Thomas’s need for speed

Former UK champion Charlene Thomas looking for fast race

Posted on June 17, 2011 by
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Charlene Thomas (Mark Shearman)

Charlene Thomas will head into this weekend’s European Team Championships full of confidence after a dominant performance at last weekend’s BMC meeting, but she is desperate to find some faster races.

The Wakefield & District Harrier will compete over 1500m in Stockholm after clocking 4:06.87 with a frontrun victory in Watford.

“It was quite tough,” admitted Thomas, who just missed the ‘A’ standard of 4:05.9 for this year’s World Championships. “The first 800m wasn’t quite quick enough, but I think that’s because it was my first fast one out as it’s just been tactical races that I’ve done, but I think the next one will feel a lot easier.”

Thomas, who represented Great Britain at the last World Championships in Berlin in 2009, said the Watford run shows she is in form. Her PB of 4:05.6 is surely within her capabilities in the right race, given there was no one within two and a half seconds of her at Watford.

“Hopefully my agent can get me in some decent races because I’ve been on waiting lists the past two weekends,” she said. “I couldn’t get into Hengelo, couldn’t get into Rabat. I was hoping tonight there would be more girls up there, but I had to do it on my own. So in a good race, good conditions, I’ll go quicker. I’m in good shape.”

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