St Mary’s Alumna wins the title at World Universities Cross Country

A graduate of St Mary’s University, Twickenham Izzy Fry won the women’s race at the recent FISU World University Cross Country Championship in 2022, which took place in Lebanon, Portugal.

Izzy finished the 10 km race in 31:32 and won a gold medal. She finished 9 seconds ahead of second-placed Saskia Millard, who also ran for GB as she won the team’s gold medal, ahead of Germany and Spain in second and third place. Izzy, a sports fellow at St Mary’s, holds a bachelor’s degree in Sport & Exercise and was also a key member of the UK Under-20 team, which won gold at the 2019 European Cross Country Championships.

After the race, Izzy said: “I was expecting the sun here, but the conditions were similar to home. I was at the World Cup for the first time, so the gold medal will definitely remain a great memory for me.”

In the men’s race, the GB team was represented by current students St Mary Cameron Allan and Alex Ediker. Cameron finished at 11thand Alex at 17thwhereas this ended in 6th place overall.

St Mary’s Sports Chief Andrew Reid-Smith said of Izzy’s performance “Izzy is a talented athlete who has made a major contribution to St Mary’s endurance running program. She made a mature and dominant attempt to win gold and I’m sure Izzy will focus on the selection for the Commonwealth Games. We wish her every success in the next runway season. “

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