ATHLETICS: Hot prospect Joe Purbrick powers to silver medal on the national stage

Joe Purbrick.

Joe Purbrick. - Credit: Archant

Hot Hunts AC prospect Joe Purbrick sampled English medal success last weekend.

Purbrick earned silver in the Under 15 Boys 60m hurdles at the national indoor championships for his age group in Sheffield.

He has been a revelation this winter and continued his terrific form on the big stage, clocking 8.65 when second in his heat and going even quicker – 8.60 – when occupying the same position in the final. Both of those times were personal bests and Hunts AC club records.

Purbrick’s coach Richard Phelan is hopeful further success will follow with this summer’s English Schools’ Championships already identified as a future target.

Phelan said: “Joe is an intelligent athlete who grasps the finer details of hurdling well and works consistently to refine his technique.

“Each time Joe enters a new age group, the hurdle height and distances increase meaning he’ll have to work to adapt as he gets older; but if he continues to work at the event he’ll continue to experience success and we’ll see where it leads.

“The next target is to get to the English Schools’ final in July.”

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St Ivo School pupil Purbrick also finished fifth in the Under 15 Boys 60m final in Sheffield the previous day with a fine 7.52 time.

He broke his previous club record of 7.53 twice during the course of that event, clocking 7.51 in his heat and 7.49 at the semi-final stage. He now holds 10 Hunts AC records in total across the Under 11 Boys, Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Boys age groups.

Fellow Hunts AC talent Julian Priest also competed in the Under 17 section and agonisingly missed out on the final by 0.01 seconds. Equalling his club record of 7.18 in both his heat and semi-final did at least provide some consolation.

Another Hunts AC youngster impressed over a longer distance last weekend. Evie Flockhart broke the club’s Under 11 Girls record for the 600m with a fine run at the Lee Valley Minthon in London.

She knocked almost half-a-minute off the previous mark with a time of 2.11. Flockhart also set a new shot putt record of 4.25m in the same age group.