Hallamshire athlete Calli Thackery will compete for Great Britain in the European Under 23 Championships in Tallin Estonia.
Thackery, 22, runs in the 5000 metres on Sunday. She has just completed the second year of a degree course at New Mexico University and her racing this year has all been in the USA. A personal best 5000 metres time of 15:42.57, together with another three times almost as fast, ensured her selection for Tallin.
Thackery has had a successful career on the track and over the country in Hallamshire’s colours from an early age.
She was Yorkshire under 15 champion over 800 and 1500 metres as an under 15 and has steadily improved over the years.
After a spell at Leeds Metropolitan University, she made the courageous decision to go to New Mexico which is a hotbed of middle distance running. It is a decision which has paid off in terms of her improvement.
Looking at the times of her rivals in Tallin, the Hallamshire runner is in with a chance of a medal.
Only four of her opponents have faster times, and some are only marginally quicker.
Calli has an ideal pedigree. Her father Carl, also a Hallamshire runner and still competing as a veteran, was an outstanding distance runner. He ran 61:04 for a half marathon at Barnsley in 1987, just five seconds slower than Mo Farah’s official British record. Farah’s absolute best of 59:32 was set on a course which was slightly downhill.