Caistor teenager in top spot after Great North Run debut

Ryan Page running in the Caistor 10k earlier this year (Lin)
Ryan Page running in the Caistor 10k earlier this year (Lin)

A Caistor teenager has taken part in his first half-marathon and has run straight into the top spot in the country for his age.

Ryan Page made his debut at the Great North Run on Sunday, finishing in a time of 1:19:05.

Not only did that put the 17-year-old in an incredible 129th place out of the 56,000 runners taking part, it also made him the number one in the country in his age group for the half-marathon distance.

“It was an amazing atmosphere and the crowd really spurred me on,” said Ryan.

“Last year, I went to watch my dad run it and I said then I wanted to do it this year.”

Also making his debut at the race was British Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, who ran a time of 1:00:10, just missing out on first place by 00:00:01 to Ethiopian athlete Kenenisa Bekele.

And while Ryan didn’t see Mo, he did bump into 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu.

“She took time to talk to us and was really pleasant; she even posed for a picture” he said.

The minimum age for runners to take part in the event is 17, so Ryan just made it this year, having celebrated his birthday on August 13.

And by taking part in the run, Ryan has also raised more than £350 through sponsorship for the Get Kids Going charity, which provides equipment to help young disabled athletes excel in sport.

Ryan has always enjoyed sport and running in particular.

“At school, I did a lot of cross country running, taking part in county events in years seven and 11,” he said.

“But it is only over the last five or six months that I have taken running more seriously.”

Ryan belongs to Cleethorpes Athletics Club and he is also studying for his Level 3 in sport at Grimsby Institute.

Now Ryan is looking to concentrate on his 10k time.

“I ran the Mablethorpe 10k the other week, coming in fourth with a time of 36:19,” added Ryan.

“I think I can run faster.

“I would like to get it down to 35 minutes and really closer to the 34 minute mark by the time of the Cleethorpes New Year’s Day 10k.”

Ryan previously belonged to Caistor Running Club and took part in the club’s Sting in the Tail 10k earlier this year, where he finished in third position, with a time of 37:30, over the hilly course.

And a number of Caistor Club members also took part in the Great North Run.

First home for the town club was Tom Bell in a time of 1:35:26, who was followed just a few minutes later by dad Andy Bell.