- GO GOLD Athlete
- UK Athletics
- Brooksby Melton College
- Achievements from Application:
- Winning the schools international 400m hurdles representing England
- English Schools Silver medallist 400m hurdles
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Catmose Sports
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
During November and the early part of December I have been in another tough training block, I have really started to feel the rewards of my hard work when we have done speed sessions and am noticing a real improvement in my running. My coach is really pleased with how my technique is improving too.
I am looking forward to opening my indoor season in January and to see how my winter training has benefitted me.
I also booked my warm weather training trip for April this month which is what I used the majority of my GoGold funding money for - thank you for making warm weather training possible for me GoGold!
Towards the end of September I picked up stomach bug which was annoying as I missed some training but my coach switched round sessions to minimise the impact on my training.
Winter training is going really well, the sessions are tough but I love it! , I feel good and can feel that I am getting fitter and stronger all the time.
I also had a family holiday in mid October to Gran Canaria, this didn't mean a break from training - I continued my training whilst out there so it was like a warm weather training camp in October! It was nice to train in the hot sunshine again!
Thank you to GoGold for the support, it really makes a huge difference to me, I am saving the second installment which I received a few weeks ago to pay towards warm weather training in the spring.
After finishing my season in early August and enjoying a well earned 3 week break, I am now in week 4 of my pre winter training.
I have been doing a lot of conditioning and aerobic work so far and it's going really well. I feel fit and strong and am looking forward to getting stuck into winter training, I'm excited to see what the 2019 season has in store for me! Some new athletes have joined my training group and I'm really looking forward to working with them too, having good training partners can be really great for my own progress too!
Last week I competed at Loughborough University in the European Permit Meeting. It was a high standard of competition and I ran the 400m flat, my time was okay, I went off a bit fast in my first 200m so ran out of steam at the end a bit! Then on Saturday I competed at the Senior Nationals in Manchester - conditions were terrible which affected my stride pattern in 400mH a lot, I came away happy with my performance though!
I have a couple of meets coming up for shorter sprints to finish off my season!
After having a rough time with illness I have had a great training block leading into English Schools and my hard work was rewarded in the 400m Hurdles senior boys final with a big PB and 5th place in my first year in this age category. I was also in the bronze medal winning 4 x 100m relay squad which was an added bonus to my personal results this weekend! A few more races coming up very soon to finish off the season!
I have been really unwell with tonsillitis for the last few weeks and had to have 2 courses of antibiotics as it didn't go away completely after the first lot! This has affected my training massively as I basically haven't been able to do much at all. I competed at the midland championships but probably shouldn't have as I was far from 100%, I came away with a silver medal in the 400mH but ran a time which showed I was not fully fit at all. Based on this my coach and I decided I would not run the 400mH at the national champs this weekend and I just did the 200m just for fun instead as it doesn't take nearly so much out of me.
I'm now starting to get back to normal and am beginning a 4 week training block heading into English Schools in July.
Ben feels privileged to have secured funding this year, meaning he can get the extra sessions in that he wouldn't have been able to get without Go Gold funding.
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Today I raced at the Loughborough International for the first time. I was really excited to get given a guest spot and was looking forward to experiencing the occasion for the first time.
I executed the first 200m of my 400mH race really well and was very pleased with how that part went, the second half wasn't so clean and so my time wasn't quite what I had hoped for but it was a great experience for me!
Looking forward to my next 400mH race at the Midland Championships in June!
I raced at Loughborough University last Saturday in the BUCS trials meeting. The conditions were far from ideal, it was freezing, windy and raining!
I was really pleased to run well inside the qualifying standard in my first race and with the time I ran despite the race being scrappy in places! Lots of improve on and I'm looking forward to my next 400mH race this weekend!
Having recently returned from my first ever warm weather training camp in tenerife I am feeling in really good shape mentally and physically for the outdoor season ahead! I loved the experience of warm weather training, I really felt I progressed in terms of where I was at in my training.
Last night I had my first race since moving to my new coach; I ran 200m down in Watford.
The conditions were ideal sprinting conditions and I was pleased to open my outdoor season with a pb and a very solid race.
I'm really looking forward to my next competition now!