Top rank for Ryan

Ryan Green. Photo by Hudson Stoker.
Ryan Green. Photo by Hudson Stoker.

A SUPER-FAST time has seen a Hadston teenager shoot to the top of the current UK rankings for his age group.

Ryan Green has posted the quickest 800metre time so far this year at U15 level – despite only being 13 years old.

The talented middle-distance star grabbed top spot with 2:00.5, which he notched in a BMC Regional Race in Durham earlier this month.

But while the Morpeth Harrier has admitted he is delighted with his achievement, which was also a personal best (PB), he is not going to rest on his laurels.

“I am proud but the hard work starts now because I have got some big competitions coming up, including the English Schools’ at Gateshead International Stadium next month, as well as the Northern Championships in Wigan,” he said.

Looking ahead to the rest of the campaign, the driven youngster told the Herald he is determined to improve his time and hopefully bring home some silverware.

He said: “At the start of the season, I wanted to do 2:07 but I have gone seven seconds faster than that.

“Now I would like to get a medal at the English Schools’ and win at the Northerns.

“I would also like to go under two minutes, with something like 1:57, 1:58, or 1:59 – that would be realistic.”

Ryan, a pupil at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School, has put his huge gains in the sport down to his commitment to the cause and preparation.

“I have trained hard and remained focused and I really want to thank my family, my coaches and training partners for their support,” he said.

While Ryan feels it is too early for him to start thinking about being a future Olympian, he believes that this year’s London Games have spurred him on to achieve such impressive results already this season.

“I knew 2012 was going to be a big year with the Olympics being in this country and it has inspired me,” he admitted.

While Ryan has made great strides over 800m, he also has talents in other athletic disciplines.

The youngster is joint 20th in the 2012 UK rankings for U15s’ high jump, with a PB leap of 1.70.