Another PB leaves Taylor edging closer to magic sub 14 minutes

Breakthrough: Kurt Taylor smashes his personal best over 5000m

KURT Taylor produced a superb run at the British Milers Club Saucony Grand Prix meeting at Watford on Saturday evening.

The Bristol & West AC runner is now within striking distance of breaking 14 minutes after lowering his personal best to 14mins 02.59secs.

That carved a whopping 11 seconds off his previous best set a month ago at the opening BMC Grand Prix at Birmingham University and confirms his third place in the 2022 South West Rankings.

Taylor’s progress on the track has been impressive. He didn’t run the 5000m on the track last year or in 2020 so his best going into his summer was 14:44.42 in 2019 while on the road he has gone from 14:46 that same year to 14:28 in 2021 and then 14:17 at Battersea Park in February.

But road courses vary and racing on the track is far more intense; there is no hiding place. So Taylor’s performance, in a high quality race that saw the top 13 men break 14 minutes was a high quality one and definitely offers the promise that he will achieve that landmark breakthrough of going under 14 minutes before the season is over.

In the B race clubmate Jack Millar was also in PB form as he finished ninth in 14:24.28.

In the men’s 1500m Team Bath’s John Howorth ran a season’s best of 3:41.16 for seventh while in the D race B&W’s Mike Wilsmore clocked a season’s best of 3:49.49 in ninth.

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