Shane smashes his PB to win national title

Published: 1 August 2011 at 16:13

Anglia Ruskin student runs fastest 1,500m time by a UK athlete this year

Anglia Ruskin University student James Shane continued his remarkable run of form with an incredible victory in the 1,500m at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships in Birmingham yesterday [31 July].

Smashing his personal best by almost three seconds, Shane stretched clear of early frontrunner Nick McCormick in the final lap to win in 3:36.22, the fastest time recorded at a UK Championships since 1986. Andy Baddeley finished in second place in 3:39.44 while McCormick trailed in third in 3:41.66.

Shane’s winning time was also the fastest by a UK athlete this year and has given him an excellent chance of being selected to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, later this month.

The 21-year-old from Basildon, who is studying Primary Education at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus, adds the UK title to the silver medal he won at the European Under-23s Championships last month and a third-place finish on his senior Great Britain debut at the European Team Championships in Sweden in June.

“Nick [McCormick] took it out and set it up nicely for me and I’m really pleased. I couldn’t be happier,”

explained the Newham & Essex Beagles athlete, whose run won him a £1,000 prize after being judged the Aviva Performance of the Day.

“I didn’t aim for the Worlds this year, I aimed for the European Under-23s, but I ran well there and decided that I would just come back and try and run as well as I can for as long as possible, and see what happens.

“If I get selected for the Worlds then so be it, but if I don’t I’m still really pleased with my season.”

Speaking to the BBC, Steve Cram said that Shane has a great chance of being selected to represent Great Britain in South Korea.  The former 1,500m world record holder said:

“Shane took three seconds off his personal best and that lad has probably run himself, in the space of the last four or five weeks, from being a total unknown to going to the World Championships.”

Stephen Dupree, Head of Sport and Active Lifestyles at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“James has at last had an injury-free period to demonstrate what tremendous potential he has.

“Not only is he a young, improving athlete, but James has a tactical brain to go alongside his talent, which is a combination for others to worry about and for Team GB to celebrate.”