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Blog Spot: Tom Lancashire

Tom Lancashire


27 May 2009

So when is an athlete not an athlete? When he doesn't quite look the part! Read Tom's latest Blog for www.uka.org.uk below.


More Blueberries

User AvatarPosted by Liz Birchall at 2/3/2010 8:57:04 PM

It’s been a bit of a weird year so far. I'm currently going through my second bout of illness, the first one coming a couple of days before the Great Edinburgh Cross Country, which was wonderful timing, and the second striking at another opportune moment, just as I was making my final preparations to compete in Birmingham at the Aviva Grand Prix. I really should eat more blueberries.

I was unable to run in Birmingham, resulting in the world’s shortest ever indoor season which consisted of just one race; the 3000m at the National Championships in Sheffield. Technically an indoor season consisting of just one race of say, 400m would be shorter, but you get my point. Anyway, I got silver in Sheffield after a tactical error. Actually I blew up with one lap to go but “tactical error” sounds more professional I feel. Anyway, I was looking forward to having a crack at the World Indoors qualifying time in Birmingham, but that has been brought to an end by flu (that’s real flu by the way, not man flu).

I have however had some promising results this year, with a good win at the Ribble Valley 10k, and a solid 3rd at the Northern Cross Country Championships on what was more of a course for fell runners. Which I am not. My victory at Ribble was particularly pleasing as I was one of the last-minute entries, a “Festive 5 refugee” who made the journey from Manchester to Clitheroe that morning after the Sale Harriers’ race was cancelled due to snow.

 I’m not sure what will be coming up next for me, as my hopes of running at the World Indoor Championships have been scuppered by my inability to run in Birmingham. So for now its back to the lovely cross country base work and looking forward to the quickly-approaching outdoor season, I’ll see you there!




  • At 4:00 PM on 3/3/2010,
    Luciano Becchio wrote:
    Sounds like a classic example of looking a gifthorse in the mouth