SAWLEY middle distance runner Robbie Schofield made a great start to his season by winning a bronze medal in the 800m at Sunday’s Aviva England Athletics Under-23 Championships in Bedford.
The former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil qualified for the final with a second-place run in heat one, the Newham and Essex Beagles runner easing home behind Mukhtar Mohammed, of Sheffield RC, 0.07 seconds behind in 01.52.40.
And in the final, Schofield ran in third in a personal best of 01.49.71, behind winner Mohammed (01.49.03) and heat two winner, Ben Wallis, of Guildford (01.49.59).
His performance comes hot on the heels of a win at Watford earlier in the month at the BMC Nike Grand Prix in 1.50.38, as he picks up the pace again after 18 months out to focus on studying physics at Loughborough University.
His performance is a huge confidence boost early in his season, as he looks to see how he develops over the year.
George Gandy, his coach at Loughborough, was thrilled, saying: “It was a great result after only five weeks’ training.”
Schofield has impressive pedigree, having finished fifth in the 2009 Junior European Championships in Novi Sad, before becoming England Under-20 champion and Aviva English Schools’ champion in the same year.