Wilkinson retains title

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Callum Wilkinson’s fine season continued after he retained his English Under-20 10km title on Sunday.

The Moulton-based athlete finished the circuit at the Bedford International Stadium in 42 minutes and 59 seconds, and with it secured automatic selection for next month’s European Junior Track and Field Championships in Sweden.

Wilkinson was kept company by Cameron Corbishley and Guy Thomas until the half way point of the race, before the teenager covered the second 5km in a time of 21.26 to finish over half a minute ahead of his rivals.

His latest success follows on from a fine year so far for the youngster who followed in the footsteps of racewalking royalty by breaking a British record of a former Olympian that had stood for 33 years in February.

Sweeping all aside at the Eastern Indoor Championships, the 17-year-old smashed Phil Vesty’s long-standing British Under-20 one-mile walk record by almost five-and-a-half seconds.