Thomas – My Sporting Journey Part 9

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!


Image curtesy of Nick Stevens
Image courtesy of Nick Stevens



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: /?s=Thomas+Talbot&from=dbf

(*NB Part 8 of the Journey hasn’t made it to the archives yet and can be found here: /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: /wp-content/uploads/2018/10/TT-My-Sporting-Journey-9.pdf

Thomas – My Sporting Journey Part 10: The World Games

A Spanish Silver Dream!

The start of August saw my Mum and I fly out to San Cugat, Barcelona in Spain. I had the honour of representing Team CP England at the CPISRA (Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association) World Games. I had been selected by Cerebral Palsy Sport, the national disability sports charity responsible for selecting and managing our England team for the Games. Team CP England, was made up of 26 swimmers and 37 athletes -including RaceRunners. We stayed in the team hotel and the day after we arrived I had my international classification again.


As part of international competition at my age and because of my hip surgery last year, I went through a medical review classification. This reviewed my impairment and how it impacts on my RaceRunning. Prior to this international Competition I was classified as an RR3 RaceRunning athlete. Following my medical review classification – my international RaceRunning classification changed to a lower classification of RR2.

For the World Games it is customary to have an opening ceremony and it was lovely to take part with the rest of Team CP England. The team spirit and camaraderie in the team was brilliant and it really was a fantastic team to be part of.



As part of the preparation for the World Games competition we had Team CP England team meetings, briefings and also training sessions on the track to get used to the competition venue over two very hot days.

My first race day was for the 800m and it was a straight final. With the RRR2 classification I was still racing against athletes much older than me but I was really pleased with my race. On paper I should have placed 5thbut I won a World Games Silver medal! I was so pleased and I was so proud to stand on the podium and receive my medal for my country.


With my change of classification the plan of four finals changed to having to run heats to try to qualify for the finals for the rest of my distances of 100m, 200m and 400m. The same day of my 800m final, I also had the RR2 male 100m heats. I had a really good race running a PB and qualified for the final later that evening. I ran the 100m final in very wet conditions and a slippy track. On rankings I should have finished 6th but I came in 4thwhich I was pleased with as I’m still not really a sprinter.

On the Friday I had my heats for the 200m. I ran a good race and also qualified for the final. I also had the qualifying heats for the 400m final later that day. I was pleased with the race and qualified for the 400m final.  I ran a solid 200m final and was placed 4th on what was quite a slow track.



Saturday saw the final day of competition and I raced hard in the 400m final and came 4thagain. I came out to the World Games with the hope of doing my country and family proud and hoped to win a medal. My first World Games ended with a World Silver medal and also ranked Male RR2 Great Britain No 1.

Team CP England had an incredible Games. Our medal target was 40 medals and our athletics and swimming team smashed that target with 100 medals. I’m so proud to have been part of such a special team and we really enjoyed our team and closing Games celebration. It was also lovely to spend time with competitors from other countries and to meet up with some RaceRunning friends from the USA, Denmark and Scotland.



My world Silver Medal!
My World Silver Medal!

It was so lovely to come to a family celebration but it wasn’t long before I was back in training. I’m now preparing from my last competition of the season which is the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships on Saturday 1stSeptember in Doncaster. I’m really looking forward to it and also the rest afterwards!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the wonderful messages of support during this season and for all the support I have been given. It means so much!

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Thomas’s Sporting Journey, Parts 7, 8 and 9 will follow but I wanted to post the World Games Report now as Thomas has just returned. Keep checking in for the remaining instalments…It is a great and very insightful read into following your dream to be a top athlete.