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End to a fantastic season by Reigate & Banstead athlete Abbie Owen

Abbie has only been at her current club, Reigate Priory AC for just over a year she has improved her personal best hugely. Last season her personal best was 2:36 in the 800m and she is now getting close to the 2:20 mark.

Abbie has been sending in updates to the GLL Sport Foundation throughout her successful track season. On Sunday the 29th of May Abbie raced the 800m at Mile End stadium in London, in the UK youth development league. Abbie won the race by 19 seconds in a time of 2:26. In addition to this on the 14th of May at Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium she came 4th in the heats of the Surrey Championships and gIMG_0878ot a new seasons best of 2:25 – only a second off of her then current personal best. Furthermore, on the 12th of May Abbie competed at her District Schools Championships representing her school, de Stafford in Caterham. She came 2nd in the hurdles with a new personal best, and then won the 800m heats by 10 seconds and the final in 12 seconds. A result of this meant that Abbie was selected to represent South Surrey at the Surrey Schools Championships on the 11th of June. A promising start to the season for Abbie, already breaking her personal best twice.

Following on from this, on the 11th of June Abbie came 3rd in the Surrey Schools Championships at Kingston Athletics Track, just missing out on being selected to represent her county. She also achieved a PB of 2.22.23 on the 22nd of June, making continuous improvements throughout the season. In addition to this Abbie won every race in the Youth Development League, making her the number one u17 800m runner for the league (South North/East 2). Finally, Abbie was this years u17 800m champion in the Crawley Tom Lintern Medal Meeting. Some fantastic achievements for Abbie throughout the season who shaved off more than four seconds from her personal best in the 800m.

Abbie said, “In the future I wish to go on to represent team England at international competitions and even team GB at world championships. I know these are big ambitions but with the right support and facilities I believe I will stand a better chance at achieving these dreams. The award will benefit me as a gym membership will provide me the facilities to train frequently to build my muscular strength and improve my cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, my speed and power. These components of fitness will contribute greatly to my race, to enable me to have a quick start, consistent pace throughout and then a strong sprint finish to catch opponents on the home straight.”

Athletes like Abbie who show talent from a young age are the perfect candidates to apply into the GLL Sport Foundation. Although her track season is now over, Abbie will be moving on to cross country. Best of luck for the winter season and we look forward to meeting you at the Reigate & Banstead Sports Awards on the 3rd of October.

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