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Silver for Simon Lawson

Thursday 23 July 2009

Cardiff's Simon Lawson crowned a fabulous season by taking the silver medal in the European Junior Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia earlier today. His time of 30.35.62 was outside his best but this is not significant in such an important race. The winner was Hayle Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) and fellow Welshman Dewi Griffiths was fourth. Simon's was the first British medal in these Championships. He is also entered in the 5000m on Sunday provided he has recovered sufficiently from the 10,000m

Earlier this season, Simon set a new Welsh Junior 10,000m record of 30.03.90 before becoming UK National champion over the same distance and qualifying for Novi Sad.

Having dallied with running since the age of 12, Lawson was almost lost to athletics as other sports caught his eye, including a spell playing for Manchester United at under 15 level. In the last couple of years he played with the 1500m and concentrated on his A-level studies in a bid to make it to medical school and it was this he felt was responsible for his surge in running form.

“I’ve decided to give it a go and I love the way it gives me structure,” he said. “Sometimes I’m up at 5am to run before lectures and the gym– I just think get out and get it done. I’m self coached because I’ve not got time to train with other people. I like the individuality of the sport – I can just go out and train, it’s best that way as I don’t have to wait for other people or organise my life too much.

“Coming here and taking a medal is great. I think more athletes should run 10k, but I know they can be discouraged from doing it. I’m running about 100 miles a week and yes I may burn out but you don’t know unless you try. What’s the point of running 1500s until you’re 26 or 27, by then it could be too late. Just get out there and do it – that’s what I’m about!”

Well, he has certainly gone out and done it - in style.

Congratulations Simon