Jordan Boam a Business Analyst in our Business Change and Innovation department will be swapping his laptop for running shoes following his selection to represent the United Kingdom Police Sport Team at the United Sportive des Polices d’Europe (USPE) Championships.
These championships take place every four years and bring to together police teams from over 25 European countries to compete against each other in different sporting events.
Jordan has been selected to represent the UK police team in the 1500 metres after securing a qualifying personal best time of 4.17.57.
He will now join the other qualifying finalists, who were each selected following the National Championships earlier this year, to battle it out on the internal stage in Prague next month.
As he begins preparing for the competition, we spoke to him to find out more about where his love of running came from, how he is getting himself ready and what he is most looking forward to about the championships, “From a young age I’ve always been into sports and joined my local running club, Mansfield Harriers, when I was nine. It was at this point my passion grew and I’ve been taking part in different competitions ever since.”
Jordan regularly competes in local and national competitions and has even taken part in a few international duathlon events, which are multidiscipline endurance events that involve a run for the first leg, cycle for the second leg and another run for the third and final section.
The USPE Championships will however be his first international running only competition.
Jordan continued, “Typically my strongest distance is the 5000m, but on this occasion, it was my 1500m qualifying time that was stronger against the other competitors. Given this, I’ve had to adapt my training slightly and have been focusing on more middle distance runs and sprints to prepare for the championships. Hopefully the training will pay off and I’m looking forward to seeing who the other competitors will be.
“It will also be a new experience going as part of a national team and I’m looking forward to watching the other events and hopefully bringing home a medal for the UK.”
We’re sure you will join us in wishing Jordan all the best of luck and we are looking forward to seeing how all the UK team fare against our European counterparts.
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