I was asked to train at Stevenage & North Herts Athletics Club at Ridlins End, after winning the District Schools 100m in my 1st year at Hitchin Girls School. And after that I never looked back. I trained at first twice a week and managed to win a number of County Championships over 100m and 200m. Then in 1982, I tried an extra training session a week and achieved 5th place in Inter Girls 200m at the English Schools Championships Birmingham, and was 2nd in the South of England Championships 200m in 25.6 seconds. In 1989, I finished 3rd in the Senior Womens South of England Champs 400m and was ranked 16th in the UK with a time of 54.21 seconds.