Richard Peters made an impressive start to his indoor season in Boston when he smashed his personal best for 3,000 metres by more than ten seconds and set a new all-time Boston University record for the distance. The 23 year old Bristol and West international’s time of 7:52.61 lifted him to third place on the current season’s UK rankings that are now headed by European cross-country medalist Andy Vernon following his 7:50.10 chasing Bernard Lagat in last weekend’s Glasgow international meet.
Richard’s only disappointment was that he did not actually win the race as he took over from the pacemaker after 2,000 metres to keep on the record-breaking schedule he had been set. “I was only really interested in the time, but leading from the front for the last five laps left me vulnerable to anyone that held on,” he said. “Two other runners sat on me and I just did not have the legs to hold them off, but more importantly I achieved the time I wanted and we all finished on 7:52 plus.”
Rich now heads for his first major race over his specialist distance when he competes in the Mile at Boston’s Valentine invitational meet in a fortnight’s time. There among others he will be up against US Olympic medalist and record-holder Galen Rupp.