Sunday, 27 August 2017

Brave 4th for Charlotte at U17 Champs

Charlotte Clare returned to form with a two-second personal best in the 800m at the U17 Scottish Champs today at Grangemouth finishing just outside the medals in 4th in a time of 2.17.44. Three rounds of 800m in two days was a first for all the young athletes, but Charlotte belied the fact that she is a young first-year U17 and qualified like a veteran from her heat and semi-final on the Saturday to give herself every opportunity of a good run in the final. Seventh ranked going into the event she had her usual sensible steady start in Sunday’s final, not getting dragged into the enthusiastic fast early pace. She went through the bell in last place and ten metres off the leaders but was bang on schedule for her own PB pace. Into the back straight she had moved through to fourth and set her sights on the front three. But as Charlotte pushed the pace so had the leaders and off the final bend the gap to the medal positions was still a good five metres. However the leaders were starting to suffer from their early pace and Charlotte’s determined strong finish saw her finishing fastest of all and closing the gap to the medals all the way to the line. But the third placed runner managed to muster a final effort to hold on, denying Charlotte a medal but being rewarded with her two-second PB.

Great effort CC the train!

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