Today I came 3rd in my Heat: I ran a good bend and was level off the bend, however I didn’t transition well off the bend, due to lack of speed endurance, low hips and rustiness and crossed the line in 21.56 (+1.0) behind Adam Gemili & Sam Watts, which qualified me for the Semi-Final.
The Semi-Final I had a terrible start and was literally left in the blocks. I initially reacted off a click, reacted but just rocked slightly in the blocks, but because of the initial movement I didn’t react to the gun. However I ran a good bend to catch the rest of the field but finished 4th in a time of 21.75 (+0.3) which didn’t qualify me for the Final (I was the 9th fastest so just missed out).
The build up to these championships hasn’t been ideal for me. Picked up a hamstring injury from the BUCS 100m final in May. It was worse that initially thought and it took a while to heal.
This time last week, I was only able to do 60%-80% runs and I honestly thought I wasn’t going to be able to run today. However God has been so good in bring my hamstring to full health this week. I have been praying and getting others around to pray for it as well and on Thursday, my hamstring was just about well enough to do a blocks session!
I was disappointed but at the same time happy to be back running at 100% with no pain. Back to the drawing board and hopefully pull out a better time at South of England Championships next week.
Friday and Saturday I ran in the 100m for Brunel University.
On the Friday I was in the 11th Heat, got a OK start and cruised through to win the heat in 10.7 (Manual Timing) .
Saturday started off with the Semi-Final and was up against Ade Adewale from Essex University. I got a good start and a decent pick up however I didn’t push it any further because my hamstrings were feeling tight and came second in 10.60 (+0.5).
In the Final, I got a really good start and had a really good pick up, I was about to start step it up a gear but I felt a cramping sensation in my left hamstring. I slowed slightly and my momentum took my through the line, and finished Third in 10.53w (+2.3) behind Ade Adewale 10.41w & Samuel Osewa 10.52.
The night before I couldn’t sleep and only had 1.5 hours sleep! The weather that day was much hotter than it had been all month so dehydration, diet, sitting down a lot revising which leads lack of mobility and stress probably all contributed to the hamstring pull. Lessons to learn for next time.
This meant that I couldn’t run the 200m which I was gutted about, however I am happy that the injury highlighted things I need to work on.
Here are some tweets from over the two days
Third in 10.53w (+2.3) in lane 7
Second in 10.60 (0.5) in lane 3
Winner of the heat in 10.7 (Manual timing) in lane 7
Ran 10.80 (-0.9) at today Woodford Open for the 100m. I got an average start but didn’t feel like my pick up and finish was a good as usual. Had to push to the line and had just enough to win the race. After the race my legs, especially my hamstrings were sore, so I think they were just sore from Thursday’s session. Good to get a run out though! Next stop BUCS.
After speaking to one of GB’s 100 & 200 metres hottest properties in James Alaka.
Tracktics have gone to Under 23 level to find Medway & Maidstone/ Brunel University athlete André Wright. 100 & 200m specialist André has made big steps to becoming a real talent… Read more
Look on pages 8, 9 and 16 articles about me at BUCS. To see the original link, click here.
Today I competed in a one off 400m competition just to see out of curiosity how fast I could run a 400m. I won the final, breaking the 50 second barrier in 49.7, a new PB but first 400 race since 2010
Interview with Chris Hepworth, to read the full article click here