Sprinter Wake is a record breaker

PUBLISHED: 17:18 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009

Herts Schools record breaker Nathan Wake

Herts Schools record breaker Nathan Wake

SPRINT star Nathan Wake broke a 25-year-old record at the Herts Schools Championships. The 15-year-old Richard Hale pupil blew away his competition in the U17 boys 400m at the Woodside Stadium, Watford, in his first race of the season. Herts Phoenix a

SPRINT star Nathan Wake broke a 25-year-old record at the Herts Schools' Championships.

The 15-year-old Richard Hale pupil blew away his competition in the U17 boys' 400m at the Woodside Stadium, Watford, in his first race of the season.

Herts Phoenix athlete Wake clocked 49 seconds from lane eight to smash the championship record of 49.2 secs, which was set way back in 1983 by M Tyler.

In achieving the win, he also ran the fourth fastest time in the event this year for his age group.

Wake crossed the finish line more than four seconds ahead of the runner-up.

His time reached the national standard, which seals his place in the Herts team for the English Schools' Championships in Gateshead next month.

The teenager narrowly missed winning the national championship last year, losing the race after a photo finish.

Wake got over that disappointment by going on to win every major event of 2007 in his category. Nathan has delayed his competitive campaign this year as he is hoping to clock 47.5 secs.

If he reaches this goal he could be selected to represent England in the Commonwealth Youth Games in India during October.

His coach, Dave Rice, believes Nathan can achieve this objective.

Rice said: "He has had a few problems during the winter period with some niggles, but at the level he is now training at, you must expect that.

"Nathan has demonstrated by this first race that he is capable of having another good season, especially as he ran this race with no one to challenge him."

Wake ran his second race of the season at the weekend.

He stepped up an age group to compete at the National U20 Championships in Bedford as part of his build up to the other major events in July and August.

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