U23 England Championships & European Trials

U23 England Championships & European Trials

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.

BUCS Outdoor Championships 2013

BUCS Outdoor Championships 2013

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

https://twitter.com/Vaughany222/status/331042848122228736