Some of Britain’s athletics stars share their festive training plans

Whether you intend to run or rest this Christmas Day, you’ll be in good company! Here some of Britain’s track and field stars share their festive training plans.

European 100m and 4x100m champion Zharnel Hughes

“On Christmas morning I’ll have a session and it will be a time trial over 500m. Couldn’t ask for a better Christmas gift!”

British pole vault record-holder and European bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw

“I won’t be training! I never do. My coach programmes my training on a weekly basis depending on how I’m feeling so Christmas week can be modified to allow Christmas Day to be spent enjoying my time with my family and not worried about having to fit a session in at some point.”

Commonwealth 20km race walk silver medallist and British record-holder Tom Bosworth

“I’ll be following my training schedule and fitting as much in around it as possible, so that might well mean training on Christmas Day. But that’s just business as usual, no extra motivation for doing it – the work done on that day is the exact same as any other.”

British indoor long jump record-holder Lorraine Ugen

“I probably won’t be training on Christmas Day. I think it’s okay as athletes to have a day to spend with family, enjoy the festivities and rest.

“Having one day off to enjoy your family will not kill you or hamper your season so I’ll more than likely be having family time!”

European 400m hurdles bronze medallist Meghan Beesley

“I’m not training on Christmas Day. My coach just plans the programme around that day being recovery.”

British marathon champion Lily Partridge

“I’ll do some easy miles dependant on what I did over the weekend but likely a longer easier run of around 10-15 miles on the trails.”

European and Commonwealth shot put finalist Sophie Mckinna

“Unfortunately I will be training this year as Christmas Day doesn’t fall on my rest day so I will be in the gym as normal and then back home to my parents’ for Christmas dinner!”

European and Commonwealth 1500m bronze medallist Jake Wightman

“I’m actually racing a road 5-mile race on Boxing Day, so will just be doing an easy 5-mile run on Christmas Day.”

European 1500m and Commonwealth 5000m medallist Laura Weightman

“I love running on Christmas morning. After opening presents I normally escape from dinner preparation and run one of my favourite routes along the beach at Alnmouth where I started running aged 12!”

European 5000m silver medallist Eilish McColgan

“I will be training on Christmas Day but it will just be an easy run with my mum and my little brother. We will be out in Doha, Qatar, so it’s not the most ‘Christmassy’ place to be and it’s usually roasting but we enjoy going out for an easy run in the morning before relaxing for the rest of the day.”

British 200m champion Beth Dobbin

“I won’t be training on Christmas Day as I think athletes rarely get any time to switch off and spend time with family so it’s important to do so.

“Rest is just as important as training and my coach always times it so that we’re due a rest week by the time Christmas comes around where we would normally have an extra day off anyway!”

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