Beth’s back in the running

beth potter hand in 29.6.09
beth potter hand in 29.6.09

BEARSDEN runner Beth Potter is back on track to compete in Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games - after securing a podium place in Birmingham on Sunday.

Beth won bronze in the 5k Aviva UK Trials, finishing in 15mins 56.65secs, less than three seconds behind second-placed Eilish McColgan (15:52.69). The winner was Julie Bleasdale with 15:49.02.

The former Bearsden Academy pupil said she had been pleased with her time which was only just outside her personal best.

The middle distance runner, who is back on form after a disappointing 2009-10 season, said: “I was pretty happy. It was quite hot so the conditions were not ideal for fast times.”

She said her tactics on the day were right, adding: “There were 10 of us challenging for a medal and I just sat off the back of the group and made my move with three laps to go.

“It was good to get back to competing at the top level again and I’m confident the injuries I had last season are now a thing of the past.”

Beth’s next race is in the Belgian city of Levven where she is running a 5k. This will be followed at the beginning of September with the Glasgow 10k.

The former City of Glasgow runner, who has moved down south and runs for Shaftesbury Athletics Club, said her focus has now shifted to Glasgow 2014, but is unsure if she will compete at the London Olympics next year.

On this she said: “I am working towards Glasgow 2014 and it would be a bonus if I get to the Olympics.”

Beth picked up a shin injury in March 2010 while competing in Poland which dogged her performance for the next eight months. She spent many hours on the treatment table and has come back stronger and more determined to succeed this season.

She was helped in December after receiving a £500 awarded to assist her with training costs from the UKA Heroes project which is sponsored by Original Source, a successful initiative which offers financial support to talented young athletes.