AFTER a frustrating few weeks with missed training sessions and seasonal illness Bolton Harriers star Jonny Kay showed he is getting back to his best with a win on Sunday in Sheffield at the BMC Indoor Meeting.

The British Milers Club is the premier middle-distance athletics club in the country and their aim is to improve the world standing of UK middle-distance running by providing seeded and paced competition, athlete support and educating coaches.

Athletes have got to achieve qualifying times to join, making it an aspiration for lots of talented runners in this country.

Kay made the early start over the Pennines, along with his coach Dave Shaw, feeling confident and in the mood to put his stamp on the 1500m race to come.

He explained: “I have felt in good shape in the last couple of weeks and had done a 1,200m the Tuesday before on the track in Bolton in three minutes flat.

“I therefore knew I was primed to get under the British Championship standard time of 3mins 50.5secs and was full of confidence.

“I also assessed the opposition and thought immediately I was basically going to have to solo run it to achieve my goal.”

Kay went on to describe the race and added: “I pulled right behind the pacemaker from the off for the first 1000m – I actually thought the pacemaker did an excellent job.

“I then knew I had to pull away and hit the front and one other guy managed to come with me.

“I managed to find another gear and pull away from him, though, in the last 400m.

“I felt really strong then all the way to the line.”

Kay had stormed home in a time of 3:49.8, thereby qualifying for the British Championships.

He said: “Myself and my coach Dave feel we can now get down to the low 3:40 by the time the British Championships come around in seven weeks or so.

“We have a lot more training planned for the coming weeks and I have the 800 and 1500m in the Northern Championships this weekend coming.

“There are exciting times ahead.”