- GO GOLD Ambassador
- UK Athletics
- Oadby and Wigston
- Guthlaxton College
- Achievements from Application:
- 15th at the European Cross Country in my first year as a senior athlete
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Everyone Active Fitness
The British championships have been cancelled and I am finding it really hard not being able to race and see where I am in relation to my competition at the moment. I am also finding that the prolonged lack of racing and not knowing when it may resume difficult to prepare for but I keep pressing on as I know that everyone's health is the most important thing right now. Keep smiling!
Training is going well and I'm hoping that there may be some races available in the new year but I guess I'll have to watch this space…………!
Happy Christmas everyone, stay safe and hopefully 2021 will be a happy, healthy new year!
I am in a heavy block of training despite there being no races at the present time. It's so strange as races would normally indicate where I am at, so whilst I feel strong and feel I am training well, it's always good to see where I'm at in a competition scenario.
it is particularly hard this week as this weekend is traditionally the trials race in Liverpool for the European XC in December but of course this isn't going ahead this year.
After a short break it's back to the grind and the heavy winter training, though at the moment there doesn't seem to be any races to target through these winter months. The main target will always be next year but the training through the winter months will be key to developing into a stronger, more competitive athlete.
I ran at Nuneaton in a 1500m at the weekend for the last race of the season. I was feeling good and had been running pb sessions leading into the race but on the night it was really windy and although I thought I would finish the season with a pb, it wasn't to be. I was so disappointed not to pb but in the grand scheme of things, it was good just to be racing in such a strange and shortened season due to COVID.
Taking the positives from the race and the win will mean I have something to build on over the winter months after I've had a short break.
On Tuesday I was completing my run when I was stung on my lip by a bee or a wasp. I can not believe that 3 days later my lip and face are still so swollen despite the antihistamines I have been taking. Who would have thought it!!
I came 5th in the British Championships in the 1500m final on Saturday. I was disappointed as I was in a bad position when the race went and I lost a few seconds trying to get back on terms, which is too much to make back at that level.
I clearly need to learn better race tactics!
I ran at the British Championships last night in Manchester. The race was at 9.40 pm and after it being a lovely day the conditions rapidly deteriorated and it was so cold and windy and it poured with rain. I was in heat 1 of 2 heats with the first 4 from each heat to go through and 4 fastest losers. I was pleased with the control in my race, coming in 2nd place in one of the automatic qualifying spots and I am looking forward to the final later today.
I ran at Trafford at the BMC Grand Prix on Saturday in the 1500m and was determined to push on from my last two races. I was pushing for a time as I feel in pb shape but the storm meant there were extremely high winds and heavy rain. I led the race from start to finish and felt strong finishing and whilst I knew I wouldn't pb because of the conditions I felt so strong and was really pleased to come away with the win.
I ran a 1500m in Bydgoszcz, Poland last Wednesday, which was my first race of the season. It was a bit odd as I haven't run or trained with anyone since lockdown started but it was good to get back out there.
Unfortunately, the pace maker wasn't the best and so no one ran to their best but it was a competitive race and a chance to get the legs ticking over.
On Friday I ran an 800m in Bromley and got a pb. It was extremely windy, which affected the times but I was pleased with the run, though I felt it was possibly faster than the time suggested- but that's is a good thing going forward as it means there is more to come.
With the lack of available races, I did an 800m Time Trial today and ran an unofficial pb.
I am so pleased as it is not my favourite distance but it is the quickest start to a season I have ever had and it shows my training during lockdown has been heading in the right direction and I cannot wait to race over the 1500m.
I have been invited to compete in the British Championships in Manchester at the beginning of September. It is a closed event so it will be very strange but it will be good to get a chance to race.
Hopefully there will be a race or two before then for me to get race sharp but until then there is a big block of training to get under my belt. Fingers crossed the Championships will go ahead as it would be good to really see where I am at as I am still training on my own and so I can't see where I am within my usual training group.
It's back to lockdown for me and a lot of Leicestershire athletes. It's a bit disheartening but hopefully it won't be for too long and everyone's health is the most important thing at this time.
It's been tough trying to maintain my usual routines during lockdown and I've been struggling over the last few weeks with a bit of a niggle, which I thought might be as a result of not having a massage since early March, just before the lockdown started.
I managed to get a massage and thankfully, it's not an injury, just extremely tight muscles and a bit of realignment was required, which the massage has sorted out for me!! Such a relief and I'm raring to go again.
Good luck to all the athletes competing this week in the School Games Virtual Summer Championships! I know it's going to be different this year but just go out there and have an amazing time!
I had my first track session yesterday since the lockdown began. I am timetabled for my sessions but I must admit I was quite nervous beforehand but I needn't have worried as there were lots of safety measures in place and a limited number of people allowed on the track at any one time, which was very reassuring!
It was really strange running back on the track and it was a bit like when you return from injury and it was really good Just to have a one to one with my coach for him to see how I was training.
I received my funding cheque from Go Gold and I just have to say a huge thank you!! I have decided that I am going to buy some hurdles which I am going to use for my drills. This is especially useful at this time when I can't get access to my normal equipment and I'm having to be resourceful with what I have at home. Thank you Go Gold as I really appreciate the help you give me which helps me to reach my goals.
Training is different due to the current situation with COVID-19. I can still go for my runs each day but if I want to session, I have to be a little more creative and try and find a quiet back road where there won't be much traffic. I'm focusing on my strength training and hope I will benefit from this when I am able to race again. I must admit it is quite hard mentally doing all of the training on my own as I like the banter of the group and I like to get a feel for how I am training within the group so I can see how I'm improving each session.
These are very small unimportant things though and so minimal in comparison to what a lot of people are going through, I hope you all stay safe, stay at home and protect our NHS! 👍👏
In view of the recent travel restrictions for the Coronavirus, my training camp has been cancelled. It looks like my track and gym access will also be compromised but you have got to take the positives and keep smiling in these difficult circumstances! Thankfully, I am fit and healthy and I hope anyone with the virus makes a speedy recovery.
I came 4th at the British Championships in Glasgow on Sunday. I ran in the 3k, which was a very tactical race. It was very slow for the first 2k and a real blast for the final 1k. I wasn't pleased with how the race went but I wasn't too disappointed either. I was prepared for the tactical race and the pleasing thing is the final 1k is the quickest I have run recently. Because I haven't really done any speed work yet, I can take this as a huge positive from the race and for the forth-coming track season.
This is the last of my indoor races and I've been pleased with dipping my toe into the indoor season this year and will definitely look to do more indoor races next year.
I will be entering a block of heavy training now before heading to an altitude camp in April.
It was the BUCS Championship 1500m final today and it was my last BUCS race and so I wanted to go out with a bang!! My race plan was to sit in for the first few laps and then to pick it up and see who came with me. I really felt like I commanded the race and once I hit the front I knew I had to keep pushing it on as I couldn't give anyone a chance to get in front. I felt really good in the race, despite not doing much speed specific training yet. The gold medal was a great reward and hopefully it's onwards and upwards for the upcoming track season