McGreavy mixes it with best in the world

A string of fine performances, including a European Permit Race win in Belgium, saw Leamington hurdler Sara McGreavy called up to compete for Great Britain in the Great City Games against the United States.

The unique event saw temporary tracks set up in the streets and quayside of Newcastle and was broadcast live on BBC1.

Both the GB and US teams were littered with stars from the recent World Championships in Daegu and the 100m hurdles was no exception, with Danielle Carruthers and Dawn Harper, the world silver and bronze medallists competing for the visitors.

Despite a very wet track, the duo showed their class, with reigning Olympic champion Harper winning the race in 12.73sec and Carruthers coming second in a close finish with a time of 12.77.

McGreavy finished three strides behind in third with a time of 13.46 and Great Britain’s under-23 champion Ashley Helsby was fourth.

McGreavy was delighted with the opportunity to compete at such a high level, saying: “I knew the competition was going to be fierce, but this was a fantastic opportunity to race against the best in the world and considering I have only raced half of the season, I was really encouraged by just how close I finished behind them.

“I am taking a break now and on my return I am back into hard winter training.

“With the support team I have around me, I know I will come out stronger and quicker in the New Year for the indoor season and then the lead-up to the Olympics.”