Maisie Grice in flying form at England Championships

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Maisie Grice is flying high after picking up a silver medal at the England Athletics Championships in the 1,500m steeplechase.

The 15-year-old, from Fareham, produced a sparkling performance in the under-17 race.

Her success was all the more remarkable given she has only recently added the event to her repertoire.

It was an ideal leap forward for the Cams Hill School pupil, who is a strong hurdler and long-distance runner.

Ranked fourth going into the final in Bedford, she was determined to make the podium and executed her race superbly in tough conditions on the day to finish in a time of 5min 12.87sec.

Mum Helen said: ‘Maisie has only taken up steeplechase this year and I think it is now her favourite event.

‘She is a long-distance runner and can hurdle, so the combination was perfect for her.

‘In the final Maisie was determined to get a medal.

‘The girl who won it was ranked first and she had a much quicker time.

‘Maisie got into second after about 100m. The others were close to her but she kept in position to get the silver.

‘The big championships can be quite daunting but Maisie is fine under pressure. She enjoys the challenge.

‘Getting the silver is definitely a high point.

‘She is very, very proud of that.’

It’s been a great year so far for the Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete.

Her next big event is the heptathlon in the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships on Saturday, September 19, in Bedford.

Grice is coached by Mick Woods at Aldershot and for javelin by City of Portsmouth’s Bronwin Carter.

She also works with Malcolm Rogers, of Havant, who coaches her for technical events including hurdles and high jump.

An appearance in the heptathlon will complete a rare and very special set for Grice.

Helen added: ‘She has qualified for the English schools finals in all three sections – cross country, track & field (1500m steeplechase) and multi-events (heptathlon).

‘I am not aware of anyone who has replicated this, as the three disciplines are quite different.

‘Maisie loves all the events. She’s had a really good year with many personal bests. She’s worked so hard.

‘Her aim in the heptathlon will be to do well at all the events. She wants to do herself justice.’

As well as competing for her school, Grice also represents Gosport & Fareham district.

Her hard work in training and love of sport has helped propel her on to the national stage, where she has now made a big impression.

Moving forward she has another year in the under-17 age group so there could certainly be more medals to come.

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