Thursday, 16th September 1999.
YOUNG race walker Paul Graham will take part in the English Schools Championships at Peterborough this weekend, becoming the first Suffolk representative in the sport for more than 25 years.
Graham, 13, who has just started at Samuel Ward Upper School in Haverhill, has been in good form lately and still has another year in the under-15 age group.
He was a last-minute selection for last weekend's Ireland v England international in Dublin, but was withdrawn by his father and coach Mick Graham so he would not miss the start of term at his new school.
Graham has represented England at the event three times before and won bronze, silver and gold medals.
At his last event in Leicester, he was second in the 3k event and knocked 20 seconds off his personal best time.
Younger brother Andrew, nine, won the combined under-11 and under-13 event, beating a 12-year-old who has represented England.
Mick Graham, who had been judging for the youngsters events, had five minutes to get to the line for the national veteran championship event over 10k. He was pleased to finish second in the over-50s, as well as winning the team event with a fellow Belgrave Harrier. This ranks him second in British Over-50s and 18th in the world.
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