Tom Mortimer became the first Stroud athlete to represent the GB team at the European U23 track and field championships.

On Saturday in Tallinn, Estonia it was beautiful clear and sunny day simmering at 32C, not great conditions for Mortimer who has struggled in these type of conditions before over the 5000m distance. Despite the conditions he was determined to go for the win only and try and take on the red hot favourite German Muhamed Mohamed who will lead the German challenge at the Olympics in 2 weeks. Muhamed led from the start occasionally letting Tom lead, slowly the pace increased off a slow start with every lap taking both of them clear of the field. After 4000m with the pace well now below 13min for the 5000m the elastic broke and a shattered Tom could no longer match Muhamed, Tom tried to rally but slowed running a 2.45 last 1k and was caught late on finishing in 4th place.

Coach Chris Brown said “Tom was disappointed with 4th, but he will not dwell on it and was already looking forward and planning his next challenge within a couple of hours. There were some good learning from this race for Tom to work on over the next year as he starts his 3 year build up to the Paris Olympics in 2024