Matt Bond Wins International Debut
Matt Bond topped a fantastic year by making his international debut and then went on to win the race topping it with his latest PB. Following PBs in last September's Cardiff 10k (30:11), 5-mile PB in February's Alsager '5' (24.09) and 65:53 for an incredible 4th place in his debut half-marathon at Wilmslow (March), he made his England debut a half-marathon versus Denmark in Lillebhelt (Denmark),
He said," Having only ever won local races it was a bit surreal to break the tape in an international half marathon. A month or so ago I was delighted just to have been picked for the England team! It was also a great feeling to be part of a victorious England team" His time of 65:29 is inside last year's qualifying time for the world half marathon championships though, as these are to be held in China, he reckons UKA will set a more challenging standard. He's now looking for sub 65-minute course to seek selection"
The race is well summed up on the England athletics web-site: "The lunchtime start suited the England team as it gave a chance of a late breakfast (Matt couldn't resist the Danish pasties!) and short jog to recover from the travelling. The pattern was established in the first kilometre as the England Team of Matt Bond, Kairn Stone (Newham and Essex Beagles) and Nick Torry (Serpentine) eased to the front accompanied by three Danes. Heading into the wind and with a stiff climb in the 3rd kilometre the pace was fairly steady passing 3k in 9.30; the tempo picked up a little passing 5km in 15.45 with the three English athletes sharing turns on the front The 10k mark was passed in 31:21- some 30 seconds slower than last year but the group of five remained locked together and most taking their turn on the front. Climbing back to the bridge at 14k the second Dane was dropped, the pace slowly picking up and Matt Bond (after a track PB of 8.14 on Wednesday) was looking very relaxed. Indeed at 18k he looked at his team mates and threw in a 2.53 kilometre opening up what was to be a decisive gap. Torry at this point dropped off the other two and hung on well to secure 4th place. Up front Bond was away and Stone and Farshoj had a ding dong battle to the line with Matt bond getting the better of the recently crowned Danish Champion. Both Bond and Stone also came away with personal best performances". Matt's time was 65:29 (Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13