On Thursday night I competed in the Women’s 400H FINAL at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. I finished 4th in a time of 56.09, on a very wet night at Hampden Park. The result is bittersweet – Finishing 4th again, after being 4th in Delhi, is quite heartbreaking; I wanted a medal so badly and really believed it was time. On the other hand, I stuck to my race plan, executed it and put myself in the race, and on the day, was beaten by three faster girls.
I am really proud of what I have achieved, along with my amazing coach Matt Beckenham. I really felt like I’d left no stone unturned, which is why it hurt so much, but that is athletics and that’s what drives us to keep on keeping on! The depth of women’s 400H across the Commonwealth has certainly increased, so 4th in such a high quality field is something to be proud of.
I am very happy to announce that I have been selected to run in the Women’s 4x400m Relay FINAL tonight 750pm local time (450am AEST)! The girls did a fantastic job yesterday to make the final, and I am looking forward to joining Anneliese Rubie, Caitlin Sargent and Morgan Mitchell out in the Green and Gold tonight! I know we are going to give it our absolute best, and represent Lyndsay Pekin and Jess Gulli, who helped get the team into the final, to the absolute best of our ability.
Final day of athletics at the Commonwealth Games, so I hope you’ve got one last lot of loud cheering left in you, to help get us across that line!
On Tuesday July 29th I competed in the 400H Heats at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. I finished second in a time of 55.79, which was enough to automatically advance me to the FINAL! I was very happy and relieved to run such a solid race that was good enough to get me into the final.
I will endeavour to find and post my heat and/or my final run to my ‘2014 Competition Footage’ Page as soon as I can!
Tonight, in the 400H FINAL! 8.25pm local time (5.25am Friday AEST). I am really looking forward to running; I have done absolutely everything possible in training, recovery and general everyday life, to give myself the best possible chance tonight. My competition is tough, as you would expect in a Commonwealth Games Final, but I have Lane 5 and just can’t wait to mix it with the best tonight, and see what happens!
Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages of support; I appreciate it more than you know! Tonight is the big one, so I hope you’ve all got everything crossed for me and your loudest cheering voices ready!!
Aussie Aussie Aussie… OI OI OI!!!
I arrived in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Village five days ago, and am loving it so far! On Wednesday night I attended the Opening Ceremony, which was a lot of fun! The Australian Team are a lot of fun to be around and the experience was made all the more enjoyable sharing it with Matt (coach) and Mel (training partner).
Action for the Australian Athletics Team begins tomorrow, and I know the next seven days are going to absolutely fly by! My training has been going really well and I have even been able to train in the main stadium at Hampden Park!
Once the startlists are available for my race I will let you know!
Tomorrow, July 21st, I will be heading into the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Village, along with my fellow Australian Athletic team-mates! We have had a fantastic time here in Gateshead, UK – staying at The Hilton and training at the Gateshead International Stadium (and facilities).
I arrived here on Wednesday night from Luzern, where I ran 55.98 in my final 400H race before Glasgow. It was another consistent, solid race, where I finished 5th, but only 0.6s off the winner. I am feeling great and have had some awesome sessions in Gateshead, including relay sessions with the 4x400m girls.
It is going to be a busy few days once we arrive in the Village and then on to Australian Team Dinners and of course, the Opening Ceremony!
I will try and keep you up-to-date with the latest news and sessions, as I approach the final week of preparations, before my 400H Heats, which are now July 29th, in the morning session.
Keep on eye on my ‘2014 Blog’ page, for more in-depth information on what I have been up to!
I am writing this from the beautiful city of Luzern, Switzerland where I will be running my final 400H race before Commonwealth Games tonight at 9.24pm (5.24am AEST). It is a strong field here and I am really looking forward to fine-tuning some elements of my race before I get back into some quality training before Glasgow.
On Friday, July 11th I ran in the 400H at the Glasgow Diamond League, finishing 3rd in 55.78. I was very pleased with my finish and it was another consistent run after my 55.69 in Oordegem the previous week.
Check out my ‘2014 Competition Footage’ page for the video of my race in Glasgow.
There is also a LIVE RESULTS page available for the competition in Luzern tonight.
I am very happy to report that my opening competition in Europe, on Saturday, went really well! I won the W400H in Oordegem, BEL in 55.69, which is my fastest time in 12mths and also my first Commonwealth Games ‘A’ Qualifier!
Conditions for my race were fairly blustery, but dry, and the track in Oordegem is pretty fast so I thought I’d be able to run well, if I could put together a solid race. However, I didn’t quite expect to run 55.69!
I am also happy to announce that I am confirmed for the W400H in the Glasgow Diamond League, July 11-12! I am very excited to be running at Hampden Park, which will be inundated with Commonwealth Games athletes in three weeks time! It will be a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for the track and conditions, as well as race some of my Commonwealth Games competitors!
To view my 400H race from Oordegem, please check out my ‘2014 Competition Footage’ page.
I’m sorry it has been so long since my last post! Since Nationals (early April) I have been very busy training hard in preparation for Commonwealth Games. I have only run two 400H races since then, and the rest of the time has been spent getting as fit, strong and fast as I can for Glasgow. Despite the temperature dropping to as low as 0⁰C on a few mornings, I have been able to get through some fantastic sessions – both running and hurdles.
I competed twice in Canberra over the last couple of weeks – both races were on a wet track and the temperature would have been around 10⁰C. I ran 57.06 and 56.42, the latter being the fastest time I have run all year. This has filled me with a lot of confidence, as I know that with some added adrenaline, competitions and warmer weather, I will be able to run a lot faster.
I arrived in Cologne, Germany on Wednesday, where I will base until July 10th. There are a lot of Aussie athletes here, also preparing for Commonwealth Games, so it makes the training environment very familiar, and at times competitive! I am really looking forward to doing some sessions with the Aussie female 400m and 400H athletes, where we can all push ourselves.
Tomorrow I will be competing in my first European 400H race – The Memorial Leon Buyle in Oordegem-Lede, Belgium. This is the competition I ran my PB at last year, so hopefully we get some fantastic conditions again and I can post a fast opener to my European campaign.
The W400H is part of the ‘pre-program’ at 2.15pm (10.15pm AEST).
For more information on the meet, including a full timetable and list of participants, please click here…
Looking forward to sharing the final few weeks of preparations into Commonwealth Games, and of course, the main event in Glasgow!!
It has been a big few weeks – I won my seventh Australian National 400m Hurdles title, winning the Championships in a time of 56.76. By doing so, I secured automatic selection for my third Commonwealth Games Team! I was so happy and relieved to cross the finish line first and know that my Glasgow dream is still alive!
Since Nationals (3wks ago) I have been back into base training and also competed at the Stawell Gift Easter Carnival in two different 400m handicap races. Unfortunately I did not make any finals but I had a fantastic time running in Stawell and also catching up with friends from around the amateur and pro running circuits.
Unfortunately I am not running in Japan this year, however it gives me an extra two weeks of base training before I head to Europe late-June/ early-July in preparation for Commonwealth Games. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Australia at an international level and I will do everything I can to ensure I do my country proud!
I would love to take this opportunity to thank my amazing ‘Team Wells’ who helped me through the season and played a big part in my selection…
– My wonderful coach MattyB – the most inspiring, dedicated, passionate coach and person I know; thank you for always believing in me and helping to make my dreams come true!
– My husband Heath – my everlasting support off the track; thank you for always being there to make me laugh and not stress, for loving me and letting me follow my dreams.
– My wonderful family – particularly my parents (Neil and Kerry) and brother (Steven) – a never-ending supply of encouragement, support and inspiration; I wouldn’t be where I am today without you
– MattyBDEPT Squad – thank you for always making me laugh at the track, your support is so much appreciated and you all make training that much more enjoyable and bearable!
– Physical Therapies – Ben, Del, Ari, Bondy – thank you for maintaining my body health to the absolute maximum. I cannot thank you enough for the help and care you provide.
– Sponsors – Nike, Oakley and Berlei – without all of your footwear, apparel and eyewear I would not be able to train so comfortably, confidently or colourfully! Thank you so so much!
– Wider family, fans, athletes and general athletic community – thank you for all of the positive comments, support and encouragement on my journey so far! I really appreciate it!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who have made a positive impact on my life and athletic journey so far, I LOVE YOU all!!
Lauren :-) xoxo
Is it that time of the season already… Nationals??!! It is hard to believe April is here and today is the first day of the 92nd Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games Selection Trials! Come down to Albert Park in Melbourne over the next four days to see Australia’s best track and field athletes battle it out to qualify and secure their spot on the Commonwealth Games Team.
I will be competing in the Women’s 400H which take place -
W400H Heats – Friday April 4th 12.55pm
W400H Semi-finals – Saturday April 5th 1.05pm
W400H FINAL – Sunday April 6th 3.03pm
My training has been going extremely well and I am really looking forward to getting out on the track to see how fast I can go this weekend! The prospect of representing Australia at my thi rd Commonwealth Games is very motivating and exciting… I’M READY!!
To follow all of the #AAC14 action and LIVE results please click on the Athletics Australia link here.
On Saturday March 15th I competed in the 400m at the Sydney Track Classic. It was my first race back since I had gastro in Perth three weeks ago so it was always going to be interesting to see if I had fully recovered. I finished 7th in 54.28 which is a solid enough time. I am always wanting more, which is what makes me a hard-working athlete! The field was very strong and all of the girls ran really well, some even achieving PB’s.
I now shift my attention back to doing what I know and love best… 400H!! I am competing at the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic on Saturday March 22nd which I am really looking forward to. I can hardly count the Perth Track Classic as a ‘race’ for me, so it will be 5wks between 400H. I will get some race footage up as soon after the meet as I can.
I have added some great footage from my training sessions this week too, so check them out! (TEST – see if you can count the steps I take between each hurdle… there is a difference between my session on Monday and Wednesday. Can you work it out?!)