ALEX George could not have asked for a better debut for Great Britain.
Against expectations the 17-year-old Gloucester AC runner led home the British challenge in the Under-20 men’s race at the BUPA Great Edinburgh International as he delivered the perfect tactical race.
While George (above) was one of the youngest and rawest runners in the race, he showed great maturity to finish eighth overall with a performance that will have greatly impressed the GB selectors and the United States university coaches who were watching.
“My tactics were spot-on and I thought I ran the race well,” said George, who lives in Abbeymead.
“I knew there would be lots of guys who would go off too hard and blow up so I just held back off the main pack.
“I then steadily moved through the field and in the last one kilometre I cannot remember how many other runners I caught but I was going past loads.
“It was awesome to finish first GB runner and to finish in the mix with the best Americans and Europeans.”
After the race George met some of the US coaches who are interested in offering him a scholarship to the US when he finishes his A-levels this summer.
Whatever the outcome of those talks, George was pleased to run so well in front of his family and coach Paul De Camps and took pride in wearing the British vest.
“It was great that everyone as there to watch me running for Britain for the first time and a real bonus that I managed to perform so well,” added George.