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Piers races to victory on England debut – 7 February 2016

Ian Kennedy reports from the National Indoor Athletics Centre Cardiff

Piers Copeland received his first England call-up after a pair of impressive results indoors.  He’s already South West England under-20 Indoor 800m Champion and South of England Indoor U20 Champion for 1500m.  Piers has only recently turned 17, so this has been achieved whilst he is bottom of age-group.  No doubt the England selectors will also be aware of his fine performance at Schools Games where he beat a strongly fancied field over 1500m, and proved that he has the temperament to handle the big occasion.

His South-West England 800m race, was at the National Indoors Athletics Centre at Cardiff, where in January he broke a Wimborne Athletic Club record which had stood for 30 years.  His first international was to be an England v Wales U20 encounter.  He stayed with the England team overnight while his family and supporters were there to see him at the stadium on the day.

Piers first joined Wimborne AC as an under-11, and he showed early promise, amongst the club records he holds are the under-13 boys for both 800m and 1500m. His dedication to his training, particularly in the last 18 months, has really started to pay dividends.

The under-20s international meeting pitched two English athletes against two Welsh ones.  Piers started in lane 2 and was some distance off the back after one 200m lap.  Towards the end of lap 2 he moved into third place ahead of Evan Webb.  He passed Matthew Williams of Wales halfway down the back straight, and on the final lap, coming off the last bend, he eased past his team-mate Oliver Dane.  All four runners recorded PBs; Piers’ of course is also the new Wimborne AC record.
 

1

Piers COPELAND

ENG U20

1:52.94

PB

2

Oliver DANE

ENG U20

1:53.35

PB

3

Matthew WILLIAMS

WAL U20

1:54.65

PB

4

Evan WEBB

WAL U20

1:57.60

PB

 

 

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