Guy Learmonth surges to British indoor title

Picture: Lisa Ferguson/JP
Picture: Lisa Ferguson/JP

Berwick athlete Guy Learmonth is the new British indoor 800m champion after leading from start to finish to claim the title in Sheffield today.

The 22-year-old, coached by Eyemouth’s Henry Gray, converted multiple silver and bronzes to gold as he led from the gun in the men’s 800m, holding off a spirited late challenge by James Bowness to take the title in 1:49.00.

“I didn’t really realise how close it was,” said Learmonth afterwards.

“It wasn’t too quick – it was a decent pace. I felt in control. I felt them come onto my shoulder with 200m to go but knew if I had enough in the tank at 600m, then I’d be in a position to win it. It’s my first senior national title and I’m absolutely delighted.”

Now supported by sponsor New Balance, Learmonth graduated with a degree in sports management and marketing from Loughborough University and is now a full-time professional athlete.

Over the last five years he has challenged for the title, but made it over the line in first place at long last.

He Tweeted: “WOW. WOW. WOW! 2015 BRITISH CHAMP!!! 5th, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd.. Now I’m the champ! Never, ever, ever give up!!”

Learmonth began 2015 aiming to qualify for the European Indoor Championships in Prague in March.