Sunday, 11 September 2016

English Champs and Manchester International 3000m

This year at the Inter-service championships at RAF Cosford, I decided to fill a free spot in the 1500m. I had done a bit of speed work and wanted a to get rid of my pb of 4.17, set back in 2001! I managed a 4th place finish and a big pb of 4.03.

31 July 16, I competed for the UK Armed Forces at the English Championships and CAU Inter-services at Bedford. I was entered into the the prestigious mile event and was hoping to have the advantage of competing at my home club's track. However this was a drop in distance for me and I was up against a quality field. I finished in a pb of 4.22.4.

Off the back of my previous 2 races I was selected to compete in the 3000m at the inaugural Manchester International at Sportcity. I would be up against top runners from England, Wales, N.Ireland, Scotland, British league and GB under 20. Live coverage was also available via Vinco, so friends and family could be there.

I stayed with the pack for the first 1km, but was starting to fall of the pace. However, the pack then re-grouped and I got back onto the back. I stayed with them until the last 600m, when moves at the front split the pack again. I finished within 100m of the winner and have beaten my previous pb by 20sec to get 8.30.6.

I was really pleased with this as it was the last race of the season and will help with the winter training. This winter I look to do some XC and indoor races.

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