Tom Holden - A Return to Form
British Universities & Colleges Sport Championships, British Milers Club Grand Prix, Manchester and Loughborough International
Although Tom is away at University and somewhat out of the club's eye, he has been training and racing hard and has shown a spectacular return to form over the past few weeks.
Beginning with the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships at Bedford at the end of April, Tom qualified easily for the final in which he finished 8th in a time of 3:55.00, having already won his heat and come 2nd, in what was a season's best of 3:54.43, in the semi-finals.
Tom in the BUCS 1500m
However, Tom was to trump that performance two weeks later at the British Milers Club (BMC) Grand Prix meet at Sport City on the 14th May, where he ran a fantastic PB time of 3:50.38, less than 1s outside AAA Grade 1 standard and placing him 6th in the UK U/20 1500m rankings and further increasing his lead at the top of the Surrey U/20 1500 rankings.
Most recently though, on 22nd May, Tom competed at the Loughborough International meet representing Loughborough University. He ran the 3000m coming 5th in an excellent 8:11.13 (a huge PB by 19s), more than 9s inside the AAA Grade 1 standard time and pushing him up to 2nd in the UK U/20 3000m rankings behind Alex Yee.
Tom in the Loughborough International 3000m
A video of this event can be found here:
http://www.runjumpthrow.com/videos (race coverage - both live and recorded.)