Buoy­ant Boyek back on track with cross-coun­try tri­umph

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AF­TER spend­ing two lean years at Lough­bor­ough, Cameron Boyek re­turned to his North East base where he has linked up with his for­mer coach David Lowes.

And the part­ner­ship hit it off straight away as the Shildon ath­lete stormed to vic­tory in last week­end’s Scot­tish Short Course (4k) CrossCoun­try Cham­pi­onships in Kirk­caldy.

The for­mer Euro­pean Ju­nior and Un­der-23 1,500 me­tres in­ter­na­tional did con­test the re­cent Sher­man Cup race in South Shields and, af­ter track­ing even­tu­ally win­ner Carl Avery for two-thirds of the way, drifted back to even­tu­ally cross the line in 11th place.

Hap­pily, how­ever, that was just a mi­nor set­back be­fore tak­ing on the Scot­tish event where Boyek showed a clean pair of heels to a num­ber of fel­low internationals.

“Nat­u­rally, I was happy to win the Scot­tish Short Course ti­tle af­ter my dis­ap­point­ment at Tem­ple Park, though I knew why I cramped up in the sec­ond half of the race,’’ said Boyek, Cameron Boyek breaks the tape in Kirk­caldy; in­set, Boyek en route to vic­tory Cameron Boyek whose next out­ing is this week­end when he races over 2,000m in­doors in Sh­effield. “I had just com­pleted a course of an­tibi­otics be­fore the Sher­man Cup race, and while I felt com­fort­able in the early stages I started to get pains in my chest which forced me to ease back.

“I don’t think I would have got the bet­ter of Carl though even if I hadn’t eased off for he was re­ally strong.

“That, though, didn’t get to me for I knew I was in de­cent shape with train­ing go­ing re­ally well with David now ad­vis­ing me once again.

“Hope­fully, the short course win will be the spring­board to a good win­ter, for I feel I’ve lost a cou­ple of years in my time in Lough­bor­ough as a full-time ath­lete. I’ve a part-time job back home now and I feel in a much bet­ter place. There’s plenty to look for­ward too in the com­ing weeks, start­ing with an out­ing in­doors this week­end in Sh­effield.

“If I run well then it could well put me in good stead for a place in the GB team for the Euro­pean Cross-Coun­try Cham­pi­onships next month where there will be a 4x1,500m re­lay.

“Then at the turn of the year there is also a 4x1k re­lay at the big Ed­in­burgh Cross-Coun­try In­ter­na­tional, a race I was part of the win­ning Scot­land team in Jan­uary.

“So, there’s a lot hap­pen­ing now and if I can re­cover the form I was show­ing a few years ago then you never know I may find my­self in the GB team for the In­door World Cham­pi­onships!’’

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