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Sam Bremer has a run at the Caledonian Ground after more than three months working and competing...
Sam Bremer has a run at the Caledonian Ground after more than three months working and competing overseas. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
Sam Bremer fleetingly returned to Dunedin this week after three and a-half months in the United States and Europe.

It was a packed period for the middle-distance runner.

As well as competing in several races around Europe, the 24-year-old worked for Animation Research at some of golf's biggest events.

More golf is on the agenda, as is doing similar work in cricket over the summer.

Bremer said it was nice to be back and he had enjoyed his time away.

"I sort of experienced what it was like to commit yourself fully to athletics," he said.

"I was doing nothing but training for athletics while I was over there, which was new to me.

"I was able to run a lot with some really good athletes - a lot of the Australian guys go over there and some of the Belgium guys you see around.

"It was good to pick their brains about how they train and what they do as they prepare for races."

His times had been pleasing, he said.

Twice he managed 3min 47sec in the 1500m - a personal best by 4sec - while a 1min 50.49sec 800m was also a PB.

That had come from the continuation of his training, but also the top-class fields he was running in.

"I'd say it's more you're getting pulled than pushed.

"In New Zealand you're getting pushed by people in behind, but over there you're chasing people, which makes it a lot easier."

He is also enjoying his job, which involves building a virtual replica of an area and doing things such as ball tracking and ball positioning for television coverage.

He worked at three of the major tournaments, although the Masters was a tougher gig to get.

Some days he would be involved in the analysis before and after, which freed him up to go out and watch the action.

There were plenty of packed days though, which made it "really difficult" fitting training in.

"At the major weeks especially, they're just big days.

"It's such a full-on production.

"When we were in Northern Ireland for the Open, you'd be up at 4am-5am and then get back at 8pm.

"It's tough to fit in jogs here and there when you can, but I did the best I could."

He wants to continue running and keep improving.

While working at the cricket kept him busy over the summer, that was all within New Zealand and he could fit some races in.

However, the overseas experience left him unsure he could commit to running full-time.

"I've sort of figured out where my place is in the sport.

"I enjoy the challenge of trying to fit in the training around the other stuff, get the most out of every training session that I can and still try to improve.

"I'm glad I'm still improving, so I think there might be a bit more to come."

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