World record for Max

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Halifax Harriers’ Max Burgin ran the fastest ever time by a 15-year-old for 800 metres at Stretford on Tuesday evening.

The Crossley Heath School pupil became a world record holder with his time of 1:49:42 at the BMC Gold Standard Races in Manchester.

Burgin was competing in an open age race and finished third behind David Palacio of Spain (1:48.36) and Stephen Knuckey (1:49.37) of Australia.

Max was stepping up on his effort at the British Milers Club Grand Prix at Sports City, Manchester a month ago.

On that occasion he clocked 1:50:04, which was the third fastest time by anyone under 17 in the UK.

Having just gone 15, he has a great opportunity to push back the under 17 barriers on his way to possibly a top career.

Last year Max won the Yorkshire Championships, Northern Championships and English Schools Championships.