Ben Higgins

Sport:
Athletics
Level:
GO GOLD Athlete
NGB:
UK Athletics
District:
Rutland
School:
Brooksby Melton College
Achievements from Application:
  • Selected to represent GB Juniors at the Loughborough International May 2019

This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Catmose Sports

Blog

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Looking forward to the season ahead

13th Mar, 2021

With dates for competitions for the outdoor track season starting to be announced I’m really looking forward to competing again and beginning to plan my races.
Training is going really well, I’ve been doing a lot more hurdling this month too.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Covid

5th Feb, 2021

Unfortunately I caught covid in January and had to isolate for 10 days and also was not that well so had to listen to my body and rest to make sure I recovered, then just as I was out of isolation and feeling okay along came the huge amounts of snow!! Sometimes you feel like the odds are just stacked against you but thanks to my coach who always goes above and beyond we were still able to do some snowy 121 sessions. It's taken me a couple of weeks post covid for my body to feel totally back to normal but this week training is going great and I feel good! It's great to be back on track and training well again after a few difficult weeks! All part of the journey.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

January lockdown.

20th Jan, 2021

January hasn’t been the easiest start to the year, lockdown meaning training is compromised again and we have had to adapt yet again to not being able to do certain parts of my normal training. Making the best of things though!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

December training

20th Dec, 2020

December has been a great month so far for me training wise, I’ve had some brilliant sessions and really can feel improvements in every aspect of my training!
I’m looking forward to seeing what 2021 holds for me.
I’d like to wish everyone at LRS a very merry Christmas and thank you again for the invaluable support this year!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown#2!

21st Nov, 2020

Lockdown#2 has meant I've had to adapt my training programme considerably, but having done this once for the first lockdown it wasn't so hard this time!
I'm still managing to do my full programme just with some adaptations including converting my living room into a full gym!
Training is going really well.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Fitter and Stronger!

26th Oct, 2020

Training is going really well and I have had a really good first block of winter training so far. I feel fitter and stronger than ever before and and really enjoying my training programme. Big thanks to GoGold at LRS for the ongoing support – it really is invaluable and makes a huge difference to me.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Winter training!

22nd Sep, 2020

After having my break in August for 3 weeks I am now back into pre winter training.
I feel really motivated for winter training and am more focused that ever.
It has been a strange year and I chose to only compete once due to wanting to get back into training earlier this autumn so needing to have an earlier break and I'm really pleased I made that decision with my coach.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Competing at last!

14th Jul, 2020

I was lucky enough to be able to compete at the first athletics event in the country since Corona Virus on Sunday at Nuneaton!
I was really excited and nervous having not competed since May 2019 due to my stress fracture last May ending my season just after it began, then months and months of hard rehab and getting back into training then just as I was ready to start competing corona virus came along!
I had a great day running a windy pb of 10.69 in 100m and a pb of 48.31 in 400m. I could not have been more happy with my performance and am hoping to get in a few more races fingers crossed if more clubs host events in the coming weeks.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Back on the track!!

10th Jun, 2020

It’s been amazing to be able to finally get back to training on a track and to have some (distanced!) training partners after so long! I have been really lucky to be able to use the facilities at a local independent school near my home during lockdown but nothing quite like getting back on the track!
I feel in great shape and all the hard technical work I’ve been putting in over the lockdown feels like it’s really paying off too!

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Training during Covid19

7th May, 2020

Training has been great so far during covid19, I have managed to continue working really hard and with my coach have made lots of adaptations to carry on with all my normal sessions in a slightly different way!
I am missing being able to run on the track obviously and having access to the gym but I'm pleased that I have still been able to push myself hard during this time.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Training adaptations during lockdown!

31st Mar, 2020

Having to be creative during this period of restricted movement so I've been doing lots of training at home In the back garden and the house alongside using my allowed daily exercise to complete the running section of my training sessions in fields or on roads near my home.
It's not ideal but we all have to make the best of what's available and keep in the best shape possible! I feel really motivated at the moment and having a very structured training plan to stick to (thanks coach!) is helping give me focus whilst training at the track and in the gym isn't possible.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Competing

3rd Feb, 2020

Training is going really well and I'm consistently up on the times I was running this time last year which considering I'm still coming back from a serious injury I'm really pleased about. My body is adjusting to the new way that I am running due to my orthotics and it is going to take a bit more time and rehab work to get me back to 100% but I was able to compete in a 60m race on Saturday at Loughborough Uni for the first time in over 8 months and although my hamstrings were tight afterwards and my time was not quick it's another step in the right direction! I will be working on building my speed and my body coping with that over the next month or so.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Back over hurdles!

20th Dec, 2019

It's been a great month for me as I'm finally back properly training on the track in spikes and I've been hurdling for the first time since May! Such a good feeling and I can really feel the positive changes in my running technique from the hard work of my rehab now that I'm back on the track.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what 2020 holds and can't wait to be competing again!
I also was on GoGold Ambassador duties today presenting an award at Uppingham Community College! I really enjoy being a GoGold Ambassador, giving something back and hopefully inspiring some younger athletes in the making!
Thank you to GoGold for the invaluable support through 2019! It makes a huge difference to me.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Winter training and continued rehab

29th Oct, 2019

My running is progressing nicely and I'm running faster each week without issues which is great. I'm still having to work hard on my rehab alongside my running to make sure things stay that way so I'm spending a lot more time training but I know it will be worth it to get me back into the kind of shape I want to be in for 2020. It's really important that I put in the rehab work to make sure my body is in great shape for the season ahead.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

All clear

2nd Oct, 2019

I'm really happy as I've now been given the all clear from the doctors and can start getting back into my training properly once I'm fully rehabbed! Looking forward to working harder than ever this winter and seeing what I can achieve on the track for the 2020 season!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

On the road to recovery!

9th Aug, 2019

I went to see the consultant this week and have been allowed to take the boot off and resume normal activities like walking, driving and some non loading cardio work in the gym such as rowing and on the bike which is great for keeping my fitness levels up.
A re scan in a few weeks time to check all is okay then on to rehab and getting back into training! Being injured is obviously the last thing you want as an athlete but I am feeling really motivated for getting back into training and working hard!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Injury

14th Jul, 2019

Unfortunately I've suffered a stress fracture to my navicular in my foot.
I have been struggling for a month or so with issues in my foot including going all the way to Belgium to compete and not being able to race! After an MRI and CT scan the stress fracture has been confirmed and I have been in a boots and on crutches for 3 weeks now. Another 3 weeks ish to go hopefully! Not ideal as I was in great shape and had Pb'd in every race I had run so far in the season! However, injuries in sport happen and I will come back stronger!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Ups and downs!

14th Jun, 2019

May has been a month of highs and not so highs!
My opening 400mH race was really pleasing with a pb of almost a second and a big pb in 200m on the same day!
This performance and my 400m flat pb the week before gained my first GB juniors selection in the 4 x 400m relay squad and reserve athlete for the individual 400mH at the Loughborough international. I ran well at the event and it was a brilliant experience!
Since then I've had a minor issue with my ankle which has hampered competing a little bit but I'm looking forward to the nationals next weekend in Bedford!

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Season Opener

4th May, 2019

I opened my outdoor season on Wednesday 1st May at an open meeting in Coventry. I did a 400m flat and was really pleased to get a pb in my opening race. This is a good bench mark for me now going forward into the outdoor season! First hurdles race coming up next weekend in Swansea which I'm looking forward to!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Warm Weather Training Camp

23rd Apr, 2019

I am currently half way through a 2 week warm weather training camp in Tenerife. Thank you to GoGold for helping to find this trip for me, I really appreciate the ongoing support.
I am really feeling the benefit of getting in some high quality training sessions out here and being able to solely focus on my training away from everyday life at home for 2 weeks, it's really beneficial in a lot of ways.
Really looking forward to opening my outdoor track season next week!

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Building for the outdoor season

7th Mar, 2019

The National Indoor Champs was a big learning curve this year! I was very unlucky with lane draws in every one of my races which indoors had a large impact on my ability to do as well as I would have liked in my events - however all things considered I came away happy with the way I executed and took a lot of positives from the weekend!
I'm now back into another training block and enjoying hurdling practise, I'm looking forward to competing outdoors in May after warm weather training.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Midland Champs Part 2!

18th Feb, 2019

Yesterday was the second part of the Midland Championships, this time at Arena Birmingham. I love running there and came away double Midland Champion in the 200m and the 400m. Another seasons best in the 400m and a good solid run in the 200m. Really pleased with how I executed both my races today and with my preparation going into the Nationals next weekend in Sheffield.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Midland Championships 60m!

12th Feb, 2019

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.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Indoor season competitions!

7th Feb, 2019

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.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Successful Season Opener!

13th Jan, 2019

Yesterday I opened my indoor season with 2 rounds of 60m at Loughborough Univeristy Open Meeting.
In my first round I was in the 4th fastest race (seeded by pbs) and I won my race by a good margin with an equal pb and the fastest time I've run in 60m for 2 years 7.08. This time got me into the second fastest race for round 2 and I ran a better race in this round and a pb of 7.02 seconds.
I really enjoyed the competition and competing against mostly senior athletes I was very pleased with my performance and how I managed to improve in the second round. It wasn't a perfect race but a great start for my indoor season! Next race at the end of the month 400/200!

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