Race Walking Report - August 2016
Guy Thomas Attends Oympic Training Camp
As an 8 year old, Guy Thomas showed a lot of potential as a race walker and the last couple of years have proved how successful he has been. At present at the Olympic Training camp with Tom Bosworth and other endurance athletes, Guy has had an amazing 18months. Recovering from a long term injury, which kept him out of action for most of 2014, he took a massive 7minutes of his 10k PB by winning the Southern Championship (both U20s and senior) at Sutcliffe Park. He then went on to achieve PBs at 3k and 5k having a very fruitful year.
In March of this year he was one of the three under 20s who made up the GB team which recorded its best ever position in the World Team Race Walking Championships by finishing 5th. Other members of that team were Guy's Kent training partner Cameron Curbishley and Callum Wilkinson whom most of you will know won the World U20 10k Race walk title in Poland in mid July (strangely the only medal won by a GB athlete at these championships).
Guy only missed the world qualifying timeby 8 seconds recording 42:28 - a PB and over ten minutes quicker than his first 10k in 2013. Guy was one of the youngest members of TAC's brilliant junior squads which won the National Grand Prix title on six occasions. Most readers will also know that Vicky Thomas, one of the club's most experienced junior coaches has been a great supporter, not only to her son but the race walking squad generally, having travelled for some ten years to many events including quite a few abroad. Guy's progress is very similar to Tom's and he can gain further experience by the latter's appearance at this year's Olympics.