Charlie Has The World At His Feet
Thursday 3rd September 2015 @ 11:34 by Mark Phillip

A 12-year-old runner is in the process of packing his bags for a trip of a lifetime later this month.

Charlie Hobson, who attends St Damian’s Science College, Ashton, has been selected to represent Great Britain during the World Championships in Batumi, Georgia, on Sunday 20th September.

The journey to Russia follows a remarkable display in the British Biathle Championships in August, where the youngster finished third in an extremely close race.

Despite entering the highly competitive Youth D male age group for the very first time, the current Greater Manchester Schools Cross Country Champion took the transition in his stride.

As a Sale Harriers runner, Charlie is accustomed to the physical demands of competing in long distance running events.

Giving credence to this statement are his long list of running achievements, which include his titles as North West Biathlon Champion and the Tameside Schools 50 metre Freestyle champion.

Delighted in the way his son has progressed over the past few month’s is Charlie’s father, Ian. He told us: “I’m thrilled with Charlie’s development over the past few months, and it’s great to see his hard work and endeavour being rewarded.

“His coaches are extremely proud of his achievements and we all hope that he can compete professionally in the future.”

As running is only one component of the Duathlon event, Charlie has been taking the plunge in recent months to aid his swimming technique.

A member of Active Tameside Tri-Guru Club, Charlie has received great help and support from head coach Kath Taylor.

Despite a crammed training regime, Charlie also trains every Saturday morning with international Pentathlete, Nicola Rowley.

While a trip to America will be at the forefront of his thoughts, a journey down the M6 to Birmingham awaits him.

Charlie will be representing Sale Harriers on Sunday afternoon during the 800 metres event at the British Youth Development League final.

The fearless runner will no doubt be relishing an opportunity to shine, as the competition boasts a number of the best athletes in Great Britain.

Speaking ahead of both competitions, Charlie outlined his excitement, stating: “I feel really proud to have been selected to represent Great Britain in Russia.

“It’s nice to see that my hard work is paying off, and hopefully I’ll be able to return with a smile on my face.

“Although I can’t wait to compete in Russia, my main focus is to win on Sunday with Sale.

“I think victory in Birmingham would serve as a great confidence boost as I head to Russia for what will be a hugely memorable occasion.”