Mercer on track for Cardiff glory

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LOUISE Mercer has set her sights on a personal best time in Cardiff this weekend as she takes part in the British Schools Track and Field Championships.

The teenager has only just returned from her first competitive race overseas as she finished 14th overall at the International Mountain Running Challenge in Gorenjavas, Slovenia.

Some 13 countries competed at the event, 39 boys and 36 girls, and Louise helped the Scottish side clinch sixth place

She said: “The weather was really warm which made it tougher to run in. I found it very challenging running against teams from around Europe but I had a great time.”

Now she is ready for her next challenge in Wales this weekend as she competes in the 1,500m.

She added: “I’m hoping to get a personal best but I’m not really thinking about any specific positions as it’s my first time running a track race at this level.

“It will be a hard race because of the top competition but I’m really looking forward to it.”