Grafton runner Beth Hickey, 15, at Terry West Oval, Junction Hill. Photo Matthew McInerney / Daily Examiner
Grafton runner Beth Hickey, 15, at Terry West Oval, Junction Hill. Photo Matthew McInerney / Daily Examiner Matthew McInerney

Taking large strides in long distance running

BETH HICKEY is one young athlete making large strides under Terry West's tutelage.

Hickey specialises in long distance running, focusing her efforts on the 1500m and 3000m events.

The Maclean High School student said she preferred the longer distance, but was unsure which of the two was her better event.

"I haven't done any competitive running outside of school but I enjoy the cross countries," the shy 15 year old said.

"I'm not too sure which one I'm better at yet. The longer seems to be the better at the moment."

Hickey is one of West's athletes who train with the supercoach every week.

She competed at the NSW All Schools competition last week, and recorded a third in the 3000m and 11th in the 1500m.

Hickey, who counts Robert de Castella as one of the runners she looks up to, said she had not been running under West for too long, but she had been improving her times.

"I've always liked running but have only trained with Terry for about a year," Hickey said.



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