Ellen Weir is a pupil at Wimbledon High School and a talented athlete
I get to miss some lessons to compete for school in a local school relay competition. I run second leg and our team comes second overall. I really enjoy running. This season my best achievements have been becoming Surrey County Cross Country Champion, second at the London Youth games cross country and 23rd in the National Cross Country Championships.
A normal school day. After school I fit in some homework before heading out to running training with my club Hercules Wimbledon from 6.30-7.45pm. We do a hill session.
Before school I go to the gym with my dad from 6.45-8.15am to do a strength and conditioning session. We mainly focus on quadriceps and hamstrings, gluteals and core. After a quick breakfast, I head to school. Wednesday is a rest day so I go out for coffee and cake with my mum after school.
Another training night with my club from 6.30-7.45pm. Tonight’s session is 7 x 600m on the track.
After school I go on a slow, chatty jog with my sister to shake out my legs before tomorrow’s race then I have my lucky pre-race dinner of spaghetti bolognese.
Today I have the South of England Cross Country Competition in Oxford. It’s a great race full of mud and hills. I compete for Surrey and we come first as a team. Individually I am second.
Sunday is long run day so my dad and I run a steady 14km before having a big breakfast. Then I spend the rest of the day walking my dog and finishing off some homework before going to rock climbing training from 5-6.30pm. My goals are to come top 20 at the English Schools Cross Country Championships later this season. I also hope one day to compete for England in an international competition and most importantly to continue to enjoy running.