When I started at Glasgow I was worried I wouldn’t be able to balance studying and competing.
But, touch wood first year seems to have gone well, I’ve felt myself improving over the course of the year and I am looking forward to coming back to the dental school and the track after the summer.
Running for Glasgow has definitely been an easy way to find new friends, both the athletics club and the hares and hounds have been super friendly and welcoming, encouraging me to run for them around the country. Despite a full timetable, I’ve been slotting in training, at the track, Stevenson Building or alongside very confused dog-walkers in Kelvingrove Park. I’m now including regular weights sessions in my routine and have felt the benefits for the past (injury free) months.
As I’ve found the location so convenient and to cut down on stress next year I have decided to keep living at Cairncross House. The staff have always been very friendly and helpful and always open the front door for me when I get back in the rain. I’m keeping the room I have this year as getting up to the fourth floor several times a day is probably giving me a competitive edge!
The highlight of this year was definitely winning a silver medal at BUCS indoor championships, competing with much older experienced athletes. The result was more than I ever hoped for as a fresher and has made me more determined to keep up with my training throughout my time at Glasgow.
Glasgow athletics team at Scottish Indoors.
I’ve also won the 3000m at the Scottish Universities indoor and outdoor championships and managed to not drop the baton in my first (and probably last) 4x100m relay, enjoying the experience of travelling and staying with the athletics team.
Glasgow Hares and Hounds started the last semester on a high as last weekend at the 10,000m championships in Grangemouth. Glasgow lived up to their reputation as team players, winning all three of the women’s medals and both team golds.
Glasgow team at the Grangemouth 10km
After the year I’ve had, I feel optimistic about performing well over the track season this summer. Sharing my experience with younger athletes at home makes me hopeful that the university teams can be further improved by a fresh crop of athletes in the not so distant future.