The Isle of Wight’s rising athletics star Henry McLuckie has started this year’s cross country season on a high, recently winning the Simplyhealth Great South Run 5km.
The 16-year-old from Newport was the fastest of 800 competitors to take part in the major South Coast event in Portsmouth on 20th October.
The win follows on from an impressive 2017/18 athletics season which saw him win several titles and pick up a collection of medals.
One of the highlights of 2018 was becoming the English Schools Cross Country Champion – Henry followed in the footsteps of athletics star Mo Farah who won the same title when he was also aged 16. As winner of the race Henry, along with the top 8 finishers, were presented with England kit – just as Mo Farah was when he won the race back in 1999.
Supported by Ray Scovell from the Isle of Wight Athletic Club and coach Paul Simson, Henry clocked up an impressive list of wins last season:
South of England U17 Champion (10 December 2017)
Hampshire Schools Champion (20 January 2018)
South East Schools Cross Country Champion (3 Feb 2018)
Hampshire League Champion (10 February 2018)
U17 British Cross country challenge, finished 5th (10 March 2018)
English Schools Cross Country Champion ( 17 March 2018)
Schools Inter nation against Ireland, Wales and Scotland, finished 6th
British Road Mile Championships, London – bronze medal (27 May 2018)
U20 Nationals 3000m – bronze (16 June 2018) – running against boys up to four years older than him
U17 National Championships 1500m – silver (25 August 2018)
U17 School Games Finals at Loughborough University, 3000m – GOLD (31 August 2018)
“I used to really enjoy playing tennis, football and cricket but four years ago I started running. I absolutely love the sport and now concentrate solely on athletics dedicating a lot of my time to it.
“I have received a great deal of support from Ray Scovell at the Isle of Wight Athletic Club and my coach Paul Simpson who give a lot of their time to helping me improve and progress within the sport.
“I am a member of the Isle of Wight Athletic Club and also part of the Isle of Wight Council Talented Athlete scheme through which I am supported hugely by Wightlink, making all my races possible and enabling me to pursue my running career.”
Keith Greenfield, Wightlink CEO, says:
“We are very proud to support Henry via the Isle of Wight Council’s Talented Athlete scheme. It is a pleasure to assist him with cross-Solent travel to help him attend training and events.”