Guy Learmonth looks forward
GUY LEARMONTH ran a sub-1:45 PB for 800m and made teams for the European Championships and Commonwealth Games in 2018, but remains disappointed and frustrated with what might have been this year, writes Jason
The 26-year-old estimates he’s spent about five months of the year struggling with injuries and yet still managed to run 1:44.73 at the Anniversary Games in July.
“It’s been a rough season,” he says. “I know I dropped a good time and ran a PB but the aim was to pick up a few medals. I wanted a medal at the World Indoors and Commies but I’ve been injured for five months out of this year.”
His coach, Henry Gray, even suggested he take the year off to sort out his injury problems. “I felt I couldn’t take the entire year off,” Learmonth remembers.
The Lasswade athlete has suffered a tear in the deltoid ligament in his ankle, back problems and hip tendinitis.
“My main problem was the ankle as it took three or four months to heal properly,” he says. “I wanted a lot more this season.”
Learmonth was speaking to AW at the Great North CityGames, where he led the 500m for 400m before fading in the closing stages to wind up sixth as Dwayne Cowan took victory. The race almost summed up his season.
“At the Euros in Berlin I didn’t feel right. I think I’m lacking endurance due to the work I’ve missed,” he says. “So it’s time to freshen up now and get ready for next year.”
Learmonth trains in a real-life
Rocky set-up. The nearest track to the Berwick-based athlete is Tweedbank and involves a twohour round trip. His garage has been converted into a makeshift gym and he runs reps on a path along the River Tweed with every 100m section marked out.
“Our training is very different,” he laughs. “We box, we row, we cycle and do all sorts of circuits. When we do go to the track I try to tie in physio so we make a day of it.”
Are there not random walkers and dogs on the path he does reps along? “Yep – and I spend some time zig-zagging around them. It’s different but it works for me,” he says.
Learmonth, who had a spell at Loughborough University, adds: “I’m happier now training with Henry. I think we’ve got 95% of my programme right so we’re getting there and hopefully next year I’ll be free of injuries.”
Guy Learmonth: injury problems