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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.

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

First Cross Country race of the season

I ran as a guest at the North Midlands League on Saturday at Mark Eaton Park, Derby. It was my first xc race of the season and I had a bit of a cold, so needed to blow a few cobwebs away and have a decent run.

The plan was to sit back but push on the hill and see who came with me. Nobody did so I pushed on in and was pleased with the winning margin. There's definitely more to come and this has given me good confidence ahead of altitude training and the trials that will follow it.

1 day ago

Kieran Louis Wheatley

Kieran Louis Wheatley

GO GOLD Athlete

Funding

Thank you GoGold for your continuing support and for the second installment of my funding.

1 day ago

Connor Jake Louis Harris

Connor Jake Louis Harris

GO GOLD Athlete

National Inter-counties DTL

15 October 2017 was the National Inter-counties. I shot a new PB of 100/100 298/300. That was good enough for Junior high gun, A class high gun and joint 2nd overall. It was only my 2nd outing with a brand new gun so I was very pleased with my score. my 298/300 was part of the winning junior team with a total of 200/594. Leicestershire and Rutland county shooting team U21 are the national inter-counties champions!

2 days ago

Andrew John Stamp

Andrew John Stamp

GO GOLD Ambassador

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Gold at English Championships

I have just finished competing at the English Championships at the EIS in Sheffield. The competition didn't go exactly as I would have liked but I still managed to win gold and retain my English Champion title for a second year. Lots of hard work and training for the World Age Championships in Bulgaria next month.

3 days ago

Olivia Grace Back

Olivia Grace Back

GO GOLD Athlete

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Start of the season

It's been a frustrating start for us so far!! 1 win against East Grinstead, 1 draw against Buckingham and 2 losses against Clifton and Surbiton. All very close in the table though with just a few points separating top to bottom. Next week sees us away at Slough! Look out for an interview I did at the game yesterday for East Midlands today!

3 days ago

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

GO GOLD Athlete

post season

now that i have finished my season it means that i can start to look at what i need to improve on for next year. it also allows me to start my fitness again and work hard ready for the 2018 season.

4 days ago

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

GO GOLD Athlete

finishing off the season

I only had one tournament left and that was the ladies british strokeply at north berwick golf club. After the first two rounds I was in the top 10 on +1 for the tournament. I didn't have a good second or third round but it left me in T14 for the tournament. To achieve my goal of getting my world ranking, I had to come top 15 or better and I did.

4 days ago

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

GO GOLD Athlete

Competitions in August

At the start of august I played at st Andrews in the St Andrews ladies open and made it to the matchplay stages however I got knocked out in the first match. I then went on to play in the British girls which was my biggest tournament of the year and I managed to get to the match play stages and win my first match. Unfortunately after that I lost to the winner of the tournament. Then, I played in the Birkdale scratch and I shot a -5 and a -2 which put me in 2nd place for the tournament.

4 days ago

James (Jay) Andrew Newman

James (Jay) Andrew Newman

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Inter-counties Gala

I had a fantastic time as part of a team of amazing swimmers representing Leicestershire at the Inter-counties national gala in Sheffield on Sunday. The team represented the top swimmers from all parts of Leicestershire. I swam in the 100 Fly and was really pleased to get a pb and win my heat and I did the butterfly leg of the medley relay. The Leicestershire team swam with great determination and good team spirit to obtain their best ever result of eighth in Great Britian. In the photo I am in lane 4, wearing the orange trunks

More Information: http://www.swimming.org/sport/county-team-champs-meet-the -teams, swimming

5 days ago

Saffron Betts

Saffron Betts

GO GOLD Athlete

Season has started!!

We kicked off the season with a big 3:0 win against Cambridge!! It's great to be back on court and in the gym after a long 10months off and I can't wait for the rest of the season. 2, 3 UEL!!

6 days ago

Libby Piggott

Libby Piggott

GO GOLD Athlete

University of Bath, 1st game =Hat-trick

Bath vs St Marys. HT score 0-2 to St Marys. However we fought hard and fitness levels were shown to be way above the opposition. 2nd half: 1-2 and we were back in the game. I was placed into an attacking midfield role and scored a first time volley to make it 2-2. Within 5 minutes I scored a header, 3-2 to Bath! Then during a 1v1 with the keeper, the opposition took me to the ground and a penalty was given, this secured my hat-trick! We continued to finish the game well, ending on a 5-2 win!

6 days ago

Isla Lees

Isla Lees

GO GOLD Athlete

Disappointment

It's been a disappointing month as I've picked up another injury 😬(Shin splint) this has slowed my training down as I haven't been allowed any impact , it's feeling a lot better now, and I bought some calf compression sleeves and they seem to be helping. I was really pleased to receive my 2nd funding cheque, and I'm looking forward to attending the GoGold talent camp next week.

7 days ago

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

Disappointment and re-focus

Well, no junior academy for 2018. Despite a great Inter-areas I did not make the selection for the GB Academy. I have known for a couple of weeks. I have to re-focus and move on from this disappointment. My coach and I have made some short, medium and long term goals that are really exciting. The short term goal is the Future Stars Revs at London and Glasgow. This is going to be awesome and I cannot wait. Training starts at half term with a big endurance block - then its speed speed speed.

7 days ago

Chris Mcmillan

Chris Mcmillan

GO GOLD Athlete

training of the cross country

Training is going well, getting fast and also increasing miles for the next race on Saturday which for the North Midlands cross country , I'll let you know how I get on in the race.

10th Oct, 2017

Niall Harris

Niall Harris

GO GOLD Athlete

Basketball season starts

After a great preseason the basketball has finally begun, we've started off with a bang going 4-0 , winning each game with a comfortable margin. Looking forward to extending the winning streak.

10th Oct, 2017

Niall Harris

Niall Harris

GO GOLD Athlete

National ranking

During the Deng top 50 camp they select the top 20 in the country from the people at the camp. I was recently ranked no.6, which is a great achievement for me and i hope to move up the rankings as the season progresses.

10th Oct, 2017

Lizzie Warner

Lizzie Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

National Series Final

I competed on Sunday in the Grand Final of the National Series, the big event of our domestic season. There are 6 stages during the summer with an archer's best three positions counting for the rankings. I'd finished 3rd and 2nd in the first two stages and 2nd in the final stage (I missed three and four because I was in Croatia for the Europa Cup). The top 8 went through to the final and I was pleased to finish 3rd in the rankings. The final was shot at 70 metres in front of the Think Tank Museum in Birmingham.

9th Oct, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

National Inter County Champs, Sheffield

Couldn't have been happier than to race for Leicestershire yesterday at Ponds Forge, to help the team stay in Division 1 and achieve a fantastic 8th place overall, a massive improvement on 15th last year. I really enjoyed my 100 breast, taking a second off my short course best time and breaking my own County record. Not raced back for a long time, but managed to improve my 100 back by 3 seconds, going under a minute for the first time. The boys medley relay and the Canon were fast and exciting. Great team spirit, fast racing by all.

9th Oct, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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NCAA Championship East Qualifier

Due to high algee levels in the water, it was changed to a Duathlon. The first run was a strong pace but I sat with the other front runners.

The bike was very tactical as the dynamic of the group changed over the 3 laps but I stayed in the front group the whole time.

I felt good coming off the bike and quickly was the lead runner. With about a mile and a half to go, to heat really hit me and I started to struggle.

Overall I finished 4th, 1st out of Division 2 and the First Lady in for Queens.

8th Oct, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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North Carolina Non-Draft State Championships

Last weekend was my first race out in the US and not only was it my first race out here, but it was my first non-draft race on a Time Trial Bike!

I got a good start so I was able to sit on the feet of the front group and was the 2nd girl out of the water.

After T1 I had taken the lead and held this throughout the bike which was an undulating course.

I started the run with a strong pace, maintaining it to secure me the win!

8th Oct, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Queens University of Charlotte Twilight Cross Country Race

Prior to our first Triathlon, we competed in our University's cross country race to see how our training had been going.

It was 5km on a relatively flat course with a tough field.

I felt good on the first lap, sitting with the front runners.

Half way around the 2nd lap, they started to pull away and so I tried to hold onto the podium for the remaining lap and a half but after getting overtaken, I finished 4th.

My overall time and splits were a positive indication that training was going well and so I was looking forward to my first Triathlon!

8th Oct, 2017

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Winter training begins!

This week has been my first week back at training after my break.
It was great to get back into it! I really enjoy winter training as I love some of the sessions that we do!
I'm looking forward to my first indoor competition as an U20!

8th Oct, 2017

Zoe King

Zoe King

GO GOLD Athlete

county restricted mixed champion

Played the county restricted last weekend and won the mixed doubles against former Olympian Anthony Clark. Great match but I managed to take control of the net and win the match with my partner Tom Armstrong - we have now won that event 3 years on the trot. Busy schedule over the next few months of tournaments, also just signed up to take my level 2 coaching award.

8th Oct, 2017

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

Next few weeks

I have been invited to attend an altitude training camp in Font Romeu at the end of this month, where I will train for a month and come back just in time for the European Cross Trial race at Liverpool at the end of November.
I am a bit nervous because my last experience at an altitude training camp was not the best as I picked up an injury but I am hopeful that this will be a better experience.

8th Oct, 2017

Mary Tomblin

Mary Tomblin

GO GOLD Athlete

Judo grading

Today I took part in the grading at my club I passed meaning I am now 15th mon (top blue belt). During the grading I had to demonstrate throws, strangles and translations I had been learning. My next competition will be at the end of this month abroad in Belgium as part of the England squad.

7th Oct, 2017

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Partners

  • Age UK L&R
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Equality Standard
    Leicester City Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Melton Borough Council
  • QUEST
    Rutland County Council
  • Harborough District Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Loughborough University
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Safeguarding
  • County Sport Network
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Sport England