Saturday, 16 July 2011


It's make or break now for Trackspeed1's season over the next 14 days, as all their big hitters head for the major meets of the year.

This weekend's England Championships, however, will only see three of the squad in action, with Lawrence Wooldridge, Matt Threadgold and Jason Hussain in the 200m.  Threadgold ran the 400m today, but went out in the semi-finals with a 48.72s run that left him one agonising place outside the final.

Next week marks D-Day for David Bolarinwa - well, four times to be precise, as he contests both the 100m, 200m and relay for Great Britain in the European Junior Championships, in Tallinn, Estonia.

"David could have up to 8 races with three rounds in each individual sprint, plus possibly two runs in the relay," explained coach John Powell, who will be travelling to Tallinn himself on Wednesday.  "Day one is Thursday with the 100m heat in the morning and semi-fionals in the afternoon.  The final is on Friday evening as are the heats of the 200m, so a god recovery strategy is essential," he continued.

Meanwhile, James Ellington is focussing on the training track before he mounts his assault on the World Championship Trials on the weekend of July 30/31st.  He will start as a solid favourite to get into the relay squad for the Championships in South Korea at the end of August, but will be looking to gain an individual berth too.  As one of the fastest men in the country over 200m, he will start as a firm contender for his first ever medalist place in the major trials of the season.

The trials, which take place in Birmingham, should also feature Trackspeed1 names including Jason Hussain, Lawrence Wooldridge, Matt' Threadgold, and possibly even David Bolarinwa if he recovers in time from Tallinn.

Elsewhere in the squad, younger members have enjoyed a terrific season to date with Kieron Daley sneaking under 22 seconds for the first time ever last week - marking almost a second off his 2010 best.  Younger brother Anton has been on form with his first ever sub-11 second 100m runs, and despite early season injury, Matt Threadgold has PB'd in the 400m.

"It's been a great year so far, but we've got the business end of the season coming up," said John.

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