NEW Scottish cross country champion, Beth Potter is hoping to make her mark as the new track and field season gets underway.
The 21-year-old Bearsden athlete is gearing up to compete in the road relay team at the Birmingham National UK Finals in a couple of weeks time, but admits her real focus will be competing with Team GB in the European Championships this summer.
Looking forward to the Birmingham Nationals, she said: “I have competed as part of the team before but we have not won it. A podium place would be great.
“I have had one of the fastest times, so we are in with a good chance.”
Potter is hoping to build on her recent success in the Scottish Nationals in Falkirk which were held at Callendar Park.
Representing Victoria Park-Glasgow Potter celebrated her first Senior Women’s race win in the race, which she has won at various age-groups.
She recorded a convincing win in her first senior crown with a time of 28min 14secs for the 8k route.
At the European Under-23 championships in the summer Potter said: “The track will be my main focus and I am looking towards to the 5000m for the European Under-23s.
“I will also look at the 1500m as well with help from my new coach, Mick Woods.
“It was great to win the National Cross Country title at Senior level. I am not long turned 21 and I’ve won it about five or six times in the past as a youngster so this is great – I was not well last year but have been back on form this winter.”
Peter Jardine, spokesperson for Scottishathletics said: “Beth is one of our top athletes who has made a good recovery from illness last year.
“She won the National Cross Country in fine style - her first senior title in that event at only 21 and beat a couple of very good GB athletes into second and third in Rosie Smith and Susan Partridge.
“It is always good to see someone who was a junior champion make the big leap to become a successful senior athlete.
“That is an important issue for us and the sport.
“We look forward to seeing what this summer brings for Beth on the road and in track and field.
“The Glasgow 2014 selection period opens in April so athletes are well aware of what will be at stake.’