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Leeds Beckett University athletes to compete at the British Grand Prix of Racewalking


Leeds Beckett University students and alumni will compete at the British Grand Prix of Race Walking on Sunday 30 June.

The event - organised by the Leeds based National Centre for Race Walking - incorporates the British 20km Championships and the British Team Trial event for the World Athletics Championships – to be held in Doha in September - with automatic slection for the World Championships up for grabs.

Current Leeds Beckett University student, Callum Wilkinson, 3rd Year Sports Management and former student Tom Bosworth will be amongst the top athletes that are set to compete.

Callum, who is currently in his third year of a BA Hons Sports Management course, broke the British 10km record last month and in 2016 was crowned the 10km World Junior Champion. Wilkinson will be aiming for a top two finish at the event to qualify for Doha.

Callum's biggest challenge, however, is expected to come from his training partner Tom Bosworth.

Tom has already qualified for the upcoming World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. He is the current UK record holder over 20km and holds the current world best time for the one mile and 3000 metres.

Fellow Leeds Beckett University alumnus and Irish international Brendan Boyce will also take part in the Grand Prix.

Brendan, who usually competes over 50km, has already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games, after his fifth place finish in last month’s European Cup but will be looking to qualify for the 20km race in Doha and be crowned Irish Champion in the process.

The women’s race will feature several Leeds Beckett University current and former students, including former England international Jasmine Nicholls, who is returning to the track after an injury setback.

The Grand Prix will be supported by Leeds Beckett University students and colleagues, including Event Director Dr Ian Richards. Colleagues from the Carnegie School of Sport’s Sports Business Group will be volunteering at the event in various roles including marshalling, media roles and setting up the event.

The event starts at 09:30  with free entry for spectators. The race will take place on a loop on Carriage Drive, alongside Waterloo Lake at Roundhay Park.

For more details visit the event website at https://nationalendurancecentre.co.uk/grand-prix

Follow @Leedswalk on Twitter for live updates and link to the event’s livestream


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