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University of East London sprinter lands silver at BUCS Nationals

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 February 2018

Corinne Humphreys (left) with her silver medal (Pic: Sportsbeat)

Corinne Humphreys (left) with her silver medal (Pic: Sportsbeat)

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A year ago Corinne Humphreys missed out on a BUCS Nationals medal but now, 12 months on, the Leyton sprinter is preparing to compete in her first Commonwealth Games.

It has been a whirlwind year for the University of East London student, capped off with a silver medal at the BUCS Nationals in the 60m.

The 26-year-old clocked in a time of 7.48seconds and will be heading to the Gold Coast to represent England with plenty of confidence.

And the east London sprinter admits she cannot believe how far she has come in the past year.

“I’ve gone from not medalling at BUCS last year to going to Commonwealths,” she said.

“I had a very big change in structure. I was working part-time and also as a student and training six days a week. “That schedule wasn’t working so I quit my fitness instructing job and I changed my whole training structure and I’ve managed to drop 0.4 seconds outdoors which is huge.

“I don’t think I would have believed it a year ago that I would be going to a Commonwealth Games.

“My aim is to get to make a Commonwealth final and I will do everything in my power to achieve that.”

This year saw BUCS Nationals return for its sixth year, bringing together individual BUCS Championship events which take place across Sheffield.

More than 500 officials and volunteers made the sport happen from February 16-18, with this the largest annual multi-sport event in the UK.

And after competing in her third BUCS Nationals, Humphreys believes it has given her all the right tools to prepare for the Commonwealth Games.

She said: “I’m not far off now and performing at BUCS is another platform to practice what I know I need to do.

“I looked back at the videos and the way I was running and I think it will stand me in good stead for the upcoming Commonwealths.

“I’m getting faster and I think I’m where I need to be right now. I’m extremely excited. It still feels very surreal to be honest. I can’t wait to get to Australia.”

BUCS Nationals powered by Muhdo is the largest annual multi-sport event in the UK, bringing the best of Britain’s university athletes together to compete across eight different sports in Sheffield.

More info at bucs.org.uk and via #BUCSNationals.

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