Talented Trio Sprint to Success in Athletics

Albany Academy students, Bethany Reid (Year 9), Milly Lever (Year 8) and Matthew Flatters (Year 8) have been producing dazzling displays at regional athletics competitions during September.

Bethany competed in the 1500m at the Blackpool Medal race this month. Bethany, who competes regularly at regional level collected a bronze medal and equalled her personal best time of 5 minutes 26 seconds in the process. The talented runner was competing in the competition held at Stanley Park, in Blackpool against under 15 club runners from across Lancashire. The conditions were hot. The warm weather can often make middle distance running more difficult but Beth overcame this heat to secure a medal and was closing in on the runner up and the winner after a fantastic finish.

Bethany said, “I am delighted with my run and so pleased to equal my personal best. I want to continue to improve and hope to achieve even better results in future competitions.” Bethany PE teacher and Head of Year 9 at Albany Academy, Gina Lewis, said, “Beth seems to go from strength to strength. This result illustrates her level of commitment and determination. We are extremely proud of her achievements.”

Two other rising stars of the athletics world, Matthew and Milly, who both represent Horwich RMI athletics club competed in the road relay race held at Delamere Forest, Warrington. The duo competed in teams of three with each team member running just over two miles.

Matthew’s team competed well, finishing 2nd in the region and third overall. Matthew excelled with a time of 12 minutes 58 seconds. This is less than 6 minutes 30 seconds per mile pace with tough conditions underfoot. Matthew said, I am pleased with my performance and am delighted I could help my team achieve 3rd place overall.”

Milly team went one better finishing 1st regionally and 2nd overall. Milly said, “I loved taking part in this event and I am delighted with the results.”

Headteacher Peter Mayland said of the talented trio “I’m very proud of the achievements of all three of our talented athletes. I’m particularly impressed with how hard they can push themselves and the dedication they show to their sport and their team mates.”