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Newbury's Izzy Fry thrilled after qualifying for U23 European Athletics Championships

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IZZY Fry was delighted to achieve one of her biggest targets at the start of the year as she qualified for the U23 European Athletics Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Newbury Athletic Club member recorded an impressive time of 15:49.25 in her 5000m event in Watford over the weekend, handing her automatic qualification for the Championships next month.

Expressing her joy at confirming her place in the upcoming Championships, the 21-year-old said: “It has been one of my bigger aims this year, even last year when things got cancelled, and it’s kind of exciting that I have ticked that box and now I know I am going, I can focus on the Championships itself.

Izzy Fry clinches victory in Manchester. Picture: James Rhodes
Izzy Fry clinches victory in Manchester. Picture: James Rhodes

“Nothing is ever a given, so even though I was going into the trials with the quickest time, so it was nice to secure the quickest time on the day and get the automatic spot.”

“It is nice to have that secure feeling that I will be on the plane in a few weeks’ time.”

The recorded time in Watford comes just a couple of weeks after she shattered her personal best in the by an incredible 12 seconds at the Manchester Invitational and explained why consistency is crucial.

“I think it’s huge and I think consistency also builds confidence, so the fact that I can back up my last performance with the same time shows that it wasn’t a fluke the first time

“I ran the race very differently this time as I went through the first 3km a lot slower, which meant my last 2km was a lot quicker.

“I also felt a lot stronger doing it that was and hopefully it means I can race it differently each time and it’s good to learn that way before the championships.”

The former Park House pupil has explained what she’ll do before the Championships kick off in July.

“Now I have raced, and secured my place, I am going to get back to training and maybe drop down to a 1500m distance to sharpen up a bit.”

Fry has been with her new Team New Balance Manchester for over month now and she explained how they have helped her settle down.

“I am loving the environment, I have some great teammates behind me and a coach that is guiding me really well so I am enjoying it.

“It has been a great move, but it was great to race in Watford and see some of my university teammates as well as seeing some Newbury AC members too.”

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