At last! Delighted Dan breaks 14 minutes for the 5000m

DAN Studley raced to a landmark moment in Ireland last night as he broke 14 minutes for 5000m for the first time in his career.

The Bristol & West AC runner clocked a time of 13mins 53.55secs to finish 10th in the Morton Games International to slash almost seven seconds off his previous best of 14:00.29 which he set three years ago in Belgium.

That was the summer that Studley twice came agonisingly close to breaking the 14 minutes barrier having also run 14:00.94 later that summer in Belgium as well.

So it has been an over-due wait for Studley to produce the time on the track that reflects his obvious talent.

“What a special night at Morton Games for my first time sub 14 for 5k,” said Studley. “Great conditions, great meet – can’t wait to be back.”

Studley was the eighth Brit across the finish line with Derby’s Ben Connor leading the way in a super PB of 13:29.35. The time lifts Studley to 18the in the UK Rankings and puts him top of the South West lists.

Stroud junior Tom Mortimer is the only other west runner to break 14 minutes this summer with 13:57.96.