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Young Caerphilly runner breaks 42 year old Welsh record

Posted on : 17 Sep 2019

Young Caerphilly runner breaks 42 year old Welsh record
A young athletics star named Ben Reynolds (aged 16) has broken the Welsh U17 1500m record which had previously stood for a staggering 42 years.

Having grown up in Caerphilly, Ben became obsessed with running aged nine during the 2012 London Olympic Games and claims that the fantastic performance by Great Britain on super Saturday was the spark that inspired him to start running.

Commenting on his record breaking achievement, Ben stated:

“I was overwhelmed! It had been my target for the past year and a half and when I got in the race and managed to do it I couldn’t believe it. It was such a surreal feeling to break a record that had stood for so long”

While Ben currently attends Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni – his eyes are firmly set on a career in running:

“My long-term aim is the Olympics. It’s every athletes dream to travel to the Olympics and represent Great Britain. But I think my more immediate aim is to go to the Commonwealth games in Birmingham 2022 and of course represent my home Country Wales and get competitive against the rest of the Commonwealth.”

The cabinet member with the responsibility for Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Nigel George commented:

“Congratulations to Ben on such a fantastic achievement. Undoubtedly, Ben’s success is a credit to his hard work and determination to running.”

“The future of Welsh sport is certainly looking bright with athletes like Ben representing us.”

The record breaking time of 3 minutes 50.19 seconds has resulted in Ben rising to second in the UK U17 rankings and seventh in the U18 European rankings.

Since breaking the record in early August, Ben has already improved upon his record breaking time and cruised to become the U17 1500m British champion on the 1st September in Bedford. Ben will now look to build upon his success this season by continuing his development and staking a claim to represent Wales in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Are you interested in taking up running or any other sport? Get in touch with the Sport & Leisure Services on 01443 836072 or email LEISURE@CAERPHILLY.GOV.UK. Keep up to date with the development of Caerphilly’s young athletes on the Sport Caerphilly Facebook page.  

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