Taylor and Wallace celebrate big PBs in high-quality Armagh event

England pride: Bristol & West AC’s Kurt Taylor (fourth from the left) and North Somerset’s Ellie Wallace (third from the right)

PROUDLY representing England Kurt Taylor smashed his personal best in the Brooks Armagh International 5k road race last night.

In his first race since winning the bronze medal at the Midland Cross Country Championships – and leading the squad to team gold – the Bristol & West Ac runner clocked a tine of 14mins 00secs.

That carved 15 minutes off his previous best set last year when winning the England Athletics title at the Mid-Cheshire event, a victory that earned him his place in the England squad.

Taylor will probably feel a little frustrated at missing a sub 14 time for the first time – he has a best of 14:02 on the track – but that will surely come in the summer when it will be a question of how far under 14 minutes he will go.

Amazingly his time last night was only good enough for 19th place as the race again attracted a top class field. Just one second and two places in front of Taylor was North Devon’s GB international steeplechaser Phil Norman (13:59).

There was also a big PB for Taylor’s B&W clubmate Max Davis, who slashed 27 seconds off his previous best with 14:12 in 44th place, a very creditable effort coming so soon after racing the British Students Cross Country Championships at the weekend.

The race was won by Shaftesbury Barnet’s 2021 European Junior Championships 1500m bronze medallist Henry McLuckie in 13:37.

Also racing last night for England was North Somerset AC’s Ellie Wallace. She also notched up a PB pf 9mins 20secs fir 12th place in the women’s 3k event to help England win the team title.

A top quality race was won by England’s 800m international Alexandra Bell in 9:02.

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com