County ambition motivates Bell
HOLTON-le-clay runner Rachel Bell hopes her success at London's Olympic Stadium will help to land her a place in the Lincolnshire set-up.
As previously reported, the 15-year-old King Edward Grammar School pupil recently won relay gold alongside her team-mates at the UK School Games.
Bell, who began training six years ago, has been a member at Cleethorpes Athletic Club ever since, competing in regular local competitions.
And, after her victory on the national stage – a venue that will become a focal point of London 2012 – Bell, pictured, is now determined to represent the county.
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She said: "It was brilliant to win at the Olympic Stadium. It was strange because I don't usually take part in the relay, so I don't even know if the time was good.
"We won anyway so that was great. Hopefully I can now get picked for Lincolnshire. I would like to represent them at the English Schools Championships."
Taking place on July 6-7 in Gateshead, the 2012 Track & Field Cup will feature some of the most promising young athletes in the country.
And while Bell could be one of those to feature for Lincolnshire in the North East, she is focused on enjoying the sport that has played such a big part of her life.
Bell said: "I love training and competing at Cleethorpes and for my school. Everyone at the club has always been really, really helpful – especially my coach Peter Gifford.
"I train about three times every week, but my exams have been getting in the way. I usually just do general fitness training, but I look forward to my weekly competitions."
Mother Julie Bell, 45, added: "We are extremely proud of Rachel and what she has achieved. It is quite hard to put into words. She has a lot of potential and her coach thinks she can represent England one day if she keeps on training hard and putting the effort in.
"I really enjoy being involved with her. Rachel's grandmother represented her county when she was younger. Maybe that is where Rachel's running talent comes from."