Support through Sport UK was excited to attend the 2012 Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix to see how Great Britain's athletes of the future fared in the Under 20 3,000 metre races.
Bedford and County athlete Matt Bergin was victorious in the men's event in a personal best time of 8:18:96. 'It was a good race,' said Matt, 'It started out quite slow but I just wanted to see how it panned out and I felt strong over the last 800 metres and so just pushed on.' When asked how it felt to win in front of nearly 13,000 people, Matt said: 'I can't complain about a win in front of 13,000 people! Not bad for a Sunday - super Sunday!'. Second place went to Liverpool Harrier's Matthew Shirling and third went to Invicta East Kent's Keiran Reilly. Both Matthew and Keiran ran personal bests.
In the women's event, Hallamshire's Calli Thackery claimed first place, having led for most of the race. 'I wanted to lead through the race. It was the last of my season and I just thought I've got to go for it. It's such a fantastic end to my season; I'm so happy!'. Invicta East Kent's Bobby Clay took second place (in a personal best time) and was closely followed by her older sister - Alex Clay.
The Birmingham Grand Prix also featured an 'On Camp with Kelly' 800 metre race. 'On Camp with Kelly' is Dame Kelly Holmes's educational development programme that has four aims: (1) to retain talented young middle distance athletes in the sport; (2) to help in the transition from junior to senior athlete; (3) to help athletes understand what it takes to become a world class athlete and (4) to develop athletes as 'all-round' people. The race was won by Tara Bird, who clinched victory (and a personal best) in a time of 2:02:54. A couple of tenths of a second behind was Emily Dudgeon. Tara stated that she was very happy to win as she'd been battling with an ankle injury mid-season.