Samantha Murray recently spoke to the delegates at a BUCS Conference on University Sport at Twickenham and part of what she said on the day included a piece on her Club – Blackburn Harriers and this is what she had to say:

“Blackburn Harriers support my training and competitions as well as the dedicated club members who turn up every session to both train and coach members: they educate their coaches and celebrate successes. They create a team and community spirit by simple things like having a team tent at cross country events where hot drinks and chairs provide a bit of comfort for parents and athletes.

They have training for all events and abilities from local leagues, sports hall events for youngsters and the London Marathon. They encapsulate and engender community and team spirit. They chase funding for the club and for athletes and offer a Lancashire welcome that makes members feel loyalty and belonging. What they do isn’t just about sport itself- it is about making people feel supported and valued – they encourage young people and their families to recognise that everyone can find a sport to suit them and that everyone can participate – from being a course marshal or competing in the shot put. “


Sam’s achievements have been fantastic and are rewards for a tremendous amount of talent and bucket loads of hard work and self-belief. This is a list of what she has achieved to-date:

1st World Cup #1 Florida, USA 2015
1st World Championships Warsaw, Poland 2014
7th European Championship Hungary 2014
1st British Championships 2014
1st British Championships 2013
5th World Cup #2 Rio De Janeiro, Brasil 2013
2nd Olympic Games London 2012
3rd World Championships Rome, Italy 2012
3rd World Cup #4 Rostov, Russia 2012
4th World Cup #3  Hungary 2012
1st Hungarian Cup 2012
6th World Cup #1 Charlotte, USA 2012
1st Budapest Indoor 2012
7th World Cup #1 Palm Springs, USA 2011
4th World Cup #4 Budapest, Hungary 2010
7th World Cup #3 Medway, England 2010
16th World Cup #1 Cancun, Mexico 2010
1st Budapest Indoor 2010
7th Junior World Championships Hungary 2010
1st Junior World Championships Team Hungary 2010
1st Junior European Championships Team Portugal 2010
2nd World Championships Team Chengdu, China 2010