11 Dec

Coulson Hits High Note In Budapest

Jess Coulson wins gold at European Cross Country ChampionshipsJess Coulson revealed that she spent much of the race singing as she won gold at the European Cross Country Championships in Hungary this weekend, helping Great Britain and Northern Ireland to top the overall medal table for the fifth year in a row. The feat meant that all 36 members of the team returned from the Hungarian capital with a medal.

The Stockport athlete won the under-23 women's race to help Britain take silver in the women's event while Tom Farrell won the senior men's race, James Wilkinson added bronze in the men's under-23 race and Kieran Clement's third place finish saw the junior men's team win bronze.

Coulson said: "This has been a long time coming. The last time I made a GB team was five years ago. I put it down to my coach, Mick Woods. I just really worked hard and I enjoyed it out there today, I was even singing to myself on the way round. I just felt good. I got going and didn't stop."

The junior British women won gold for a second year in a row, with last year's winner Emelia Gorecka, 18, adding a silver medal to the bronze she won in 2010. Jessica Judd was also part of the winning team but only found out about the victory after regaining consciousness following her collapse at the finish line.

The 17-year-old explained: " "I just blacked out. With about 1km to go the cold just hit me and everything stopped flowing. I knew I just had to make it to the finish line because I was running for the team. I'm not sure if I would have made it if I was on my own. I don't remember anything of the last 600m apart from collapsing at the line. Then I woke up in the medical services with four blankets on and I could hear our national anthem being played!"