A great turn out from our team with some great performances. We had nine personal best and one Team Russell record out of the 13 athletes competing.
Personal Best :
Zak Ferguson (Rotherham Harriers) has already run some great 800 metres in this short season where he ranks 5th in the England rankings. Zak opted for the 1500 metres today, his first one in two years. Zak is in great shape and possibly in quite a bit better shape than his time suggests. Going through 800 metres in 2.12 Zak then pushed on and took the lead for the next 300 metres and was on for about 4.16/4.17 unfortunately Zak hit the wall the last 200 metres and faded slightly. Although slightly disappointed afterwards looking back for your first race in two years over the distance this was a great effort. It was also raining very heavy at this point with lots of puddles around the track. Well done Zak very happy with how you committed to this race. The final time ranks Zak 1st in Yorkshire and 5th in England for the 2020 rankings. Maybe one more 1500 metres after the BMC 800 metres on Tuesday to see if we can beat Alfie’s Team Russell record.
Caitlin McCloy (Hallamshire Harriers) went in the 800 metres and after seeing Caitlin over the last few months in training I knew there was a big personal best if Caitlin gambled the first 600 metres. Exactly doing this and then with 150 metres to go found yet another gear and came home in a seven seconds personal best. I said a few years ago when I saw Caitlin at a Cross Country race that I could see lot’s of potential and there was a glimpse of that here. I am really looking forward to working with Caitlin over the next few years and seeing just how fast we can go. Could Emily’s middle distance records come under threat ? Yes I think they could as this was slightly faster than Emily ran at first year under 15. Caitlin’s time ranks her 8th in Yorkshire and 35th in the England rankings for 2020 with still another year in this age group. Bring on that Cross Country season.
Well done keep working hard …..