21 Jan 2014

Willis wins Cooks Classic mile

6:01 am on 21 January 2014

New Zealand's top modern miler Nick Willis has won the feature event at the Cooks Classic meeting in Wanganui, runing the 60th sub 4 minute mile in the city.

Running his first race of the year, Willis finished in a time of 3:55.98 as he ran his fourth sub 4 minute mile in Wanganui to pull level with the legendary John Walker and Hamish Christensen.

Willis' time was the twelfth fastest mile run at Cooks Gardens.

The New Zealand 1500 metres record holder will race over 800 in Wellington on Friday before heading back to the US to race indoors in Boston and New York on his way to the World Indoor Championships in Poland in early March.

Angie Smit, New Zealand's top women 800 runner showed she is very handy over longer distances with a win in the womens mile race.