Going for Gold
We are delighted to share an update on RGS Alumni and GB athlete Alex Houchin.
At the British Under 20 Athletics Championships on 18 June, Alex reached the final of the Under 20 400m event, finishing 4th with a new personal best of 47.69 seconds. This marked his fourth personal best in just five races, ranking him 5th in the country.
Following his success at the Nationals, Alex represented Great Britain in Mannheim, Germany where he delivered outstanding performances. He won his individual 400m event with a new personal best of 47.62 seconds. Additionally, Alex led the 4x400m relay team to victory, setting a new Meeting record and World No2 time of 3:07.69.
As summer approached and shortly after the end of the School term, Alex was selected to represent the GB 4x400m relay team at the Under 20 European Championships in Israel. On Friday 4 August, Alex, along with the GB team, flew to Jerusalem to compete on the European stage. The team’s performance was nothing short of spectacular. They clinched an impressive win in the heats and went on to secure the Gold medal in the relay final.
Alex commented “It was a great experience to have, and ultimately it was a fantastic cap to an unconventional but thoroughly enjoyable and successful season. Competing on the European stage was a unique opportunity, and whilst it was on a scale I was not previously familiar with, I very much enjoyed it! It has enabled me to gain new skills along with new friendships, which I hope will stay with me and help me reach the next level. Also, to go to my first major competition and come away as Champions of Europe was amazing!”.
We are also delighted to share that Alex has accepted an offer from Loughborough University, marking the next exciting chapter in education and his athletics journey. In spite of all the training commitments, he performed extremely well in his A Levels.
Congratulations once again, Alex. Your achievements are a testament to the values of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. We look forward to hearing updates and wish you every success in your future endeavours.