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World Championships Moscow 2013

Meghan had great results in her first senior championships in Moscow. After hitting hurdle three in her heat she managed to stay on her feet and still gain an automatic qualification into the semi-finals along with fellow Brits Eilidh and Perri. The semi-final was a tough race seeing Meghan break the 55 second barrier for the first time with a new personal best time of 54.97 and only missing out on getting into the final by 3/100 of a second.

 

Meghan said:

'I have really enjoyed the whole World Championship experience and hope this is the first of many successful championships for me over the coming years.'

 

She has two more Diamond League races in both Stockholm and Zurich before the end of the season.

 

Helsinki 2012 Meghan Beesley

Selection for the GB team in this year's World Championships in Moscow has rounded off an excellent start to Meghan's season. Her third place, in a qualifying time of 55.39, in the Sainsbury's British Championships on Sunday behind Eilidh Child and Perri Shakes Drayton secured her place on the team.

 

Meghan's next race will be in the Anniversary Games on Friday 26th July at the Olympic Stadium where she will take on some of the best 400m hurdlers in the world.

 

Meghan said:

'I am so excited that I am finally running the times which have put me into a different level of competition, I now need to work on my race which is still a bit messy and hopefully put down some even better times in London and Moscow!'

 

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Early Season Update

Meghan has started off the season with a new personal best time of 55.28, which is also within the qualification standard of 55.40 for the World Championships this year in Moscow. She came second in Geneva at the weekend behind Eilidh Child who set a new Scottish Record. The full race can be viewed on the link below.

 

Watch on YouTube - EAP Geneve 2013 W 400MH Heat 1.

Meghan Beesley Loughborough

Happy New Year!

After a disappointing 2012 I am looking forward to a successful 2013.

 

I graduated this summer from Loughborough University with a degree in Maths and Sport Science and have now taken on a part time role at DHL as a Customer Service Advisor. This has enabled me to spend the remainder of my time focusing on athletics.

 

I would like to thank Loughborough University for all the support they gave me over the 4 years in which I was there, from sponsorship to time off for Commonwealth Games and various warm weather training camps.

 

At the end of the season I sat down with my coach Nick Dakin and discussed the areas in which I really needed to improve upon and I am really enjoying the different aspects to my program. I am now working with David Parker for my Strength and Conditioning and am already seeing the benefits from the program by having PBs in the weights room. I am also hurdling more in training so in the summer I will manage to be more consistent, an area that I have struggled with a lot with over the past couple of years.

 

This year I have decided to have an indoor program, as I haven't really concentrated on it for a couple of years. I think that indoors is a really good indicator of how training is going through the winter. My first competition will be Loughborough over the 60m. I am then going to do a couple of 400m before getting back into training before jetting off to somewhere hot for a pre season training camp.

 

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European Championships – Helsinki 2012

Meghan's European Championships came to an end in the semi-final stage after a very tiring 6 days. She made it through to the semi-final in a very difficult heat where a torrential downpour started as they walked onto the track.

 

Making it through as a fastest time only gave Meghan the unfortunate lane draw of lane 1 in the semi-final which was always going to be difficult on a very tight track, which had caused many athletes problems throughout the championships.

 

Meghan was disappointed that she didn't manage to gain the Olympic qualification time in Helsinki but knew realistically that her chances were slim after racing 4 times over 6 days, the disruption of travelling and the fact that her races were just not going to plan this year.

 

She plans to make the best of the remainder of the season and hopefully produce some good results.

Olympic Trials Bronze Medal

After securing her place in the final by winning her heat on Saturday Meghan claimed third place and a bronze medal. She said after the race "I ran a storming first half but made a mistake around the top bend losing so much ground on Eilidh and Perri."

 

She flew off to Helsinki this morning in readiness for the European Championships, the heats of which are on Wednesday 27th June at 2.30pm (Helsinki time). Along with many other British athletes this week Meghan will be doing her utmost to run the qualification time for the Olympic Games to give her a place on the team.

 

Helsinki 2012 Meghan Beesley

European Championships Selection and Olympic Trials

Meghan has been selected to compete for Great Britain in the European Championships being held in Helsinki next week (27th June to 1st July). This is her first senior GB selection!

 

But… first she has the upcoming Olympic Trials in Birmingham this weekend. If she gained an automatic place on the Olympic Team by coming first or second with the qualification time of 55.50 then she would forfeit the European Championships to concentrate on training. Otherwise, she still has the chance to qualify at the Europeans before the final selections are announced at the beginning of July.

 

With everyone raising their game and entries at an all-time high this weekend looks set to be very exciting!

 

Check back for news on the trials and upcoming European Champs.

 

 

BUCS 2012 Outdoor

Huge disappointment for Meghan at the BUCS championships in the Olympic stadium.

In very wintry conditions on Friday evening Meghan qualified in first position in her heat in 58.14. She followed this up with another solid run on saturday to win her semi final in 58.4 only to find out afterwards she had been disqualified for a hurdle infringement. A protest was made by her team using video evidence but this was found to be 'inconclusive'. Despite managing to find a 'conclusive' photograph and a second appeal being made the following day the officials were within their rights to not look at any further evidence and so the disqualification stood.

 

Meghan was unable to retain her BUCS title for the fourth year but went on with her team to win gold medals in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay in which they broke the Championship Record by 5 seconds!

 

Videos of the relay races can be found via athleticos on the following links:

Watch the 4x400m Relay :: Watch the 4x100m Relay

 

Mt Sac Relays in Los Angeles

LA UPDATE - 2012

Meghan had a very positive start this year with her fastest season's openers yet at the RJJJK Invitational and then the following week at the Mt Sac Relays in Los Angeles. Her times of 56.54 & 56.56 were both within the Olympic B standard qualifying times.

 

After spending nearly five weeks LA, Meghan heads back to the UK where her first race will be at the BUCS Championships being held in the Olympic Stadium.

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Chambers Tamworth continue to support Meghan in 2012

Chambers of Tamworth have been supporting Meghan since 2009 by supplying her with one of their vehicles. This week she was handed the keys to a Hyundai Veloster which she will have the use of up until after the Olympic Games.

 

It's fantastic for Meghan to have the support of local business and she hopes to make them proud!

 

Dealer Principal, Janice Howes commented:

"Chambers, along with Hyundai are pleased for the continuing success of Meghan, and are glad to be able to support her at this exciting time. We wish her all the very best success in the coming season"

 

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BUCS indoor championships

Another change of plan brought Meghan to the BUCS indoor championships in Sheffield this weekend competing in the 200m.

 

She clocked a 24.97 in the heats, 24.24 in the semi final and 24.12 In the final meaning she defended her title from last year. She then went on to join the 4x200m relay team to secure another gold medal.

 

The Loughborough team were the overall champions once again

 

This event definitely concludes the indoor season and Meghan will now be making preparations for her first race over the 400m hurdles in Los Angeles.

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With the emphasis being solely on the outdoor season this year, Meghan has had a short and sweet indoor season. A couple of 400 metre races along with an afternoon over the shorter distances was all that was scheduled into her training. (Links to the coverage of these races are on her Facebook page).

 

The outdoor season will start early for Meghan with her first race being in Los Angeles in April during her warm weather training trip. She will be travelling out at the end of March for one month returning for the BUCS championships which is being held in the Olympic stadium at the beginning of May.

 

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2012 Update - The most exciting year of any British athlete's career is finally here!

So far Meghan's winter training has been going really well, for the first time ever she started her winter programme on time due to having no injuries or rehab to contend with. Her session times and targets show a great improvement from last year so the forthcoming season should be exciting.

 

Meghan's first outing in the indoor season will be over the shorter distance hurdles in Loughborough later in the month, followed by a 400m in the Inter City Challenge in Sheffield in February.

 

Check back here for results of these.

 

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2011 Round Up

2011 was definitely 'Year of the Bronze' for Meghan – three championships 3 bronze medals.

 

After winning bronze medals in the European U23 champs, UK champs and World University Games Relay, Meghan is very pleased with her season's achievements. Having also achieved Personal Best times in her 400m hurdles, 400m flat and 200m confirms to her that her training is going well.

 

She is currently taking a couple of weeks off training and a holiday in the sun before starting her winter schedule in readiness for the most exciting year in the athletics calendar yet, with her sights set firmly on making the Olympic 2012 team.

 

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World Student Games Finalist!

Meghan made it through to the final of the World Student Games championships after achieving automatic qualification by coming second in her semi final race on Tuesday

 

Unfortunately, due to picking a virus which kept her in bed most of the day, she ran a very 'under par' race in the final finishing in eighth place. She was disappointed but at the same time satisfied that she had made it to the final.

 

She will now start a well deserved break for a month before starting her winter training.

 

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World University Games Selection

Meghan has been selected to compete in the GB team in the World University Games in Shenzhen China. She will be flying out this week in order to recover from the jet lag before her first race on Tuesday 16th August.

 

Being able to compete in two major championships in one year is a great opportunity and Meghan hopes to make the final before taking a well deserved month off!

 

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Birchfield win UK Womens League
Meghan was part of the Birchfield team who won the last match of the season this weekend in Lee Valley and also won the league for 2011.

 

The City of Manchester team have been the winners of this for many years so the club were really pleased to finally take the title. Winning this league gives the club the chance to represent the country in the European Club Championships which will be held in Spain May 2012.

 

Hopefully the men's team will be joining them, this will be decided in their last match next weekend.

 

UK Athletics Trials

UK Championships
Meghan came third in the recent UK Championships and World Trials.

 

She breezed through the heats finishing first but had a far from perfect run in the final coming third behind Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child.

 

Although she has gained two B qualification standards for the World Championships in Daegu this will not be enough this year for selection but fortunately for Meghan she had already been selected for the World University Games in China so will be heading off there instead.

 

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