FORMER Grantham College student Josh Norman competed in the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Athletic Championships last weekend.
Representing Leeds Metropolitan University, it was the first time Josh had ever ran indoors, and it was certainly a new experience for him to run 15 laps of a 200-metre track.
Sixty athletes were entered for the 3,000m so four heats of 15 were held on the Saturday afternoon with the first two from each and the four fastest losers qualfiying for Sunday’s final.
Josh ran superbly well in heat number two which was the quickest of all the four heats and qualified for the final in third place as the fastest loser in a new personal best time of 8min 31.96sec, beating his previous outdoor best time by some 13 seconds
The final though was probably one of Josh’s best ever performances. In what was an exciting race, Josh stayed in contention throughout and only lost touch with the leaders in the last 400 metres, just missing out on a medal in fourth place. He did however shave another 11 seconds of his best time, reducing his PB to 8:20.16. Winner was UK international Phil Hurst in a time of 8:09.38.
Josh’s next major target is to carry this form into the outdoor season and perform well at the BUCS Outdoor Championships in May. The championships are being held at the Olympic stadium in Stratford, with the meeting being used as an Olympic athletics test event.