Athletics: Grafter Tim eyes Glasgow

400 Metre runner Tim Burn in training at Woodbourn Road Stadium
400 Metre runner Tim Burn in training at Woodbourn Road Stadium
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Sheffield athlete Tim Burn is working towards next summer’s Commonwealth Games - literally.

The 23-year-old 400 metre runner is combining a career at building firm Henry Boot with training full time to be part of the England team in Glasgow.

He said he’s hoping for a strong winter’s training to break into the top ranks of one-lap specialists in the country.

“Training is going well for me and I’m aiming to make the Commonwealth Games team next year.

“I just missed out this year for the final of the UK Championships but I have been up there with the top guys and I feel I can compete with them.”

Burn, who is originally from North Yorkshire, is a relatively late bloomer in the sport. Injury problems to an ankle took the best part of two seasons to sort out fully, which left him playing catch up in an event that is one of the toughest disciplines in athletics.

But with a personal best of 46.8 seconds and training six days a week he is close breaking through.

“The top two guys will be selected for each event but the top six will be in the 4x400m relay,” he said.

“I think I need to shave off about half a second.”

Although Burn receives strong support from his employer he isn’t yet at the level to get help from any of the athletics governing bodies.

He said: “Any sponsorship would help with physiotherapy, sports massage and things like that. It could be the difference between making the team or not.”

* Tim can be contacted at tsb29@hotmail.co.uk