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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.

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!!!

16th Aug, 2017

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.

16th Aug, 2017

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!

15th Aug, 2017

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!

15th Aug, 2017

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!

15th Aug, 2017

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.

15th Aug, 2017

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/

15th Aug, 2017

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

15th Aug, 2017

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.

14th Aug, 2017

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.

14th Aug, 2017

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

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Beacon Programme

Many thanks to all at the Beacon Programme for an offer of a place for the second season running. It was really interesting to be part of this long course programme last season and the information from the athlete workshops really helped.

12th Aug, 2017

Connor Jake Louis Harris

Connor Jake Louis Harris

GO GOLD Athlete

British Open HBD

The British Open Handicap by distance was held at Nottingham Gun Club on the 6th of August. I shot 95/275 which put me joint first in U21's. I was A class which meant I had to shoot 5 yards further back so it was harder. I had to do a shoot off against a B class shooter for first. I won the shoot off with 23/67. I was very happy that I won as I had a dis-advantage as he was shooting from 3 yards back. so I was named the U21 British open Champion.

12th Aug, 2017

Saffron Betts

Saffron Betts

GO GOLD Athlete

No rest for the wicked

Having a lovely holiday but there's no rest for me. Pre-season is fast approaching and I still have to do our pre-season workout. I must say it's not as fun doing it in 30-something degree heat though...

11th Aug, 2017

Joseph Daniel Widdowson

Joseph Daniel Widdowson

GO GOLD Athlete

Quick Update

Just a quick update on the past couple of months! Unfortunately I've had no more races to date but I have booked onto the Paracycling Grand Prix at Derby Velodrome for the 26th of August. I had two weeks away last month volunteering at an outdoor pursuits center with VISTA a charity for blind and partially sighted children so had to put the training on hold but I'm now back in full swing getting ready for the end of the month. Additionally I'm using my funding to buy a new set of wheels for my track tandem, can't wait!

10th Aug, 2017

Lewis George Kerrod

Lewis George Kerrod

GO GOLD Athlete

British Summer Nationals Pt2

I also had a really good swim in the 200fc. I qualified for the final in 7th, dropped 1.7 seconds in the final (down to a 1.53.09) to finish 4th in the 17/18yrs age group. Overall I'm extremely happy with how the season has gone, I'd like to thank GO GOLD for their continued support and I hope to do even better next season.

10th Aug, 2017

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

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