Charlie has had an incredibly successful few years, breaking records and striving to be the best he can. We will continue to follow his progress and over the coming months Charlie will be blogging here, sharing the trials and tribulations he faces on his journey to Rio 2016.
I am so happy that you guys will continue to support me in the lead up to the Olympics in 2016. When we first started the association in 2012 I was a young aspiring athlete with goals of representing my country at senior level.
I have progressed steadily through the ranks and have been the National 1500m Champion for the last two years. In 2014 I had my first taste of senior international competition where I represented GB in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the European Championships in Zurich. I made the final in both and this experience helped to motivate me this year to make the GB team for the World Championships in Beijing, which apart from the Olympics is the biggest competition in my sport.
Before I arrived in Beijing, due to the humidity and the climate it was important that I acclimatized well to the conditions prior to competing. I travelled with a few athletes and my coach to an altitude training camp in Gifu, Japan. It was high up in the mountains (1800m altitude) and very secluded but a perfect place to focus on training without any distractions. This enabled me to also get accustomed to the time zone, which was 7 hours ahead of the UK.
Competing in Beijing was a fantastic experience for me. I had a very successful Championship, which saw me progress through both the heats and semi-finals in an automatic position. I am really pleased to say that I came 9th in the competition exceeding all expectations. To come 9th in the World at 21 years of age, being the only European to reach the final is an achievement that I am very proud of.
It is great to be back home for a short while to get organized before I head off to race in New York next weekend in the Fifth Avenue Road Mile, which is an annual mile road race in New York City. This will be my final race of the season and I am really looking forward to it. I will then be taking a few weeks off and plan to visit friends in San Francisco before returning home to start my winter training.
I will be back in touch in a few months’ time to let you know how I have been getting on.
Until then, Bye for now,
You can read more about our sponsorship with Charlie here.