On a still warm evening the third BMC Young Athletes PB Classic was held at Watford last Saturday. The meeting attracted a record entry and is growing in popularity year on year.
The main focus of the event was to provide young middle distance athletes the opportunity to achieve English Schools qualifying times and all races were appropriately paced to those times.
In just over two hours of non stop action, the number of lifetime bests rose race by race to a record 98 by the end of the meeting. Almost 7 out of 10 competitors having run faster than ever before.
They truly did make it a PB Classic, and in the process broke 9 meeting records and made a big impact on current Athletics Data age group rankings with 23 top 10 performances.
They outstanding performance came from 16 year old Lynsey Sharp, who made the long journey from Edinburgh, winning the Womens 800 A race in a personal best time of 2.09.70 from Claire Tarplee 2.10.14 in a hard fought race.
15 year old Stephen Cavey won the 800 Mens A race in an impressive way clocking 1.54.64 to the top of the U17 rankings beating another U17 James Senior also running faster than ever before in 1.56.67..
Other good performances included Christopher Harvey U20 1500 won in 3.55.63 to go 2nd in the rankings, Cameron Scott U17 1500 4.02.86 (2nd ranked), Anthony Taylor U15 1500 4.22.09 (3rd ranked), Michael Goddard U13 1500 4.44.2 (2nd ranked), Peter Davaney U13 4.44.2 (2nd ranked), and Camilla Freeman U15 1500 4.36.28 (2nd ranked).
Results for the Watford Young Athletes PB Classic are available on Athletics Data