Amy Bream wiped a mighty 10 seconds off her personal best as she turned in a record-breaking display at the English Schools’ Championships.
The 18-year-old Havant AC athlete claimed 12th place in a time of five minutes 29.96 seconds in the senior girls’ 1,500m steeplechase at Gateshead.
Winner Katie Ingle, from West Midlands, clocked a remarkable 4:54.36 to win by more than 11 seconds from her nearest rival.
But Bream’s efforts gave her coach Mike Williams plenty of encouragement as she broke two Havant records in the process.
Williams said: ‘I was delighted with her performance. It will do wonders for her confidence.
‘We knew she was going into the event in good form but on paper, she was probably the slowest in the race.
‘But it was a very good result for Amy. To knock 10 seconds off her personal best – it was brilliant.
‘It gives her the under-20s club record and also the senior club record.
‘But she really gave it her all and got a good result.
‘It’s her first year in the event and it would suggest she’s got a big future in it.
‘She’s really good over the barriers. I think she was one of the best hurdlers there and I think there is a lot more to come from her.’
Club colleague Devon Brimecome’s hopes of long jump glory failed to materialise as she finished in 11th place in the junior girls’ competition.
The 14-year-old posted 4.99m – some way down on her personal best of 5.22m – with Cheshire’s Amy Williams taking the title with a massive 6.07m leap.
But although Brimecome was disappointed with her performance, she did go on to grab a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay.
Javelin ace Michael Muckelt was also unhappy with his display, despite picking up a creditable fifth place.
The 17-year-old City of Portsmouth thrower produced an effort of 56.14m, with Somerset’s Robin Danaher launching 66.07m to win the crown.
While Muckelt felt in himself he should have done better, coach Bronwin Carter was satisfied with his display.
She said: ‘He was a bit disappointed. I don’t know whether it was the occasion but he said he felt a bit strange and never really got going until his last three throws.
‘It’s an experience that he can carry forward.
‘I expected something around 56-57m from him and he produced that.
‘It’s something to build from. I would have been disappointed if he had thrown something around the 53m mark. So I think it was quite good.
‘He would have had to throw a personal best to do any better than fifth and it’s all part of the learning curve.
‘He certainly didn’t let anyone down.
‘He was back into training the next day and we’re talking about how to get that big throw out of him, so it shows the hunger he has to do well.’