ECHUCA’S Archie Reid scorched his way around the 10km race on the Gold Coast at the weekend, winning the 15-17 years age group.
He also finished one second ahead of the first female, 34-year-old Olympian Eloise Wellings, who was a top 10 finisher at the Rio Olympics in both the 5000, and 10,000m events.
Reid was elated with his second triumph on the Gold Coast, he won the 12-14 division in 2015.
In 2016, his first year in 15-17, he finished third.
His 2017 win is even more impressive as he only turned 16 in June and has another year at this age level.
Reid said the race plan, devised with coach Laurie Edmondstone, was to go out quickly for the first kilometre and then run even times for the rest of the race.
“But the lead group went pretty quickly, and I wanted to try and stay in touch with them,” Reid said.
“Laurie wanted me to do matching splits but even though I slowed a bit in the second half I still felt it went alright,” he said.
“It started at 6.30am so it was still pretty cool and it is a good, flat course with only one small hill.
“There was a bit of wind in one place but it didn’t have too much of an effect on me.”
Reid said his coach has been focusing on putting more speed into his legs.
Which currently means at least three speed sessions every week and he is covering anywhere between 70km and 100km a week in training.
“I am doing some gym work, mostly for core strength, as well as aqua running, and it is really helping,” he added.
Reid’s next big test will be the Melbourne Marathon weekend in October. He will do either the 5km or 10km event after discussions with his coach.
Edmondstone said he has been refining Reid’s training regimen with the focus solely on going faster.
“Archie’s positive split on Saturday, when he went out fast and came back slower is all about race experience,” Edmondstone said.
“He has to learn to pace himself and worry less about what the other runners are doing,” he said.
“But based on his first 5km he can, and will, go a lot faster in the future. I have no doubt he could have done splits around 16.05.
“Endurance you can train for as you get older, the thing now is to get as much speed as you can while you are still young.”