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Max Burgin runs world age 15 800m best at BMC Grand Prix

Max Burgin runs world age 15 800m best at BMC Grand Prix

Teenager clocks stunning 1:47.50 at Manchester’s Sportcity, while Nick Goolab and Faye Fullerton win at Twilight 5k

Max Burgin lit up the first BMC Grand Prix of the season with a stunning 1:47.50 800m win, Stephen Green reports.

Racing at Manchester’s Sportcity, the 15-year-old from Halifax was content to sit in the pack before edging out Spencer Thomas (1:47.76) in the home straight. His time was a British under-17 record and a world age best mark for the distance.

The previous UK under-17 record had been 1:48.24 set by Sean Molloy in 2012, while Burgin’s best ahead of the race had been his 1:49.42 from last summer.

Laura Maddox also broke new ground in the 800m at Sportcity. The Welsh 400m specialist stayed clear of the quick early pace before closing down European junior 1500 champion Jemma Reekie on the line in 2:03.86. Maddox took four seconds off her PB in the process.

Metric mile winners were Ossama Meslek with a new best of 3:42.15 and Sarah Healy of Ireland with a European Youths qualifier of 4:15.53, a couple of strides ahead of Anna Silvander.

On a night where conditions suited fast distance running, Claire Duck won a pulsating 5000m ahead of Stevie Stockton and long- time leader Jess Judd in a best of 15:39, while Phil Sesemann produced a sub-60 last lap to duck under 14 minutes for the first time in the men’s race.

Alfred Yabsley had clear daylight over the 2km steeplechase field, returning new figures of 5:50.34.

» See the May 17 edition of AW magazine for further coverage

Meanwhile, at the Ipswich Building Society Twilight 5km there were wins for Nick Goolab and Faye Fullerton.

Goolab clocked a 13:50 PB as four athletes went sub-14:00 and 12 sub-15:00. Fullerton’s winning time was a 16:01 PB ahead of Gemma Steel with 16:07. A total of 11 women ran under 17 minutes.

Joining Goolab in dipping inside 14 minutes were Richard Allen (13:51 PB), Adam Hickey (13:54 PB) and Adam Clarke (13:57 PB).

The race took place on a new course which race director Carl Ashton said “removes many of the turns and elevation that runners experienced on the previous route”.

Full results can be found here.

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