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ISF WORLD SCHOOLS XC 2008  -  Ždar nad Sazavou, Czech republic, April 24

Beth Carter has competed in 3 England vests this season.....

1) International match in Spain in January

2) Home International Schools in Scotland in March

3) ISF World Secondary Schools in Czech Republic where the race was 3 x 1km laps on very European fast, dry, flat terrain.

 

Beth prefers hilly, muddy courses like Parliament Hill where, when winning the Southen Region Championship in January she beat the No 1 in this team, Louise Small, for the only time this season.

 

In this world schools event, Louise Small was 9th - only 7 secs in front of Beth who was both 13th and also just behind the 4th scorer from New Zealand, the winning team. Two England girls were just behind Beth to complete the England score and this tight English packing ensured team bronze, ahead of strong teams from Australia, Belgium and Spain.

 

Beth was particularly pleased to have bettered team-mates Annika Jarman and Rebecca Craigie who had beaten her last month in English Schools Championship on the fast flat course in Liverpool's Sefton Park.

 

This prestigious event eluded Invicta international, Charlotte Dale, who was eventual European u-20 champion in Croatia in 2001 - the only other Invicta member to have been selected so far is Henny Freeman who 10 years ago, as England's 5th finisher, came 66th in Latvia.  One year later, took the English national title in Stowe, Bucks.