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Richard Weir

Richard Weir.

32-year-old Derby AC runner Richard, from Riddings, won gold for England in the 3000m at the inaugural Manchester International. He also competed in the 3,000m at the IAAF Diamond League and took first place in the 5,000m at the England Athletics Senior Championships.

Richard says: "Winter training has now begun in preparation for the 2017 season. My highlights of 2016 included a 13.41 PB over 5,000m in Belgium and breaking an old Derby AC record over the 3000m clocking 7.56 and my first sub 8 min (to follow the 1500m record I broke last summer).

"I also retained my Northern champs titles both indoor and out as well as fourth and fifth places (indoors and out) at the British Champs and Olympic trials.

"I was proud to be selected to perform in some big races this year including a Diamond League event and representing England internationally. I also defended my England Championship title this summer and only just missed out on European Champs selection this year so my aims for 2017 are to continue to build on my consistent performances, defend my England and Northern titles, and improve on the marks and performances I set in 2016.

"I aim to concentrate on the track and qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games whilst combining full time work with training. I have continued to improve year on year and with hard work, commitment and good support (for example from ICON) I intend to continue to represent my country on the road and on the track in 2017."