A runner who had never taken part in a competitive race before competing in regional trials will represent the East Midlands at the British Colleges of Sport national championships.

Michael McDonald, aged 19, a public services student at Central College Nottingham, qualified by finishing second in the trials, after completing the 8.5km race at Brooksby College in 30 minutes and 30 seconds.

He said: “I often run for a long time, but don’t measure the distance. Winning or losing isn’t as important as just running, which is something I enjoy and keeps me happy.”

John Widdowson, the college’s sport academy manager, said: “Staff at the college had recognised the potential Michael had from the timed runs completed as part of his course.”

The British Colleges Sport national championships will take place at Bath University in April.

Cap: Runner Michael McDonald    Pic: Nottingham Post