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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.

Lewis George Kerrod

Lewis George Kerrod

GO GOLD Athlete

British Summer Nationals Pt1

I had a very good few days at nationals, PB'd in all my events and improved on my rankings a lot as well. Highlights were the 100fc, where I dropped another 0.3 seconds down to a 51.18. I came 4th in the final, being touched out for a medal and was only 0.2 seconds behind first. This was very frustrating but I am in the younger age of the 17/18 age group so I can't wait to come back next year and hopefully win.

10th Aug, 2017

Libby Piggott

Libby Piggott

GO GOLD Athlete

Pre-season continues!

Pre-season continues and as tough as it is, it is brilliant to push your body to different limits.

During the pre-season period I am having to go to Yeovil 3 to 4 times a week which is a lot of petrol so I just want to say a huge thankyou for the Gogold funding and support given!

Fixtures are also out which is exciting to see the season games. 1st game is against Arsenal development!

9th Aug, 2017

William Graham

William Graham

GO GOLD Athlete

British Nationals

I swam two events in the British National Championships: 100 butterfly and 50 butterfly. I swam the 100 slightly slower than I would've liked but came 18th overall in the 16 age group. I then swam the 50 fly, just missing out on the final which I swam on my PB time. I came 13th overall and was only 0.3 off qualification for the final.

9th Aug, 2017

Niall Harris

Niall Harris

GO GOLD Athlete

Deng top 50 selection

Recently I have found out that I have been chosen to attend the Deng top 50 camp, where the best 50 u19 players compete against each other. I'm excited for this experience and I hope to stand out among the best.

8th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Champs Prt 5

Final day - 10km scratch race - first across the line wins. Unless the endurance riders rip it apart these are usually won by a sprinter. The Madison showed that my top speed was ripping quick so my tactic was just to follow and then go for it with 5 laps left. The time came and I put the hammer down taking one other rider with me, we rinsed it and held the lead until 1/2 a lap out but the bunch was too fast and overtook us both, me in 6th. The Champs have gone from bad to fantastic.

7th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Champs Prt 4

YESSS!! National Champion! A 50 lap qualification and then an 80 lap final. A pretty easy qualification set the final for a ripping race. Madison is a relay points race where you change with your partner by grabbing his hand and slinging him into the race (all at 50 kph with 11 other teams on the track). Lewis and I won. The race was so fast and frantic with all the best U16 track riders smashing lumps out of each other. I was right to miss the points race. A National title means a National Champs jersey.

7th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Champs Prt 3

Points race qualification in the morning. 3 heats and I was in the first heat. On paper I should qualify but my lungs feel rubbish after yesterdays pursuit. I have to make a decision. Tomorrow is the Madison - the best race we do and I have a great chance of winning. I pulled out of the points race and I just hope that I can recover in time for tomorrow - the craziest race on the track - the Madison!

7th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Champs Prt 2.

First event the 2km individual pursuit. This is 8 laps going as fast as you possibly can. I was feeling better but my chest felt sooo tight. My plan was to have a decent warm up and just go as hard as possible and hope that I kept it together for as many laps as possible. My PB is a 2:22:5 and I managed a 2:20:5, so a massive PB but only for 13th place! Clearly everyone else has brought some serious form to these champs. Points race tomorrow.

7th Aug, 2017

Adam Wilkes

Adam Wilkes

GO GOLD Athlete

A Good End To The Season

In the English Summer Nationals I swam the 50 Backstroke on Friday and came 11th with a 28.20 (a PB) and the 100 Backstroke and came 5th with a 59.98 (a SB).

To be honest I'm glad the season is over because I can now go on holiday to relax, refresh and get away from swimming to get ready for next season.

Finally, a big thank you to GO Gold for a great season and looking forward to the support for next season.

6th Aug, 2017

James (Jay) Andrew Newman

James (Jay) Andrew Newman

GO GOLD Athlete

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British Summer Nationals Championships

I have just got back from the British Summer Nationals, I competed in 6 events getting to 5 finals. I was thrilled to get 3 British medals in the following events: silver 400 i.m (10 second p.b) Bronze 200 Fly (4 second p.b) and Bronze in the 200 i.m (2 second p.b) and had personal best times in the other events entered. I would like to thank Go Gold and my coaching team, Jamie Evans and Rob Vaughn for their ongoing support that has help me achieve my goals for this season.

6th Aug, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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EYOF Gyor Hungary 2017

What an honor to represent Team GB in the pool. I had a long time to wait as my races were on the last 2 days, which was a physical/mental challenge. Also I was in the youngest age group band. In the 400IM I raced a 4 sec PB, breaking my County Record, moving my position on all time British rankings from 16th to 7th fastest 15 boy. Next day was my 1500 free where I raced a 6 sec PB, breaking my County and East Midlands Records, moving my position on all time British rankings from 5th to 3rd.

6th Aug, 2017

Adam Wilkes

Adam Wilkes

GO GOLD Athlete

GB Nationals

I swam the 200m Backstroke in the GB Nationals on the 30th July. I had qualified as equal 23rd, but swam a PB by 1.3 seconds and finished 13th over all in the 17/18 year age-group (7th fastest 17 yr old).

My training has been going well, so I'm happy with my endurance, and we have tapered well, so was fully rested. I went out in a 63 and came back in a 65.

I'm now at the English nationals doing the 50 and 100 back, so looking forward to some more fast times!

5th Aug, 2017

Tre` Thomas

Tre` Thomas

GO GOLD Athlete

Promotion for Charnwood AC

I competed in the last couple of YDL meetings for the U20 team. The last meeting was playoff in Derby for the top teams to be promoted to the Premier Division. I finished first in the 110m Hurdles third in the 100m and first in the 4x100m Relay. Charnwood finished the meeting in 1st position and this is great news to be promoted to the Premier Division. This bodes well for next seasons competitions. Well done to all the Charnwood athletes who made this possible.

More Information: http://www.ukydl.org.uk/2017_UAG_League%20Table_MIDLAND.pdf

5th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Championships Prt 1.

1 week to go until the focus of the whole year and I am ill. I still have 1 week to go so I have my fingers crossed that I will be OK. Every athletes nightmare - illness or injury potentially ruining a season's goal. I am now counting the days and checking how I feel. I can leave training until the day before and maybe some very gentle training leading up - just turning the legs. Fingers crossed!

5th Aug, 2017

Evan Blackman

Evan Blackman

GO GOLD Athlete

Summer

I am currently on a tour to South Africa for hockey, I am unable to do specific athletics training but I am taking part in lots of sport here at high altitude. I will resume normal training when I return to the uk. Blogging is hard due to the poor internet connection.

4th Aug, 2017

Michaella Jade Glenister

Michaella Jade Glenister

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Open Water

The day after returning home from Hungary I competed in the 3K at national open water. It was a good relaxed swim after a long week and I managed to place 3rd overall in the 15 year age category.

3rd Aug, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

GO GOLD Athlete

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Last but not least

My last swim of the season was the 400 IM at the English Nationals. I swam quite close to my pb in the heats in the morning then waited a gruelling 8 hours for finals qualifying in 3rd position. Very pleased with my race and I got a podium position with a silver medal!

...and now for a well earned rest in the sun with my family before the new season begins at the end of August.

Thank you for your continued support in helping me get to the end of the season and finishing on a high.

3rd Aug, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

GO GOLD Athlete

Great Experience at British Nationals

Last week I swam the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke at the British Nationals at Ponds Forge.
I was extremely pleased with my swims, which were all very close to my pb's and I made finals in all 3 events, this was made more challenging this year being a dual age band 17/18 years.
Best finishing position was 5th in the 200 backstroke. It was an incredible experience yet again to swim at such a high level.

3rd Aug, 2017

Sophie Elizabeth Pedlar

Sophie Elizabeth Pedlar

GO GOLD Athlete

July update

Having been training hard now I've finished exams, I had a good day at our national Tetrathlon qualifier with a SB in the swim and best shoot, now going forward to make more improvements for the next 2 weeks of the Tetrathlon Regional Championships and GB Champs

2nd Aug, 2017

Jordan Elliot

Jordan Elliot

GO GOLD Ambassador

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EU Nations in Poland

Finished a creditable 3rd in my first senior international event, scoring the winning goal for Bronze medal with 8 seconds left on the clock

This was in May of this year. More to come ...

2nd Aug, 2017

Jordan Elliot

Jordan Elliot

GO GOLD Ambassador

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World University Games Prep

Prep almost complete, just one more training camp and then off to Taipei on 13 August for the World University Games

2nd Aug, 2017

Maisie Elliott

Maisie Elliott

GO GOLD Athlete

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British Championships Review

The British Championships have just finished and I had a great time with some good results, the highlight was winning the 100m Butterfly Gold Medal in a new PB, I was also just pipped for the 200m Fly but still won a Silver Medal. I managed to make the final in the 100m 200m 400m and 800m Freestyle. Now its time for a rest..

1st Aug, 2017

Candice Louise Hall

Candice Louise Hall

GO GOLD Athlete

BRITISH SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS 25 TO 30 JULY 2017

British Summer Championships 25 to 30 July 2017. I competed in the 200 freestyle finishing 5th in the final with a PB. In the 200 back stroke I won bronze in the final. I finished 4th in the 200 IM final and in the 100 fly I just missed the getting into the final. I swam in the 400 freestyle relay and the team won silver. I didn't swim as well as I would have liked but must now look towards next season. I am having a break for a couple of weeks before training starts again.

1st Aug, 2017

Alec Gregory

Alec Gregory

GO GOLD Athlete

Nats

The weekend of the national champs has just been and to say the least it wasn't my best result of the season finishing 6th; after my 3rd place at the last round. But there are many more races still to come and I am still a first year. for the rest of the summer holidays I have the last round of the British MTB series to come and then I'm off to Austria to race the European MTB champs with a team of 3 so looking forward to that.

31st Jul, 2017

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Well earned rest!

I have competed in a couple of smaller meets, an open meeting mid July and a league meet and also enjoyed a 10 days rest inbetween. I've been back to training though last week and did my toughest ever session (and survived!) on Saturday!
This Sunday I'm competing in the senior league which means I will go over the higher height hurdles in 400mH for the first time!

31st Jul, 2017

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