Bright Future For Rising Star Layla

Arklow has a history of producing great runners and there is no sign of that stopping when it comes to the next crop of young athletes in the town. Layla Dixon is one such runner who is already showing signs of a promising future in the sport.

The 12-year-old who runs with Arklow’s Athletics Club St. Benedict Inbhear Mor AC headed to Stradbally in Co. Laois on Saturday for the Leinster Juvenile B Cross Country Championships.

The Championships see young runners from across the province who have qualified from their respective county races compete against one another.

Following a blistering start Layla held on to 2nd place from 300m in and stayed there until the finish picking up a Silver medal in the U13 Girls race.

Layla Dixon
Layla in action at the Leinster Juvenile B Cross Country Championships

The result topped off a great few weeks for young Layla who ran a phenomenal time of 20m 38s in the popular Gorey Nightrun 5k Race to finish as the 1st Female Juvenile.

A 2nd place finish in the Raheny 800m last month proves that she is unfazed when also competing in shorter distances.

Layla’s Mum Susan is her biggest supporter and spoke to us about her daughters achievements so far;

“I’m so proud of Layla. She has given her all this year. She said from the start of this season that she wanted to concentrate on cross country and distance which she seems to prefer and enjoy.”

“Her interest in not just her physical training but also her nutritional needs and injury prevention has grown. Attending workshops on these topics by the Wicklow Sports Partnership has greatly improved her knowledge.”

“To compliment her running, Layla takes part in pre-teen strength and fitness classes to help keep her strong and injury-free.”

“She has always loved running, even from a very young age but this year has really found her place.”

Layla says her dream is to represent Ireland at Cross Country level. She has already previously represented Wicklow at the National Community Games Cross Country.

Winning Gold at the Wicklow Athletics Juvenile B Cross Country Championships and finishing in the top 20 at the Athletics Ireland National Juvenile B Cross Country Finals are just some of her other achievements over the past year.

At just 12 years of age the future certainly looks bright for one of Arklow’s rising running stars.

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