More racing aces with top ranking performances in Manchester and Finland

Max Burgin 2 BH edit
Whilst many are opening up their season in Europe, the best of the recent performances arguably came at the Trafford open meeting last night with a 1:44.75  800m performance from a 17 year old Halifax athlete. Melissa Courtney-Bryant and Phil Norman also headed up the runbritain national rankings after strong performances in Turku, Finland. 


Max Burgin  (handicap -4.1) hit the headlines with a UK best performance last year and went on to perform at the Diamond league as a 16 year old.  On the Longford Park track last night he moved up a gear to top the runbritain 800m senior rankings with an U20 record that now ranks as the second fastest in the world by anyone in 2020.

Max who admitted the lockdown had challenged the direction of sessions and specific competitions knows that this latest performance will open doors to new opportunities and was understated as he was interviewed post event at the Trafford Open Meeting .

See Max Burgin Facebook interview

The event  also saw  key runbritain 2020 ranking performances in other endurance events over 800 and 1500m. 

Trafford BMC Results are on this link:


Other key performances this week included those at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku,  Finland.

Melissa Courtney-Bryant (handicap -1.2) produced a commanding display to win the women’s 1500m in a time just outside her personal best. After leading for the majority of the race, she delivered a stunning turn of pace on the final lap to blow away her opponents, crossing the line in 4:03.69.

Following in fifth was Rosie Clarke (handicap -1.0) and then Erin Wallace (handicap -1.0) in sixth – their times 4:11.25 and 4:16.75 respectively.

Phil Norman (handicap -3.6) shaved six seconds off his previous best from last year – clocking 8:23.60 to place second in the 3000m steeplechase.