Tuesday, 14 April 2015

72. 400m

Event: 400m
Date: 12th April 2015
Location: Colchester Athletics Track 
Cost: Free
Rules:  Runners sprint once around a 400m track. They start from blocks and run in lanes. A reaction time of less than 0.1 is deemed a false start and runners will be recalled, with the responsible athlete disqualified. A runner can also be disqualified if they step out of their designated lane.

The Event: 

Olympic Gold Medal London 2012: 49.55, Sanya Richards-Ross, USA.
Sarah: 1:57.80
Ellie: 3:31.82

Sarah: It was a pleasure to be back at the track after our winter break (we're not as hardy as the Harriers, who are up there training in all weathers), and the sun was shining for our morning of 400m events. We started with the 400m sprint; pretty simple rules here- just run as fast as possible around the track, making sure to stay in your lane. Simple on the surface; but as ever, there is much more to it than appears, and Chris patiently showed us techniques to lengthen our stride and run as close to the line as possible. I really enjoyed this event, though it was knackering; it's a long way to run flat-out!   
Ellie: I knew I had to endure this event to get it over and done with but with Chris' extra drills this morning and his insider knowledge I had some practical steps on my mind to make the most of an event that makes me feel slow, stupid and thoroughly unfit. Lengthening my stride and remembering to take the inside line so that you don't run further than necessary - these are ideal tips for getting the best from your gruelling 400ms!

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