Wednesday 3rd October, 2018
Jenny Nesbitt (Worcester AC; David Walker) will hope for another Commonwealth success on the streets of Cardiff Sunday morning, after producing a strong performance in the 10,000m on the Gold Coast back in April. Nesbitt ran a 10,000m lifetime best of 32:58 in tough conditions in Australia on her Commonwealth Games debut earlier this year, and the Worcester athlete is keen to test herself against the best the Commonwealth has to offer once more this weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to putting on the welsh vest in the capital next weekend. It is a massive honour to represent wales and to be involved in the Commonwealth Half Marathon”, said Nesbitt ahead of this weekend’s race. She has every reason to be excited, after enjoying the most successful outdoor season of her career in 2018.
Following her Gold Coast debut, Nesbitt finished 3rd at the British Universities 5,000m Championships before lowering her 10,000m lifetime best once more at the British Championships in Highgate back in May, where she clocked 32:38. In early July, she finished 7th at the British 5,000m Championships before going on to record lifetime bests of 9:11 in the 3,000m at the BMC Eltham Grand Prix, and 15:51 in the 5,000m at the Cheltenham Open Meeting on 25th July.
More recently, Jenny has been based in the remote commune of Font Romeu which lies in the Pyrênêes mountains, for a stint of altitude training in preparation for Sunday’s Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship. “Training has been going well (apart from the lack of oxygen!)”, said Nesbitt, “I’m hoping that I will be able to show off the hard work I have been putting in up at Font Romeu and I’m excited to test myself again after the off season.”
In fact, the Worcester athlete spoke at length about the benefits of altitude training, and how she hopes it will positively affect Sunday’s performance in an interview on BBC Radio Wales’ Science Café radio show last week, which you can listen to by clicking here (Interview starts at 14 minutes): https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000f4v
Nesbitt will hope to reap the rewards of that training stint and produce another strong performance in front of a home crowd in Cardiff on Sunday morning.