National Trophy CycloCross Series Update
Having just come back from numerous big National races and being very busy working
hard, I haven't been able to update on the races one at a time, so here's a big update!
The first national race of the season was at Derby so nice and local, nice and fast with
many cambers plus scaffolding bridges and scaffolding steps to race up. I felt and raced
strong and finished first with a nice lead. This gained me the green series leader jersey
which I would wear for the next round in Scotland.
Two weeks passed and were soon on our long travels to the west coast of Scotland in
Irvine. Again nicely treated to beautiful dry weather and felt on form, I raced a fast
course taking in deep sand banks and the beach and many cambers on the hillside.
Once again I raced strong to finish first and clear of all my competitors to retain the
green leader's jersey.
Most recently, I have travelled to Ardingly near Crawley. The course and conditions
were completely different from the last two races with recent rain fall the course was
very slippy and muddy. Heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight turned the already
challenging course into a complete mud bath. Several very steep banks, scaffolding
steps and deep mud that covered your feet made for a challenging race. Again and as
always racing hard, struggling with the conditions at times finished I second after a
sprint finish where I sadly lost out by 0.2 of a second. All of my overall points retained
the green jersey for the next round. Round 4 will take place in York then onto Ipswich,
Shrewsbury and lastly Gravesend, Kent.
1 day ago
Dual in the Pool Loughborough University v University of Torronto November 3rd
Loughborough University hosted the Dual in the Pool against the University of Toronto. I swam in the 100m Fly and 200m Breaststroke and came second in both events. Loughborough won the dual 210 to 142 points.
5 days ago
Bucs Short Course Championships November 9th - 11TH
I travelled up to Sheffield on Friday November 9th to race in two individual events and one relay. On Friday evening I raced in the 200m Free relay where we qualified for the final on the Saturday although I would not be racing in the final.
On Saturday I made the final in the 200m Breaststroke finishing 3rd.
On Sunday I made the final in the 100m Breaststroke finishing 6th , both races I were just off my PB's.
Loughborough University won the Bucs Championships.
My next race will be in December at the Swim England Winter Championships back up in Sheffield.
5 days ago
The start of an opportunity.
I am currently applying for Drama school and will soon receive my audition dates for my application onto a Musical Theatre course. Being involved in both the Curve Young Musical Theatre Company and the Curve Young Dance Company is giving me performance opportunities to better myself as an all-rounded performer, as well as developing my skills in each area. I was recently in the Curve, Leicester production of Fiddler on the Roof and will soon appear in their Christmas production of White Christmas, being my first professional show. I am very excited and thankful for these opportunities and hope that it allows me to show and develop my ability to achieve my goal of becoming a Musical Theatre and hopefully West End performer for which I am glad to be receiving the Joe Humphries Inspire Award this year to help pay for audition expenses.
6 days ago
Using my equipment
I have had my first opportunity to use my new equipment on a short move called Pulled both ways; its about a girl who is dealing with a divorce and feels like her issues are being ignored.it was directed by Luca Tweddle. The movie consists of only a single main character with 1 scene of them talking, however with that scene being compiled by multiple separate shots. The filming took place in a local public park.
when i got there it was apparent that i would need to fiddle with the settings until i found the one which worked with the environment. The key thing for a short movie like this is getting the right atmosphere to get added to the shots, this is important as when shooting a movie in a public park the shots may include sound of the public in the background which isn't optimal. So by take atmosphere sound at the end it allows for that and the sound for the scene to be added together to drown out any sounds made by the public.
The director also wanted the movie to be compiled by a lot of nature shots include ones of: swaying trees, running water and still fields this meant that detailed sound needed to be recorded for each of these.
It was great to use my equipment for the first time and i cant wait to use it again.
10th Nov, 2018
Getting my equipment
After i received my grant i went online and looked back at the kit i had previously chose, and to see if the price had changed. I was surprised to see that actually some of the prices had decreased, this meant i could get my kit with limited input of my own money.
The essentials for sound acquisition are: the microphone and field recorder. For the microphone i got a Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone, this make of microphone is a well respected provider in the sound industry so i trusted i was getting a good quality piece of kit. Shot gun microphones act as the name suggests, when something is close it records very little, however as the distance increases so does the range of sound that can be recorded recorded. The field recorder i chose was the Tascam DR-60D MKll, i chose this as i have had previous experiences with it and i understand the settings and how it can be used. But now having this kit for myself allows me to read into more detail with the kit and fully understand its settings, as well as how each setting is suited for different conditions.
The other pieces of equipment i acquired are: a XLR lead, a SD card and a blimp for the microphone. For the XLR lead i just go a simple one from the internet, the key points for this are that it isn't too long that its unwieldy to use, but also that it is at a high enough quality that it can withstand a number of uses. I got a 16 GB SD card from amazon as it would need the space to store work however it doesn't need to be to large as the work would soon be uploaded to my computer. The final piece of equipment i got was a RODE blimp wind shield and shock mount system, this was the most expensive piece of equipment. The function of the rode blimp is to absorb and movement so the sound quality is the best it can be, but also to act as a handle to hold the microphone in a more optimal and comfortable position. The wind shield reduces the impact the wind has on the sound quality, however it doesn't eliminate it completely.
That is the equipment i acquired for my grant, i thank the trust for giving me this opportunity and allow me to extend my knowledge in sound and my equipment.
10th Nov, 2018
Midlands Short Course Winter Championships 2018
Last weekend was spent racing at Harvey Haddon, Notts at the SC Winter Champs. This was a swim through meet for me which meant that training was not tapered, so I was pleased with the results as I was racing tired. Saturday was very hard racing with the 200 free, 400IM followed by the 1500 free (my only chance to get a qualifying time for Winter Nationals). All went well and I got my times and 2 new LASA Senior County records. The 1500 was then followed by finals of the 200 and 400. Sunday was more chilled with the 200IM and the 400 free. I came away as Midlands Champ in all my events with the exception of the 200 free and am looking forward to racing at our own meet in a couple of weeks.
8th Nov, 2018
LOUGHBOROUGH 3 NOVEMBER 2018 DUAL IN THE POOL WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
On Saturday 3 November, Loughborough University hosted the Dual in the Pool against the University of Toronto. I swam in the 200 back and 200 IM and came second, in the 200 freestyle I came fourth. It was a great evening and Loughborough won the dual 210 to 142 points.
6th Nov, 2018
World Championships in Austria
On the 27th September I competed in my first ever World Road Championships representing Great Britain and what an amazing experience it was! A few days before the big event I flew out to Munich with several other junior riders where we were picked up and driven to our accommodation in Innsbruck, Austria. Shortly after arriving we all sat down to eat before having our all important team brief, we were also given our GB race clothing which I couldn't wait to try on. It was all starting to become real, I was going to be racing my biggest race to date 'The World Championships'.The following day after putting our bikes together we all set off to check out a particular section of the course; the first climb, I knew this would be the pivotal point in the race as it was super steep!!Race day came around so quickly, we were up super early as my race was due to start at 9am. I was so excited and proud as I put on my GB race clothing, another particular highlight was traveling to the race on the Team Sky tour bus.As soon as the race got underway our team tactics came into play, this was to keep the pace high as we headed towards the first steep climb. Already riders were struggling to stay with the pace, I suppose staying at the front end of the race had its benefits as I avoided several crashes.As we hit the climb my team duties were pretty much over and I soon found myself drifting through the Peleton, I was however determined to finish the race especially with this being the World Championships. The good news was our lead GB rider Pheiffer Georgi was in the front group.I pushed hard and made it over final climb to finish 83rd, and although I was disappointed with my finishing result nothing could compare to the time I had out in Austria and I'm truly grateful to have been given this amazing opportunity
2nd Nov, 2018
After a tough summer, my 2019 athletics season is beginning to take form. I received my A level results in August and unfortunately didn't get the grades I was hoping for; due to this I took a break from athletics for just over a month to give myself time to decide what to do next. Following a difficult decision I decided to join a new training group at Loughborough University, giving me the flexibility to train whilst also attending a new school in order to resit some of my exams next year.
I am settling into my new group well and am really enjoying getting stuck in with winter training! I'm excited to see what the indoor season will bring come the new year as I begin my career as a senior athlete competing over the 3foot 6 inch hurdles in the 110m event!
1st Nov, 2018