A DETERMINED Victoria Hughes recently represented her country at the recent ‘England versus Celtic Age Group Masters’ 10k event in Birmingham.
The V45 age category athlete, who lives in Tean, is a member of City of Stoke AC.
The former Britannia Building Society worker, at its Leek head office, has enjoyed club running for five years competing in distances ranging from 5k cross-country events to marathons.
Victoria, pictured, qualified for her England vest by finishing within the top three in her age group at the Chester 10k in March.
Chester provided a particularly high quality competition as a result of many runners competing for places in the national team.
Despite incurring an injury during the race, Victoria remained undeterred and hopeful to make it to the big Birmingham event.
After a period of rest and recovery she was only able to return to steady training. She was helped by her City of Stoke AC coach Kevin Hendricken in getting her to the start line.
There was a strong team of 160 England representatives at the Birmingham 10k, representing 140 clubs from across the country.
Victoria, together with her City of Stoke AC team mate, Jamie Arnold, had an elite start just behind the senior elite, which included British long-distance runner and World, European and Commonwealth medallist Joe Pavey MBE.
All looked positive on the day for Victoria and Jamie, and despite the undulating course and windy conditions, and their injury-hampered training, they both ran a respectable race.
Victoria came eighth and Jamie third in their respective age categories.
Also representing City of Stoke AC was another local runner , Ian Salt, who came sixth in his age category.