After winning the Essex County U13 Girls 1500m, Abigail Reid was selected to run for the county in the South Of England Inter Counties U13 championships at Kingston.
Abigail in full flow last winter
The A race was a loaded field with four girls ranked in top 8 in the UK this year, including Phoebe Gill who had set an age record of 4 mins 32 secs four days earlier. Abigail took advice from her coach to run her own race in such company. Phoebe took the lead immediately but credit to our girl as she kept in touch with the St Albans starlet for around 700 metres before giving way. Abigail then found herself running solo in second spot until suddenly, over the last 100 metres, Isabella Martin (2nd in the Mini Marathon at London earlier this year) came with a late charge, just snatching second spot right on the line, with both girls running 4 mins 49 secs, which was just outside Abigail’s PB. It was a fine run from Abigail to place 3rd overall in such great company from 26 starters from the two races.