City of Portsmouth duo Jacob O’Hara and Callum Crook celebrated double delight in today’s Junior Great South Run 12-15 boys race.
O’Hara stormed to success in a time of 7min23sec, with Crook claiming third spot in 7.55 despite racing against competitors two years his elder.
For the triumphant teen, it was an execution of a game plan honed in practice under the tuition of City coaches Pat Butcher and Vince Stamp.
He said: ‘I was very happy with the race – I kept a good pace up,
‘It was good to train with all the Portsmouth guys and get the right amount of training in, especially with my coach Pat (Butcher) and Vince (Stamp)
‘I planned to just stick up with the front pack and try and kick off at the end – the starting pace was very fast so I just aimed to maintain pace as well as I could.’
Crook, who entered the race with no expectations of a top-three finish, was indebted to a fast finish as he stole in for a prized podium spot.
He said: ‘I am very pleased.
‘I was in sixth and thought: “Well I’m only 13 so I have two more years.”
‘But I gradually got faster and had a quick finish at the end.
‘I was quite determined because (at the time) I was in fourth.’
Elsewhere, City of Portsmouth also enjoyed success in the 5k with Lachlan Wellington claiming second place in 15.57.
Eloise O’Neill claimed runners-up spot in the nine-11 girls category (9.22) with Aldershot Farnham & District’s Maisie Grice also earning silver in the 12-15 girls race.