An amazing day for young Harvey

Harvey Roberts with his trophy
Harvey Roberts with his trophy

FINISHING second in a race of 1,000 entrants and breaking a 20-year-old club record are remarkable achievements.

But the way eight-year-old Harvey Roberts went about doing it was even more amazing.

Not only were his efforts in two different sports, but he competed at venues 90 miles apart - within a few hours.

It was quite a day for the Burlington School pupil, who racked up more than 200 miles travelling, as well as excelling at the two sporting events.

First up, was the Great North Mini Run for under eights, held in the North East as part of the Great North Run weekend.

The youngsters were split into three groups of mixed ability and ran 1.5km, which is just short of a mile. Harvey finished in second place, in a time of five minutes 16 seconds.

Mum Claire said: “His race number was something like 2,700 so there must have been about 1,000 people in each race. he loved it.

Rather than enjoying a well-earned rest, he jumped in dad Mark’s car and headed for York to compete in his first gala for Driffield Swimming Club.

He finished third in the 25m freestyle and the 25m breaststroke races at 9/10 years, but his time in the breaststroke broke the Driffield club’s record.

He slashed more than a second off the previous best, set in 1992, by clocking 25.31 seconds.

Claire said: “Harvey wasn’t too tired. I think his dad was worse after driving to Gateshead and back. And we’ll be going back there because he won a family ticket to Disney On Ice as part of his prize.

The next day was spent watching the Great North Run on TV and recovering, although disappointingly, the coverage did not show Harvey’s race.

Harvey, who has inherited his dad’s love of running, ran his first competitive race in the fun run before the Bridlington Half Marathon last October, where he finished in the top 10.

He lives at North Frodingham and is a member of Driffield Striders but is looking to move to the Kingston Upon Hull club when he is old enough to join.