Phil Nicholls storms to victory in AAA 10000m

On a washed out night at Watford last saturday, Phil Nicholls produced probably his best run to date to win the AAAs 10000m championship.

In his first outing over the distance on the track (I think) Phil ran 28.40 in what was the worst of the night's conditions. Two pacemakers led the way from the gun at 28.45 pace and the the front group was gradually whittled down until at about halfway it was just Phil and Anthony Ford both of whom were looking strong and composed at that pace. The rain was really coming down at this point, but there was still a good crowd watching one of the races of the night.

With a few laps to go they were still together with Phil tracking the Blackpool and Fylde athlete every step of the way. At 600m out Phil then made his decisive move and hit the front and although Ford responded he couldn't go with the Tipton Harrier who strode out to victory by 4 seconds.

This is a great achievement for Phil who has made another step onwards after his best winter yet. In the race was also Phil Hinch who made strides towards good track shape with 11th place in 30.03 - ten seconds faster than at the Manchester 10k on the road.