Having previously represented Great Britain and England at Junior and Under 23 level 24 years old Iona Lake, a member of the City of Norwich Athletic Club since the age of 14 has during the course of the 2017 summer track season made impressive improvement in her chosen event the 3000m Steeplechase.
Returning to Norfolk mid 2016 following a two year stint at Virginia University in the USA she has had to overcome a long term injury. Happily after a protracted period of rehabilitation she has now been able over the summer to produce the form of her life.
Competing in the British T&F Championships and World Trials in Birmingham in July she romped away from the field winning comfortably in 9min 57.53 albeit a time somewhat adrift of the World Championships qualifying time.
In her next appearance on the track at Bedford later in July, she took the English title in similar fashion crossing the finishing line way ahead of the opposition when clocking an improved 9min 50.61.
In August she represented England in the Home Countries International which proved to be another runaway victory for Iona. Never headed she won in 9min 48.87 a time close to the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games that are to be held in Brisbane next April.
With a place in the Commonwealth Games England team firmly in her sights she next headed to Zagreb to test herself against the Kenyans and Americans in what proved to be the toughest race of her life. Her determination was rewarded with yet another life time best 9min 39.03 which is almost six seconds inside the Games qualifying time.
The England team for the Games will be selected in early October so Iona is hoping that she has done enough to impress the Selectors for them to pick her.