Beth’s on track after great run

27/04/11 GLASGOW GREENLong distance runner Beth Potter
27/04/11 GLASGOW GREENLong distance runner Beth Potter

BEARSDEN middle-distance runner Beth Potter is confident she can keep the momentum going after a great series of track results.

Beth (19), in her first season as an under-23, climbed the podium at July’s UK Trials and Championships for the first time claiming bronze in the 5000m in Birmingham.

She finished behind fellow Scot Eilish McColgan, in second, and winner Julia Bleasdale – more than making up for narrowly missing out on a medal at June’s England Under-23 Championships.

The athlete has taken nearly 40 seconds off her 5,000m personal best which currently stands at 15:55.83minutes.

Commenting on her performance to date, the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes sponsored runner, said: “This season has gone really well and I have got personal bests across all my events – the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m.

“It is my first year as an under-23 and I didn’t qualify for the European Under-23 Championships but to finish third at the UK Trials was a fantastic performance.

“There were about 10 of us who could have got medals and it came down to tactics.

“It was exciting and there were a lot of people there and it was a great atmosphere.

Looking back on last season, Beth admitted: “Last year was a bit of a struggle with injury and it was just the change in mileage in training and the experiences

“I have had this year that has been really good for me.”

Beth is coming towards the end of the track season but before switching to cross-country is expected to race in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run next month.

She said: “I am planning to do the Great Scottish Run but I am also meant to be racing in Manchester two days after so we will have to see. I won the 10km last year.”

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10K takes place on September 4.

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK . . . Beth Potter is back on form.