Nene Valley Harrier Lloyd Kempson won one of the biggest races in the country on Saturday (May 24) when he beat off thousands of competitors in the BUPA Westminster Mile in central London.
Running his first ever mile race, he fought off fierce competition to break the tape just past Birdcage Walk in an impressive 4:31.
The former Spalding pupil was elated with his result, which he put down to his new coach, Dan Grant. He said: ‘I won the A race which is the fastest race after the elite men’s. I led from the start with a Kenyan international just behind to halfway, but dropped him with 600m to go. I was challenged again then so I kicked with 500m left, and when I reached 400m to go the commentator said I was 10m clear, and by the time I finished I had won by 30m. I couldn't resist celebrating down the home straight and I loved the interviews.’
The 19-year old added: ‘I’m so happy to have won on the 60th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister’s first sub-four-minute mile.’
Kempson’s next race will be the 1500m at the BMC Grand Prix at Sport City on Saturday (May 31) if he is accepted to participate, and then an open 1500m at Watford the following Wednesday. (June 4)