Athlete Ella Rush is delighted with GB debut

Athlete Ella Rush enjoyed a successful debut representing Great Britain.

Ella Rush claimed a PB on her GB debut.
Ella Rush claimed a PB on her GB debut.

Competing in the long jump for Team GB’s under 18s, she finished second in a five-way match against under 20 teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The contest took place in fairly gloomy conditions, but that didn't stop Ella, an Amber Valley and Erewash AC competitor, from putting together an excellent series of jumps with three of her six efforts over 5.90m.

Her best of 5.93m was an outdoor personal best and was only four centimetres behind Abigail Pawlett, an England U20 competitor.

Ella finished ahead of Wales's Jessica Lee who had a best effort of 5.86m.

Scottish jumper Molly Reville was fourth on 5.67m and Northern Ireland's Lauren Callaghan finished fifth with a best of 5.35m.

The long jump competition also included athletes taking part in the international senior match, and it was a great experience for Ella to jump alongside GB Olympian and 2019 World Championship finalist Abigail Irozuru and European under 23 bronze medalist Lucy Hadaway.

Ella said: "I am delighted with the consistency of my jumps today and was pleased to get an outdoor PB.

“It was a great honour to compete for GB and to give of my best on the day."She is now looking forward to ending the season at the English School's Heptathlon on September 18-19.

Ella has recently set personal bests in the shot and javelin at competitions in Loughborough as well as the long jump in Manchester.