Some of the world’s top athletes competed last night in the AIT International Arena in Athlone, Ireland. Stars such as Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Tabarie Henry turned up to compete in the inaugural Athlone Grand Prix which they hope will become an eagerly anticipated fixture in the international athletics calendar.

Matthew Shirling was invited over to compete in the 3000m event and he did not disappoint by smashing the U20 club record to set a personal best of 8:06.58 to finish second behind Ross Millington. The record was previously held by Dave Hughes (8:18.5) and has stood for 34 years.

That time puts Matty 25th on the U20 UK all-time list for the 3000m, and 3rd on the all-time indoor list. Since the turn of the century there have only been three U20 UK athletes who have ran a quicker time indoors or outdoors; Chris Thompson in 2000 (8:04.93), Simon Horsfield in 2009 (8:06.45) and Tom Farrell in 2010 (7:58.68).

Congratulations Matty.

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