The seven metre long jump
Jun30

The seven metre long jump

My son has been aiming for a seven metre long jump for a couple of years now. It is a really big milestone and he has been moving towards it very gradually. It’s possible that without all the Covid restrictions in 2020 and 2021 he might have got there previously, but we can never be sure. This season, he’d already made it to 6.92 – just one cm short of his PB set last year. His 2020 PB (when there were hardly any...

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Long jump: Start of the 2022 outdoor season
Jun07

Long jump: Start of the 2022 outdoor season

Summer is here, which means the start of the outdoor athletic season and a return to long jump competition for my son. The outdoor season run from April to September, with the key months being May to July. Just as he did with the indoor season, my son had a slightly shaky start to the season. Eventually, I will learn to remember that shaky starts are the norm. Every time he has a not-so-good competition, we wonder if he’s peaked...

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English Schools national athletics championships
Jul20

English Schools national athletics championships

So it was third time lucky for my son and he finally managed his dream of competing in long jump at the English Schools national athletics championships. He made the county team in 2019, but had to pull out due to a fractured pelvis. The competition didn’t happen at all in 202o, and 2021 had a more challenging route to qualification, but he got there! He was so excited to have achieved his dream and we were so excited for him....

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Silent Sunday 13.6.21
Jun13

Silent Sunday 13.6.21

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The new long jump PB
May24

The new long jump PB

My son has been counting down the weeks and days for lockdown to be lifted, so that he can compete in long jump again. His first competition of the season was at Birmingham University, on the same day as his driving test. Possibly doing your first athletics competition of the season on the day of your driving test isn’t the best idea. I wasn’t able to go along because of lockdown rules. The rules at that time were no...

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