A clean sweep for Wilkinson

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Callum Wilkinson signed off his 2014 championship campaign with a resounding victory in the English Schools 5km walk staged at Boston, Lincolnshire.

In perfect conditions — overcast, cool and only a slight breeze — he completely outclassed his rivals, finishing 300m ahead of the field.

Lapping at sub-seven-minute-mile pace, Wilkinson’s opening kilometre took just four minutes 17 seconds, followed by 4.15 and 4.16 to pass 3km in 12.48, which was too quick for last year’s winner Alex Eaton (Isle of Man) and Kent’s Cameron Corbishley, who just had to give ground to the Suffolk athlete.

Barring intervention from the judges, the championship was assured and the possibility of breaking the long-standing championship best performance became the goal.

Quickening his pace, Wilkinson covered the fourth kilometre in 4.03 and the last in 4.01 to clock 20.52 — eight seconds better than the record.

This victory completed a clean sweep of three national junior titles in 2014.