Alex Wright, who has yet to turn his 20 years, has taken his swift late return to form over a virtual ‘walking spint’ of the mile to edge inside Andy Penn‘s 14-year-old UK record at Leeds Varsity today. The Belgrave U23 walker posted a time of 5:58.4 to shave half a second off the previous mark of 5:58.9 and shattered his own best of 6:31.3, dating back to his U20 days in 2009, for good measure.

Wright struggled for form back in late spring, 9th (third Briton) and outside 1h30 at the UK 20km championships, and even sit out competitions for nearly four months but rebounded well to a big UK-leading 1h26:45 at Naumburg (Germany) less than two weeks ago, which is encouraging ahead of a massive season next summer. The Olympic B standard lies at 1h24:30 and could be well within his range if he can put together a good injury-free run on the way.

UK mile race-walking all-time Top 3

1.Alex Wright 5:58.4 (2011)

2.Andy Penn 5:58.9 (1997)

3.Darrell Stone 5:59.1 (1989)