Extra training edges it for Natalie

Extra training edges it for Natalie
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School runner Natalie Soh crosses the finish line to claim the individual gold medal of the 55th National Inter-school Cross Country Championships girls' B Division race.

She was not among the top 20 finishers in the Schools' National cross-country championships in 2012 and 2013.

But, yesterday morning, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School runner Natalie Soh clinched the Girls' B Division title at Bedok Reservoir Park.

The 16-year-old finished the 3.6km route in 14min 28.7sec, a marked improvement from last year's 16:24.54 that saw her finish 40th.

In 2012, Natalie came in 30th at 17:00.25.

After the race, the Secondary 4 student revealed that winning the Under-15 800m race of the Singapore Athletic Association's Series 7 last December motivated her to train harder.

CONFIDENT

Natalie said: "It was last year when I participated in Series 7 and won the 800m race that I realised that, hey, I could actually do this.

"Once you taste success, it becomes a real confidence-booster.

"I realised I could do this so I started to train harder, training very regularly and even in my free time."

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