Candy in seventh heaven
ATHLETICS: HAWKINS BEATS VOLCANIC ASH CRISIS AS TRIP TO EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS PROVE WORTHWHILE
ASHFORD AC’s Candy Hawkins beat the travel disruption across Europe to take two seventhplace finishes in the European Deaf CrossCountry Championship in Romania last month.
Britain’s four-strong squad had originally been told the championships were being rescheduled for September because of the volcanic ash flights chaos over Europe.
However, within 24 hours of the decision, the squad were told that the championships were back on – but the other three were unable to make the trip.
Having missed her first flight, Hawkins hurriedly had to re-book and made it to Romania accompanied by team manager Brian Kororuwe.
She said: “The journey was long and tiring but I was determined not to miss it. In four years’ time, I couldn’t possibly predict my physical state.”
They arrived the night before the championship and had no time to acclimatise, loosen up or walk the 4km course but Hawkins produced a creditable display for seventh out of 16 in 17min05sec.
She then competed over the gruelling 8km course the following day and again chalked up a fine seventh despite still feeling the effects of her late journey. The European No.1, Daria Gaynetdinova, took the honours in both races.
Hawkins added: “I’m glad I took. I would have felt bad and guilty to miss them and they could be my last.”