“I want to rep­re­sent the whole Wide Bay re­gion – in my eyes that’s a big place” – run­ner Cal­lum Evans

Cal­lum rules: Tal­ented run­ner smashes PBs and seals Wide Bay se­lec­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

EN­DURANCE run­ner Cal­lum Evans keeps rais­ing the bar for him­self and oth­ers.

The 12-year-old, who ex­cels at the 800m, has been slash­ing sec­onds off his per­sonal best at suc­ces­sive events – school, district and zone – to qual­ify for the Wide Bay car­ni­val and his ef­fort has bro­ken some long-stand­ing records.

At the Gayn­dah district car­ni­val, Cal­lum slashed a

sec­ond off his per­sonal best to win with a record-break­ing 2:27 run.

At last week’s North Bur­nett (zone) pri­mary ath­let­ics car­ni­val, Cal­lum dropped his speed to 2:25.03 to break a 20-year record held by M Kelly.

De­spite smash­ing decade old records, Cal­lum is a hard taskmas­ter who wants more.

“I want to drop my speed to 2:20 or below,” Cal­lum said.

“I want to rep­re­sent the whole Wide Bay re­gion – in my eyes that’s a big place.”

In striv­ing to reach his per­sonal best, Cal­lum said he pushes him­self through with a mantra.

“Ev­ery time I try and tell my­self the time will get bet­ter; ‘you’re go­ing to get bet­ter, you’re go­ing to get bet­ter’.

“Each time I get past a level, I do more train­ing.”

There were good days and bad days in train­ing, Cal­lum said.

On the bad days, he de­scribed a “cer­tain point when I have had a break­through and then I drop in the mid­dle and stay there”.

“On the good days, I can usu­ally do more, more than I have ever done,” Cal­lum said.

“I feel good when I’m run­ning.”

Stay­ing re­laxed in the race was some­thing he had learned from his dad.

“I tell my­self it’s only two-and-a-half-min­utes; it goes very quick,” he said.

While the cheer­ing from every­one in the crowd mo­ti­vates him, the an­swer to achiev­ing his next per­sonal best at Wide Bay was self-be­lief.

“If you can pic­ture your­self do­ing it, you’re pretty well do­ing it.”


ON YOUR MARK: The start of the 12 year boys’ 800m run. From left: Jake Wood­ward, Lee Doyle, Cal­lum Evans, Ryan Dar­row, Matthew Duf­fin and Zeth Hunter.

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