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Flourishing at St Mary's

Michael Hobson
Michael Hobson aims to compete in 2012.

June 2009

As May passed and June started, a feeling of change was in the air. With the academic year officially over it was time to train hard, race well, and earn a living. Prior to June, racing hadn't been going well due to a virus caused by stress related to a heavy college workload and coaching commitments.

With all of this now behind me all I had to worry about was training hard and earning enough money to cover my rent: enabling me to stay based at St Mary's and train under the guidance of my coach Craig Winrow.

With clear improvements in my performance in both training and racing, clocking a personal best of 4min 01.2 for the 1500m and get close to my personal best over 800m.

As well as my own personal improvements, being based at St Mary's for the summer allowed others to flourish under the guidance of coaches Craig Winrow and Mick Woods.

Andrew Osagie
Andrew Osagie

The Winrow-coached duo of Andrew Osagie and James Brewer winning the 800m and 1500m at the AAA Under23 Championships in addition to recording the European U23 qualifying standard running 1min 47.7 and 3min 39.1.

Also on the plane to separate Championships are Simon Horsfield and Stephanie Twell.

The Mick Woods-coached pair are set to compete in international 1500m races this year; Horsfield at The European Junior Championships in Serbia, and Twell at the Senior World Championships at Berlin providing she finishes in the top three at the England Athletics Senior Championships being held at Birmingham between the 10-12 July.

Most impressive is Twell's time this season of 4min 03.62 which tops the British rankings despite only being 20 years old.

Read Michael's May diary



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