Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Euro Call-Up Parr-Fect!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Euro Call-Up Parr-Fect!

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Byline: By Bill McGuirk

It's been an exciting few days for Hebburn St Joseph's pupil and Gateshead Harrier Chris Parr.

After winning the English Schools' senior 3,000 metres title, Parr was selected for the European Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland at the end of the month, where he'll compete in the 1500 metres.

The John Stephenson-trained athlete said: "I was always hopeful of being selected.

"This coming on the back of winning the English Schools has made it a marvellous few days."

Parr was one of three Durham gold medal winners at the English Schools Championships at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield,

Craig Crawford-Glanville and Ashley Maddison the others.

But Parr had to pull out all the stops to win his first schools title and overcome a battling display by Northumberland's Ryan McLeod.

Despite the hot temperatures, the race was run at a true pace - and the tempo became even hotter when McLeod surged to the front with 600 metres to go.

The pace quickened significantly and Parr was the only athlete able to respond.

Going into the final lap it was clear the gold medal would go to one of the North East pair..

It was Parr who proved the stronger, bursting to the front in the home straight to sprint away to victory in 8min 20.52secs, McLeod a clear second in 8:22.90.

Parr said: "After finishing second in the 3000m in the last two years I was determined to win this time round.

"I had the option of competing in the 800 metres but I choose the 3k instead because I wanted a change."

Despite finishing in second place, McLeod heaped praise on his North East rival.

"I gave everything I had once I went to the front," said McLeod, who gained the upper hand over Parr in the recent AAAs Championships, when he finished in second place and Parr was third when they clashed over 1500m.

"Chris has been running well of late but I'm not complaining. I've got the silver medal and ran a pb into the bargain."

Like the senior 3000 metres, the intermediate 400 metres hurdles had a strong North East entry with four Durham and one Northumberland competitors making it to the eight-man final.

It turned out to be one of the highlights of the championships, victory going to Crawford-Glanville and the bronze to his Washington Biddick School and Durham team-mate Lewis Robson.

Crawford-Glanville had the ideal lane three draw but it was Robson, in lane seven, who went off fast and was ahead at the half-way point.

Crawford-Glanville eased to the front round the final bend as Robson tired, which also let in Northumberland's Kieran Flannery to move into a medal position entering the home straight.

The Durham athlete proved the stronger on the run to the line to come home clear in a new personal best time of 53. …

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