Reid races to nationals

March 14, 2018

Archie Reid finishes the 5KM race during the Sweat vs Steam. Photo by Luke Hemer.

IT’s another big week for Archie Reid.

Across the next two days, the Echuca runner will take on the 2018 Australian Junior Championships in Sydney.

This comes just weeks after the Echuca College student competed at the Victorian Junior Championships at the Lakeside Stadium in South Melbourne.

There, Reid put in strong performances in both the 3000 and 5000 metres.

Reid completed the 5000m in a time of 15:23.60, which saw him finish 4th in the under 20 age group.

But he wasn’t done yet.

Reid had just an hour to recover from the 5000m before running his under 18 3000m event, which saw Reid finish eleventh in a time of 9:11.46.

Reid’s mentor Laurie Edmondstone said he ran exceptionally well.

‘‘He’s competing against people a lot older than him,’’ Edmondstone said.

‘‘You remember that this is a 16 year old running against men who are often two or three years older than him.

‘‘His time gave him a residential record for Bendigo, these are records that have stood since the 1970’s so for him to put down form like that is incredible.

‘‘The two races in Melbourne were only about an hour apart, so for him to back up like that and put forward really good times in both races is fantastic.’’

Now, attentions turn to the Australian Championships.

Reid qualified to run the 5000m in the under 20 age group.

The race, which will be run this afternoon, will again see him run against athletes multiple years older than him.

His time at the Victorian championship is just under two minutes shy of the national record of 13:25.63.

Reid, with a days rest this time, will then turn his attention to the 3000m, back in his age group.

Reid ran the 9:11.46 with just the hours rest.

However, at the national championships, he will have nearly a day to recover, meaning the record time of 8:01.26 could be within reach.

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