Daniel Walsh – A Breakthrough Year

Im Daniel Walsh, a sprinter from Yorkshire and this is my season review…
Dan Walsh 100m

In terms of individual performance I believe 2015 has been my best season of the 3 I have competed in athletics. In 2013 I struggled to find any sort of consistency and in 2014 I ended my season early due to a hamstring tear a week before English Schools.

I spent September 2014 to December 2014 rehabilitating my hamstring before gradually building up to intense training. I wanted to get at least one 60m race in before the 2014/15 indoor season was over so I competed at one of the last ones at Sportcity, Manchester on 22nd March, where I fulfilled my first aim of the season: to run under 7 seconds.

So as my indoor season finished, a few seconds after it started, I began to prepare for the outdoor season with the intention of running primarily 100m and a few 200m. My first Championships of 2015 was the Yorkshire Championships in May, where I took gold with my first sub 11 run of the season into a -1.0 m/s headwind. 3 weeks later I ran in my next Championships at the Northern Championships at Sportcity, Manchester. I ran an automatic timed PB in the heat which gave me great confidence for the final, in which I took gold with another PB in the closest race I’ve ran in with the top 3 all being given the same times.

The following month I competed for West Yorkshire in the English Schools Championships at Gateshead stadium. At the start of the season my aim was to make the final, however moving through the rounds I gained confidence and believed I could medal. Usually I get nervous for finals, however for this one I felt excited and my adrenaline levels were sky high. It was another extremely close race with 0.01 seconds separating the top 3. After crossing the finish line I knew I had medalled however I was completely shocked when in came up on the announcement board that I had actually won the race.

My final important race of the season was the Welsh International, which I was invited to through winning the Northern Championships. After a 4-hour drive I felt exhausted so was unable to run close to a PB, however fortunately I did enough to get a silver medal.

All in all I believe it was a very successful season, running personal bests in the 60m, 100m and 200m. I have now moved to Newcastle, studying at Northumbria and have moved to a new coach training at Gateshead. I hope and believe that I will have a successful transition into the senior ranks in 2016, run more PBs and get more medals.

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