Harlow runners meet Mo Farah

Athletics / Tue 9th Sep 2014 at 08:35am

THE winter cross country season is now approaching and three of Harlow Athletic Clubs juniors made the long trip to Newcastle on Sat 6th Sept 2014 to compete in the junior races at the BUPA Great North Run. The junior races are run the day before the main Great North Run and form part of the Great City Games held on the banks of the river Tyne where many international athletes compete.

Eight-year-old Maddie Bailey had an amazing run and competed against 1000 other athletes in the under 9’s race over 1 mile and finished in bronze medal position in a fast time of 6mins flat. Maddie first competed in this race when she was 3 years old, completing the course in a time of 10mins 17 secs accompanied on that occaision by her father. Maddie is coached by her mum Gina Bailey at Harlow Athletic Club where she trains with a group of children aged 8-10years.

Ellen Savidge (10) ran really well competing in the U11’s road race over a 4k course in a good time of 20mins 46sec. Ellen did really well in her fisrt major race and finished in 46th place out of over 500 other young athletes.

Kai Boggon (11) ran strongly in the U13’s 4k road race against 500 other athletes, finishing in 25th place in a credible time of 16mins 25secs. Ellen and Kai both train with Paul Bailey at Harlow Athletics Club where they are part of the junior endurance team aged 10-18years.

A spokesperson said: “Amazingly on the the night before the race, our athletes got to meet and have photo’s taken with their Olympic hero Mo Farah at the hotel who really inspired them!!! They also received coaching tips from European 5000m and 10,000m medallist Andy Vernon who actually started the kid’s races on the Saturday. They also meet Great Britain sprint hurdler Will Sharman who posed for photos too. The kids wished Mo Farah well, who went on to win the Great North Run on Sun 7th Sept out-kicking Kenyan Mike Kigen in a new British Record of 60mins flat for the Half Marathon. Andy Vernon ran really strongly to claim 6th place.

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