After a testing season on the injury front with problems with his knee, Dave Eveleigh is now firmly on his way back to form. After a couple of outings at Killerton Parkrun that went well, Dave had the confidence to tackle a track race again. His destination this time was Braunton, in North Devon, and his distance was the 4 lap 1 mile event. Opportunities to run this iconic distance are few and far between these days, so Dave will have been pleased to have the fitness back to give it a go. He will also have been pleased to have posted his fastest time over the distance in recent years.
Back in June he ran 6:14:9 at the Devon Open Meeting in Tavistock and 2 months later he managed to shave exactly 3 seconds off that to record 6:11:9. He also had a bash at the 1500. Having already exerted himself over the mile, he did well to post a time of 5:37:8, just 5 seconds shy of his time at the Devon County Track Championships back in May, which he ran on fresh legs.
Going back a few years, Dave ran PBs of 4:37:8 for the mile in 1982 and 4:14:0 for the 1500m in 1983: impressive stats indeed. This weekend's outing will have been a nice confidence boost as the track season now draws to a close and Dave will turn his attentions to the cross-country.