These 14 year olds are faster than you and one of the them is Irish
Saturday was spent breaking many speed limits on the way to Tullamore Harriers Stadium. The Bertie Quinn Memorial was on and I was particularly heartened by the fact the IMC had in their wisdom decided to separate the u16 boys and the rest of the fields.Mark Milner was running and i had watched him firstly smash the great Danny Darcy’s Leinster Schools record and then I stood by and watched him obliterate Paul Donavan’s Irish Schools record. Thankfully he would be confined to racing the other u16s and the Seniors would be spared the ignominy of being beaten by a 14 year old.
Think about it.
When Mark Milner was born, Sonia didn’t have that Olympic Silver, Playstation 2 was released, David Trezegeut poked home the winner in the European Championships and George W Bush managed to “win” a second term.
When I was 14 I still thought scouts might watch me control the midfield and whisk me away to play for the Premier League title. I slowly got moved further left on that pitch until eventually I was off the pitch. I would not have had any clue of how to run or what to do.
Mark Milner knows what he is doing. He runs fearlessly, with excellent form and battles hard in every race. He also appears to be a humble young man who gets on well with his competitors. In the IMC he managed to run 1.55.86 and this brought him into the realms of true youth stardom.
Here he is winning the Irish School’s 800m.
Just in case we thought he was getting ahead of himself we decided to show you another young star.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the brother of Henrik.
14 years of Age. P.Bs.
3000m 8:36.6 1indoor 31 jan 2015
1500m – 3:50.57 4 June 2015
800m Outdoor 1:55.84 29 May 2015,
800m Indoor 1:56.54 18 Jan 2015
Check where Mark and Jakob rank on the Power of Ten rankings here
Even funnier is that the 3:50 is a world record for his age group and Norway Athletics Federation is refusing to send him to the World Junior Championships as he is too young.
When youre good enough….youre old enough.