Athlete gets England vest after winning 800m gold

Vale of Aylesbury and now England Schools runner Christian von Eitzen
Vale of Aylesbury and now England Schools runner Christian von Eitzen

Vale of Aylesbury athlete Christian von Eitzen has been called up to run for England Schools after winning 800m gold at the National Championships at the weekend.

Christian had to run a semi-final on Friday as well as the heats and as one of the favourites, confessed to feeling a lot of pressure.

He need not have worried, though, as he won the semi looking very relaxed and only had to worry about the final next day, which was broadcast live on Sky TV.

While nervous before, he looked confident and in control throughout the race, and with just over 200m to go broke free from the rest of the pack.

From that moment it was never in doubt that he was going to win.

Coach Harry Czapski said: “He is a talented athlete who has worked extremely hard and it all paid off for him. I’m delighted.

“He ran the perfect race, superb!”

Winning saw Christian selected to run for England Schools in the forthcoming Home International Competition, SIAB, which is being held in Dublin in a few weeks’ time. It is his first International Vest but surely not his last.

Meanwhile there were three other Vale athletes competing at the championships. Jessica Hunter in the 80m hurdles, Ben Williamson in javelin and Patrick Taylor who was also in the 800m. Schools competitions use different age groups, so with the exception of Patrick who is a first year senior, the other athletes were all in the Intermediate age group.

Unfortunately Jess did not make it through the heats on what was her first time at the championships. The talented hurdler will surely be representing Bucks again before too long. Ben also finished outside the medals, but again is talented and can make future selections.

Patrick was delighted to make the 800m final after being out with injury. The final was a tactical affair in which he finished fifth and coach Czapski described it as a ‘great run’.