Moore and Purcell are enjoying a great start to the year

CALLUM Moore and William Purcell of Great Western Runners are both enjoying a great start to 2022.

Indeed, the pair appear to be matching each other stride for stride if you look at the personal bests they have been notching up.

Striding out: Callum Moore (centre wearing blue GWR t-shirt and blue shorts)

The latest of those came in the Manchester marathon when Moore, who is coached by John Cox, marked his debut at the distance with a creditable time of 2hrs 43mins 55secs to place him 29th in the South West Rankings – and quickest in the club so far this year.

Purcell, who is coached by James O’Hara, was not far behind him as he clocked 2:44.37 to shave a couple of minutes off the PB of 2:47.06 which he ran over the same course last year.

And it is not only in the marathon that the pair have excelled. Moore has recorded PBs for the Ashton Court parkrun (16:54), the West Prom 5 (26:41), the Speedway 10k (33:34) and the Dorney Lake half marathon near Windsor last month (75:51).

Chasing him hard Purcell (pictured left) has also notched up some notable personal bests in the Weston Prom 5 (27:50), the Speedway 10k, in which he broke 35 minutes for the first time with 34:30 and the Dorney half – in which he enjoyed a massive improvement from 81:16 to 77:18.

Clearly these guys are in a rich vein of form – well done to the coaches involved – and have found the right training schedule for success.

Once they have recovered from the marathon it will be interesting to see if they can maintain this momentum.

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