Track & Field

Robinson looks for maiden victory in Cork

Brett Robinson only has one thing on his mind when he goes into tonight’s 3,000m at the Cork City Sports: a maiden victory on the European circuit.

“I haven’t won before in Europe so I’m thinking Cork will be the perfect place to get my first win,” said the 24-year-old Australian. “My dad is coming to watch me run so it would be great to get the win while he is there. I’m going there with the goal to win and nothing else.”

Robinson believes he is in the best shape of his life after completing a training ten-day camp in Nijmegen in the Netherlands last week. “My training camp went well, the 10 days of training I think was the best block of training I have put together in my life. I’m coming away feeling very strong and ready to race and should be able to get a few wins in the coming months.”

Post workout: Melbourne Track Club post training in Nijmegen

Post workout: Melbourne Track Club post training in Nijmegen

Looking for the competitive edge

Robinson had an excellent 2013 season clocking 13:18.96 for 5,000m in Ostrava and making the world championship final in Moscow. 2014 didn’t provide the upward curve that was hoped for with injury curtailing his season. However. every cloud has a silver lining and it helped put in a big base of training which culminated in him winning the Australian 5,000m championships in style. He now feels he’s in pb shape over a variety of distances but being more competitive in races is of paramount importance.

“This season I think I can run PBs over the 1500m (3:38.94), 3000m (7:51.99) and 5000m so I would like to get them a bit faster,” confirmed Robinson. “But also I want to be competitive in races, I was nearly there at Birmingham (5th in a season’s best of 13:21.23). I was still a bit behind but I think I showed that I belong up there and with a bit more time I’ll be even closer. I’m going better now than I was in Birmingham.”

King of Instagram

Robinson, who hails from Canberra, is a big fan of Instagram and updates his @brett_robinson account almost daily. “I’m trying my hardest to take over Instagram,” joked the tattooed-laden distance runner. “I always post the photos where I have my shirt off hoping it will get a bit of attention from the ladies and a few extra likes. I have a crown tattoo on my arm, I haven’t decided whether it will be for king of Instagram or king of athletics. What ever comes first I guess.”

Birmingham a friend and mentor

In full flight: Collis Birmingham and Brett Robinson doing 2km efforts in Nijmegen

In full flight: Collis Birmingham and Brett Robinson doing 2km efforts in Nijmegen

Beyond the fun is a serious side to the Melbourne Track Club athlete who wants to go far in the sport. His main training partner, Collis Birmingham, has provided the perfect example of developing into an international distance runner. “Collis has helped me a lot,” said Robinson. “I don’t think I would be where I am without his help. In 2012 he told me I could live at his house (in Ballarat) and train with him if I wanted. Nine months later I was running in the world champs final. He taught me how to live and train like a professional athlete. The amount of training he can handle is so impressive, he never seems to get tired from it, so it gives me motivation knowing that there is still levels of training I can push towards, it’s just layer upon layer that’s needed.”

The layers have been coated by their coach Nic Bideau and Robinson will be looking to follow in Birmingham’s footsteps by adding his name on to the Cork City Sports scroll of honour.

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