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Matt hoping for best
8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Sport
Southampton AC runner Matt Hibberd is eyeing a personal best in the Great South Run.
The 33-year-old, is a veteran of five Great South Runs but he his coming back for more – claiming a place in the elite group of runners, where he’ll be up against some glittering talent from the running world, writes PETER HOWARD.
2012 winner Stephen Mokoka from South Africa will be met by stiff competition from GB London 2012 marathon runner Chris Thompson, and four time Olympic veteran Abdi Abdirahman from the USA.
Southampton based Hibberd is eager to get going after clocking 54:57 last year. “It’s a great course and one that is very fast, it’s a good road race and when the conditions are good it’s a very enjoyable race,” he said.
If you end up in a good group with a good pace with runners alternating at the front to set the pace then you know you’ll be in for a good race. I want to push myself to my PB, so I want to get under the 54-minute mark this time out.
“I am in good condition and have no injury worries so all being well with the weather and a bit of luck with the group I run in, then I don’t see why I wouldn’t beat my best.”
Hibberd might not get the clear weather he is craving. “The rain and wind does slow you down, I was losing about 30 seconds a minute in a previous race, but you just have to get your head down,” he said. Hibberd has packed in a hefty training schedule ahead of the Sunday’s ten-mile gallop. “I’m running 80 miles a week at the moment and I’m getting some good training with a bit of competition as well.”
Much more Great South Run news in today's Daily Echo
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