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'Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new'

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In my previous blog I spoke about how failure fuels success and this is still the constant process that I am facing. This fail, change, fail, change, learning mentality has been applied to not just my athletics but within my job as an Assistant Garment...

Fail...change...fail...change...learn!

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If you fail, you change, if you fail again, you change…fail…change…fail…change…fail…change…learn! This has been the constant process that I have been learning over the past 2 years - if something...

Junior tour of the Mendips national series

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After my 10th place in the first round of the Junior National Series I was hoping to get another solid result. This round consisted of three stages over two days; a short prologue, a short rolling stage with a prominent climb, then the final stage was a...

Lee Valley Junior team update - August 17

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In the first week of August, 5 members of the Lee Valley Junior team travelled to Assen, Holland, for the European Junior Cycling Tour. This is a 6-stage race which attracts riders from all round the world with age categories from 6 to 18. The first day was...

Back on track

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After three years of juggling fashion and athletics, I am now free to just focus on my running. Whilst I was coming to the end of my degree, it was now the beginning of the track season where I have to divert my focus. I opened up my season at the British...

Update on Scarlett Anderson's sailing

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Scarlett performed brilliantly at the second selector in the World Team series at Brightlingsea this weekend. It was really heavy wind, lumpy seas and strong tides but she managed to come 3rd overall, scoring a magical ‘bullet’ (first) in one of...

An update from Scarlett Anderson - sailing

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I have started my campaign this year to try to secure a place in the GB team to take part in the Cadet World Championships in Riva del Garda Italy. I will have to take part in three selector competitions each of six races. The first was a couple of weeks ago...

November update - success!

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I don’t know whether you were aware of the new charity fundraising event that took place this year in memory of Andrew Bart Simpson, Ben Ainsley's friend that was killed in an accident on a big catamaran in the Americas Cup called Barts...

Gemma Kersey - 2014 is off to a flying start

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So far 2014 has been good to me – I am gradually getting in the shape I’ve wanted to be in! I started 2014 with a County cross country win and I saw myself flying off to Seville to claim my second England cross country vest this winter! I began...

Summer update from BL athete Louis Persent

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Athletics continues to be a rollercoaster! It’s about the only thing that’s constant at the moment. I mentioned in my last blog I was gearing up to race in Germany at the end of May and it turned out to be a bit of an awkward season opener, but...

Training hard and staying healthy

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Hi, I’m Louis, a 22 year old, 400m runner from Colchester and I’m very grateful to be supported by Birkett Long. This is my first blog here.  2013 has been an exciting year so far. My training is going well and I can’t wait to...

Gemma Kersey - Winter update

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I have been back from my wonderful holiday in Portugal for a few months and I am now training for the cross-country season. It was going very well with my coach upping the training this winter and it has been very tough so far. As well as the training, I...

Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix

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At the weekend I took part in the on camp with Kelly 800m at the Grand Prix in Birmingham. This was my last race of the season and I was hoping to back up my previous pb that I ran at the Crystal palace Grand Prix. Again the atmosphere was amazing and the...

The Flanders international (Belgium)

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On Saturday the 18th I was invited to race in Belgium, Leuven to race the mile at the Flanders international meet. The weather was extremely hot getting up to 37 at midday, luckily my race was at 7 but the track was still covered in full sunshine. This was...

Gemma Kersey shares her experience of the Solihull BMC

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On the 21st of July I took part in the Women’s A race at the Solihull BMC which had a fantastic field of elite athletes, including 5 Olympians, three from Britain and two Americans plus two of the country’s best 800m runners. The field was...

Gemma Kersey shares her experience of The Welsh International

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On Wednesday the 18th I got invited to take part in the Welsh International senior Women’s 1500m. In my race I had the Kenyan Jelegat who took the race on from the start next to the pace maker. I tucked in behind as the conditions were not great. As...

Crystal Palace - London Grand Prix

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In her occasional blog, Gemma Kersey, an athlete from Basildon sponsored by Birkett Long, updates us on her activities: On Saturday the 14th of July I took part in the London Grand Prix where Dame Kelly Holmes had an invitational ‘On camp with...