BMC Festival of Miles at the Lindford Christie stadium – London

Fast Mile for Henry Sheffield

14 year old Henry Sheffield whilst recovering from Injury which had denied him opportunity to compete in the 1500m at the English Schools National Championships watched club member Tom Mortimer in the Diamond League break Steven Ovett’s 44 year old 3000m British record which inspired him to get back to racing as soon as possible. After only 2 training sessions he ran in Manchester in the England Athletic age group Championships in the 3000m winning the Bronze medal. Following 2 more weeks training he was selected to represent the South West Counties in the festival of track miles races in London on Sunday. Henry got a confidence boost last week being able to join Tom Mortimer in a training session and to keep up for part of the training.

The Mile race started with the Scotland representative taking it out at a good pace and after 2 laps only Henry was with him. Henry felt confident and with 600m to go kicked very hard for the win quickly opening up a 15m lead which was not quite enough as he was overtaken with 30m to the finish line to win the Silver Medal. Coach Chris Brown said “I am very pleased with how he ran today off such little training, if he had waited he would have won that race. Henry long push for home was impressive and will help with his longer term development if unwise in the context of this race. His efforts produced the fastest U15B mile race in the UK for 36 years. Henry time of 4min 29.70 not surprisingly broke a 16 year old club record by a massive 13s!”

Report by Chris Brown