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FOR­MER Euro Cross un­der-23 fourth-placer Jonny Hay is de­lighted to be en­joy­ing his run­ning again af­ter a pe­riod of low mo­ti­va­tion.

The for­mer ju­nior prodigy, now 26, showed good form in run­ning the fastest stan­dard­length leg in the English Cross Coun­try Re­lays in Mans­field (see p14-21).

Hay, who ran only low-key races in the sum­mer of 2017 fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ing marathon de­but of 2:24, was in a pos­i­tive mood af­ter his Berry Hill Park leg.

He told AW briefly: “I quit last April and didn’t run un­til kind of Septem­ber time and since then I moved to St Mary’s and got a new rou­tine in and have got go­ing again.”

Although keen to watch his team-mates race to an even­tual sec­ond place rather than elab­o­rate too much, he added: “It was lack of mo­ti­va­tion more than any­thing. I’ve prob­a­bly been run­ning more than most peo­ple and I kind of needed a break. [There are] lots of rea­sons, I won’t go into it now. The im­por­tant thing is I’m back run­ning and en­joy­ing it, which is a good thing.”

Hay added he is plan­ning to run the Liver­pool Cross Chal­lenge, but stressed the early cross-coun­try races were all about en­joy­ment and he plans to fo­cus on the in­door sea­son.

Jonny Hay: find­ing his form again af­ter low-key sum­mer

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