Athletics: Determined Karla Drew ends on a high with BUCS 60m gold

Sheffield athlete Karla Drew admitted she had only one thought on her mind as she signed off her indoor season on a high with the successful defence of her BUCS Nationals 60m hurdles title.

The City of Sheffield hurdler recovered from a slow start to cross the line first in 8.38 seconds in front of her home crowd at the English Institute of Sport a week ago.

It was a welcome victory for the 25-year-old who had struggled to hit top form so far this year, and finished sixth at last week’s Indoor British Championships at the same venue.

And with a solid block of training to look forward to before the outdoor season, Drew was targeting further improvements.

“I am very relieved to defend my title,” said the Sheffield Hallam student.

“I was just so determined on the start line; I just really wanted to win that because I’ve just been a bit disappointed with my races recently.

“I just thought, this is my last race, I could kind of end it on a bit of a positive and take something away from the indoor season.

“Now I’ve finished indoors I’m going to have to sit down with my coach, have a chat and get my start sorted as it’s a weakness I’ve had for a few years now.”

Drew was not the only Steel City representative in action at the annual multi-sport event with City of Sheffield swimmer Max Litchfield taking gold and silver in the 400m and 200m individual medley respectively at Ponds Forge, while fellow Sheffield Hallam student Rebecca Turner also picked up 200m freestyle gold and 50m freestyle bronze.

There was further home success in the climbing with Sheffield University’s Michaela Tracy and Joe Swales winning the individual title, while Sheffield Hallam denied their local rivals a clean sweep of the medals with the men’s team title.

While back at the EIS track, sprinter Imran Rahman put an injury-hit start to 2015 behind him with victory in the men’s 60m in a personal best time of 6.79 seconds.

“I had injuries at the start of the year. It was hamstring after hamstring. But that’s all done and I’m looking forward to outdoor now,” said the former King Ecgbert School and now University of Birmingham student.

“I can do much better than this. So I’m glad with the time and being able to come away with gold. I’m just going to train hard now and get fit. “

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