Deadman ready for GB track debut
PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 June 2015
Havering star excited to get big track date
Havering athlete Lauren Deadman is looking forward to representing Great Britain in the European Team Championships, which take place in Cheboksary, Russia this weekend.
Deadman has enjoyed a stellar season thus far, with her form seeing her called up to represent her country at international level for the first time.
The PE teacher will be competing in the 3,000m, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.50pm and is eagerly anticipating visiting a new country.
“I’m really excited, it’s my first track call-up. I’m looking forward to going to Russia as I’ve never been before. I probably never would have either if I hadn’t been selected!” she said.
“The season’s been going well. In my last run I was able to pick up a personal best. It’s nice to be recognised for the good track season I’ve had so far.
“My aim is to run the best I can and come off the track knowing I’ve done all I can. It will be brilliant to race alongside some top class athletes and I’ll learn a lot from it, such as different tactics.”
While Deadman may be making her track debut for GB in Cheboksary, it will not be the first time she has represented her country on the international scene.
The 31-year-old has been a regular in the national squad for cross-country events for a number of years and hopes those experiences will help her in Russia.
“I’m still pretty nervous, but that’s good as I normally run better and quicker when I’m nervous,” she added.
“Having represented GB before, I’m sure it will make me a little more relaxed than others who have received their first call-up.
“When you go back afterwards, the rest of the team is really supportive and tries to keep you in a good mood. They congratulate you when you have a good run and are sympathetic when you haven’t done so well. It definitely helps you achieve better times.”
The 3,000m is an event that is not run at either the World Championships or Olympics, but Deadman has not ruled out qualifying for both events over the course of the rest of the season.
“Next month we have the World Championships trials and I’m running in the 5,000m,” she said.
“Before the track season is out I’m looking at doing a 1,500m and maybe another 5,000m. I’ll then head back to the cross-country and the roads for the winter.
“It’s all about getting the qualifying times for the championships. It’s about doing well in races, but sometimes you don’t get the opportunities to run the times needed. Sometimes races are a lot slower pace.”