Moul­trie in in­door race to make up for lost time

The Herald - Herald Sport - - ATHLETICS, GOLF - MARK WOODS

TWO anni hor­ri­bili have taken their toll, Jo Moul­trie con­cedes. The 25-yearold is play­ing a game of catch-up to make up for lost time. Karma owes the Glaswe­gian a break and this week­end’s UK In­door Cham­pi­onships in Sh­effield is an op­por­tu­nity for a down pay­ment.

Miss­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games by a sliver of a se­cond was an ir­ri­ta­tion. The heart de­fect that side­lined her last sum­mer of greater con­cern. With that worry now al­le­vi­ated, it was on­ward ho, she thought. Alas, an un­wel­come cold plagued her hopes of mak­ing an im­pres­sion at the grand prix in her home city last week­end as her mis­sion to earn a le­gal 3000 me­tres qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard for next month’s world in­doors in Port­land was thwarted. “I didn’t think it would af­fect me,” she laments. “I feel I can do 8:57 I’ve had some good ses­sions and have good speed. I just couldn’t get on it in Glas­gow.”

With the do­mes­tic cham­pi­onships dou­bling as the tri­als, she will hope for a per­fect storm at the English In­sti­tute for Sport. “I’m run­ning well so I’d like to have a go at the time for the world in­doors,” she con­firms. “I’m con­fi­dent about do­ing that. And then out­doors, I’d like to start push­ing to­wards 5000m and mov­ing up.”

Sev­eral years passed be­tween Moul­trie’s two vests for Great Bri­tain & North­ern Ire­land but a call-up for last month’s Ed­in­burgh XC seemed to be a mile­stone. In be­tween, she went on schol­ar­ship to New Mex­ico where the al­ti­tude was in­vig­o­rat­ing and the col­le­giate sys­tem in­struc­tive.

Now work­ing part-time for the Glas­gow Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion, she has been asked to im­port the knowl­edge gained and spread it around. “Some of the stuff I worked on in New Mex­ico has helped me here. I’ve even done some on­line cour­ses in dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing and I’ve tried to in­cor­po­rate that.”

Ruther­ford has pulled out of this week­end’s In­door Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships through ill­ness – but said he still plans to com­pete at next month’s World In­door Cham­pi­onships in Port­land.

The Olympic long jump cham­pion, who was forced to miss last Satur­day’s Glas­gow In­door Grand Prix with a small mus­cle tear, has with­drawn from the Sh­effield meet­ing af­ter suf­fer­ing a chest in­fec­tion.

Ruther­ford said on Twit­ter: “Sadly I wont be jump­ing in Sh­effield this week­end. I’ve had a chest in­fec­tion on top of the small in­jury so its a no go.”

HIGH HOPES: Jo Moul­trie is aim­ing to make her mark

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