Jelley will get me over line, says Carson

JONATHAN MILLMOW
Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014
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AIMING HIGH: Hamish Carson (singlet No 1946) is about to step up his bid for the Commonwealth Games.

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Hamish Carson hopes to crack the Commonwealth Games 1500m qualifying time soon but it won't be at the Wellington Centre Championships at Newtown Park this weekend.

The Raumati botanist has decided to remain in Auckland where he is training under his 91-year-old coach Arch Jelley, the former mentor of John Walker.

Carson has until May 25 to go under the B qualifying time of 3min 38.6sec to qualify for Glasgow and he believes working closer with Jelley and racing overseas will help him achieve that.

Carson will compete in Auckland this Saturday, then in the Sydney Track Classic next week and a IAAF meet in Melbourne the week after.

Following that he will head to the United States for a block of training in April.

"There will be some really competition over there (Australia)," Carson said.

"If I can hang in there I should do well and I should get the time or go close.

"It's been a struggle, the last season because of illness and injury, but it is all back in the swing of things now."

Carson has gone under the qualifying time, his personal best is 3min 38.04sec, but not in the Games period.

New Zealand are permitted three 1500m runners in Glasgow. Nick Willis, Zane Roberston and United States based Nelson runner Julian Matthews have all qualified but Matthews is only a smidgen inside and Carson seems confident he can go quicker.

"I've done it before, I know I can do it, I just need to put in the hard work. I'd love to go to Glasgow."

Carson describes Jelley as a remarkable figure, who drives to the track twice a week to watch Carson at close quarters.

Carson felt coaching by email wasn't getting him the results he wanted so he talked to his employer, GroundTruth in Paekakariki where he works as a botanist and restoration ecologist, and he was able to get a transfer.

"If I am looking a bit shabby, he can pull things back a bit or if I am going well he change things on the fly," Carson says of Jelley.

"It means training is a lot more detailed than it was."

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