dominate over the past few years.

She received her fourth Great Britain selection thanks to a gutsy fifth place finish at the European Cross-Country Trials in Liverpool last weekend.

Baker was delighted with her call-up and is extremely motivated to bring back team gold for GB, as well as put in an individual performance of note at an event which will be shown live on BBC television.

The Royal Holloway University of London student is determined to put behind her the disappointment of her performance at the European Junior Athletics Championships in Sweden during the summer. She was second favourite in the 5,000m only to succumb to illness on the day.

Baker has had a good early season thus far, leading her Aldershot, Farnham & District AC team to gold in the National Cross-Country Relays last month with the added bonus of being the cover girl on that week’s edition of Athletics Weekly.

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