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Training with Kelly

Bexley athlete Michael Hobson dreams of competing in the London 2012 Games as a long-distance runner. Read his diary here.

Michael Hobson hopes to compete in the 2012 Games.
Michael Hobson hopes to compete in the 2012 Games.

May 2009

May signalled the start of the track season with races coming thick and fast for me and the members of my training group. Some impressive runs from my training partner James Brewer, these included a qualifying clocking for the European under 23 1500m when running 3mins 40 seconds at Manchester's Sport City Stadium.

Having finished my coursework for the year in mid-May I received some good news from my Old Sixth Form College, St Luke's, which agreed to allow me to host a race in its grounds, in memory of my good friend Joe Allen sometime next March.

Initially there had been some uncertainty about whether the event would go ahead as the college is due to be re-opened as Christ the King St Mary's in September, so it was good to get the go ahead for the planned races.

The concept is that three races over one mile will be hosted at the event with all the proceeds being donated to The Adolescents Unit at the Royal Marsden.

Hopefully, I will be able to use my time away from studying to work upon organising the event.

Next step for me is the Senior Southern Track and Field Championships and a few BMC competitions where I hope to improve on my personal best times.

April 2009

Following an eventful March, April has been a lot more relaxing. A warm weather training trip to Villamoura, Portugal was a good opportunity to get away from England and the stress of balancing university deadlines with training, working, and Coaching Special Olympics Richmond.

Dame Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes

During our time in Portugal a very surreal moment was the presence of Dame Kelly Holmes during one of our circuit training sessions.

She had been visiting members of my training group and Ross Murray (who joined us on the training trip) who is involved with her 'On Camp with Kelly' mentoring programme.

After finishing her meetings, she decided to pop in to one of our circuit training sessions. During this session her roots as an Army P.T.O came out; as she stood at the side of the shouting encouragement at the group, especially Ross.

The warm weather seemed to do the trick and was just what I needed to help me relax. I returned to England rejuvenated and I'm looking forward to competition in May and June, with a number of competitions coming up for members of my Special Olympics squad too.

Michael's February/March diary



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