Global Running Day had me flicking through photos from the past, and after collecting too many photos to share in just one Instagram post, I decided to create a blog instead. I guess it was strange looking back because there were photos from before TeenRunner and after, photos from Tonbridge and from Hastings, photos from cross country and track.
But I’ll let you have a browse. I thought it would be best to keep this post more picture orientated (GCSEs have been very draining), but I have then linked a couple of blogs along the way. Here is Part 1 of the journey, Part 2 will arrive tomorrow.
A quick background update: I started running in about year 6 at school. Every Sunday my mum and I would jog a 2.5 mile loop on the fields. It was only in year 8 (2013) that I was allowed to join Tonbridge AC because my school finished very late (6pm!).
However I tripped up at the start and found myself at the back of 300 runners. I managed to claw back to 98th with blood dripping down the back of my calf and finished it off with a trip to A and E for stitches. I think you can just see a little run of blood in this photo!
That race saw the season draw to a close and I spent the following summer of 2014 on the track as an U15. Inbetween the shorter races, I began to run a few Parkruns. I hovered around the 20.00 mark for ages! I was significantly slower on the track and realised that I had no speed what so ever. Cross Country couldn’t have come sooner.
The track season finally ended in August, and I was over the moon when the training sessions began to lengthen. During the summer I had also been focusing on triathlon, mainly because I had just left prep school and so had nothing to do all holiday. However you might have read in this blog that the Hever triathlon did not quite go to plan!
Sadly, I had justed started year 9 at secondary school and my season as bottom under 15 in 2014/15 didn’t quite go to plan.
The cross country season finally ended and I was gutted that the winter I had waited so long for had disappeared down the drain. I was stuck in a rut…
I decided to take a little break from competitive running for a while. And that meant parkruns and trail races. By the end of the summer I reduced my Parkrun time down to 18 minutes 43 seconds. This was a huge confidence booster after having such a dreadful cross country season. I also made a few appearances on the track.
And then came TeenRunner! My first year at the new school really hadn’t been enjoyable… and I think that could be partly to blame for my running experiences. Fortunately, I worked really hard to gain an academic and sports scholarship to the school I’m at now. Things are now thousand times better.
It was an eventful summer that saw me swap clubs, travel to France for my Mum’s wedding, and also try out a couple of 3000m races on the track. However, I’ll leave that for next time. I hope you have enjoyed this post!
Next week (or maybe tomorrow if I have time), we have Part 2 of the journey to look forward to…