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Commonwealth Games: Five minutes with athlete Laura Whittle

July 10, 2014
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With just two weeks to go before the start of the Commonwealth Games, excitement is building for fans and athletes alike, particularly those who will be running on home soil for Team Scotland.02178-Brooks-Laura-174660

Brooks running athlete Laura Whittle will be one of those pulling on the able and white Jersey of Scotland in Glasgow. The 29-year-old will be running in the 5000 metres at the Commonwealth games and we caught up with her to find out how everything was going as Glasgow draws ever closer..

How are you feeling ahead of the Commonwealth Games? 

I feel great, everything is going well, I was quite fortunate that I was selected in the first wave of athletes that were selected last September, so that was a big relief. However whilst it was very exciting to be selected so far in advance, there’s always a slight nervousness and concern about picking up injuries. However, I am glad to say that so far everything is going well.

How has training been going?

I’ve had a steady careful winter of training, not doing anything spectacular but just being solid and staying injury free. A few weeks ago I ran in the Loughborough International and won my 3k so I was really happy with that. Then I ran in the British Millers Club 3km and was second to Helen Clitheroe, so everything is on track. Now it’s just a case of tweaking small bits in order to peak in Glasgow.

How exciting is it to be running in a home games?

It’ll be amazing, a few years ago I ran in the World Cross Country Championships when they were in Edinburgh and the support for the British athletes was crazy, so I think it’ll be brilliant to be  wearing a Scottish vest in Glasgow. Glasgow means a lot to my family – my mum  and my Grandma were born in Scotland, and my Grandma went to University in Glasgow so it’s very exciting and means a lot.

Will the Commonwealths be the biggest event you’ve run in?

Yes, it’s my biggest championship, I’ve run at the World Cross Country Championships and the European cross country championships but this will be my first Championship where I’ll be in a mix with lots of other sports.

What kind of atmosphere are you expecting?

I think it’s going to be loud! I was lucky enough to go and watch some of the Olympics and the noise there was incredible so I’m hopeful that we’ll get something similar in Glasgow.

You’re supported by Brooks Running, how did that come about?

The end of last summer I became a Brooks ambassador. I’ve had calf issues before so my friend Sonia Samuels who is also supported by Brooks suggested I try out the trainers. Touch wood, they seem to really agree with me and along with calf exercises they’ve really seemed to help keep my injury under control. I’m very fortunate to receive trainers, kit and spikes from them. I love the colours , especially the purple shade which is similar to Loughborough colours (where Laura is based). Plus of course they feel great to wear –  just like gloves.

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How has the support from Brooks helped?

The support helps take away the pressure of having to buy kit which isn’t cheap. It’s also nice to be part of the ‘Brooks Super 7’ as we’ve done some really fun photo shoots and it’s nice to have people that you get on well with at races with you.

You combine work with training, how do you manage that?

I work in the admissions department at Loughborough University, I’m on 30 hours a week so not quite full time and that gives me enough time to train – having work gives me a nice distraction from running, I think if I didn’t have work I would worry to much about my running.

Finally, what do you do to relax?

Work and running take up most of my time but I do like to find time to do other things. I love baking – I’ve got a heart shaped cake tin which I love using and I often take cakes into the office. I try and make them healthy, but I tried a healthy banana bread once and it wasn’t too successful! Other than baking I like reading and when I’ve got more time I like going down to London to watch a show.

Look out for Laura when she races in the 5000m on Saturday 2nd August at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Beth Shine, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

 

 

 

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