adidas originals firebird tracksuit form Dale Clutterbuck so glad he came back to running after almost quitting sport
Despite not having run for much of the summer, Clutterbuck returned to racing indoors and won the Southern Indoor 800m title in style three weeks ago and then, last weekend, ran the seventh fastest 800m time in the country this year at the London Games when he clocked 1m 50.93s.
“I don’t know what it is, but I don’t feel like I can be beaten at the moment,” he laughed.
Clutterbuck, then being coached by Rob Denmark,
was part of an ambitious new Adidas backed initiative that saw five of the country’s brightest middle distance talents put under one roof and given specialist training, diets, physio treatment and more.
It seemed at the time a great idea, but things soured quickly.
“They wanted instant results and tried pushing us too much,” said Clutterbuck. “I was doing massive mileage for me. 80 odd miles a week and that doesn’t suit me.
“I was not getting the results and the other guys weren’t getting the results. The pressure was ridiculous.
“I was embarrassed to put on the Adidas kit to race if I’m honest.
“Everyone was falling out with each other and I just had enough really.
“The first thing Matt said to me was ‘you are definitely an 800m runner, but you need to lose a bit of timber!’ “I didn’t want to be coached to start with.
“But we would talk on Facebook and he would set me a few sessions. Then he would turn up at St Mary’s (where Clutterbuck is studying) a few times,
then a bit more often.