At the Wanda Diamond League at Gateshead on 13 July, British Athletics hosted the Emsley Carr Mile. The Emsley Carr Mile is a famous race amongst British ditsance runners and was inaugurated in 1953 by Sir William Carr in memory of his father Sir Emsley Carr, a former editor of the News of the World. The event was created to encourage athletes to break the four-minute mile.
Since its inception many famous runners have won the race and Elliot Giles now joins this prestigious list after winning the event. He follows in the footsteps of top Birchfield middle distance runners Ian and Peter Stewart and many other top level athletes including Seb Coe, Steve Ovett and international athletes such as Haile Gebrselassie as a winner of this race.
It was a very close race with Elliot winning by just two hundredths of a second from Jake Heyward, His time of 3.52.49 was a new club record, a record which had stood for 35 years. This was great preparation for Tokyo and proof of the versatlility of Elliot.