Ben Higgins

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Ben Higgins

Sport:
Athletics
Level:
Ambassador
NGB:
UK Athletics
District:
Rutland
School:
Brooksby Melton College
Achievements from Application:
  • Selected to represent GB Juniors at the Loughborough International May 2019

Blog

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Winter Training and a New Coach

24th Nov, 2021

I've been really busy getting into my winter training the last 6-8 weeks and settling in with my new coach.
Training is going really well, I'm really enjoying my new programme and looking forward to competing in a couple of weeks!
We have been focusing on speed work so I'm doing 2 rounds of 60m indoors at Loughborough Uni in mid December, it will be nice to see where I'm at with my speed at this early point in the year!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Good to be Back!

29th Sep, 2021

I started back to some pre winter training last week after a few weeks break. it's great to be back on the track again! Its always amazing to have an end of season break and a holiday as it's the only time of the year when I get to completely switch off from my athletics but after 2-3 weeks I'm always ready to get back to it and get back into a routine!
I have started working with a new coach and I'm really excited to see what the 2022 season will bring. I have high aspirations and will be working harder than ever to achieve those goals!

Thank you as always GOGold for the ongoing supportz

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Season in full flow!

2nd Aug, 2021

It's been a very busy month if so with loads of competing and quite a lot of stress too!
I am currently coachless and this has been hugely difficult mid season trying to navigate National championshios without the support of my coach.
All things considered I've had a very successful time.

Bronze medalist in 400mH at the England u23 championships

Qualifying to Compete at The Olympic Trials (British Championships)

6th in the 400mH Final of the England Senior Athletics Championships

i then went on to run a Pb of almost a second in the 400mH last week which takes me to just outside the top 10 in the Uk overall this year and 4th in the u23 age group in the Uk.

still a few races to come!

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Loving being back on the track!

12th Jun, 2021

It's been so nice to be back racing again - finally! I've run 4 races in the last few weeks and am starting to get back into things now. I've bought my 400m hurdles pb down twice in the last 7 days which I'm thrilled about and got A bronze medal in the Midland Senior Championships today in this event.
Im looking forward to competing at the U23 England Champs next weekend in Bedford and the British Champs/Olympic Trials the following weekend too, an exciting couple of weeks ahead!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Looking forward to competing!

8th May, 2021

Training has been going really well after an injury last month and I’m really looking forward to my first race next Sunday. I’ve been working really hard and it will be nice to see where I’m at when I race.
Last season I barely raced so it feels a long time since I’ve been competing regularly so I am excited about starting the competition season!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Looking forward to the season ahead

13th Mar, 2021

With dates for competitions for the outdoor track season starting to be announced I’m really looking forward to competing again and beginning to plan my races.
Training is going really well, I’ve been doing a lot more hurdling this month too.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Covid

5th Feb, 2021

Unfortunately I caught covid in January and had to isolate for 10 days and also was not that well so had to listen to my body and rest to make sure I recovered, then just as I was out of isolation and feeling okay along came the huge amounts of snow!! Sometimes you feel like the odds are just stacked against you but thanks to my coach who always goes above and beyond we were still able to do some snowy 121 sessions. It's taken me a couple of weeks post covid for my body to feel totally back to normal but this week training is going great and I feel good! It's great to be back on track and training well again after a few difficult weeks! All part of the journey.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

January lockdown.

20th Jan, 2021

January hasn’t been the easiest start to the year, lockdown meaning training is compromised again and we have had to adapt yet again to not being able to do certain parts of my normal training. Making the best of things though!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

December training

20th Dec, 2020

December has been a great month so far for me training wise, I’ve had some brilliant sessions and really can feel improvements in every aspect of my training!
I’m looking forward to seeing what 2021 holds for me.
I’d like to wish everyone at LRS a very merry Christmas and thank you again for the invaluable support this year!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Lockdown#2!

21st Nov, 2020

Lockdown#2 has meant I've had to adapt my training programme considerably, but having done this once for the first lockdown it wasn't so hard this time!
I'm still managing to do my full programme just with some adaptations including converting my living room into a full gym!
Training is going really well.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Fitter and Stronger!

26th Oct, 2020

Training is going really well and I have had a really good first block of winter training so far. I feel fitter and stronger than ever before and and really enjoying my training programme. Big thanks to GoGold at LRS for the ongoing support – it really is invaluable and makes a huge difference to me.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Winter training!

22nd Sep, 2020

After having my break in August for 3 weeks I am now back into pre winter training.
I feel really motivated for winter training and am more focused that ever.
It has been a strange year and I chose to only compete once due to wanting to get back into training earlier this autumn so needing to have an earlier break and I'm really pleased I made that decision with my coach.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Competing at last!

14th Jul, 2020

I was lucky enough to be able to compete at the first athletics event in the country since Corona Virus on Sunday at Nuneaton!
I was really excited and nervous having not competed since May 2019 due to my stress fracture last May ending my season just after it began, then months and months of hard rehab and getting back into training then just as I was ready to start competing corona virus came along!
I had a great day running a windy pb of 10.69 in 100m and a pb of 48.31 in 400m. I could not have been more happy with my performance and am hoping to get in a few more races fingers crossed if more clubs host events in the coming weeks.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Back on the track!!

10th Jun, 2020

It’s been amazing to be able to finally get back to training on a track and to have some (distanced!) training partners after so long! I have been really lucky to be able to use the facilities at a local independent school near my home during lockdown but nothing quite like getting back on the track!
I feel in great shape and all the hard technical work I’ve been putting in over the lockdown feels like it’s really paying off too!

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Training during Covid19

7th May, 2020

Training has been great so far during covid19, I have managed to continue working really hard and with my coach have made lots of adaptations to carry on with all my normal sessions in a slightly different way!
I am missing being able to run on the track obviously and having access to the gym but I'm pleased that I have still been able to push myself hard during this time.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Training adaptations during lockdown!

31st Mar, 2020

Having to be creative during this period of restricted movement so I've been doing lots of training at home In the back garden and the house alongside using my allowed daily exercise to complete the running section of my training sessions in fields or on roads near my home.
It's not ideal but we all have to make the best of what's available and keep in the best shape possible! I feel really motivated at the moment and having a very structured training plan to stick to (thanks coach!) is helping give me focus whilst training at the track and in the gym isn't possible.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Competing

3rd Feb, 2020

Training is going really well and I'm consistently up on the times I was running this time last year which considering I'm still coming back from a serious injury I'm really pleased about. My body is adjusting to the new way that I am running due to my orthotics and it is going to take a bit more time and rehab work to get me back to 100% but I was able to compete in a 60m race on Saturday at Loughborough Uni for the first time in over 8 months and although my hamstrings were tight afterwards and my time was not quick it's another step in the right direction! I will be working on building my speed and my body coping with that over the next month or so.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Back over hurdles!

20th Dec, 2019

It's been a great month for me as I'm finally back properly training on the track in spikes and I've been hurdling for the first time since May! Such a good feeling and I can really feel the positive changes in my running technique from the hard work of my rehab now that I'm back on the track.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what 2020 holds and can't wait to be competing again!
I also was on GoGold Ambassador duties today presenting an award at Uppingham Community College! I really enjoy being a GoGold Ambassador, giving something back and hopefully inspiring some younger athletes in the making!
Thank you to GoGold for the invaluable support through 2019! It makes a huge difference to me.

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Winter training and continued rehab

29th Oct, 2019

My running is progressing nicely and I'm running faster each week without issues which is great. I'm still having to work hard on my rehab alongside my running to make sure things stay that way so I'm spending a lot more time training but I know it will be worth it to get me back into the kind of shape I want to be in for 2020. It's really important that I put in the rehab work to make sure my body is in great shape for the season ahead.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

All clear

2nd Oct, 2019

I'm really happy as I've now been given the all clear from the doctors and can start getting back into my training properly once I'm fully rehabbed! Looking forward to working harder than ever this winter and seeing what I can achieve on the track for the 2020 season!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

On the road to recovery!

9th Aug, 2019

I went to see the consultant this week and have been allowed to take the boot off and resume normal activities like walking, driving and some non loading cardio work in the gym such as rowing and on the bike which is great for keeping my fitness levels up.
A re scan in a few weeks time to check all is okay then on to rehab and getting back into training! Being injured is obviously the last thing you want as an athlete but I am feeling really motivated for getting back into training and working hard!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Injury

14th Jul, 2019

Unfortunately I've suffered a stress fracture to my navicular in my foot.
I have been struggling for a month or so with issues in my foot including going all the way to Belgium to compete and not being able to race! After an MRI and CT scan the stress fracture has been confirmed and I have been in a boots and on crutches for 3 weeks now. Another 3 weeks ish to go hopefully! Not ideal as I was in great shape and had Pb'd in every race I had run so far in the season! However, injuries in sport happen and I will come back stronger!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Ups and downs!

14th Jun, 2019

May has been a month of highs and not so highs!
My opening 400mH race was really pleasing with a pb of almost a second and a big pb in 200m on the same day!
This performance and my 400m flat pb the week before gained my first GB juniors selection in the 4 x 400m relay squad and reserve athlete for the individual 400mH at the Loughborough international. I ran well at the event and it was a brilliant experience!
Since then I've had a minor issue with my ankle which has hampered competing a little bit but I'm looking forward to the nationals next weekend in Bedford!

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Season Opener

4th May, 2019

I opened my outdoor season on Wednesday 1st May at an open meeting in Coventry. I did a 400m flat and was really pleased to get a pb in my opening race. This is a good bench mark for me now going forward into the outdoor season! First hurdles race coming up next weekend in Swansea which I'm looking forward to!

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Ambassador

Warm Weather Training Camp

23rd Apr, 2019

I am currently half way through a 2 week warm weather training camp in Tenerife. Thank you to GoGold for helping to find this trip for me, I really appreciate the ongoing support.
I am really feeling the benefit of getting in some high quality training sessions out here and being able to solely focus on my training away from everyday life at home for 2 weeks, it's really beneficial in a lot of ways.
Really looking forward to opening my outdoor track season next week!

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