Max Wharton – Track season

Firstly, thank you to the John Taylor foundation for their support. It has helped towards new kit and track spikes for the season and has also gone towards travel and accommodation to races.

My track season started well, I won the Yorkshire Championships over 800m and ran a PB in the 1500m of 3.53, which was very early in the season. I then did a few BMC races where I lowered my 800m PB to 1.49.32 on the way to winning the BMC A race at Trafford. This time places me joint 3rd in the UK for 800m. At the National Championships I qualified for the final after coming second in both my heat and semi final, I cruised through both of them and felt good. I finished a disappointing 4th in the final (1.51) where I was dipped on the line by the second and third placed runners, there was only a tenth of a second between 2nd, 3rd and 4th, with the winner Kyle Langford, just ahead.

I still had a chance of qualifying for the European Juniors and travelled down to Watford for the BMC grand prix to try and run the qualifying time (1.49.00). I thought I had a very strong chance of getting this as I’d already run 1.49.32 earlier in the season and training had been going well. However, I was spiked really badly on my foot as another athlete tripped up, forcing me to pull out at 400m. I ended up getting stitches in hospital after the race as there was a large gash in my foot, currently, 3 weeks on, I still haven’t run. This was a huge blow as I thought I was capable of a fast time. The situation was made harder when I found out that British Athletics had selected 3 athletes for the 800m at the European Juniors, one of which was the athlete who was ranked joint third with me in the UK. I am now looking to be fit for the Senior UK inter Counties Championships in Bedford, and then on to next year, where I can hopefully run the times I know I am capable of. Although this season has been very disappointing because of the injury I sustained, I can still take a lot of positives from it and it has made me even hungrier to succeed in the sport.

leading my heat at the National Championships

Leading my heat at the National Championships

National Championships Final

National Championships Final