Portsmouth talent Czura sure is one to watch

Josie Czura speeds to victory. Picture: Mick Young
Josie Czura speeds to victory. Picture: Mick Young
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JOSIE CZURA has her sights set on national glory after laying down a marker at the Hampshire Track & Field Championships.

City of Portsmouth’s rising star shone on the county stage with two emphatic victories as the outdoor season gathers pace.

I really want to get into English Schools’ Championships and do well there.

Josie Czura

Czura stormed to success over 800m and 1,500m at under-15 level in dominant fashion.

The Vince Stamp-trained talent clocked a time of 2min 17sec to finish nearly five seconds clear of her nearest rival over 800m.

Czura then delivered a powerful display of front running over 1,500m as the championships came to a close.

After blasting away, she opened up a whopping seven-second advantage after 400m.

That was then extended to 10 seconds after 800m, before finishing 13 seconds clear of her nearest rival in 4.41.22.

Windy conditions stopped an assault on a personal best and Czura’s own championship record.

But the pint-sized middle-distance ace has designs on lowering her own mark this summer.

And going one better after finishing second at the English Schools’ Championship last summer is in her sights.

Czura said: ‘It all went quite well for me.

‘I did the 800m on Saturday and I won that one.

‘It was a good time but not my personal best. In the 1,500m it was windy so I couldn’t get a personal best there either.

‘But it was a good race which I really enjoyed. It was a good experience.

‘I guess I just like to get out there and run. That’s what I do!

‘That meant I was at the front from the start.

‘I think there will be some more opportunities to go for PBs later in the season.

‘There’s still a load of races to come.

‘I really want to get into the English Schools’ Championships and do well there. That would be amazing to go to.

‘I’m the top year this year so hopefully that will help me. I was a bit ill earlier in the year but that’s behind me now – and I’m hopefully going to be back to my best.’

It was also a weekend to savour for City’s Lachlan Wellington with a 1,500m and 3,000m double – with his under-15 3km time (9.14.3) a championship best by a whopping 11 seconds.

Wellington’s 1,500m win came as part of a City one-two-three, with Jacob O’Hara second and bottom-year Callum Crook third.

City coach Stamp said: ‘Lachlan smashed the best for 3,000m but was still two seconds off his personal best.

‘Jacob O’Hara was a serious rival to him, so he had to run hard from a long way out.

‘But he put the race to bed in the first 400m, running 64.7 – in a 3,000m! He went through 800m at 2.11.1!

‘He pushed for 1km, settled for 1km and then picked it up again.

‘Jacob had a cracking race and Lachlan knew he could possibly have a faster kick in the 1,500m. But Lachlan ran a 62 second first quarter – and he was away.

‘Then there was a bronze for Callum as a bottom year. The new generation is really coming through.’