Mansfield athlete Stuart King was in track action at the weekend competing at the Sainsburys British indoor Track and Field Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
King, who is the current 1500 metre Midlands champion and now runs for Heanor Running Club, had clocked an impressive 3 minutes and 52 seconds for the distance last month in Sheffield to secure the qualifying time to compete at these prestigious championships that attract the cream of British athletics.
The competition was held over two days with qualifying rounds on the Saturday and the final on the Sunday, with the first three from each round guaranteed a place in the final along with the three fastest times outside of the placings.
King, who competes second claim on the track for local outfit Mansfield Harriers, was drawn in the second round, which offered the opportunity for him to watch trackside as the first pool of athletes led by former European U23 silver medalist Charlie Grice.
Grice dictated a slow and tactical race as he eased across the line in what, for him, was a very comfortable time of 4.04.58.
It left the door open for the second pool of athletes to aim for a quick time and, with this in mind, King had to run his round like it was the final which indeed he did clocking a time of 3.54.34 for fifth place and a guaranteed slot in Sunday’s final.
King, still feeling the effects of his efforts the previous day, got straight into the action from the gun leading the field through 800 metres in 2.09.
However with four laps to go he was overhauled as the chasing pack picked up the pace with the three qualifiers from round one taking the medals with the Brighton athlete Charlie Grice showing why he is such a class act.
King crossed the line in 4.01.23 and said afterwards that it was a great experience to have made the final and was pleased that he was able to get in the thick of the action for a good part of the race.