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Monday, 25 May 2015

Pearson surges clear thanks to ‘double kick’

THE ‘Pearson double kick’ was deployed to devastating effect as a Hexham schoolboy clinched the English title.

Max Pearson screams with joy as he is crowned English champion.

Queen Elizabeth High School pupil Max Pearson (14) used his trademark strong finish to win the Junior Boys’ 1500m in the English Schools Track and Field Championships, held in Birmingham.

The move, christened by his coach at Tynedale Harriers Peter Venus, sees the youngster kick at 250m out and then again 50m later before sprinting over the line.

In fact, the rest of the field changed their tactics to tryto contain the youngster.

However, the talented Tynedale Harrier had enough in his locker to pass his opponents and earn the top honour of being English schoolboy champ with a remarkable personal best time of 4:06.50.

Pearson said: “I got criticised for my run in the heat because I finished in a sprint.

“And people were saying I shouldn’t have shown them what I can do.

“But my coach Peter said it had worked in my advantage because the competition would take it out really fast to keep well ahead.

“But I managed to stay with them and use my double kick at the end!”

Pearson – who ran just 0.09 seconds slower than Olympic hero Mo Farah did at his age – added: “It is incredible to think that I am English champion.

“I am completely over the moon and it is really surreal, and is very head to get my head around.

“I was thinking about it before in the pens and how much pressure there was, so it is really hard to register when you win!”

Pearson went into the championships fairly confident of doing well, ranked in the top 10 in the UK in his age group at both 1500m and 800m – he won the inter-county title at 800m last month.

His confidence was inflated by coach Venus who has spent extra time with Pearson to prepare for the championships, the teenager full of praise for the largely successful approach the Nenthead man takes.

Pearson said: “My fastest time in the 1500m was 4:14, but Peter told me about a month ago that I would go under 4:07 this year.

“I didn’t believe him and I was sceptical because I was aiming under 4:10, but he is definitely doing something right and he has helped me get some incredible times.

“Everything Peter does is so well calculated and methodical and many other coaches wouldn’t have had such a positive attitude. He now looks like a genius!”

The future is bright for the teenager who is setting the UK alight with his times across a number of events.

For his age, he is ranked number one in both the 1500m and the one mile and is currently at number three in the 800m after a stint at top spot this year.

After just one race this season, he is eighth in the 3,000m but he is hoping to improve on that in the upcoming Northerns.

“I am entering the 3k in the Northerns and the 800m at the nationals, and I’m just going to keep seeing what distance I’m more suited for.

“For years, my dad said I’d be an 800m runner but I think I might have a better balance for the 1500m, so I really don’t know!”

There was other representation from Tynedale too, with Ponteland girl Lauren Beales finishing second in her heat to make the final of the junior girls 75m hurdles, where she finished seventh.

In the same event, Eleanor Colmer failed to fully shake off an injury and was unable to make the final despite a valiant run.

Her elder brother Jack went near his personal best with 12.39m to finish 12th in the inter boys triple jump.

Meanwhile, Prudhoe High School’s Alex Roney competed in the inter boys 100m hurdles and Wylam lad Jonny Currie, representing Newcastle Schools, was in the line-up in the senior boys 800m.