HURDLER Katey Read achieved a lifelong ambition by taking gold for England on her international debut in Norway.
The Wrenbury ace got her first call-up after a series of stunning performances, smashing her 60m hurdles personal best in each of her last four runs.
She won her event at the UK City Indoor Challenge at Glasgow (8.53 seconds) and the Northern Championships at Sheffield (8.44) last month, taking her to sixth on the GB senior lists for 2007.
Selected for the England senior team for the first time, she kept her cool in Bergen at an international meeting featuring Slovakia, Norway, Denmark and the Dominican Republic.
She again beat her previous best to win the heat (8.43), before taking gold in the final with a stunning time of 8.33.
Trainee midwife Katey, 20, credited her success to a lot of hard work and a new training regime, under the guidance of Graham Knight.
She said: 'Running for England and winning is something I've always wanted. It's what you slog your guts out for and I'm delighted I've done it.
'It was a great experience to travel with the squad.
'I made a decision to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy it, and that helped.
'I had a bit of a rough season last year, and needed a change.
'I have worked harder than ever with Graham and it is paying off.
'I'm creeping up the rankings and going faster than I every thought I could. My confidence is really high now. I want to keep my place in the England team.'
Katey races for Liverpool Harriers but trains at Crewe's Cumberland Arena at least once a week.