Golden girl Reynolds tops the podium

Havant runner Corin Reynolds. Picture: Mick Young
Havant runner Corin Reynolds. Picture: Mick Young
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Corin Reynolds swapped bronze for gold at the Saucony Hampshire Track & Field Championships.

For the past two years, the Havant AC competitor has had to settle for third place over her specialised distance of 800m.

But all that changed on Sunday as the 21-year-old stormed to victory over two laps of the track in a time of two minutes, 14.84 seconds.

Reynolds led from the start and never looked in danger of relinquishing pole position.

It was a victory that gave the University of Chichester student a lot of satisfaction.

But she was left wishing for greater competition after City of Portsmouth’s Karrie Blake withdrew from the race during the week.

‘It feels amazing to have won,’ said Reynolds.

‘I never thought I’d ever win this one.

‘I hadn’t been feeling too well all week, so I’m quite glad to have finally done that.

‘It’s just a shame that more people didn’t turn up.

‘There was only two of us in that race.

‘Four people didn’t turn up, which really is a bit of a shame.

‘I was told in the week that Karrie wouldn’t be racing, so that was a disappointing.

‘However, I love this track – it is my favourite track – and I’m just glad to have finally won here at the Hampshires.’

Last week, Reynolds was competing in the British Universities & Colleges Sports Championships at the Olympic stadium in London.

There, she finished eighth overall after three gruelling races in three days – and with the eyes of the nation looking on.

Despite the pressure that brought, though, the new 800m champion was more nervous about competing at the Mountbatten Centre.

‘It feels good to have finally won,’ she said.

‘But yesterday I felt like there was more pressure because more people know me here.

‘It was okay up in London because nobody knew who I was, so the pressure was off me.

‘But this week it was more like people saying, “Oh, we’ll be watching you”.

‘So that was more nerve-racking.’

The Havant runner added a place at the Olympic trials was now her next goal.

‘I just need to get in some good races,’ said Reynolds.

‘It would be good if this weekend in the Southern League I’m racing against good competition.

‘I know we’re in separate matches to Portsmouth but it would be good if I could race with Karrie.

‘We could maybe help each other.

‘It’s all about who you have in the race.’