Roy Minter

Sarah WaldronHerefordshire athlete Sarah Waldron
targets London 2012 Herefordshire athlete Sarah Waldron plans to compete in the UK Olympic trials after smashing her 10,000m personal best in America. Waldron, 24, posted 32 mins 36.07 secs at the Stanford International. "The London Games are obviously now an aim," Waldron told BBC Hereford and Worcester. "Otherwise the European team as I'd have a good chance of that. "I just want to get back into that Great Britain kit. It's always been an aim to wear a GB vest on the track." Waldron, from Pudleston, took 10 seconds off her personal best for the distance, smashing her college record by 40 seconds as she posted the fastest time for a UK woman this year. "I was saying to my coach afterwards that I felt so comfortable during the race," she said. "When I got across the line and reflected on the time I posted, I had always thought that was ridiculously quick. "But, when you get into shape and you are feeling good anything is achievable if you work hard enough. "I was shocked but it has just made me more and more hungry to push on and become even faster  

Waldron (right) hopes to get an Olympic trial invite
Waldron runs personal best in 5k Article courtesy of BBC Hereford and Worcester
Herefordshire's Sarah Waldron is hoping to compete in the Olympic trials after running personal best of 16.38 in the British Milers 5k race in Manchester.

But she told BBC Hereford & Worcester her university exams almost led to her missing the Gold Standard event.

"I had cold symptoms and had not had much sleep due to the exams but I was really happy with the result.

"This gives me the qualifying time to be able to compete in the Olympic trials," Waldron added.

"This is an invitation-only meeting, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be invited.

"Although I have no chance of making Bejing it would be a great event to do and something that would give me valuable experience ahead of 2012."

Her performance in Manchester means she is the third-fastest under-20 British woman over the distance this year.

Waldron plans to compete in the UK Women's League meeting in Birmingham this weekend in which she will run her first 3k race of the season.

And she paid tribute to the work of her masseur Roy Minter, who she claims was instrumental in getting her to the start line.

"On the morning of the race my legs were in no state to run and Roy sorted them out for me, he really is a legend.

"I genuinely don't think I could race as well without his ongoing support."


Article Courtesy of BBC Hereford and Worcester