Emily Dudgeon wants a PB after British boost

Emily Dudgeon
Emily Dudgeon
Have your say

Edinburgh middle distance runner Emily Dudgeon is adamant it’s only a matter of time before she breaks her 800 metre personal best this summer after mixing it with the best of Britain at the weekend.

Dudgeon headed to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium for the British Championships where she topped her heat to progress through to the 800m final.

She was in good company too with reigning European champion Lynsey Sharp and world bronze medallist Jenny Meadows also on the start line.

Dudgeon, 22, was not overawed though, finishing joint fourth in 2:03.49 minutes, one place above Meadows while Sharp took the title in 2:02.40.

That winning time was slower than Dudgeon’s personal best of 2:01.89 set last year, and the Edinburgh Athletic Club member believes she’s more than capable of bettering that mark this season.

“It’s really pleasing to finish fourth. For an athlete like me who is just coming through, the British Championships are a great opportunity to compete against girls of a very high standard,” she said.

“I was probably expecting it to be a bit quicker than it ended up being though. It’s a great experience and a great learning curve and hopefully I can keep progressing and work away on my PB. I ran 2:01.89 last year and I definitely feel like I’ve had a better winter, I feel like I’m stronger and faster and fitter.

“I’m not sure what’s next in terms of races. I’ll speak to my coach and see what he’s got planned.

“I just need everything to come together at the right moment and I’m sure that’s just around the corner.”

With places on the Great Britain team for next month’s World Championships in Beijing up for grabs, the final was always going to be closely contested affair in Birmingham – Sharp clinhed her GB vest and is aiming for the world tile – and Dudgeon believes she herself coped well with the challenge that faced her on the track.

“This year I’ve been focusing on keeping my own rhythm and not worrying about my position in the race in the second 100,” she added.

“I felt like I did that. It was quite bumpy and there was barging. I just had to keep my focus and keep running straight.

“I’m sure I’m going to look back at it and think there were a few places where I made a mistake. But I did my best on the day and I’m pleased with that.”

• SSE’s Next Generation programme partners with SportsAid to provide financial support and training to the sports stars of the future. Keep up to date with the latest @SSENextGen