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Steeplechase record broken again

Less than a week after Phil Norman had bettered Colin Moxsom's 1973 Club "domestic" best of 8m 46.13 secs, with his Loughborough win in 8m 42.89 secs, and where Adam Kirk-Smith had finished behind Phil with 8m46.26 secs, the record was broken again. This time it was Adam, who is coached by Woodford's Tomaz Plibersek,who bettered Phil's new mark with a fine 8m37.62 secs in a high class race in Ordegem, Belgium on Saturday evening, and in so doing he achieved one of his season's aims which was to achieve the Northern Ireland qualifying standard for next year's Brisbane Commonwealth Games. With the Woodford Club "domestic" best having moved little since Dave Chapman's 8m46.4 secs set in 1962, it has now been bettered twice in a week by different Woodford athletes, with every chance of further improvement as the season progresses. The absolute best by a Woodford athlete is 8m16.36 secs set by Australian Youcef Abdi when placing 6th in the Beijing Olympics, having previously won a Commonwealth Games bronze over 1500m at Manchester, when he was based in the UK under the guidance of Woodford's Bill Allison.

The BBC have reported Adam's latest run here.