Tynedale’s senior middle distance runners have been turning in some fine individual performances in recent weeks with 28-year-old Adam Pratt top of the pile with 2 PBs from 3 races in an 8-day golden spell.
The Sunderland 5k at Silksworth traditionally attracts a quality field to take advantage of a fast course and mild mid-summer conditions. The 2015 version was no exception and Adam excelled himself with a PB of 16m 28s in 42nd place. Adam followed this up with a battling 2nd place over 800m at the Trafford Grand-Prix in Manchester in a time of 1m 58.29s marginally outside his best ever. The following day he was back in action in the local track grand-prix at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow and a fast last lap of 62 seconds in the 1500m saw him take a huge 5-second chunk from his best time to finish in 3rd place in 4m. 06.9s.
In the meantime training partner Jonny Currie travelled to Dublin’s Santry Park for the second time in 2 weeks, this time to compete in the international Morton Games – one of the highlights of the Irish Track season. Competing on the same bill as double Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake, who comfortably won the 100m, and a host of U.S. and Australian runners Jonny lined up in an 800m ‘B’ race organised by the Irish Miler’s Club. Taking the initiative after a swift opening lap Jonny had to contend with the physicality of a large field of 11 runners but despite being badly baulked several times in the last 300m he finished 4th in 1m. 55.05s and just outside his recent personal best of 1m 54.33s.