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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Cumbrian teen athlete breaks English record to win national gold

A Carlisle teenager broke an eight-year English record – to strike national gold on her indoor debut.

Chelsea Nugent photo
Chelsea Nugent

Chelsea Nugent, 13, of Baldwinholme, left a string of talented rivals toiling in the Under-15 final of the 800 metres in the Aviva English Age Group Indoor Championships at the NIA Birmingham.

She won in 2:12.69 minutes, almost a staggering four seconds ahead of Ella Eadon, of York, in second place.

The Carlisle Aspatria starlet’s personal best outdoors of 2:16 minutes was broken in winning her heat, and she then smashed her new mark by over two seconds to run away with the final.

“She went for gold and left them,” said mum Amanda. “It was beyond my wildest dreams. Indoors is supposed to be slower than outdoors. We had never done indoors before as she goes from track to cross-country and then back to track. But we thought we’d give it a go.”

Chelsea usually takes athletics in her stride though has twice watched her triumph in the final, after it was taped by her mum. And Amanda believes the youngster is perhaps starting to realise the scale of her achievement.

“She’s not the type of person who bothers,” Amanda explained. “I hope it has sunk in how good it is.”

Chelsea, a pupil at Nelson Thomlinson School, has the track season ahead of her but will return to the indoor scene this weekend for the Scottish Championships in Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, where she will be up against Under-16s.

“We’ll keep our fingers crossed that she does well,” Amanda said.

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