Like a re-run of last year’s win at Manchester BMC, the Halifax teen Max Burgin took to the oval stage in Loughborough in the men’s A race, the youngest in the field yet again by some margin.
Over the first 200m, the fastest 15-year-old 800m athlete in history took to the front of the field, nestling behind the pace maker. At the bell, the teen had already created a 10m gap between himself and U23 Markhim Londsdale, clocking 52.40. It soon became a race against the clock, as with 100m to go, his personal best of 1:47.3 was well within his reach. He sped over the line to the tune of a sub-1:47 clocking, 1:46.80 to be exact, some 3 seconds clear of Zak Curran in second. His time puts him 7th on the junior all-time rankings for the 800m and is also a U20 BMC record.
The women’s A race was equally enthralling, as Kirsty Fraser of Preston Harriers absolutely smashed her previous lifetime best of 2:08.77 set at the British University Championships last month. After a fairly even start, the Northern champion kicked hard over the last 200m, speeding down the home straight, well clear of Jenna Bromell and Jacqueline Fairchild. Fraser clocked 2:05.13.
Sale Harrier and British University champion, Aimee Pratt made her presences felt in the women’s 1500m A race, steaming to take the win in 4:14.67, just 1.4 seconds shy of her lifetime best. Irish athlete Nadia Power hung on for second in another personal best time of 4:16.15.
After a lifetime best performance of 3:44.09 at the Australian Athletics Championships in April, Coventry athlete Adam Fogg was top of the leaderboard in the men’s 1500m A race, ahead of Morpeth Harriers’ James Young. Fogg was just shy of his lifetime best in a time of 3:44.51, with Young right on his tail in 3:45.00. Daniel Bebbington of Preston Harriers ran a big personal best of 3:45.55 to take third.
There were tonnes of lifetime bests in the 5000m races. It was Jess Judd against the clock in the women’s 5000m A race, as she ran the majority of the race out at the front. Nobody could keep with the pace and in the end, the Loughborough University student crossed the line in another big lifetime best of 15:31.64, 8 seconds quicker than her performance at Sports City last month. Her younger sister, Jodie, was also on top form, running 22 seconds than she has before over the 5000m. The Florida State University student’s previous best of 16:26.93 was set at the ACC Championships in May.
With two laps to go in the men’s 5000m A race, it became a “two-horse race”, as Emilie Caress and Ellis Cross began to pull away from the rest of the field. Caress stamped on the accelerator in the final metres and flew through to finish the race in 13:50.58, a 4 second PB and an astounding performance to finish the day.