Amy-Eloise Markovc clinches 3,000m gold for Great Britain at the European Indoor Championships as Newark family watch on
A gold medal winning athlete with close family connections to Newark saw her dream come true at this month’s European Indoor Championships.
Amy-Eloise Markovc was triumphant after taking victory in the 3,000m final while representing Great Britain at the prestigious indoor event in Poland.
The 25-year-old is the daughter of Richard Neale and Elizabeth Frecknall who grew up in Newark before moving to America.
Amy-Eloise’s grandparents were Arthur and Eva Frecknall who used to live in Main Street, Laxton, and were previously publicans of the Grapes Inn, Southwell, and Old Reindeer Inn, Edingley.
Richard explained: “I grew up in and have family and friends in the Newark area.
“Although we moved away and live in America, we have strong ties with the area and particularly with Laxton where we stay several times a year.
“Arthur and Eva have both sadly passed away, but they would have been so proud to see Amy-Eloise win gold for Great Britain.”
Amy-Eloise moved to America with her parents when she was just two-years-old and her running skills eventually earned her a scholarship at the University of Washington.
She is married to former Slovenian rower Jernej Markovc and represents Wakefield Harriers when in this country after spending time in Yorkshire on family visits.
Amy-Eloise produced an outstanding finishing burst to strike gold in Poland after recording a personal best time of 8mins 46.43secs which was enough to hold off the challenge of France’s Alice Finot and British compatriot Verity Ockenden.
She had also broken the British two-mile record last month at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York after completing the distance in 9mins 30.69secs
Speaking to BBC Sport, Amy-Eloise said: “It was a dream come true to have a flag draped around your shoulders.
“I knew we were moving at a good pace and knew I could make moves.”
Amy-Eloise will be returning to England in the next couple of months to compete in the trials for a place in the Great Britain Olympics team to appear in Tokyo later in the