Athletics: Glasgow-bound Peters stays upbeat after finishing third in British Championships

Gazette Series: Richard Peters is heading to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Richard Peters is heading to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

RICHARD Peters insists he won’t let a disappointing showing at the Sainsbury’s British Championships spoil what has been a positive season that will culminate in his participation at Glasgow 2014.

The 24-year-old from Yate couldn’t quite repeat the form that has seen him selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games, finishing third in a men’s 1500m final that wasn’t without drama.

Peters found himself boxed in and unable to mount a real challenge for the title as he finished in 3:48.33 minutes, while a fall up front nearly took him out of the race entirely.

But with his senior international debut on the horizon Peters refused to get too bogged down by his performance in Birmingham.

“It was all right, I was really heavily boxed in and I never had a chance to use my kick really,” said Peters, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series.

“I felt a lot better than I did in my heat but I just wasn’t able to execute as well as I should have.

“Ideally I wanted to be right behind Charlie Grice the whole way but I let some people box me in and after that it is hard to get out and then the trip was terrible and it nearly took me down too.

“I am better than that but there are other days. I felt a different athlete in the final but it is just disappointing.

“I am going to the Commonwealths so that is obviously the main aim but I should have at least been in second in that race because I have run 3:37.00 before so I’ll have to see another day.”

Fellow 1500m runner Dan Studley from Tytherington didn’t enjoy the same success at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium as he failed to progress to the final having finished down in ninth during his heat.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season having claimed silver in both the British University Championships and the England Athletics Under-23 Championships and admits it was perhaps a race too far.

“I’m having a really good season with a silver medal at British Universities and a silver medal at the Under-23s but I have raced eight out of the last nine weekends and I’m feeling that,” Studley said.

“I have raced well but there will come a time that you come off your peak and I just feel that I need to put a block of consistent training together.

“The Commonwealth Games in four years time is really achievable. My PB is just five seconds off the qualifying time and I have run a PB for the last four years in a row so I can keep chipping away each year.”

Sainsbury’s is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events and committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles. For more information visitwww.sainsburys.co.uk/legacy

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