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Blogspot: Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas
Thomas- just shy of PB despite virus hit season


03 November 2009

Joe Thomas reveals how trying to salvage something from his illness-hit season leaves him shy of a PB.

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Chasing a PB

User AvatarPosted by Site Administrator at 24/8/2009 2:56:55 PM

The frustration continued on from the last blog... Unfortunately after missing out on the European under 23 Championships - which was my main target for this summer season - I also missed the UK Championships and World Trials in Birmingham.

I was still not race fit, therefore did not feel I would do myself justice and instead opted for quality training to try and salvage something out of this (so far) disrupted summer season where I had hoped to carry on from my exciting finish to the previous summer.

Training started to click finally and I opened up this new form in the BMC in Watford where I front ran a 1:47 feeling relatively comfortable, this got me back in the mind sight that I would still be able to PB this season after all.
I was keen to try and get some quality races in and found a nice race out in Copenhagen, which was named after the 800m world record holder, Wilson Kipketer. The field was strong and I executed my race plan of getting out in front as early as possible to avoid any unnecessary mistakes.

I ran well and won the race in 1:46.36, just shy of my PB and met Wilson who presented me with my prize money and flowers, it felt good to be back and was nice to meet the fastest man of all time. This would be my 2nd ‘B’ standard for the upcoming World Champs, but was a bit too late to be considered.

I’m now hoping to continue this late form through an extended season throughout September. My next stop is the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead, where I hope to have another good race and break that 1.46 barrier! Then on to Europe...


  • At 10:27 AM on 25/8/2009,
    Stephanie Green wrote:
    Great to see you back, Joe. My daughter Billie used to train with you a few years back. Fantastic to see you doing so well, and still committed. How is your Dad? Billie's Dad Joe used to chat with him a lot when you were training with Phil Banning. Good luck Joe..