Junior Sophie Nicholls has already had lots of running experience, including representing England on numerous occasions.
Interview - December 2023
When did you start running/what got you into running?
I had an interest in running from an early age. While living on Sark in the Channel Islands, I ran laps around the school field with my Dad. At the age of 4, I ran my first race on the island and enjoyed picking up a big pink rosette so much, that I have continued to run ever since. Joining Salisbury Athletics Club in 2016 allowed me to begin training regularly and compete in cross country races as an U13. Moving to Wells in 2019 opened up new opportunities including becoming a member of Wells City Harriers, where I have developed my running with the support of Simon Prior.
How long have you been a member for?
For just over 4 1/2 years.
Do you have a running 'hero' or someone that inspired you to run?
I have always found Eilish McColgan an inspiring athlete due to her resilience and the way in which she has recovered from serious injury to set records at the highest level.
What runs do you enjoy the best?
My Sunday 'Steady' runs are fun because I can plod along at a comfortable pace without worrying about time too much. I can usually look forward to pancakes after!
What distance races do you enjoy running?
I particularly like running 5k road races, and 3k on track. For cross country, a gruelling hilly 5k is my favourite.
Sophie racing on the track at Yeovil
Where is the best place you have run?
I also really enjoy running in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.
Do you/did you participate in any other sports?
I used to play team sports such as hockey and netball and I still enjoy swimming.
What is your greatest running achievement?
My 3rd place at English Schools cross country in 2020 was a milestone as it was my first big achievement, but I was also particularly pleased to be 2nd in the London Mini Marathon 2023.
Sophie finishing 2nd at the TCS Mini London Marathon, April 2023
Are there any standout moments during your time at Wells City Harriers (for yourself or other members)?
The training camp in Portugal was a highlight and also racing with the U17 Women's team at the English National Cross Country Relays.
When did you first represent England?
I have represented England for track (3k) and cross country in 2022, but more recently I ran for the England Junior Women's team in Milton Keynes at the Home Countries International.
Sophie representing England, November 2022
How do you manage training and your studies?
With difficulty - balancing running, A levels and music practice can be challenging at times, but sometimes running can be a useful break from studying.
You are in your final year of Sixth form, are you planning on going to university or college? What are you wanting to study and will the running facilities have any influence in your applications?
I plan to study music and am looking at universities primarily from that point of view, but I do want to continue my running.
What are your future plans with your running?
I would like to become a professional international athlete and run for my country.
Sophie collecting her prize after finishing first female at the Street 5K
To view Sophie's performances, visit her 'Power of 10' and 'Run Britain' profiles, by clicking on the images below.
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