Bremer back in fine style

Bremer back in fine style

Sam Bremer (Hill City-University) made a fine return to middle-distance competition at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday with a convincing victory in the open 3000m.

He absorbed the early pace set by Otago off-road champion Neale McLanachan (Leith), who led through the first half of the journey. Bremer was content to sit behind him like a nagging mother-in-law.

Once Bremer decided to take the lead, he settled into a solid pace with his effortless style, running the final lap in 1min 8sec, to finish 16sec clear of McLanachan in 9min 14.32sec.

Bremer (19) was a national junior 5000m champion two years ago and also travelled with the New Zealand youth team to Tasmania for the Australian under-20 cross-country championships.

He was then hit with a string of stress fractures, which curtailed his progress in middle-distance and cross-country running.

By his own admission, he has been something of a ''ghost runner'' since and was only able to mark his return on Saturday through the expertise of physiotherapist Helen Littleworth, to whom he gives a lot of credit for getting him back into competition.

It was a well-executed run from Bremer in the 3000m. Bremer began running as a 10-year-old under the expert guidance of coaching maestro Jim Baird, before switching to a Lydiard methodology with Richard Barker five years ago.

''I plan to just roll with the mileage and gear up for my first year as a senior, and see where it takes me,'' Bremer said.

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