Alex’s Great run fires GB dream

Alex Teuten, top centre, competing in the top group at this year's Great South Run pICTURE: Malcolm Wells

Alex Teuten, top centre, competing in the top group at this year's Great South Run pICTURE: Malcolm Wells

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ALEX TEUTEN is hoping to use his Morrison’s Great South Run success to fire his Great Britain dream.

And the City of Portsmouth ace has targeted a place at the World Half Marathon Championships as he continues his international emergence.

One European or world event in my time would be a dream.

Alex Teuten

Teuten celebrated a personal best time for 10 miles at Europe’s biggest event over the distance last month.

His 55min 15sec time saw him home in 18th place – and seventh British finisher – despite problems before and during the race.

Now the 23-year-old is looking to use the event as a platform for greater things in the coming months.

And with the England man set to compete internationally in Spain later this month, the world event in Cardiff next March is in his sights.

To do that in a GB vest would fulfil a lifetime ambition for the City talent.

Teuten said: ‘I really enjoyed the Great South Run, but I was lucky to be on the start line because I trapped a nerve in my back.

‘It gave me a lot of grief in my hamstring, but I saw a physio and he said it would be okay.

‘I cramped at four miles and that cost me about 20 seconds.

‘Otherwise, I would have got my objective – sub-50 minutes. I was happy, though, it was two minutes off my PB.

‘You don’t get to race with top Kenyans very often, either.

‘The other Brits were up to a couple of minutes ahead. At some point I’d like to get in and around those times.

‘The World Cross Country Championships is a target.

‘They select the GB team first and then select England from who’s available. That gives me time to improve qualifying standards.

‘They will consider the Great South Run but I’m capable of more than that.

‘The times aren’t far away, maybe a minute for 10 miles or 65 or 64 minutes for half marathon. That would be really good and put me in contention.’

A busy winter lies in wait for Teuten as he looks towards to his preferred cross country events.

Spain, later this month, is on the agenda, along with the European Cross-Country Championship trials in November and British Universities & Colleges Sport Cross Country Championships next February.

The Southampton University student may focus his energies on athletics after his studies finish.

He said: ‘When I finish my degree I may take time out to see what I can do.

‘It would be nice to see what I could manage without external influences.

‘Maybe that could give me the time to get the GB vest I so desperately want. You don’t want regrets.

‘Representing England is an amazing opportunity but it’s a separate step all together to represent GB.

‘One European or world event in my time would be a dream.

‘I’m 23 – well before my peak. I have a lot more to give.’

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