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The 2017 GO GOLD Podium Athletes aim to blog about their competitions and training sessions at least once a month to keep LRS updated on their progress.

Clicking on an athlete will also give you access to their individual profile and updates.

Alex Harris

Alex Harris

GO GOLD Athlete

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Leicestershire and Rutland DTL Championships

Saturday 19th August was the Leicestershire and Rutland DTL Championships held at Normanton Shooting Ground. I went out on the first squad, and in very tough and windy conditions shot a 293/300. This score was enough to win Juniors, and also to take the overall County Championship title by 4 points.

1 day ago

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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In the final 8 for GB Junior Academy

I have received an invite to the GB Junior Academy selection weekend in September. I am so pleased to have made the selection phase as it confirms that the GB coaches have seen that I have some real potential. 8 U16 riders are going to the 3 day selection camp. Fortunately I am not holidaying on a beach in Ibiza, I am undergoing a big block of training in the French Alps so all going well by mid September I should be flying.

1 day ago

Kitty Joseph-Blackler

Kitty Joseph-Blackler

GO GOLD Athlete

Winter training.

I had a conversation with my coach and we agreed that I should start Winter training early; I started this week. Looking forward to the cold months ahead outside at the track and park for all of the early morning hill sessions! I am still keen and the money has been much appreciated.

Thank you.

2 days ago

Harriet Swindells

Harriet Swindells

GO GOLD Athlete

Moving to America.

With the help of many people, including Go Gold funding, I have made it to Miami in America as I received an athletic schlorship. I have been busy with visiting family and friends, packing, traveling, and moving in to my college dorm. During all the madness, I have been trying to train and keep up my fitness as much as I can, I have been lifting weights 2-4 times a week, and doing hill sprints 2-4 times a week. team practice and workouts will start on the 28th and I am very excited to start this new season.

2 days ago

Hope Warner

Hope Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

Bulgarian Senior Open

After the junior I played the senior tournament. In our first mixed game, we played an athlete ranked 12th in the world at doubles who also went to the 2016 Olympics, expecting to come out with a loss. We played at a really high level and managed to come out with the best win of my career so far, the scores being 21-19, 21-11. We won the next round against the Turkish which meant we were in the quarter-finals, however we couldn't quite get the win this time but super happy with our results.

3 days ago

Hope Warner

Hope Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

U19 Bulgarian Junior

I've just come back from Bulgaria. First I played the junior tournament where we won our first round in doubles against an Iranian pair, and then had to play a Turkish pair in the second. We lost the first set, and then won the second and unfortunately, we lost by just 2 points in the third and the score ended up being 19-21 to the Turkish. Gutting loss but they went through to win a silver medal so very pleased with our performance. We lost our first mixed game very closely in 3, 21-19, 19-21, 17-21, but another good performance.

3 days ago

Bryony Cutforth

Bryony Cutforth

GO GOLD Athlete

Eastern Area Open Championship

Last Saturday, I competed in Thetford in the U63Kg category. It was a really good day and many medals were won. I got silver in my category. I am really looking forward to competing in the Sainsburys School Games at the end of the month.

3 days ago

Zoe King

Zoe King

GO GOLD Athlete

Tough start to season

Played two tournaments overseas in the last two weeks.

Played with a German girl in both ladies doubles but drew seeds from turkey (have been ranked inside top 50 in the world) in both tournaments and lost. In mixed had a 54 minute battle against a strong English pair that have won various national medals between them. Score was 21-16, 22-24, 23-21. Really close but unfortunately lost. Back home now and have a couple of tournaments coming up.

3 days ago

Zain Girach

Zain Girach

GO GOLD Athlete

Futures Cup

A few weeks ago I was delighted to be selected for the U18 Penine Pumas futures cup team, a year young. The annual competition, starting next week, is where the England U18 squad is selected from, and I will be trying my best to achieve that selection throughout all 3 games.

3 days ago

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

The next chapter of my life...

So I'm about to start the next chapter on my life, 3927 miles away from home...

I've been awarded a Triathlon Scholarship to Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina, in the USA!

I'll studying Environmental Sciences at QU for the next 4 years, racing for the University too.

My GO GOLD funding over the last 4 years has definitely made a massive difference to my training and my performances and therefore what has lead me to this moment so thank you!

Look out for the blogs of my races being from over in the US as the next chapter of my life starts..

4 days ago

Elliott Powell

Elliott Powell

GO GOLD Ambassador

Inter-Counties

On the 30th of August I represented Leicestershire and Rutland in the inter-counties champions, there were three rounds on the day and I wasn't really up for the task feeling quite tried after a busy week, I came away in 4th place which was disappointing knowing that I am capable of more. We learn from it and on to the next one.

More Information: http://www.runjumpthrow.com/videos/22610

4 days ago

Andrew John Stamp

Andrew John Stamp

GO GOLD Ambassador

Training, training and more training

British Championships are looming large now. So training is continuing at the club and I've also had a great camp with the senior gymnasts last week. Looking forward to being part of Team Park Run at the weekend too.

4 days ago

Dylan Malpas

Dylan Malpas

GO GOLD Ambassador

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European Championships

Just finished our holding camp and after beating Japan we are ready. Me personally and the squad will give everything we have to make sure we come back with the gold. Just like to say thank you for all the support and without LRS, I wouldn't be where I am today.

This is our time!!!

5 days ago

Joel Weston

Joel Weston

GO GOLD Athlete

Nationals 2017

I swam in the 200 butterfly at British nationals and made the final, finishing 9th in the 17/18 age group and still being 16. However just in the 17 years age group I finished in 4th place which I was really pleased with. I did qualify for the swim England nationals the following week, but me and my coach agreed that if I swam there I wouldn't be at my peak performance so we just decided to do the British nationals. I'm looking forward to working hard and improving next season. Thank you to Go Gold for the continued support.

5 days ago

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

Placings on the Power of Ten

The Power of Ten records every athletes results in each discipline and for the 1500m I am currently 3rd fastest in the U23 age group and 15th fastest against all the age groups. I am really pleased with this because things are definitely moving in the right direction!

6 days ago

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

Last race of the season

I ran tonight at Stretford in my last race of the season in the 1500m. It was a great race but I got boxed in on the second lap by some of the boys but I finished the season with another 4.12 (just 2 100's outside my pb from a few weeks ago). I am so pleased to be finishing on a high and I feel that this season has been a great building block towards next year. With a full winters training behind me and a new coach I'm really excited to see what next summers track season brings!

6 days ago

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

World Championships in London

I have just returned from watching the World Championships in London. It was a totally amazing experience and incredibly inspiring and it has made me more determined to be a part of it next time around!

6 days ago

Anna Michelle Chesca

Anna Michelle Chesca

GO GOLD Athlete

ITF Bournemouth

I recently played 2 ITFs (International Tennis Federation) tournaments. one in Edinburgh and the other in Bournemouth. I am very happy because I got my first ITF points. The first point is the hardest to get because you need to win 4 tough matches in a row or get to the quarter-finals of doubles. Now that I got my first few points I will get accepted into more ITFs so I can play more of them and even go abroad for some of them.

6 days ago

Owen Thomas Lightfoot

Owen Thomas Lightfoot

GO GOLD Athlete

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ERRIGAL INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOUR 2017 (2 of 2)

Day 2; Stage 3: Another 3 lap road race with a big climb just before the finish. The leading group of 20+ stayed together and I finished 13th, also picking up some KoM points on the climbs and moved up the general classification

Day 3; Stage 4: A fast (25mph) crit race around a short circuit in Letterkenny. The leading group stayed together despite several attacks. I stayed near the front and positioned myself well on the final corner finishing 3rd which got me onto the podium for the final stage. I finished 12th in the GC – A good tour!

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/eiyt2017/

6 days ago

Owen Thomas Lightfoot

Owen Thomas Lightfoot

GO GOLD Athlete

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ERRIGAL INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOUR 2017 (1 of 2)

The Tour of Errigal is a 4 Stage Race over 3 days in the hills of Donegal in Ireland. The race attracts riders from as far away as Malta and Monaco, with 80 riders in the U14 race.

Day 1; Stage 1: A 3 lap road race of a 6 mile circuit with two steep climbs. A solo rider made a break, I finished in the chasing peloton in 21st place.

Day 2; Stage 2: A short time trial up a gradual hill. I went deep and finished 18th on the stage 30 seconds behind the winner.

More Information: http://errigalcyclingclub.com/?page_id=3179

6 days ago

Kieran Louis Wheatley

Kieran Louis Wheatley

GO GOLD Athlete

British Nationals

A successful meet, making the final and finishing in 6th place. Unfortunately not a pb but went faster in the final than I had in the heat. Having a break before moving to Sheffield for university.

7 days ago

James Reseigh

James Reseigh

GO GOLD Athlete

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Training Camp with Olympians and England Squad

I have just returned from an amazing 5 day training camp in Devon. I was training with fellow England judo Squad players and other judoka from around the country it was fantastic.

The coaches were not only England Squad coaches but Olympians Colin Oates and Chris Sherringham. It was an amazing 5 days full of training but also fun including High Ropes and Wipe out.

Many thanks for the funding which helps toward costs of these camps.

7 days ago

William Alloway

William Alloway

GO GOLD Athlete

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European Champs

We recently finished 24th at the European Championships in Kiel, Germany. A testing event with a boat breakage on the first day meant that it was hard for us to climb. However with a couple of good races we pulled ourselves into a strong position in a 97 boat fleet. Were currently in Portugal training for the 49er Worlds in two weeks time.

14th Aug, 2017

Isla Lees

Isla Lees

GO GOLD Athlete

🌞Holiday Training🌞

After a nice few weeks on holiday in Spain 🇪🇸 with my family, it was back to training yesterday, it felt good to be back, my first few sessions will mainly be conditioning and base routines. We train longer hours in the holidays so most of my time will be spent in the gym. I'll be working hard and getting prepared for the competition season which starts at the end of September. Thank you for your continued support.

13th Aug, 2017

Mary Tomblin

Mary Tomblin

GO GOLD Athlete

Eastern Area Judo Competition

Yesterday I competed in the Eastern Area Judo Competition the last competition as a pre-cadet. Next month I will be competing as a cadet. I won one of my three fights but in my first fight I hurt my knee which didn't help with my other fights.

13th Aug, 2017

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