Verity Ockenden

Major Results / Key Achievements

  • Great Stirling Cross Country, 2019 – 5th
  • British Athletics Cross Challenge (inc. Euro XC trials), Liverpool 2018 – 2nd
  • British Athletics Cross Challenge, Milton Keynes 2018 – 5th
  • Armagh International 3km, 2018 – 3rd – 9:14
  • British Athletics Cross Challenge, Antrim 2018 – 4th
  • Manchester International 3000m, 2017 – 1st – 9:10.70
  • British Athletics Championships 5000m, 2017 – 4th – 15:46.11
  • British Athletics Cross Challenge, Cardiff 2017 – 2nd

Background

With a background in track and cross-country competition, 2017 was without doubt a breakthrough year for Verity, in which she improved her best times over no fewer than five different distances. Among that year’s highlights were her 15:46 over 5000m at the British Championships and a 2nd place finish at the Cardiff leg of the British Athletics XC Challenge. In January 2018 she competed at the Antrim International XC, finishing an impressive 4th (and first European). This result led to her first GB selection at the Great Edinburgh Cross a week later. In February, she ran for England at the Armagh International 3km, finishing 3rd. Verity attributes her recent successes to the two years she spent on an athletics scholarship at Lamar University in Texas, a competitive environment in which she thrived.

After finishing a superb 2nd at the Liverpool leg of the Cross Challenge series in late November, Verity earned automatic selection to the GB team for the European Cross Country Championships in December. She has recently been named in the GB team for the upcoming Great Stirling Cross Country, and has her sights set firmly on the World Cross Country Championships in Denmark at the end of March.

Alongside her running, Verity is an accomplished writer and poet.