Guy Lear­month looks for­ward

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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

Hen­der­son.

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

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