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Phoebe Gill runs BMC women-only 800m record

The 17-year-old clocks 1:58.07 at Sportcity in Manchester after a 55-second very first lap as runner-up Ciara Mageean runs an Irish record of 1:58.51

Showing no worry or inhibitions, Phoebe Gill ran a women-only 800m British Milers’ Club record and BMC all-comers’ record of 1:58.07 after a blisteringly quick opening lap on Saturday (May 25) in Manchester.

Gill, who just turned 17 last month, followed her 1:57.86 at the Irish Milers’ Meeting in Belfast previously this month with another dazzling run in Manchester. This time, however, she boldly followed pacemaker Seren Bundy-Davies through the bell in 54.95 before undoubtedly passing away however holding on to win from Ciara Mageean, the runner-up setting an Irish record of 1:58.51.

Gill broke Alex Bell’s women-only BMC 800m record of 1:59.28, which was set by the Olympic finalist in 2015 at Birmingham University, in addition to breaking Australian Abbey Caldwell’s BMC all-comers’ mark of 1:58.92.

Only Laura Muir has actually run quicker with her 1:57.23 however in a combined race at Trafford in 2022.

Phoebe Gill (James Rhodes)

“It was nice to get another sub-two minutes under my belt and that is so cool to learn I broke the BMC record, I didn’t realise that at the time,” stated Gill.

“I keep in mind running this race in 2015 when the leading 2 ladies broke 2 minutes (Caldwell and Mageean) however some others fell and I wound up needing to leap over them like in a steeplechase!

“I was disappointed with that (she finished sixth in 2:06.37).”

In 3rd, Erin Wallace ran a PB and Olympic certifying time of of 1:59.19 as 3 ladies broke 2 minutes in a BMC race for the very first time ever.

A top-class field saw Sarah Healy of Ireland 4th in 2:00.86, Issy Boffey 5th in 2:01.14, Khai Mhlanga 6th in 2:02.10 and Ellie Baker seventh in 2:02.99.

Ciara Mageean (James Rhodes)

“It took the BMC 55 years to get our first sub-two-minute 800m in 2017 then a further five years until 2022 to get two women sub-two in the same race,” stated BMC treasurer Matthew Fraser Moat. “Now in 2024 we have three women sub-two minutes for the first time in the same race.”

On the blistering very first lap, Gill stated: “I had intended to go through 57-58 seconds pace but I think we both made a mess of the pace and got confused.”

“I was a bit stressed out at the bell when I saw the split and I understood that the last 150m would hurt. But I had something comparable at the English Schools’ in 2015 when I blasted through the very first lap and wound up nearly strolling throughout the line!

“It was not my favourite way to run an 800m race and I really felt it afterwards. It was very tough but I’m learning all the time.”

She included: “I’m so pleased to be running certifying times however I understand there is a lot more to it than that. Britian has such high-calibre runners in the 800m and for me it is simply remarkable to consider it.

“Obviously my coach (Deborah Steer) and I have had to completely re-look at our training and race programme after Belfast as I was not expecting this at all. It has been a nice surprise though!”

Reece Sharman-Newell (James Rhodes)

In the males’s 800m Reece Sharman-Newell had actually wanted to dip inside the European Champs certifying requirement of 1:45.20 after having just recently run a season’s finest of 1:45.50 in Los Angeles. But he ran 1:46.77, albeit winning easily.

“Unfortunately a few people didn’t turn up so I knew it would be a solo run from the get-go,” stated Reece.

“It wasn’t the result I was after at all but I only just got back from the USA so a solo 1:46 wasn’t the worst. But I know I’ve got a lot more time to come off that 1:45.”

In the males’s 5000m Hillary Bor of the United States was a class apart as the steeplechase professional won with a front-running 13:29.79 with Matt Ramsden 2nd in 13:48.11 and Alfie Manthorpe 3rd in 13:49.26.

Beth Morley beats Alex Millard (James Rhodes)

Elsewhere Beth Morley won the ladies’s 1500m in 4:11.84 from Izzy Fry as Laura Galvin of Mexico was 3rd with children Innes FitzGerald 5th (4:15.50), Lyla Belshaw 6th (4:16.07) and Shaikira King 8th (4:18.18).

Max Wharton took the males’s 1500m in 3:43.72.

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