Morpeths Scott Beattie showed that he is returning to better form after illness forced him to take a back seat at the end of May, when he produced brand new figures of 8m31.46s,
to finish fifth in the Under 20 Men’s 3000m and the combined English Under20/23 Athletics Championships, held at Bedford on Saturday 18th June 2016.
His new personal best was by a margin of eleven seconds on the two identical clockings that he had made in 2015, when competing at the same venue in the combined Under 15/Under 17 Championships last August,
and at the All England Schools Championships a month previous.
Beattie had indeed looked a medal prospect during Saturday’s race, and he only just lost out in the closing stages of the seven and a half lap event.