Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Regrets for an Upbeat Parr

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Regrets for an Upbeat Parr

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Byline: By Bill McGuirk

Chris parr was still upbeat despite his failed attempt to wrest the Stan Long Mile crown at the Tartan Games.

The 20-year-old Loughborough-based Gateshead Harrier made a courageous, but what turned out to be unsuccessful, attempt to go with a speedy pace in the chase for a fast time.

As it emerged, Parr was left out on his own for two laps of the International Stadium after the pacemakers had dropped out at the halfway stage after doing their job.

And while Parr had a 40-metre cushion going into the last 880 yards, his time out in front on his own began to tell and he was eventually overhauled entering the home straight for the final time as his legs began to buckle.

"Naturally, I was disappointed to get caught but at the same time I was pleased at the way I ran the race. I wouldn't have run it any other way," said Parr.

"You don't often get the chance to compete when you are feeling in good shape and because I felt really well going into the race I wanted to go for a really fast time.

"The pacemakers knew the time I was going for and they did a good job ( they went through the first 440 yards in 59 seconds and 880 yards in 2min 02sec ( but unfortunately I was then left out on my own as the rest of the field didn't get into contention.

"At the bell ( 3:07 ( I still felt confident and despite the wind on the back straight, still thought I was going to win.

"However, things started to go wrong coming off the final bend as the lactic acid hit my legs big time and I began to struggle.

"I tried to hang on but I was dying and it came as no surprise when I got caught. The real surprise was that only three athletes ( Ryan McLeod, Tom Settle and Shaun Morilee ( managed to get ahead."

Despite recording a time of 4min 15.88sec, Parr is still convinced he is capable of a much better performance before the track season ends. …

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