On Sunday 2nd April 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport held the first of the 2017 Athletics Series, at Yeovil Olympiads Athletic Club, as part of the Bill Whistlecroft Spring Athletics Festival.
The weather was excellent and the events included a variety of track and field disciplines with over 100 people taking part.
It was certainly a day to remember for competitor Muninder Singh Hayer. He broke the world record in the 200m RaceRunning RR1 category.
Muninder said after the event;
It was almost a 6 hour drive down to Yeovil on Saturday but well worth it, I knew I was the only person competing in both my track and field events. I have worked beyond expectations all through my winter training and desperately wanted to see all my hard work pay off and produce something special in my first competition of the season. A few weeks ago I did the unthinkable and took my first step ever, so knew I was going in the right direction. To some people this might not sound like a lot but to me this just felt unreal!
Some people do ask me why I don’t speak to anyone before a competition and just listen to music. I think many athletes have their own way of preparing for a competition and this is mine.
I started the day on the field where I threw my second best distance ever in the club throw. This was a huge boost going into my track events. Then came my 100 meters where I ran my best time on UK soil (I’ve only ran quicker at the European Championships last year overseas).
I was in high spirit going into my 200 meter race. I knew I could set a World Record and that’s exactly what I did! I ran 55.10 beating the previous record by a substantial distance 2.1 seconds!
After this I knew I wasn’t finished and set a new personal best in my 400 meters. I hope this can lead me to greater success going into the World Championships later this year!
A huge thank you to my coach Graham for all his hard work and belief in me. Also big credit to Cerebral Palsy Sport and Oneathlete for all their contribution for making this possible.
Read more about Munider in My Story
Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics series here: https://www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/