Molly Long’s stellar season reached dizzy new heights this week as she crossed the line in first place at the Under 20 800m National Championships at Bedford.
After leading the field through much of the race, Molly qualified for the final on Saturday, claiming victory with a comfortable time of 2.08.70.
Setting off with a steady pace in the final, Molly eventually edged out in front. After not being able to create a significant gap, an intense sprint finish ensued with Molly eventually edging out Victoria-Park-Glasgow’s Mhairi Hendry by half a second to take the crown with a time of 2.07.37.
Molly’s success has also continued away from the track. Having combined her A Level studies at Truro School alongside her busy athletics training schedule, the talented student has secured an offer to read Dentistry at University next year.
Lucy Jupp, Molly’s Form tutor at Truro School said:
“Molly has had such a fantastic year both academically and in the sporting arena. She and I have worked hard this year to balance her work load, making sure that her training and competition plans have dovetailed into her academic commitments, ensuring she does not fall behind in either.”
Mrs Jupp continued:
“Monitoring, mentoring and tracking are key components to athlete success and I am so thrilled that Molly has achieved all that she wants to this year and she has a successful future mapped out ahead of her”.
During May Molly ran 800m in just 2.03.32 at the Millers’ Club Grand Prix in Manchester, a result that ranks her as 10th best Under 20 Junior Woman’s 800m runner in the world for 2015.
The time of 2.03.32 means that the 18 year old Padstow runner is likely to qualify for the Under 20 European Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden, taking place between 16-19 July.
Mrs Jupp commented:
‘The European Championships will prove a great test for Molly. After recording her personal best in May she has certainly put herself in a strong position for qualifying into her first major championships.’
Upon receiving confirmation of her qualification, Molly will next travel with the Great Britain team and her coach, John Knowles, for a week’s acclimatisation before competing against Europe’s finest runners.