Broadstairs teen completes first race in England vest at British Athletics Cross Challenge 

Runner Jake Stevens Photo Lisa Stevens

Broadstairs teenager Jake Stevens ran his first race in an England vest on Saturday (20th January) at the British Athletics Cross Challenge.

The challenging 8k multi-lap cross country course, with multiple steep up and down hill sections, sharp muddy turns and really tough competition from all the Home Nations, was a tough ask for a first race.

More than 30 runners set off at a blistering pace.  Jake, 17, settled in for the first lap in 10th place. He then dug in and surged up the hills, closing on the competition.

Jake was running against more experienced athletes but four long laps later he was well and truly with the leading pack.  He nudged up into fourth position at one point, leaving other talented Home Nations athletes way behind.

Photo Lisa Stevens

England dominated the race. James Dargan won the race in 25.32, with Jake Stevens coming in 5th with a time of 26.01 which was a fantastic result for his first race in an England shirt.  Jake was wearing bib 829 and full results can be found here.

Jake started his running career with Thanet Roadrunners junior section.  The Dane Court School pupil student moved to Invicta East Kent AC a couple of years ago and is now coached by Donald Carter.

Donald said: “It’s a wonderful achievement for Jake to have represented England at the London International Cross Country. He is an integral part of our training group and has deserved this call up with his dedication and determination over the last couple of years.

“ I hope it’s just the start of many more international call ups in Jake’s successful career.”