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On Sunday I competed in the Midlands Championships U20 men's 60m.
I came away with a bronze medal and ran the second fastest time I have ever run in 60m in the the final!
Having competed in a 200m and 400m just 4 days before and not eased up at all in my training in the build up I am really proud of my performance and very pleased to get a podium finish.
I am now looking forward to the next part of the midland champs this coming weekend which is my main focus where I will be competing in the 200m and the 400m and planning to execute some solid races as my final preparation for the Nationals at the end of February.
It was the British Indoor Championships in Birmingham this weekend and I ran in the women's 3000m. I had never raced indoors before the weekend and had only had one training session on an indoors track before the race so I was really pleased to get a personal best performance and to finish in 6th place.
Ordinarily, 1500m is my distance but as I am still competing over longer distances at cross country and I haven't done any specific training for the shorter distance, my coach and I decided that the 3000m was best for me at this stage of the season.
I am travelling to Armagh to race at the 3k road race this week - can't wait!
Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to Go Gold for funding me for another year 2019-20 and putting their belief in me! I am so grateful for their continued support and the money really does make a massive difference for training and competition. Despite some injury set backs this year I've never felt more ready to get back on the track and give it my all! My next goal is to get fit for BUCS outdoors and hopefully get a medal in the 400m relay again as we have a good team. I'm really looking forward to getting track fit again and seeing what I can achieve in 2019 as my first year as a senior U23 . Congratulations to all the other athletes who got Go Gold this year and good luck!
I would like to say a very big thank you to Go Gold for another year of funding.
This money will come in very handy for the British Championships up in Glasgow in April.
The flights and accommodation are not cheap so this will help towards the cost.
Firstly, a massive thank you to GoGold for continuing to support me for the 2019 season - I am so very grateful! I have competed a couple of times since I last blogged. Both comps have been at the EIS in Sheffield and both times I doubled up with 400m and 200m. It's been great to get back into racing and I am really happy with a new pb in 200m and a seasons best in 400m so it's all heading in the right direction going forward towards the Midland and National Championships in the next couple of weeks. I've also been exploring my race day nutrition quite a bit recently which has been helpful.
My first and second indoor competitions were in Birmingham just to get myself into competition mode so that I am well prepared for the outdoor competitions coming around in April 6th at loughborough.
I am looking forward to the go gold talent camp in march I encourage all the young athletes to attend there is so much that you can learn in a day there will be nutrition, psychology and focusing.
Thank you Go Gold for the continued funding through 2019. It's so good to have the support and the belief. How did I celebrate? I did 3 hours on the bike and had a home cooked Spanish Omlette and a great big salad. The racing season is just around the corner. Before that I have a team camp in Yorkshire and a training week in Calpe, Spain. It's all good.
Thank you once again to Go Gold for supporting me for another year. This helps towards the expenses for my swimming. I am now looking forward to the next competition which is the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Swimming Championships) to be held at Ponds Forge from 15 to 17 February 2019.
Eventually found a pic from the Flanders Cup in Antwerp. Think the photo was taken after my 400 free final. Last weekend I raced the 800 free short course for the first time at the County Champs in Hinckley. I am in a period of hard training now leading up to the British Trials in April, but I wanted to get a time on rankings. Happy to report that I raced to plan and broke the Senior Mens County Record (standing since 2008) by 5 seconds and also the Senior Mens East Midlands Record (standing since 2009). I think the time should put me at the top of rankings for my age in this event. Just waiting for an update ...
I travelled to Exeter for BUCS on Saturday. The weather was forecast to be poor with snow and I wasn't sure if they would cancel the event. I didn't need to worry as although it was snowy around Bristol, we made it okay and Exeter was free of snow.
It was a tough course with tufty, uneven ground and frozen mole hills you had to avoid. There was a killer hill leading to a sharp downhill and culminating in another climb into the finish.
After being unwell since before Christmas I wondered how I would go but was pleased to finish in 5th place. I would've liked to be nearer the front as I got detached after the first lap and ran the second lap in my own but taking the positives from the race I can see and feel improvement and I was part of the Loughborough team winning gold!
This month I have been re- invited to an Talent development group training camp for England U18s during February half-term. This camp will also provide a selection for the two upcoming fixtures in March and April.
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to all at Go Gold for your continued financial support again this year. The grant is very much appreciated and will be used to help further my progression this season. It won't be long now until the British Trials in Glasgow where I hope to race qualifying times for international meets over the summer. I am training hard to reach my goals. Secondly, I very much enjoyed racing at the Flanders Cup and was encouraged by the feedback from the coaches out there. It was a big first for me to race alongside the Senior British Swimmers. Lots to learn!!!