“Narrowing the gap” on world-leading runners March 31 2015

Gemma Steel improved on her 31st place finish in the grueling conditions at the World Cross-Country Championships in China.

Finishing as the second-fastest European in the field, Steel the European cross-country champion crossed the line in 18th place. “It was a solid performance, considering how hard it was,” said Steel.

The 29-year old, from Whitwick, led the Great Britain team in the hilly and humid conditions in Guiyang. Steel trained in a sport laboratory in Loughborough which mimics high altitude.

“The Kenyans do dominate but we are catching them up because of advances in technology,” Steel told BBC Sport.