New 5000m pb to Collis Birmingham (Vic) on the first day of the London Diamond League.
Birmingham shaved a second off his previous personal best, which he’d set in Eugene last month to clock 13:09.57. It ensured he finished in second place, behind home favourite and world champion Mo Farah (GBR) who crossed the line in 13:06.04.
Craig Mottram (Vic) was seventh in 13:23.85 while Ben St Lawrence (NSW) crossed the line in ninth in 13:37.35.
Birmingham said: “I was really pleased obviously, it’s funny I knew I was in good shape and actually had a bit of a head-cold, flu-type thing. I think you know you’re in good shape when you don’t let that sort of stuff bother you and come out and run your own race. It was a slow race so to run a PB off a slow race is good.
“For me it’s about coming top five and making it to that Olympic final. I know there’s going to be a few different people in there, like Paris (Diamond league) the other week was stacked but I think if I can come out and think about finishing top five and setting that as my mark, then hopefully come the heats I’ll be in the top five and make it through to the final.
“It’s my goal and I’ll be happy to reassess it once I make the final and set another goal.”
From the Melbourne Marathon newsletter: a bit of trivia:
Two-time winner Magnus Michelsson owned a house in Aspendale on the old Frankston to Melbourne course route that was used to supply water for the 12km drink station for the race from 2002-2006. In 2004 when Magnus was trying to win his second successive Melbourne race he went to make a pit stop at his own home only to find the door to his house was locked.
The YCRC will be conducting a 10k training program, commencing on Sunday 22nd July. A short information session will be held at the YMCA Health and Fitness Centre, on Maclaurin Street, Chifley which is off Eggleston Crescent and up from the Chifley Shops. on Thursday the 19th July commencing at 6pm.
The main aim/purpose of the program is to prepare runners/joggers for the Canberra Times Fun Run which will be held on Sunday 9th September.
Training sessions will be held on Wednesday and Sundays at 6.30am and 7am respectively at a location to be advised. The sessions will be never more than 1 hour in duration.
Details including costs should be available on the club website www.canberrarunner.org.au from midday Wednesday 18th July.
Thank you to those members who have volunteered to assist with this training program.
Cheers, Ken Eynon, For YCRC Committee
Stromlo Forest Park
See you there today at 1pm for a 5k race, or tomorrow at 8:00am for some gentle training.
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