"My last British League races on the 31st of July had given me the determination' he told Alastair Aitken for The 'X' man, after the Wimbledon Dash
He continued ' I still have a dream that if, I prepare for one race, I can do it and run for Uganda in the Games'
'I will get a few fast races over the 800 and 1500.'
'In 2012 I want to be in the 1500 not the 800. The 800 is a long sprint so I don't want to do that but, I do want to do the 1500. I have been in the 800 for 2 Olympics, three World Championships, and 2 Commonwealth Games. If I made it to the 2012 Olympics that would be my last goal.'
'Belgrave through Alan Mead and Bill Laws have got me back on track with all the club races and that has prepared me to be able to go to the next level'
'In athletics it takes a long time and I have not achieved a medal in the Senior category. The World Junior back in 1998 I was 3rd in the 800 (In France - 1 William Chrichir, Kenya 1:47.23; 2 Wilfred Bungei of Kenya 1:47 53, 3rd Paskar Owor of Uganda 1:48.20). That year he ran his personal best of 1:47.90 in the heat of the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and went on to run 1:47.90 in the Semi-Final.
'After the 1:47.90 my aim was to go higher and higher each year but I trained flat out with the Kenyans and burnt myself out. If you have not got good advice that is a problem when you are a junior athlete.' He added " There was no way you can improve in Uganda. All the races are in Europe or the United States.'
' I feel it was important coming to Europe and I am still on track. It is a challenge and you have to accept you can be beaten many times but you learn from that.It does not mean you are no good. Just keep coming back like I have done over the last 10 years and, if you have that determination and focus."
I know Pascar will get some good advice as he does his specific work towards his final goal.
PHIL KILLINGLEY (Born 18/1/80) has been a good road and cross-country runner for sometime and he was 2nd in the Wimbledon Dash behind Pascar but in front of American Paul Thistle with Nick Hodges, this year's Ranelagh half marathon winner fourth.
" I did not have a brilliant Winter but coming out of that got some really good marathon training in and ran London in 2:28.06 which was PB by nearly 2 minutes"
How about his half marathon best which was 70:24 in 2006 at Fleet and he did 70:34 winning the Ranelagh that year.
He seriously hopes to improve on that before too long and run a faster marathon.
What did he consider his most satisfying race?
" I hit the wall in my first marathon at 18 miles and it is a very long way when you do that at 18 miles and, I ended up with 2:41.51 (In Amsterdam in 2007) but in my second one which was the London in 2008 I did not know quite what to expect and what it was actually like. The crowd was incredible. My aim was to go out at 2:34 pace. I did not worry too much about the wall, I went by feel not by the clock. I went through in Sub 75 and ended up with 2:29.44. Not my favourite result but my biggest memory"