800m runner Lynsey Sharp looks to 2018 as a fresh start

Lynsey Sharp is looking forward to representing Scotland again in the Commonwealth Games
Lynsey Sharp is looking forward to representing Scotland again in the Commonwealth Games
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Lynsey Sharp has revealed she’s ready to bounce back from an athletics season of frustration to set her sights on a double mission for 2018.

The Capital star, who came eighth in the 800 metres final at last month’s world championships in London, rounds off her campaign on the streets of Gateshead today at the annual Great North City Games.

But it was a struggle, she admits, to find an extra gear this summer after throwing so much emotional energy into the Rio 2016 Olympics where she ended up sixth.

“It’s been really tough mentally,” Sharp, 27, said. “It’s weird because I’ve actually enjoyed training more than ever. I’m in better shape than ever. I need to change something.

“But next year will be really fun. A different type of year with the Commonwealths being in April. I missed Europeans last year. I want to get back to that, and Commonwealths and medal. There’s a lot for next year.”

Although the former European champion – who will run the 500m on Tyneside – still intends to stick with Boston-based coach Terrence Mahon, she’s drawing up plans to shake up her schedule away from the track.

“I’m thinking about going back to university in September, something different, to do a Masters in International Business and Marketing. I’ll go part-time. I’ve been in Loughborough five years. I just miss having something else. I did the law degree and made the Olympic team in 2012 so I’ll get to use my brain.”

Elsewhere in Gateshead, Lasswade’s Guy Learmonth will get a showdown with European gold medallist Martyn Rooney in the men’s 500m. Mo Farah heads the field in tomorrow’s Great North Run with world para champion Sammi Kinghorn among the favourites in the wheelchair event.