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Kara Lane Steps Up in Isle of Man

Birchfield Harriers

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2014 10:15am
Perry Barr, Birmingham
By Edirin Okoro
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Birchfield Harriers’ rising star Kara Lane put her rough 12 months firmly behind her as she helped England retain the Nihill Shield at the weekend (8th) on the Isle of Man.

The 12 year old race walker was victorious in the 2km race at the National Sports Centre in Douglas setting herself a new personal best of 10 minutes 55 seconds in the process.

Kara has struggled over the past year and former women’s coach Beryl Randle said: “she has been very down over the last 12 months as she didn’t do too well in the younger categories. I didn’t know which way she would go.”

Amazingly the youngster turned it around and Beryl added that: “the win has done her a power of good.”

The Nihill Shield is a junior competition in memory of Paul Nihill who won a silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964 for the 50km race. Race Walkers compete in age categories from Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 20, the scores are then added together to provide an overall total. 

The final score for last weekend was RWA England 38 Ireland 35.

Originally Kara joined the road runners under Keith Holt as a novice. However when she came to the track and saw the race walkers Kara knew that was what she wanted to go into.

Kara is surrounded by some of the best people in the race walking industry with vast knowledge to bring the fledgling athlete through the ranks including coach Mo Graham.

Despite being so low last year Lane completed 23,000 steps over a course of 13 races and it is evident that now Lane has her confidence back Mo believes she is going to have a bright future ahead of her.

Ms. Graham said: “If she stays in the sport she can be a very good athlete. Kara is exactly where I want her to be at this age.

“I don’t let the pressure get to her she is 12 and as good as I want her to be.”

Despite her young age Kara is fully focused on race walking and when she is gearing up for a race Mo added: “she goes into a zone alone and I know she is ready!”

Kara is next in action this Sunday in the Midland Road Championship at Abbey Park in Leicester and then in a National competition at Forge Valley in Sheffield on 5th April. 

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