Saturday, 23 October 2021

Personal best not enough for athlete

AN athlete from Medmenham set a new personal best at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Pippa Woolven finished the 3,000 metres steeplechase final in just under nine minutes and 48 seconds, knocking seven seconds off her previous record.

She completed Wednesday night’s race in eighth position, two seconds behind fellow England athlete Rachael Bamford. Three Kenyan competitors took gold, silver and bronze.

Among the crowd were her parents Sally and Nigel, her older brother Tom and her coach Jan Nash, of Wycombe Phoenix Harriers.

Woolven, who turned 21 on Saturday, was reunited with them within minutes of finishing and they all hugged and congratulated her.

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