Sam Hancox pulled off a memorable victory on Saturday night in his heat of the 5000m in Manchester.
Held at the Sport City complex just outside the Etihad Arena, the British Milers Club event hosted a number of high quality middle distance performances.
Competing over the distance on the track for the first time in his C heat, Hancox looked very comfortable as he picked off his rivals one by one over the twelve and a half lap distance, finding himself at the front of the race on his own for the final 800m.
His time of 14 minutes 47.50 seconds was a new personal best for the distance and was ahead of many athletes in both B and even A races.
A big post race smile afterwards reflected the progress he is continuing to make, now under the coaching of Tony Leonard.
Other Morpeth Harriers taking part on the night were Alex Brown, who improved his pb by one second in the 1500m when finishing in 6th place in his heat in a time of 3m 56:14s, and Ali Douglass, who posted a season’s best of 1m 55:43s when finishing 5th in his 800m, only a fraction of a second off his best ever time.