As you are all fully aware by now, Anglian Home Improvements are sponsoring Olympic athletes, receiving a monthly update from them all about what they have been up to. Here is the latest blog from long distance runner, Charlie Grice.
I had a very enjoyable day volunteering at the 3rd Brighton Marathon on 15th April. I started 12 Mini Mile races for the youngsters, which had a record number of entries. It was good to see so much enthusiasm shown by the 17 year-olds and under. The weather was good and when the sun shines, it shows Brighton at its best. The atmosphere was amazing with runners pushing themselves to the max and a record amount of money was raised for charities and good causes.
The clocks have changed and British summertime is upon us. At last I can do some races! My training group travelled up to Watford for a mid-week Open Meeting. I did the 800m; it was a low key meeting so I got my friend Ben Tickner to pace for the first of the two laps. It felt a quick pace as I haven’t travelled that quickly for a while! I finished strongly in first in a time that was OK for the first race and it was quicker than I opened up with last year, so this is pleasing. The other objective of the race was to prepare for my favourite distance, the 1500m in Manchester ten days later. By running an 800m, which is significantly quicker than 1500m, it should make my 1500m pace feel more comfortable, so if anything the race was good training and was good for my fitness.
My coach and I travelled up to Manchester on Saturday afternoon and stayed the night as my race was on Sunday morning. The journey wasn’t too bad considering it was 254 miles away. We made good time and it only took 3.5 hours in Jon’s swift Jaguar sports car. It is a long way to travel for a race, but the idea is that there will be a very good standard of competitors, and races like this are few and far between, hence the distance that we had to travel. I was against a very strong field with some professional athletes. On paper going into the race I was sixth fastest, so I knew I would just have to relax and stick with the pace for as long as possible. It was good to be amongst these guys.
I am glad to say that it was well worth the effort. It was a quick pace from the start and I stuck with it and paced myself well. I came through strong in the last 300m to finish 3rd in the race, only 2 seconds off my personal best, which we were pleased with for this time of year. This time puts me top of the under 20 UK rankings in 2012.
It is a great release for me to have some races because life is difficult at the moment for me with a lot of work pressures as my exams start at the end of May, and I am cutting myself off from any kind of socialising, which means I am either training or studying, but at least I can see light at the end of the tunnel as I have some very exciting competitions to look forward to over the next few months.
In my next blog I will be able to tell you about my experiences of competing at the Olympic stadium-so watch this space!
Bye for now,