Could you beat a bloke out for a Sunday morning stroll over 5k? If so, you could win a free entry to next year’s Great South Run. The only problem is the bloke in question in none other than Rio Olympic 20k race walker, Tom Bosworth, who holds five British records and has walked 5000m in 18min54.18sec this year! However, his 5k road record is a more pedestrian 19:16, so based on last year’s results only around 25 runners will actually qualify for the prize.
Tom Bosworth has issued the challenge to competitors in the Morrisons Great South Run 5K at Portsmouth on Saturday, 22 October, the day before the Great South Run 10 mile race. Although he does not expect to be at the peak of fitness after returning from representing Great Britain in Rio, he is determined to give a good account of himself while drawing attention to the sport of race walking.
Bosworth is Britain’s best race walker in a generation. The national 20k record he broke during his maiden international victory in the World Race Walking Challenge in Dudince, Slovakia in March had stood for 28 years to Ian McCombie. Bosworth’s British record tally now reads: 20k (80:41); 10k (39:36); 5000m (19:00.73); 5000m indoor (18:54.18) and 3000m indoor (10:58.21) – the latter mark representing better than 6min-per-mile pace!
The flamboyant 26-year-old from Tonbridge trains full time at the UK National Race Walking Centre at Leeds Beckett University, alongside a highly motivated group of talented youngsters ready to blaze a trail in the sport. Bosworth can also run a bit as a study of his record reveals he has run at least one parkrun each year since 2010 with a best of 18:33 and he ran the Jane Tomlinson’s Leeds 10K (44:32) in 2012.
Entries for the Great South Run 5K cost £20 but could be really good value for faster runners intent on gaining free entry to the Great South Run, which is £41 to enter.
Full information on the Great South Run website.