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Nick planning to turn up the heat.

Byline: By Bill McGuirk

Nick McCormick warmed up for a trip to Portugal by posting the second fastest time in the National Road Relay Championships at Sutton Coldfield last weekend.

The 22-year-old Morpeth Harrier confirmed the form which saw him storm to the quickest figures in the North of England Relay Championships three weeks earlier.

However, he was in no way disgraced to finish second fastest on this occasion to Chris Davies, as the Telford runner managed to smash Rob Denmark's 14-year-old course record by an astonishing 10 seconds.

"I'm pretty pleased to have run so well," said McCormick. "Everything has gone pretty well since the NoE at Bradford and now the plan is to convert my road running on to the track."

McCormick, a former GB junior international, is off to Portugal with coach Lindsay Dunn this weekend for a spell of warm-weather training which he hopes will lead to a good summer campaign.

"I hope to get some good sessions in while in Portugal but I won't be going crazy," confessed McCormick.

"The idea is to get some speed into my legs before lining up in some races when I get back.

"I'll be competing against seniors on an equal footing for the first time so it will be interesting to see how I get on.

"Though I think it's too soon to make the Olympics. I have to target the trials to see how I stand.

"I have a 1500m best time of 3min 42sec so that's the first aim, because if I can run that time it will get me on to the World Class Potential ladder.

"Hopefully, though, I'd like to think I can get down to somewhere in the high 30s. If I can get into some good-class races and get dragged round then it is a realistic target."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 29, 2004
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