Here is the 9th and final part of our young Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s Sporting Journey. As the observant amongst you will have noticed, Thomas’s month has run on longer than most(!) as I wanted to make the most of his amazing contribution to the Website. Despite training and competing nationally and internationally (including the CPISRA World Games in Spain) throughout the year and undergoing yet another operation, Thomas has heroically provided us with this inspiring and very enlightening glimpse into the life of a very committed and gutsy young athlete with very big dreams. We couldn’t be more proud of Thomas or more delighted that, through sheer hard work and determination, those dreams get ever closer to fulfilment.
Thomas’s success couldn’t be more deserved. You’ve certainly done all at the DBF proud, Thomas!
We hope that 2019 will be as successful a year for him as 2018 was and wish him the very best of success ongoing. Remember the name – Thomas is already a RaceRunning force to be reckoned with and we’ve no doubt he’s going to go all the way!
Read on for Part 9 of Thomas’s Sporting Journey…
The heat is building and so is the pressure!
Well I wished for it to get a little warmer to train and but I didn’t imagine it was going to get this hot. At least it is good training for Spain. Since my competition in June in Gloucester I have been training hard at my club Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club building up to my next competition.
We travel all over the country and my next challenge saw me compete in my very first Typhoo National Junior championships in Coventry – the home to Coventry Godiva Club. The competition was over two days and it was so hot on the track. On the first day I had the 800m, 400m and the 100m. RaceRunning was included for the first time and on the first day I had the 800m, 400m and the 100m! I was close to my Pb on my 100m and 400m and took over 6 seconds off my 800m Pb. Oh and I won 3 golds! On the second day I was also close to my 200m pb and won another gold medal. 4 golds and a pb – not bad for a weekend on the track!
On July 17th I ran another 3k road race as good CV training at Lincoln Wellington Ac. I took over 20 seconds off my 3k pb so I was really pleased with that.
As the month has gone on, my training has focused on developing my speed in preparation for a special race in Manchester. For the first time ever RaceRunning was also included in the England Athletics / CAU Disability Championships. I competed in the 100m and made the final and won a bronze medals with a new pb time.
As the month of July comes to an end my full focus turns to the CPISRA World Games in Spain. I am so honoured to be representing Team CP England and I’m really looking forward to representing my country again.
I’m going to be racing against athletes much older and stronger than me so I’m going to try to run the best races I can, aim for pbs and do my family and country proud.
We’re hoping that when Thomas has recovered from his recent operation (and we’re sure you’ll join us in wishing him a speedy journey back to full spec) he will send us a report on his experiences at the World Games where he did phenomenally well representing his country against very stiff opposition. Watch this space…!
I will also put all parts of Thomas’s Sporting Journey into one document for easy reading and downloading. Ditto!
In the meantime you can see *previous posts from Thomas and find links to his fundraising page by following the link: https://www.douglasbaderfoundation.com/?s=Thomas+Talbot&from=dbf
(*NB Part 8 of the Journey hasn’t made it to the archives yet and can be found here: https://www.douglasbaderfoundation.com/bader-grants-news/thomas-my-sporting-journey-part-8)
Click on the link if you’d like to download Part 9 of Thomas’s Sporting Journey as a pdf: https://www.douglasbaderfoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/TT-My-Sporting-Journey-9.pdfRaceRunner, Sporting Journey, Thomas Talbot