Lesley Hinz adds mile WR to Landover 800 WR with pacing help

In 1954, Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher helped pace Roger Bannister to the first sub-4 mile. On Tuesday night, M40 distance runner Craig Longhurst did his part for another mile record. Two days after setting a W60 world indoor record in the 800 at Landover nationals, Lesley Hinz clocked 5:43.75 at JDL Fast Track in North Carolina to smash the listed mile WR of 5:47.25 by Kathy Martin in 2014. (See results.) I queried Lesley (formerly Lesley Chaplin), and she graciously replied: “I have to thank Craig Longhurst, facility director of JDL Fast Track and his staff and officials for supporting this meet. Also a huge thank you to Cheryl Treworgy for coming to take pictures. We’ve been working really hard the past six months towards this past weekend, and I am so grateful that all our goals were accomplished. My husband, Tom, is my coach; I can’t thank him enough for all the time and effort he puts in to my training.”

Lesley Hinz gets suitable treatment for her mile WR at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Lesley continued:

JDL put on a sanctioned but very small meet last night with four running events — 800m, 200m, 400m and mile.

Craig agreed to pace me through seven laps. The plan was 5:40 pace, which I didn’t think I could run, but I knew that way I’d have a cushion.

Craig ran perfect splits. We went through 800 in 2:50, then I started to drop back a little. Even though I dropped back I knew I was still on pace for the record. I think we hit the bell in 5:01 or so. Then I just tried to pick it up a little.

There has been a lot of self-imposed stress this past week so it’s time for a break and some rest. Then we will move on to getting ready for outdoors and Malaga and hopefully some more record attempts; hopefully I will be able to stay injury free.

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March 21, 2018

5 Responses

  1. Peter L. Taylor - March 22, 2018

    Well, that settles it. First, Lesley breaks the world indoor record in the 800 on a banked track in Landover (in the process beating Kathy Martin’s American indoor record set on a banked track in Boston), and then she betters Kathy’s world indoor record in the mile.

    Yes, Kathy Martin’s mark in the mile was set on a banked track, while Lesley’s was at JDL, which has a flat track. Ken, can we get Lesley some recognition from Indianapolis?

  2. Peter L. Taylor - March 22, 2018

    Ken, it’s 5:02 in the morning, and I guess I haven’t fully awakened. Lesley broke the world indoor record in the 800 this past weekend on a FLAT track in Landover. My bad.

    Peter L. Taylor

  3. Don Burkett - March 22, 2018

    Great week of running Lesley! You and Tom have found the right training regiment which brings out your super star qualities. Congrats! Now you can focus on the Outdoor Records!

  4. Matt B. - March 22, 2018

    Outdoor WR 5:42.65
    1500 WR is really fast 5:06.65 = 5:30 mile
    Outdoor 800 2:33.09

    W70 800 today in Madrid shows a WR 3:00.69
    http://www.fidalservizi.it/risultati/2018/Madrid_2018/Day6441.htm
    Rankings record an earlier 2:5.03 this year on March 4 for Angela Copson She does have the outdoor WR. 2:51.49

  5. Peter L. Taylor - March 28, 2018

    Breaking news: Lesley was selected as USATF’s athlete of the week. Great.

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