Jake Stevens runs for England – We’re SO proud of you Jake!

Jake Stevens (17 years) ran his first race in an England vest today (Saturday 20th January) at the British Athletics Cross Challenge. 


This challenging 8k multi-lap cross country course, with multiple steep up and down hill sections, sharp muddy turns and really tough competition from all the Home Nations, was a tough ask for a first race.  


Over 30 runners set off at a blistering pace.  Jake settled in for the first lap in 10th place.  The race was broadcast live on YouTube and other platforms and I’m sure Jake must have heard us screaming at our TV sets in Thanet, as he dug in and surged up the hills, closing on the competition.  



The fact Jake was running against much more experienced athletes, some of whom were 2 years older than him really must be taken into account.  He is clearly made of very tough stuff! 


Four long laps later Jake was well and truly with the leading pack.  He nudged up into fourth position at one point, leaving other really talented Home Nations athletes way behind. 


England dominated the race.  James Dargan won the race in 25.32, with Jake Stevens coming in 5th with a time of 26.01.  A fantastic result for his first race in an England shirt.  Jake was wearing bib 829 and full results can be found here.



Just pause for a second and think about this time if you’re a regular parkrunner.  EIGHT KILOMETRES on a hilly, slippery, turny course in 26 minutes!!!


We’re SO proud of you Jake!


Jake started his running career with Thanet Roadrunners junior section.  He lives in Broadstairs and is a Dane Court School pupil.  He moved to Invicta East Kent AC a couple of years ago and is now coached by Donald Carter who said; “It’s a wonderful achievement for Jake to have represented England at the London International Cross Country. He is an integral part of our training group and has deserved this call up with his dedication and determination over the last couple of years. I hope it’s just the start of many more international call ups in Jake’s successful career.”


Today is all about Jake, but we should mention his very proud mum and dad Lisa and Andy.  Jake has achieved this through sheer determination and hard work as well as natural talent.  But having a really supportive team behind a young athlete makes such a difference.  



Thanet Roadrunners currently have limited spaces for young people between the ages of 9 and 18years.  Our highly experienced and qualified DBS checked coaches, floodlit track and inclusive ethos is the perfect environment for young athletes to thrive.  WhatsApp 07974355811, Facebook message, email or call us for more information. hello@thanetroadrunnersac.com  We’d love to hear from you!

Jon Holl     #aclubforall    Membership is FREE for the next 2 months.  


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