Tavistock Run Project’s Smart edges closer to magic mark for the 1,500m

TAVISTOCK Run Project’s junior international Oliver Smart is edging closer to breaking the four-minute barrier for the 1,500m.

Smart enjoyed his first track run out of 2020 when he competed at the Covid-19 Series in Par at the weekend.

The series is being organised by Cornish Rebels AC, in conjunction with Newquay & Par AC, who took the unprecedented step of getting their race permit issued by the Association of Running Clubs rather than England Athletics.

The 1,500m races were seeded, with no more than four athletes in each heat.

Smart, who should have represented England Schools at the ISF Cross Country Championships in Slovakia in April, ran in the top-seeded race at Par and finished second in 4:02.5, which beat his previous best time for that distance by 0.39 seconds.

He was the first under-20 athlete, with Bristol & West senior Callum Jones taking victory in 3:54.2. Newquay’s under-20 runner Lewis Cotterill was third in a PB time of 4:05.3.

Smart’s Tavistock Run Project team-mate Jordan Andrews won race two in a PB time of 4:12.0. Third place in that race went to City of Plymouth’s Oliver Woodman, who set a new PB with a 4:22.7 run.

The 1,500m races were the second event in the Covid-19 Series at Par. The first leg saw 200m and 400m races, which also saw a host of PBs.

City of Plymouth’s under-17 athlete Henry Curtis ran a new best time of 23.6 seconds for the 200m, while team-mate Nicholas Maczugowski was first under-15 in a new PB of 26.4 seconds.

Both Curtis and Maczugowski had claimed second places in sprint hurdles events at the virtual English Schools’ Track and Field Championships. Curtis clocked 13.5 seconds for the intermediate boys’ 100m hurdles, while Maczugowski clocked 12.6 ran for the junior boys’ 80m event.

Club colleague, Poppy Northcott was first under-15 girl in the 200m at Par with a time of 27.6 seconds.

Fellow City of Plymouth athlete Thomas Elliott was first under-17 over the 400m distance in Cornwall with a new best time of 52.3 seconds.

He had previously run 52.70 seconds to clocked the fastest time in the virtual English Schools’ Track and Field Championships.

The Covid-19 Series concludes this coming weekend with sold-out races over 800m.

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