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Blog spot: Perri Shakes-Drayton

Perri Shakes-Drayton
Blogging for UKA in 2009-10


17 April 2009

Reigning UK 400m hurdles champion Perri Shakes-Drayton will keep us posted on her 2009 season by blogging for www.uka.org.uk. Find out how she is planning to juggle her studies and training in the year ahead.


Back to university...

User AvatarPosted by Site Administrator at 21/10/2010 2:09:21 PM
Where to start since my last blog entry?! Double bronze medallist at the European Championships is as good a place as any! It was a fantastic experience and I was delighted with the way things turned out – I can certainly look back on 2010 and conclude that it was a really good season for me. Being the national champion and the holder of two European bronze medals makes me so happy and I firmly believe all my hard work and constant dedication paid off and contributed towards my success. When you consider that I have to balance training alongside university assignment deadlines, it does make me feel very proud.

I’m facing a similar routine from now all the way through to the 2011 season as I’ve just started my final year (yippee) of university and I’ll have to again find that careful balance between both commitments. My studies were the reason why I wasn't out in Delhi for the Commonwealth Games but this didn’t mean I wasn’t watching closely, especially my rivals! I was constantly screaming at my laptop and television (whenever I had the chance to get to one!).I must say I was very pleased with how all the English athletes fared, as well as all my other Aviva GB & NI teammates from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Currently I’m tied up traveling back and forth from Brunel and Mile End for university and training – working extremely hard throughout the winter. In actual fact, I haven’t had any ‘time off’ since Barcelona as I’ve continued to train in order to keep my fitness levels high – my coach even had me running on the beach whilst I was on holiday!!


  • At 3:32 PM on 21/10/2010,
    Steve Cross wrote:
    Congrats on your fantastic season and times. Really looking forward to watching you next year and of course 2012. You definitely seem to be one of our more likeable athletes and not afraid to out in the hard work.