Blake disappointed to miss UK Championships

Karrie Blake in 1,500m action
Karrie Blake in 1,500m action
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Karrie Blake revealed her disappointment at having to turn down a place at this season’s Aviva UK Trials and Championships.

The event, which takes place this weekend in Birmingham, is a competition where Blake usually shines.

But in continuing her recovery from injury, the City of Portsmouth runner has admitted she will be giving this one a miss.

‘I was invited to race in the UK Championships this weekend but I declined,’ said Blake.

‘I just don’t feel as if I’m fit enough to do it.

‘And as I usually peak around about the trials, I thought I would miss it, so I can feel a lot fresher and last for the rest of the season.’

Despite sensibly planning for the long term, Blake still conceded it was a shame she wouldn’t be able to impress in a competition that has served her well in the past.

‘I am disappointed,’ said the 35-year-old.

‘It’s a shame, as I usually do quite well in the world trials but I’m not ready yet I don’t think.

‘I haven’t got too many years left so I don’t know how many more chances I will get to do it.’

Although Blake feels she may not be quite fit enough to take on these championships, she is confident the worst of her injury is behind her.

‘It’s fine now, touch wood,’ she said.

‘I’ve actually been quite lucky, as in, I’ve never had a proper injury before.

‘I’ve been out for a week or so but nothing longer.

‘So I have been quite lucky in that way.’

‘But I feel good and I’m back in full training.’

The long distance specialist has had a few opportunities to help get her back to her best, winning at the British Masters last month in the 400m, 800m and 1500m.

More recently, though, Blake won the Portsmouth Race for Life, held in Southsea clocking a time of just under 16 minutes.

However, there was a much more important reason for taking part instead of just building up fitness.

‘I lost my father-in-law to lung cancer back in November’ said Blake.

‘So my daughter and I decided we would run the Race for Life for him.

‘I was just going to run it with her.

‘But then I thought, I might as well go for it, so I ran and then went back and rejoined my daughter later on!’

Now Blake is firmly focusing on the future and has her sights set on the British 800m record.

‘I’m aiming for the British 800m record,’ she said.

‘I actually got a call from Gerry (North, City of Portsmouth coach) to tell me it’s been broken, so obviously that’s going to be harder now.

‘But that’s what I want.’