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09 Jun Watch // Jess Judd reflects on losing the love for athletics

Jess Judd reflected on being in a “more positive place” despite walking away from Birmingham disappointed with her tenth-place finish over 1500m last weekend.

After finishing fourth at the Commonwealth Games and making the final of the European Championships last summer, the twenty year-old admitted she came close to quitting athletics after falling out of love with a sport she’s dominated through the age groups for almost a decade.

“Last year I was thinking of giving up altogether. I just didn’t enjoy it anymore. I was running alright but I lost the love for it.”

Whilst going to university has been “a lot to get used to”, the European Cross Country silver medallist credits the move to Loughborough, her coach, George Gandy, and the good group of friends around her for making athletics enjoyable again.

“I’m disappointed more for my coach really,” said Jess. “He’s really worked hard with me and really made me enjoy my running again. It [the race result] is quite sad as I thought it was coming together again. But I’ll be back.”