WORCESTER’S Jenny Nesbitt produced a spirited display in her debut Commonwealth Games for Team Wales to claim a new personal best in the 10,000m final.
The former RGS Worcester pupil, who runs for the city’s athletics club, clocked a time of 32 minutes, 58.14 seconds to take 17th place in Monday’s event on the Gold Coast, Australia.
“The opportunity to represent Wales at my first major championships was a great honour,” said Nesbitt.
“I can walk away from the track proud of what I have achieved, but also hungry for so much more.
“The crowds and the atmosphere were fantastic and carried me on over the last few laps and I can’t wait to do it again.
“Having a late call-up into the team meant I had little time to prepare, but I’ve had so much support.
“The team have performed so well and it’s really motivating to see everyone achieve their goals.
“I have enjoyed the whole experience out on the Gold Coast and am so grateful for the chance to be here.”
The 23-year-old Bath University student was selected for the games after racing back to form following two knee surgeries in the last 18 months.
After finishing sixth at the BUCS Cross Country Championships on February 6, she then competed at the Armagh 3km Road Race before producing a fine performance at the Bourton 10km on February 25 when she ran a then personal best time of 33 minutes, 24 seconds.
Meanwhile, University of Worcester student Jodie Gibson helped Team England’s netball team secure a place in the semi-finals with Monday’s 85-31 victory over Wales.
A win for England today (Wednesday) against New Zealand would secure them top spot in Pool B ahead of Saturday’s semis.