Sally Peake might have left the BUCS Gatorade Nationals clutching gold, but the Cardiff pole vaulter insists she left Sheffield with far more than just that as she bids to make 2014 a year to remember.
Fresh from finishing third at the British Indoor Championships at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport a fortnight ago, Peake returned to the Steel City on Sunday for the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.
And while she ensured she finished top of the pile to win back the title she last held in 2012, her best clearance of 14m was 16cm down from her British Indoor Championships result.
However, Cardiff University’s Peake was not about to get too disheartened, admitting that she was using her Sheffield comeback as preparation for the fast approaching outdoor season.
And with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on the horizon, the 28-year-old was able to toast a job well done, more inclined to celebrate the knowledge she gained than the medal around her neck.
“I’m really happy with the gold. It’s good to come here and work out what form you’re in,” said former Hawarden High School pupil.
“I’m jumping well so I’m pretty happy. I was using the competition to work on a few things so I spoke to my coach afterwards to discuss how that had gone.
“I wanted to sort out the technical things and test them in competitive action and I feel I really achieved something out there.
“There are lots of things I need to change at the end of my jump when going over the bar so I used this competition to work on that.
“The big goal for me this year is the Commonwealth Games, which hopefully I have already qualified for so I’m focusing on that. It is really important, I’m really looking forward to possibly competing in Glasgow.”
Also topping the podium at the English Institute of Sport was Hannah Thomas, who claimed victory in the women’s 200m, while Cardiff Metropolitan University’s James Thie followed suit in the men’s 1500m.