Breakthrough 1500m runner on why he nearly left the sport to take up a career as a holiday rep
Ross Murray has revealed that instead of battling to win a place on the British team for the London Olympic Games, he could have been spending the summer on the beach.
The 21-year-old St Mary’s University student has enjoyed a stunning start to the season, firstly slashing seven seconds off his PB with 3:36.69 at the BMC Grand Prix at SportCity and then improving to 3:34.76 in Hengelo last month to go to No.2 in the 2012 UK rankings behind Mo Farah.
But Murray admits that last year he had become so disenchanted with the sport due to injuries that he had considered taking a complete break and getting out of the country in Olympic year.
“I had such bad injuries over two-and-a-half years I was definitely close to quitting last year,” said Murray.
“I was really down over the injuries I was getting, starting with a stress fracture of the femur followed by tendonitis of the Achilles tendon. It was just one thing after another.
“So I decided to apply for a job as a rep with Club 18-30 but it didn’t work out and now that seems to have been for the best and I’m very pleased that I am still here!”
That could prove to be one of the understatements of the year if Murray realises his dream of making the team for the Olympics. While he may have started the season a rank outsider, the Gateshead Harrier, who is a former English Schools 1500m champion and was sixth in the European Juniors just three years ago, has propelled himself into one of the main contenders.
Opening the season at the BMC Gold Standard race in Stretford he shaved three seconds off his 2010 best with 3:40.34 but that was nothing compared to his next outing in Manchester when he left the likes of Nick McCormick, Tom Lancashire and James Brewer trailing in his wake, followed by a further breakthrough in Hengelo.
“My coach (Craig Winrow) has found a system that works for me now and since December I have trained really well,” added Murray.