From bringing home gold while representing England to topping the world 10K rankings for her group, runner and Penwith College student Grace Brock from Penzance is going from strength to strength.

When Grace began her debut 10K in Worcester she had no idea she would not only be the first female to cross the finish line but that her time of 34.24 would earn her a place at the top of the U18 female 10K times in the world.

“I ran a time of 34:24, which was the fastest time for a female under the age of 18 this year,” said Grace. “I was surprised with it, it was quicker than I was targeting. The first mile I thought I was slower but I was just finding it easier than expected so I picked up the pace and tried to work my way forward.”

Pleased with her results, Grace is now preparing for the cross country season, which begins with the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series in Cardiff.

Although entering into her second year of A Levels, Grace’s busy schedule is remaining balanced through hard work and help from Grace’s lecturers. “All my lecturers are really understanding if I need to miss time for a race and always help me catch up, which works really well. I’m really grateful for their support,” said Grace.