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THE FINISH LINE

JUNIOR MIDDLE-DISTANCE RUNNER LYDIA BLYTHE RELATES THE FEELING OF COMPETING IN HER FIRST MAJOR EVENT ALONGSIDE HER INSPIRATIONS
Proud and excited: Lydia Blythe relished her national junior championship experience in Bedford

AGREAT long distance runner once said: “An athlete must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”

Elation – the dominant feeling upon crossing the finish line. Pain-face in all its glory, lactic acid overwhelming, relief. Equally however, a burning desire for more.

Crossing the finish line is not the end. In my opinion, it is merely the start. Something new is learned in every finishing surge and dip for the line. Personal battles, each and every one, fought and subsequently won. I had the privilege of lining up at the England Athletics U23/U20 Championships in Bedford earlier this month, a finish line I never imagined I would be crossing. To simply be there was an honour in itself, my hard work having come to fruition.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 32 JAMES ELLINGTON Sprinter heading to Rio in the 100m reflects on his up-and-down journey to the Games NEWS 44 Britain announces big team for Euros 45 GB team leader has high expectations 46 James Dasaolu on going back to basics 47 Chris Tomlinson bows out of the sport PERFORMANCE 50 Sports science news 52 Athlete Insight – Josephine Moultrie 54 High jump – keeping your head balanced 56 Product reviews – sport sunglasess STATISTICS 36 Form guide ahead of the European Championships – rankings listing those expected to be in Amsterdam TALKING POINT 42 Young athlete Lydia Blythe describes how it felt to compete in her first major championships, the England under-23s ACTION 6 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS Athletes secure Olympic selection in Birmingham – 24 pages of reports, pictures and results begins here 8 Women’s sprints 10 Women’s middle-distances 12 Women’s hurdles and steeplechase 14 Women’s jumps 16 Women’s throws 20 Men’s sprints 22 Men’s middle-distances 24 Men’s hurdles and steeplechase 26 Men’s jumps 28 Men’s throws 30 Full results RESULTS & FIXTURES 58 Results round-up 74 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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