Record falls as Alex sets another PB
Alex Carter continued his purple patch with a record- breaking run in the sixth and final race of the Yeovilton 5k summer series.
The 16-year-old Team Bath runner has recorded personal bests in each of his last five races – three on the track and two on the road.
Successive 1,500m times of 3mins 59.36secs – his first time under four minutes for the distance– and 3:55.71 plus 8:36.3 for 3,000m crowned a terrific track season.
And Carter has carried that speed onto the road with back-to-back PBs over 5k.
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After carving 15 seconds off his previous mark with a 15:33 clocking in the Running Bath event at the start of the month, Carter finished as runner-up in the Yeovilton race in 15:09.
That broke the under-18 men's course record held by Frank Tickner, who is now an established British international cross- country runner, and is the quickest time by an under-17 man in the UK this year.
"I am so happy with that time," said Carter. "I had no idea how fast I was running until I saw the clock in the final 100 metres.
"I always seem to run well at this time of the season and hopefully I can carry that into the cross-country season."
Berihu Tesfay took over the lead from Carter at the 3k mark and went on to win in a swift 14:46 – albeit well outside the course record of 14:04 held by Bath's Rob Whalley.
Carter's club-mate Dave Coales is also enjoying a fine run of form and shaved three seconds off his previous best with 16:04 to finish fourth, a second behind Kieran Young of Bristol & West AC and a second ahead of former Olympic 10,000m runner Kate Reed. Steve Rose finished ninth from a field of 150 runners in 16:47.
Young won the six-race series, with Coales second overall and first veteran over-40.
Coales completed a hat-trick of impressive performances by finishing second in the Oldbury-on-Severn ten-mile road race on Sunday.
On a flat but windy course, the 42-year-old club chairman was only 29 seconds outside the personal best he set way back in 2005 at the Great South Run.
The race also incorporated the Avon Championships and Coales was the leading man in the county, even though he was only awarded the top veterans' prize.
Club-mate Tom Hutchison also ran solidly to win the veterans' over-55s prize.
Emily Dixon produced a superb performance to finish as runner-up in the intermediate girls' heptathlon at the English Schools' Combined Event Championships.
Representing Wiltshire, the 16-year-old Team Bath member scored a personal best points tally of 4,338 to secure her first national medal.
Club-mate Grace Redmond finished seventh in the junior girls' pentathlon.
Team Bath ten-year-old Rory Howorth set a new UK under-11 record for 600m at the Havant Open, clocking 1:42.1.
Andrew Maggs was the leading Team Bath AC runner in the Melksham ten-mile race, which incorporated the Wiltshire Cha- mpionships.
He clocked 63:35 for 16th place and was followed by Nick Bower (66:23) in 29th spot and Paul King (68:25) in 38th.
Lisa Bennett was the club's leading woman, finishing 57th and eighth female of the 148 runners in 72:34.
Bath's Cathrine Beatty won the B hammer (51.66m) and was runner-up in the B discus (20.89m) as she helped Bristol & West AC win the UK Women's League qualifying match at Abingdon on Saturday.
Team Bath AC have entered two men's and two ladies teams for the Midland Counties six and four-stage road relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday.
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