Courtesy: Joe Browning Bob Vanderham owns the 800 Meters record with the Seahawks
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The post-college professional opportunities for basketball, baseball and tennis players are plentiful and well-publicized. But what about runners?
Former UNCW running star Bob Vanderham, who owns the outdoor 800 Meters record for the Seahawks, has been training in The Netherlands since April with a Dutch team called TeamDistanceRunners, which includes several of the country’s best track athletes who compete in the 400 Meters and longer distances.
“It’s been a good experience and we’re about halfway finished with the season,” said Vanderham, a native of Den Bosch, The Netherlands. “We have some big meets coming up in the next few weeks, including one in Watford, England, and another in Heusden, Belgium.”
Vanderham, who completed his B.S. Degree in Business Administration in May, plans to run in the Dutch National Championships later this month before returning to Wilmington and entering the IMBA program at UNCW.
The fleet-footed Vanderham clocked a 1:48.67 time at the 2011 CAA Championships for UNCW’s record in the event. He recently posted a time of 1:50.18 for second place in a meet near the German border in Nijmegen.
“The training isn’t too different because the terrain is flat like Wilmington and I do a lot of workouts on the track,” he said. “The competition, however, is slightly different. I’m running against athletes from all over Europe and all different ages. At first it was a little intimidating, but a lot of fun at the same time.
“I’ve adjusted to the different level of competition pretty well so far, but the next couple of meets will be a challenge as well.”