LOREN Bleaken bounced back from her England Athletics Championships disappointment with a solid run in the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday.
The Marshfield middle-distance starlet was invited to the West Midlands to run the On Camp With Kelly 800m for under 20 women and she clocked 2:07.89 for 11th place, with Tara Bird (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) winning in 2:02.54.
“I am glad that I finished the season with a better race than the week before and I was happier with that, although I still haven’t completely sorted out my blood sugar levels,” said Bleaken, who suffers from diabetes.
“But it was great to compete in front of a big crowd and then have the chance to watch the Diamond League athletics afterwards and see so many famous athletes.”
The pupil of Hardenhuish School, in Chippenham, was invited to compete in Birmingham after she set a new personal best of 2:04.59 at the end of July.
She will now take an end-of-season break, enjoy her 17th birthday on Monday and then start her winter training programme.
“This has been my best season yet, it has been amazing and I am really happy with the way it went,” said Bleaken.
‘On Camp with Kelly’ was started by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes in January 2004, because she wanted to help talented young female middle-distance athletes achieve their dreams.
Meanwhile, Alex Carter took out his frustration at being overlooked for the junior 3000m in Birmingham with a superb performance in the Avon League on the same day.
Instead of joining Team Bath AC clubmate Bleaken in the West Midlands, the 16-year-old English Schools’ silver medallist from Bradford on Avon headed to Yate for the season’s final league meeting.
Carter beat all the senior men in the 3000m to win in 8:36.3 and shave two seconds off his previous best, a time that would have placed him 12th in a high quality under 20 men’s race in Birmingham.
“I only went to Yate because I thought it would be a good run-out, but after a couple of laps I was feeling so good I went for the PB,” said Carter.