First Race of 2018

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Ok 2018 hasnโ€™t got Of to a great start ( race wise), I was in Sheffield at the EIS on Saturday for the Northern Champs. I had the 400m to contend with. Now I knew I wasnโ€™t going through to the semis , so had to focus on my heat and a good performance. Getting there an 1 hour and a half before my race left me time to warm up and chill out for a bit before the call up. During the warm up I felt fine, pretty sharp I thought! Leaving the block practice until last , just so Iโ€™ve got that feeling fresh in my mine. Call up came and I got put into my heat, I was hoping to get put into the heat with the other Master I knew, Kevin Pie, but was not to be, and I was stuck in with the young wiper snappers ๐Ÿ˜†. Felt relaxed, no pressure on me. The heat got called up, we were on next, got chatting to the official lady for a while, ( a Masters lady ) she smiled and got taking to me about her place in the London Marathon this year, she said โ€œ youโ€™ve got the build for a marathon, surprised your not a distance runner ! I smiled and said โ€œ I was โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜Š

Onto the Track I went, set my blocks up, had 1 practice start, felt good, so Iโ€™m ready… Starter calls for it, gun goes , and weโ€™re off ! Good out of the blocks, powering round the first 2 corners, but at the back coming to the break on the home straight, tucked into lane 1 and with 1 lap to go on my own and trying to keep strong round the last 2 bends. Last turn and Iโ€™ve got the home straight to myself ๐Ÿ™„. Crossed to line in 61.84,โ˜น๏ธ Gutted. Thinking I was in better shape, but whatโ€™s happened has happened.

Hopfully things will get better ๐Ÿ˜Š

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New year, New site, 1st blog ๐Ÿ˜Š

Well it’s 2018 and I’m sure this year is gonna be full of challenges, but 1st I’m tell you a little about myself , and how I got into athletics .

As a school boy I always loved running, loved the freedom of just running fast ! I was one of those kids who loved sports days especially when it came to the running events ๐Ÿ‘ I often ran the 100m and often won ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š . I used to love hear people cheering my name, it felt great.

Life changed when I left school tho, I gave up athletics and got a job as a printer and started a family. Had a little boy ( Ben) who has autism , which has its own challenges , but love him to bits.

I did however make a return to running back in 2009, just to get myself back into shape. ย It was hard at first, running a mile was a task in its self, but ever so slowly gained my fitness back and starting running on more a regular bases, 3-4 times a week. As time went on Millage creeped up and started getting more competitive, I decided to join a running club ( Sleaford Striders ) meet some fantastic people and started training for my first Half Marathon , the Sleaford Half 2011, I had a time in mind ( sub 2 hours ) . Training went very well and I even convinced 2 work colleagues to do the race to. Race day arrived and I had one of my fellow Striders to pace the race for me ( Terry Grant ) he did an amazing job, encouraged me all the way, giving me kicks up the backside when I needed it. I was on course for the time I wanted up till mile 10ish , I remember that hill , cardiac hill it was called, that just zapped my energy , had to really rally myself, Terry gave me a lot of encouragement at this point. I remember seeing that finish line and coming onto the grass section, I was working so hard at this point giving everything I’ve got, and crossed the line in 2hrs an 2min. Gutted, so close , but I knew I gave it everything . But I did let that put me off, the same year I entered my 2nd Half and smashed my PB 1h 53min in Newark.

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Piture above taken at my first 10mile road race ( Heckington Show 10)

In 2012 I ran a few more races for Sleaford before changing clubs.

 

 

 

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Above you’ll see the Sheffield Half, this race i loved, it’s one that sticks out in my mind , the atmos was awesome and I got to finish in Don Valley stadium , it was amazing. Also you’ll see the Sleaford Half , Lincoln 10k, and Woodhall Spa 10k.

A new challenge came that year with joining Lincoln Wellington , I knew my training was going to get taken up a notch. I got coached by Gary Warhurst , who played a Hugh part in my development over the next few years. New training group and new friends made ๐Ÿ˜Š In this group I met Sophie Cowper who really inspired me, her grit and determination was amazing, oh and she was quick, but I used to let her beat me on a few occasions lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† ( who am I kidding ) ย nah, couldn’t get nowhere near her, but I knew she would be going places, and she has, she’s now mixing it up with the best of them. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

 

 

You’ll see above a few random shots of my 1st and 2nd seasons in a Lincoln vest, road and XC. I actually enjoyed my 1st season of XC, suppose can’t know what to expect.. Training was going great tho and progress was there. Gary had faith in me and that helped ๐Ÿ‘ Suppose what I lacked was self believe , never was a confident person, but i knew how to give things 100% and always worked so hard in trading and races.

Ok well that’s a little bit more about me, I’ll dive into my sprinting times in my next blog, and pick up where i left off her about my distance time, and trying to take on the marathon, and more XC.

Welcome

Ok Iโ€™ve decided to ditch my old site due to a few complications . So welcome to my new site, hopefully be able to blog a lot more regularly now and keep you posted with training and race updates, and maybe an insight into my hectic family life ๐Ÿ˜‰

Iโ€™ll start off by introducing myself, my name is Brian, Iโ€™m 37 years old and Iโ€™m a 400m sprinter. I run for Lincoln Wellington

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Ive been a member here since 2012. I took up sprinting 2 years ago , the training is completely different to the distance running I was use to ! Weight training, ploy metrics plays a big part of my weekly trainingย F154E7B9-9684-4851-B680-718F07E3A1CC

track and grass session makes the rest of my hectic week ๐Ÿ˜Š. So letโ€™s start where I am as of January 2018 . Got an easy week this week due to the Northern Indoor Champs on Saturday, my first 400m of the year, fingers crossed Iโ€™ll put in a good performance ๐Ÿคž. So this week has consisted of a light track session with a few block starts and a light gym session, core work and stretching .

 

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