Chambers' focus change
PETER Chambers was left to pursue other targets other than the English Schools Championships after being forced to make the running in his 1,500m race.
The wind at the Surrey Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow last weekend was always likely to impede chasing a time to qualify for the national championships.
And so Trinity runner Chambers' main rival, his friend Adam Hulin, from Howard of Effingham, Mole Valley, decided his best chance of winning was to sit in behind rather than share the hard work in leading.
"Normally I would out-sprint him," said Chambers, "but for some reason I had nothing left in my legs. I've been really tired this week.
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"It didn't really help it was a sprint finish. I didn't push it from a long way out because of the wind. I was waiting for him [Adam] to come past me and he didn't."
Hulin said afterwards that was deliberate, as it gave him the best chance of victory, having identified Chambers as "the only real threat" in the race.
Silver winner Chambers ran 4 minutes 20.79 seconds. "My time was awful," he said. "I've run relatively near the entry standard of 3:58," he said of his PB of 4:00.00.
"There is the Southern U20s on the same week as the English Schools, so I'm going to head to that.
"At least I'll have a reasonable standard of opposition, being other people who have just missed out on the nationals."
Fellow Harrier Eleonar Smith-Hahn won the U17 women's 200m in 25.35 seconds and has the time to run in Gateshead, where she will hope to improve on her 13th placed national ranking.