Another national best for Suffolk race walker Callum Wilkinson

Callum Wilkinson

Callum Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Callum Wilkinson set yet more landmarks when competing in Bratislava, Slovokia, last Sunday.

Suffolk race walker Wilkinson recorded both a personal best and also a national best performance, over the 5K distance.

The 18-year-old from Moulton, near Newmarket, interrupted his winter training schedule to compete in the ELAN Indoor meeting, in Bratislava – he had been selected, along with fellow Briton Tom Bosworth, of Tonbridge AC.

Bosworth won the event in 18mins 54.89secs, while Wilkinson, the youngest walker in the 12-man line-up, which included major international medallists Matej Toth and Robert Heffernan, was an excellent sixth in 19:39.69.

But there was no time for any sight-seeing, either before or after the event.

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A university student at Leeds Beckett, Wilkinson flew out on Saturday, raced on Sunday and flew home on Monday.

Both Wilkinson and Bosworth will now resume their respective training regimes, aimed at successful summer campaigns.

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Bosworth is targeting the Olympics in Rio, while Wilkinson will be tackling the World Junior Championships.

A member of Haringey & Enfield, Wilkinson enjoyed a fantastic 2015, coached by Mike Graham with Ron Wallwork, a Commonwealth Games champion, as his advisor.

This included a seventh-placed finish at the European Junior Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden, where he clocked a PB of 41:34.63 for 10K.

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