Verity Ockenden

Run-Fast International

Major Results / Key Achievements

  • 3km, Armagh International, 2018 – 3rd – 9:14
  • British Athletics XC Challenge, Antrim 2018 – 4th
  • 3000m, Manchester International, 2017 – 1st – 9:10.70
  • 5000m, British Athletics Championships, 2017 – 4th – 15:46
  • British Athletics XC Challenge, Cardiff 2017 – 2nd – 26:42


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 last 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, 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 spent two years on an athletics scholarship at Lamar University Texas, a competitive environment in which she thrived. She is targeting the European Championships later this year and the World Cross Country Championships in spring 2019.