Beth Potter has been named as Women’s Athlete of the Month for April by European Athletics.
It comes after the Scot’s brilliant 5k run in Lancashire when her 14:41 performance eclipsed the existing World and British Record marks for the distance (at that time).
Beth was short-listed with Austrian javelin thrower Victoria Hudson, Spanish CE athlete Maria Vicente and German marathon runner Katharina Steinruck for an online poll.
And European Athletics announced on Friday that the VP-Glasgow athlete, who has been a full-time triathlete for the past three years or so, had emerged victorious.
Cross training isn't just for injured runners – thanks to @beth_potter @jess__oconnell @BenRosario1& @davissteph26 for their insight on a training tool being used more and more by some of the world's best. https://t.co/QxkkndVKi0
— Cathal Dennehy (@Cathal_Dennehy) May 6, 2021
They were two of the most striking breakthroughs in recent times: Stephanie Davis, a 30-year-old with a job in finance, running a PB og 2:27:14 to win the British Olympic Marathon Trials in London in March; and Beth Potter, a 29-year-old Scottish triathlete, running 14:41 at the Podium 5K in Lancashire, U.K., two seconds quicker than the world record (at that time).
What made their performances so intriguing is that, unlike most of their world-class rivals, Davis and Potter are not high-mileage runners.
Speaking to Runner’s World, Potter said she runs just 30 miles a week, while Davis said she averaged 54 miles in the build-up to her PB.
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