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GLASGOW GOLDS FOR JOHNSON-THOMPSON AND MUIR AS BRITS COLELCT FOUR MEDALS

March 2nd, 2019 by Peter Le Rossignol

It was a golden evening session at the European Indoor Championships as the Glasgow crowd were treated to four British medals in 15 minutes as Katarina Johnson Thompson (coach: Bertrand Valcin, club: Liverpool Harriers) and Laura Muir (Andy Young, Dundee Hawkhill) sealed the pentathlon and 3000m titles respectively.

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JOHNSON-THOMPSON AND EMERSON STAR AS BRITS SHINE ON FIRST GLASGOW MORNING

March 1st, 2019 by Peter Le Rossignol

On a busy opening morning of action, Katarina Johnson-Thompson (coach: Betrand Valcin, club: Liverpool Harriers) and Niamh Emerson (David Feeney, Amber Valley & Erewashl) enjoyed fine mornings in Glasgow to head into this evening’s conclusion of the pentathlon in gold and bronze medal places respectively at the European Indoor Championships.

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BRITISH ATHLETICS NAME RECORD TEAM FOR EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

February 17th, 2019 by Peter Le Rossignol

British Athletics have today named a record equalling number of 48 athletes for the European Indoor Championships on home soil in Glasgow from March 1-3.

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Feeling the love… Again

July 26th, 2018 by Peter Le Rossignol

The title of this blog might make you this hey up whats this all about? Don’t worry it is not anything kinky far from it…

I am talking about sport and how for a time a fell out of love for a sport I had enjoyed and loved since the age of 10… So 27 years ago… Man I am getting old!!!

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SAMBA CLOSES IN ON WORLD 400M HURDLES RECORD

July 1st, 2018 by Peter Le Rossignol

For the fifth time in six races this season, the 22-year-old Qatari produced a world-leading performance in the 400m hurdles. But in his latest, a blazing 46.98 run at last night’s Meeting de Paris IAAF Diamond League fixture in the French capital, Samba became just the second man to ever breach the event’s 47-second barrier, leap-frogging among others Edwin Moses, widely considered the finest 400m hurdler of all time. Suddenly, Kevin Young’s 46.78 world record, set at the 1992 Olympic Games, three years before Samba was born, no longer seems that far out of reach.

Checkout his race here.

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The Power of Sport to change lives

June 12th, 2018 by Peter Le Rossignol

So mental health awareness especially in men is a hot topic so I thought I would write about my experience of mental health and how sport has the power to change lives.

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What makes a successful team?

January 30th, 2018 by Peter Le Rossignol

So for my second blog I am going discuss what makes a successful team.

Firstly there are so many connotations assiocated with the word team.

A sports team, a work team, a married team, an athlete’s team the list could go on.

All successful teams have the same factors that result in them being successful. This could be in the sports arena, workplace or at home.

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Has athletics got it all wrong?

January 6th, 2018 by Peter Le Rossignol

I have been meaning to write a blog for a while but haven’t really had the time or the subject to discuss. But today something came into my mind & it got me asking the question… Has athletics got it all wrong?

I have been in athletics since the age of 10 competing in sprints and jumps to national level. I gave up training and competing at around the age of 25.

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What inspired me?

January 16th, 2016 by Peter Le Rossignol

If it wasn’t for sport and athletics inpartically I am not sure what I would be doing right now? At the age of 10 realised I was good at something and that was running fast. I was in year 6 at primary and was part of the relay in the Ashford district sports championships I took the baton and run the race of my life winning the race for the team. From that moment on I fell in love with athletics. At sports day I won the sprint race and then I joined the local club Ashford AC.

Athletics got me on the right track in life and my first real memory of international competition was the 1991 World Championships and the historic epic long jump competition between Carl Lewis and Mike Powell. The latter breaking the world record to win. I am going share a memory from each year since 1991. I hope you enjoy it. 

My London Marathon Challenge – Part 4

November 3rd, 2013 by Peter Le Rossignol

SSP_SD_100575Well it’s been a while since my last blog so lots to update you on!!!

I have continued with my training making sure I do enough to keep progressing at a steady pace without getting injured as April 2014 is still a long way off.

I have started to go further on my Sunday morning runs going for up to an 90mins in my first run I managed just over 10miles which I was really pleased with as this is the furthest I have ever run in my life. It wasn’t too hard either just at a steady pace…

As I was a sprinter I still like to keep the speed going so will be doing lots of 5k park runs and 10ks to make sure the speed is there. In early October I ran my second Maidstone Park run; I was aiming for a PB and sub 23mins. I went out hard and carried on to finish is great time of 21.40mins so smashed my pre-race target. A very happy runner!! The week after my park run I took part in the Givaudan 10k road race starting and finishing at the Julie Rose Stadium our home track. I was looking forward to running in my home town and helping the club raise funds. I woke up on the morning of the race and looked out the window it was raining (in fact it was more like a monsoon!!!). I drove through the pouring rain to the track and arrived to find the track flooded with rain water. OK today’s race was going to be interesting and wet!! I warmed up and went to the start area where the organisers said there was a major road flood just over the railway bridge which is outside the stadium. The starter Derek Seamon got us on our way and went out hard (perhaps a little too hard) we approached the railway bridge and at the bottom was the flood. I just followed the runners and went straight through the middle which was the quickest and shallowest part of the flood. That said my trainers where soaked. I went through the first 1km in under 4mins which was a little but too fast as I started to feel a bit heavy legged at 3km.

I carried on pushing and as the race went on I got wetter and wetter but was feeling ok. It was great to see all the volunteer marshals on the route many of whom gave us a cheer as we went pass them. Just after 7km I was greeted by my family who braved the rain to cheer me on. Claire my wife who’s birthday fell on the same day deserves a special mention for coming out in the rain to support me!! See them all gave me a boost and I pushed onto to the finish. When I entered the stadium gates I glanced at my watch thought sub 45mins is on. I didn’t want to sprint too soon but once on the track I went for it. As I crossed the line I wasn’t sure if I had done it… An hour or so later I found out my time. 45.03mins so close yet so far!! Anyways next time.

Following the 10k I have kept training up and ran another Park Run PB this time at the first park run in Ashford. My time of 21.14 was good enough for 16th overall. Didn’t feel great so lots more to come!!
Finally this morning I went out for my long Sunday morning run I headed out and was going well. At 5miles I was at Hamstreet woods I decided to carry on towards Woodchurch hoping there would be a right turn to take me back towards Stubbs Cross/Kingsnorth but it never came. I decided to turn back and ran through to Shadoxhurt and realised that I wouldn’t get back home in the allocated 90mins so called home to let them know I was going to be late. I ended up running 13.1 miles in 1hour 49mins which is a Half Marathon!! I have to say my legs are killing!!!

That’s enough for today… Hope you enjoyed the update!!!

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