Formula for Lawrie success is hard shift
Jack Lawrie admits 12-hour shifts at a chemical plant often leave him too exhausted to train but the Pitreavie prospect is hoping he’s got a formula that could bring a full-time move into athletics.
The 22-year-old starts his 400m hurdles quest in the heats of the European Under-23 Championship this afternoon, bidding to better his fourth place quest at the junior event two summers ago.
It’s meant taking time off from the day job as a process operator to peak in Bydgoszcz. And Lawrie concedes he sometimes struggles to maintain his juggling act.
“Monday last week was a great example,” he said. “I went to the track after a day shift and didn’t feel it at all. But I pushed through and it gives me confidence that I can produce good times anyway. But it is not ideal.
“You’ve got to earn the right by showing your potential or delivering. It would be nice. But I can’t complain. I got 30 days off for this from work. The guys there are always going ‘what are you doing here again?. But I can train full-time part of the time. If the opportunity came to only do athletics, I wouldn’t turn it down.”
Lawrie came within one-hundredth of a second of beating Charles Robertson-Adam’s long-standing Scottish record of 50.24 in coming second at the British trials. This could be the perfect time to claim the mark, he says.
“Having come fourth at the European Juniors a few years ago, I don’t want to miss out on a medal again. But the real aim of the season was to qualify for the Commonwealth Games so I’d settle for the time of 50 seconds-dead that I need.”
Meanwhile four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah is to end his track career at the Müller Grand Prix in Birmingham on August 20. “To get the opportunity to say goodbye to the track in front of a British crowd is something that means a lot to me and I hope I can take everything in,” he said. I’ve run many great races at the Alexander Stadium over the years, and have a history there, so it’s a fitting venue for my last track race.”