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7 April 2010 | PR 10/66

Loughborough ladies travel to Canada for Queen and Cross Country

Loughborough University athletes Natalie Gray and Kirsty Milner have been named in the Great Britain team for the World University Cross Country Championships in Ontario, Canada.

The pair will travel as part of a four-strong women’s 5k team to do battle with student athletes from 24 other countries on Sunday (April 11).

Gray was part of the GB winning team at the Under 23 European Cross Country Championships in Dublin late last year while Milner heads across the pond fresh from her victory in the 3000m BUCS Championship final in Sheffield.

Meanwhile, Loughborough Graduate Sonia Samuels representing Sale Harriers raced to a fine victory at the Salford 10km last weekend.

Samuels, a World Cross Country Championships representative for Great Britain last year in Amman, clocked a time of 33mins 24secs over the flat fast course to secure a comfortable win ahead of Leigh Harrier Rebecca Howarth (36:14).

Fellow alumni Ian Grime (Newham & Essex Beagles) also tasted victory at the Caldervale 10k in Lancashire outpacing the field by well over a minute.

In 2007 Grime made a remarkable return to the sport following undergoing major heart surgery winning the Edinburgh Marathon, this after he was told to stop running when it was discovered he was suffering from a rare heart condition. He was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation - a condition which typically affects people over 65 - which meant his heart rate would jump dramatically, triggering pounding chest pains, breathlessness, dizzy spells and exhaustion.

Alumni Tara Krzywicki led Charnwood AC to a successful defence of their England Athletics East Midlands Road Relays Championships title at the 2010 Livingston Relays held on the Loughborough University Campus on Easter Sunday.

The 36-year-old former British steeplechase record-holder combined with team mate Laura Johnson and current Loughborough student Katie Lomas to guide the national and Midlands relays champions to victory.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Danny Coyle
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: D.Coyle@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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