Archive: Victory for aspiring athlete at the lord mayor’s mile race

Published 24 November 09

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Young athlete, Peter Chambers 14, from South Norwood in London, took first place in his age category in the recent Lord Mayors' Mile Race in London.

Peter lined up among some of the best young runners in London in a one mile race around a loop from Mansion House to St Paul's.

Peter, who is one of four young athletes being supported by The Dairy Council, got off to a shaky start but despite falling over at the sharp turn outside St Paul's Cathedral, he finished 1st in a time of 4:36.20.

The Dairy Council's funding will help Peter to pursue his dream of representing England at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011. The aim is to raise awareness of the benefits that milk can bring to sportsmen and women. 

Peter said: "Winning the race was fantastic and especially after I had taken a fall outside St Paul's Cathedral.  I think the fall gave me a sudden burst of adrenaline and I was focused on winning the race.  The atmosphere was great and the cheering crowd helped me along.

"The Dairy Council has been really supportive and the funds they have given me have really helped with the expense of traveling to races and buying the running equipment that I need."

Peter had little rest and on Saturday afternoon he was back in action again in the English Schools Cross Country Cup at Bexley. Peter won his age group and his school team qualified for the finals in Newquay on 5 December.

Peter is a member of Croydon Harriers Athletics club and is already a promising athlete winning the 2009 Surrey Schools Championships in the cross country and 1500m, the 2008 and the 2009 London Mini Marathon.  He came 7th in the 3000m at the 2008 England Athletics Under-15 Championships and in 2009 improved to finish in 1st place. 

The Dairy Council is a non-profit making organisation that provides evidence-based nutrition information on the role of dairy foods in the diet. In the run up to the London Olympics in 2012, The Dairy Council is promoting the benefits of milk after physical activity and is raising awareness of the importance of a nutrient dense diet for active people.

Dr Judith Bryans, Director of The Dairy Council, said: "We were delighted to hear that Peter won the Lord Mayor's Mile Race. He is a dedicated and committed young athlete with a tremendous amount of talent.  We hope that by offering some funding to Peter we can help him fulfil his sporting ambition and let young athletes know about the benefits of including milk in a healthy diet and lifestyle."