Tough mudder! Wandsworth student endured grim weather and an early fall to complete cross country race

Snow, wind and rain wasn’t enough to put one university student off running in the National Cross Country Championships last weekend.

Joanna Mobed, 21, a student at BPP University, defied the conditions to complete the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Cross Country Championships in Brighton.

A total of 500 athletes competed with Joanna’s time of 28 minutes 4 seconds, good enough for 36th place in the Under-23s category and 124th overall.

The Wandsworth local described how she endured a bumpy start to finish 20 places higher than when she ran as an undergraduate.

Joanna said: “That was all in spite of the fact that I fell over on the first lap and ended up covered in mud for the rest of the race.

“Overall I was delighted to compete at BUCS and I was really grateful to have been given the opportunity to race for BPP.

Joanna, who is studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Waterloo, took up running aged 15 while training with Thames Valley Harriers athletics club.

She represented the club at last month’s South of England Cross Country Championships, finishing in the top 10 in her Under-23s category.

BPP is one of the UK’s leading universities dedicated to business and the professions and has centres throughout the UK.

They received the 2010 Educator Investor award for ‘Post-16 educator of the year’ before winning the Educator Investor Award for Best Higher Education Provider in the UK last year.

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