RUTH Barnes has realised a sporting ambition after being awarded her first England international vest, WRITES KEVIN FAHEY.
“It is just so lovely to get this recognition and reward for all the years of hard work and training, day in, day out.”
“I am so happy.”
“It was becoming a lot of effort for not much really, but this is the first time I feel I have achieved something really worthwhile.
“At 39 I thought I had almost left it too late, it is a miracle!” she said. “I never, ever expected this. I hadn’t sent an email or request to be picked for England so it came totally out of the blue.
Barnes’ selection followed her sixth place in the Simplyhealth Great South Run 10 in Portsmouth, which also incorporated the England Championships.
That re-enforced her fine win in the Bath half at the start of the year when she smashed her personal best with a time of 75mins 32secs.