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Beagle Clutterbuck looks for European spot

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:07 02 March 2018

Dale Clutterbuck (Newham EB) (right)

Dale Clutterbuck (Newham EB) (right)

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Aspiring runner acts as a pacemaker in Glasgow

Newham & Essex Beagles Dale King-Clutterbuck says he is keen to get his dream Great Britain squad place in this summer’s European Championships, writes Ziad Chaudry.

The 26-year-old appeared in his only indoor appearance this season at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix at Emirates Arena, Glasgow last Sunday where he acted as a pacemaker for the first 400m of the men’s 1,500m which was won by Kenya’s Bethwel Birgen in 3:37.76.

In fact the whole of his winter training schedule was taken over by his own athlete representation company he recently started up – FORTE Sports and Model Management.

“The business has taken up most of my time now,” said King-Clutterbuck. “I started that up and it took a lot of time during winter so I’m not in the condition as I was this time last winter.

“But it was a bit of a blessing because usually I get the indoor season really right and when I get to the summer I’m a bit tired. So I’m hoping just by that it will hold me back a little bit.”

King-Clutterbuck has a habit of making a rare appearance in these lucrative IAAF meets and in 2015 he mingled with some of the world’s best in the prestigious Memorial Van Damme IAAF Diamond League in Brussels, Belgium. Appearing in the final event of IAAF World Indoor Tour in Glasgow last Sunday was also a nice little earner for the Beagles man.

“A bit of money, a bit of race practice and a bit more prime as well,” added King-Clutterbuck.

The 2018 European Championships take place in August at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany which will hopefully feature King-Clutterbuck.

“I’m going to train actively hard this summer season and hopefully it will go well,” he added.

“I’d love to give the European Championships a crack. I’d love to make that team, so that is the only main plan.”

Meanwhile, British sprint star CJ Ujah praised the indoor track at Newham Leisure Centre after an electric 60 metre run there.

Competing in the Newham Sprint Series event, Ujah clocked a superb 6.53 seconds over the short distance.

It was faster than he managed in winnng the British Championships in Birmingham last week.

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