Despite only having a year of experience, Bridlington’s Natalie Pallant secured a top 10 finish at a national fitness competition which attracted more than 1,200 entrants.
She took eighth place overall in the Crossfit Scale The Heights final in Manchester, an event which featured a number of strength and fitness challenges.
Pallant, who trains at the Blast Fitness gym in Bridlington, said: “I started Crossfit in October 2014. I remember saying ‘I don’t want to get muscly’ but I have never looked back.
“I started training hard in January of this year when I realised I was actually quite good at it. I did extra strength sessions to improve and entered a few online qualifiers just to see how I would fare.
“When Scale The Heights came up I was a little more confident as it suited my abilities more. I entered the online qualifiers and finished 76th, but only the top 45 went through.
“The ‘wildcard’ was a brilliant idea and gave everyone who finished 292nd or above a chance of a place in the regionals. I found out at the beginning of June that I had made it through and had two weeks to prepare myself.
“I gave it everything I had on the day, despite a few hiccups, and placed 12th out of 45th to make it through to the finals. I trained really hard through the summer with a strength programme and extra sessions.
“On the day the nerves got to me but I managed to pull it back a bit and get a reasonable score to place me 16th.
“My name was called as a semi-finalist and I was so excited that I think I just went in relaxed and in a state of shock and managed to finish seventh.
“All of this resulted in an eighth place finish overall missing out on the final by four points.
“I am still overwhelmed by the whole experience and all the support I have had has been amazing.
“I am excited to think ahead to what the next year might bring.”