Carver back to form after injury-hit year

Emily Carver
Emily Carver

After almost a year out of action, Emily Carver is looking forward to running at two national competitions in the space of two weeks.

Injury forced the 15-year-old to take her to take an extended break for 12 months, but she is back on track now and heads to the English Schools Cross Country Championships this weekend.

She will be representing Humberside at Wollaton Park in Nottingham, after finishing fifth in the regional qualifiers at Longcroft School.

And next weekend, Carver, who lives in Burton Fleming, will be off to Birmingham, where she will be on county duty again at the UK Inter Counties Championships, where she will compete in the under-15s age group.

Carver, who trains with Bridlington Road Runners, qualified for both championships last year too but had to withdraw because of her injury troubles.

Despite the frustrations of having to take a year off, she returned to form immediately and finished second in the Humberside Cross Country Championships, over a 4.5km route at Quibbell Park in Scunthorpe, in January, which booked her spot for the Birmingham event.

The Driffield School pupil has also taken 20 seconds off her times at the Sewerby Parkrun 5km since returning to the weekly event at the start of the year.

Last month she clocked an impressive 21:22 to finish 14th at Sewerby, and last Saturday she finished in 21:40

Dad Howard said: “She was always the fastest girl in races at Wold Newton School, but as she got older she loved running longer distances, and she has really done well working with coaches Leigh Fulton and Shaun Pickering.”

She has experience of being involved in the Inter Counties Championships in Birmingham, having run there in March 2014, completing the shorter 3km course in 14:19 for 272th place.