Chester runner Tessa McCormick has added to her growing reputation with a fourth-place finish at the Cross Country International in Spain at the weekend.

McCormick, 19, a former Upton-by-Chester High School pupil, represented England at the competition in Burgos and put in an assured performance to stand her in good stead for the European Championship trials to be held in Liverpool at the end of this month.

The Vale Royal AC member, who is studying for a degree in sports science at University of Birmingham, was selected for the England squad’s trip to the Spanish Atapuerca region after helping her junior women’s team scoop a silver medal at the English National Cross Country Relays Championship at Berry Hill in Mansfield at the start of November, where she ran the fastest leg for her team.

Her dad Ross is hopeful that her selection for the England squad and subsequent strong performance can provide her with the springboard to even more success in the future and help to carve out the professional career in middle-distance running that she craves.

“Tessa has done extremely well and she was delighted with her performance in Spain, especially with it being so close to the European Championships trials in Liverpool,” he said.

“Tessa has been running middle distance since she was about 10-years-old and things really progressed when she joined Vale Royal.

“Ideally, she would like to make a career for herself professionally as a middle-distance runner, but it is a long road to get there and she understands that. Middle-distance runners don’t tend to peak until they are a bit older so she has time on her side.”

McCormick also competes for the University of Birmingham and trains at their state-of-the-art facilities at the Edgbaston campus.