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Ross first began running as a child at school. He ran his first race (egg and spoon races in sports day aside) when he was 8. At aged 10 he joined his local running club Wallsend Harriers. Over the years the running became more and more serious. When he was 13 he decided to give up football and concentrate solely on athletics, moving to Gateshead Harriers in order to compete in better races.

In 2007 he won the English Schools Cross Country and 1500m titles, and at the end of 2007 he gained his first GB vest in the European Junior Cross Country Championships. Over the next 2 years he represented GB at junior level in the World Cross Country Championships and the European Junior Track Championships in the 1500m finishing 6th.

From 2010-2012 Ross had some difficult years with injuries and illness which included a stress fracture in the Femur and Achilles tendonitis. He rarely got more than 3 weeks training together; as a result he became very disillusioned with the sport, and turned to partying and living very much a student lifestyle. In 2011 he became so disillusioned he wanted to quit all together and become a club 18-30 rep in Europe. Luckily he couldn’t get a job and decided to give running one last shot. In early 2012 he managed to start putting some consistent training together. Due to this, in May 2012 he ran 3:34.7 which was the Olympic A standard and put him in a strong position to qualify for the Olympics, which he did indeed do later in June. At the Olympics he qualified through his heat as 4th fastest out of all the heats in 3:36.7, yet in the semi finals he failed to qualify; missing the break from the lead group…a valuable lesson learned.

After achieving what he did off little training he now has high aspirations for the sport and is ready to commit and train harder than ever before.