Nene Valley Harriers’ Georgie Ivens earned a stunning 400m gold at the Eastern Counties Indoor Track and Field Championships at Lea Valley.
Having stepped up to the senior ranks for 2013, she was running in her first championship in that age group – making the victory an even sweeter one .
In her heat, Ivens was controlling the race from the start, breaking after the second bend to take the lead.
Keeping clear of her rivals, Ivens was incredibly relaxed as she cruised to victory.
With the in-form Alex Hill (Herts Phoenix) winning the other heat, a classic final was on the cards.
At the break the duo were already well ahead of the rest of the field, with Hill leading into the third bend. But Ivens attacked at the start of the back straight.
With perfect tactical nous she lead into the fourth bend, forcing the Herts athlete to take the long route to win.
That was never in question, as Ivens controlled the bend and drove to the line – winning in a time just short of her personal best (58.25secs), which established a new Championship Best performance.
• Talented Nene Valley Harrier teen James McCrae came away with a bronze medal from the Midland Counties Indoor Championships at the NIA in Birmingham.
The 15-year-old placed third in the under-17 mens’ 800m final.
In only his second race on the boards, McCrae showed great strength to work his way through the field as the race unfolded. In a fast final, the leaders went through 200m in under 27 seconds.
Recognising that the pace was too quick, he stayed calm and went through 400m on target at 59 seconds.
By 600m only four athletes were in contention and the medallists moved clear in the back straight. McCrae did move onto the shoulders of the first two with 70m left, but he was unable to find the final push to take gold or silver.
With the winner dipping under two minutes, McCrae was delighted to have run a PB time of 2.01.79mins in his only track outing of the winter.
He said: “That’s a great start to the season and to take nearly two seconds off my best time is amazing. I hope I can go on to get the English Schools target of 1.59 (mins) now.”