Charlie Grice Trains with Mo Farah

As you may be aware Anglian Home Improvements sponsor up and coming young athletes, including long distance runner, Charlie Grice. Charlie sends us a regular update on his training, how he's getting on in competitions and what he hopes to accomplish in the coming months. So, sit back and enjoy the latest update from Charlie Grice.

Hi Everyone 
 
Here is my latest blog:
 
For the first time in four years I was given an opportunity to explore a different part of Africa on my January winter training camp. This was a fantastic opportunity that arose for me to go and train with Mo Farah.  As you guys may be aware, I trained with Mo in Japan before the World Championships in Beijing. The World Championships went really well for us both; for me, achieving my goal in making the Final and Mo winning Double Gold in the 5k and 10k. We have kept in touch since and he invited me to come and train with him in Ethiopia...  I jumped at the opportunity! 

We are staying at Haile Gebrselassie’s athletic village hotel of ‘Yaya Village’. At the moment there is a lot of construction taking place here as they expand the hotel and build a swimming pool.  It is obvious from the miles of luscious grass fields that we run out on that things are changing pretty quickly here, with new buildings going up all the time.

Another advantage of being here is that the hotel is just a short distance (20km) from the capital, Addis Ababa and the airport only a 6.5 hour flight from the UK and there's only a +3 hours time difference so you can slot into training straight away without the worry of jet lag. 
 
I have been here for five weeks now, and have a few days left before I head straight to Glasgow to race the 3000m at the British Indoor Grand Prix on the 20th Feb. It will be my first race of 2016 and I am really excited to get my Indoor Season off to a good start. I have missed most of the Indoor Season due to being out here but my training is all geared up for the summer and competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Glasgow will be a great opportunity to see how the winter training has gone, test out new tactics and most of all to satisfy my hunger to race. Hopefully I will be selected to compete at the World Indoor Championships at the end of March which will be held in Eugine, USA.


During the last few days we have had a BBC film crew out here. They are working on a Mo Farah Road to Rio 2016 type documentary. It will be aired the week before the Rio 2016 Olympics this summer. It has been fun having the guys out here and seeing how they collect the footage. They will be catching up again at other training locations and races for more filming.

Anyway, it’s time for me to sign off for now and get some more miles of training in.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Until the next time,

Charlie


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