Peters aiming high after superb mile run in Boston
RICHARD Peters has set his sights on radically overhauling his personal best in the 1500m this summer after a stunning personal best over a mile indoors in America.
Competing in a hastily-arranged, low-key meeting in Boston on Valentine's Day, Peters gave himself an early birthday present – he turned 23 yesterday –- when he clocked a superb time of 3mins 56.04secs, which carved 1.79secs off his previous best.
It was only Peters' second indoor race of the season, having opened with a 3:59.57 mile at the Terrier Invitational meeting in Boston at the end of last month, and it puts him sixth on the UK All-Time list for the indoor mile, behind Peter Elliott (3:52.02), Chris O'Hare (3:52.98), Matt Yeates (3:54.78), John Mayock (3:55.07) and David Strang (3:55.43).
"I was really pleased with the result," said Peters from his base at Boston University. "Training has been going well, so I knew I had a decent time in me – it was just a case of getting the race for it.
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"I'm definitely moving in the right direction and I know I have more to give in the right competitive setting. I'm unlikely to run indoors again this year, so my attempts to run a faster mile will have to be put on hold until next year.
"That certainly doesn't mean I won't be getting after it outdoors, though. My training for the next six to seven weeks is going to be geared towards running a big PB in the 1500, so I'm excited to see what will happen!
"I'm definitely stronger and faster than ever and I'm just hoping it all comes good at the right time. That said, you make your own luck, so instead of hoping, I'm just going to keep my head down and work hard!"
Bristol & West coach Mike Down, who has advised Peters for several years, said he wasn't surprised by the time.
"Richard has that raw ability and there is plenty more to come because he is only just tapping into his talent and I know he can get a lot better," said Down.
"In my 50 years as a coach, he is the most talented middle distance athlete I have worked with and I think he has only begun to scratch the surface.
"I know he would love to run the European Indoors, but I am not sure about that. Whatever happens it is a great start to the year for Richard."
Former Easy Runner athlete of the month Lucy Bryan cleared 4.20m, just five centimetres below her personal best, to finish fourth in the British Indoors Grand Prix, in Birmingham.
The 17-year-old Bristol & West junior international is fourth in the 2013 UK Rankings.
Also in Birmingham, there was an indoor personal best for Omar Simpson in the 400m (47.79secs), but newly-crowned British champion David Bishop failed to finish in the 3000m.
Competing in the Midland Athletics Open meeting, Bristol & West AC's Carol Powell set a new Veterans W55 World Record for 400m indoors of 62.60secs.