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Michael Hobson's 2012 diary

Michael Hobson is a long distance runner with Bexley Athletics Club. He dreams of competing in the 2012 London Games and is keeping a diary for BBC London.

Michael Hobson (left) competing
Michael Hobson competing

About Me

I became involved in athletics in 2000 and joined Bexley AC after being selected to compete for The London Borough of Bexley in the Mini Marathon.

Since joining I've competed in various competitions.

I have represented Bexley A.C, Kent County and London Schools and won the London Schools boys 800m title twice. I've gone on to compete in the English Schools Track and Field championships in Sheffield in 2003 and Birmingham in 2005.

It was at the 2005 event when I first truly experienced the 2012 spirit and became determined to win selection for the games. The Championships were scheduled for to be held on 8 and 9 of July at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, days after the announcement of London's successful Olympic Bid.

The London team had arranged to meet at Kings Cross on the 7th before travelling up to Birmingham. However, the devastation caused by the terrorist attacks in London meant the team rearranged to meet at White City underground station.

Despite the disruption London fielded a team 59 out of 60 athletes at Alexander Stadium on the morning of the 8th: I ended up travelling with the Kent Team, sleeping on the floor of a club mate's hotel room before reaching the final of the 800m and finishing 8th. Other athletes had walked to White City from south London.

These events have fuelled me with the determination to succeed and reach the games.


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