We caught up with Kyle Reynolds-Warmington, a 14 year old with a passion for running. After competing in two Street Athletics events, and winning the National Final both times (2014, 2015) we heard his thoughts after qualifying through to the 2016 final in Manchester.
– How old were you at your first Street Athletics event?
I was 12, it was a great experience at a young age and I think it really inspires young people to get into Athletics.
– What is it that drew you to Street Athletics?
My dad showed me an email about it and I was known as being quite fast at school so I thought I would enter for fun. When I won (the Battersea heats 2014) it meant I could go through to Manchester, I didn’t really take it very seriously but at Manchester my now Coach Andrea Lynch* spotted me and told me to join a club. After winning Manchester I really thought about it and decided I had a talent and I wanted to improve and take it more seriously.
– What’s your greatest achievement so far in athletics (apart from winning Street Athletics two years in a row!)?
I recently won the English Schools’ National Final 100m in the U15 category. I was really nervous but I managed to overcome by emotion before the race.
– What made you join Belgrave Harriers?
Well as I said earlier Andrea spotted me at the Street Athletics Manchester finals and told me to join the club. I realised that I needed to take my talent and this opportunity I had been given as a gift so went ahead and joined.
– Are you excited for the finals this year?
Really excited and overwhelmed, I didn’t think I would get through the Battersea Heats again especially with the bad weather this year.
– How has Street Athletics inspired you?
Street Athletics shows that Athletics can be fun, and there is so much to aim towards. In Manchester you can win prizes and when I won I thought I want to keep going and win more! I had to work harder when I joined a club but I want to continue running.
*Andrea Lynch is an Olympic 100m finalist, who represented Great Britain at two Olympics. Andrea is a big supporter of Street Athletics, and a regular volunteer at the Battersea heats.
Thank you for your time Kyle, and good luck in the 2016 Finals!