Cooray warms up for the Commonwealth Games by smashing a record

Anuradha Cooray in action
Anuradha Cooray in action

Vale of Aylesbury’s double Olympian Anuradha Cooray continued his preparations for July’s Commonwealth Games with a record-breaking win at the Bramley 20 mile road race in Surrey at the weekend.

Popular Cooray, who works at Greggs bakery in Aylesbury, ran the course in a time of 1hr 45mins 31secs, a new course record.

It is the first time Cooray has run in a 20-mile race.

The Sri Lankan runner’s coach Nick Taylor said the two-lap course was a fast one which Anuradha is looking forward to running again next year when it isn’t part of a longer term training programme so he can give it his all!

Taylor said: “He was very relaxed yet focussed throughout the race, and we have been contacted by another club complimenting him on his sportsmanship and professionalism having taken time during his race to encourage their runners still on their the first lap when he was well into his second. This doesn’t surprise us as we all know how supportive he is of our other athletes, but it is great to know others appreciate it.”

The next stop for Cooray is the World Half Marathon Championships at the end of March in Copenhagen, all leading up to the big one this year in Glasgow at the end of July.