Felix Vaughan (3218)
THE NATIONAL CHAMPION AT 1500m IS ALMOST AS FAST AS MO FARAH WAS AT THE SAME AGE
WITH his long hair flowing in the wind, Felix Vaughan is a distinctive figure on the teenage middle-distance scene. It’s also impossible to miss him as he’s invariably at the front by the time his race reaches the finish line, writes Jason Henderson.
In July he won the English Schools junior boys’ 1500m title after out-kicking Surrey team-mate Edward Henderson at a sun-parched Alexander Stadium.
After a 61-second last lap he improved his PB by five seconds with 4:11.63 to go top of the under-15 boys UK rankings for 2018.
Then, the following month, in wet and cool conditions at Bedford he took the England Athletics title in similar style with a strong sprint to clock 4:19.59.
Both races saw him win by a clear margin and he celebrated by spreading his arms wide in the final metres.
In September he improved his best to 4:07.15 at Coulsdon – a time that places him 40th on the UK all-time rankings for under-15 boys and less than one second behind a certain Mo Farah, who sits in 28th place with 4:06.41.
“I’m very happy with my season and it went better than expected,” Felix says, picking out his English Schools 1500m win as his favourite performance.
He hasn’t run many poor races but when asked if there were any disappointments this year, he says there was a low point at an early-season 1500m in Watford when he clocked ‘only’ 4:16.47 after a trip in the race.
Sporting talent runs in Felix’s family. His dad was a keen cyclist and his brother, Jacob, won the British junior road race cycling title last year and was signed by Belgian club Lotto Soudal to ride for their under-23 development team this year.
Felix does a little cycling himself and he’s enjoyed playing football in the past as a centre midfielder.
But he’s currently having most success as a runner and says: “In the near future I’d definitely like to run for England. After that, ideally it’d be great to go to the Olympics one day.”
Coached by Guy Holden, he is part of a squad of athletes at South London Harriers and enjoys tough workouts with the group on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “My favourite sessions are probably the hard long runs,” he adds.
Athletics aside, he’s getting to grips with his GCSE studies right now. History and maths are among his favourite subjects. “I like problem solving,” he says.
Look out for him this winter, too, as he has already hit the cross-country and road relays circuit this autumn and looks set to pick up where he left off this summer.
Felix Vaughan: the UK’s No.1 1500m runner in the under-15 age group in 2018
Talented family: Felix (right) with brother and cycling champion Jacob