Perse athlete earns medal treble in successful season
Isaac Rothwell (Lower Sixth) rounded off a successful campaign on the athletics track with bronze at the School Games national finals.
He came third in a tight finish in the boys’ 1,500m in a time of 4.03:76, with the top six runners separated by just half a second.
Isaac was pleased to come away with a medal given the nature of the race, held at Loughborough University.
“I was very happy to get a bronze because it was so close,” he said. “The first lap was really slow, but another runner went to the front and picked up the pace quite a lot, so it became a last-lap burn-up. There were six of us really close together and I just about held on for a medal.”
His latest accolade followed on from also taking bronzes in the intermediate boys’ 3,000m at the English Schools Athletic Association national finals in July and the U17 boys’ 1,500m at the English Championships last month.
Isaac, who runs for Cambridge & Coleridge, said: “It’s definitely better than I thought I’d do this season. I never thought I’d achieve what I have.
“After English Schools, I hoped I could do it again, so looking back now I’m proud of the consistency I’ve had this season rather than just achieving one thing.
“Next year will probably be a bit different because I’ll be in the younger side of the age group above, but hopefully I can still qualify for English Schools and have an outside chance of a medal.”