- Richard Davenport
- Athletics (400m hurdler)
- Sports Science and Maths BSc & Marketing and Management MSc
- 180cm / 5ft 11in
- Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire
One of the major strengths of training in Loughborough is that there is such a rich pool of talent and experience to utilise that there is no room for either complacency or arrogance.
Q How did you get started?
A I am a 400m hurdler specialist who also runs 4x400m. I started the sport when I was 14, when I competed in the English school championships 100m. The following next season I broke the UK U15s 300, 400 and 600m records.
Q What has been the highlight of your career so far?
A I broke a 25 year record when I was a British Junior for the 400m, which still stands today.
Q What is your training schedule?
A I train with other Loughborough athletes, Monday to Saturday, doing approximately 10 sessions over the week. Sessions include three track, two gym and two technical hurdle sessions.
Q What's your diet on an average day?
A I put on weight extremely easily, so it is not uncommon to find me in the kitchen weighing out my meals to make sure that my nutrition is as to point as my training.
Q Have you experienced any major injuries?
A I have recently had three and a half years out of the sport, due to injury, but last year I managed to get back on track - winning a silver medal at the UK trails and placing 5th at the World University Games.
Q What are your hobbies away from sport?
A I enjoy a book or playing FIFA on my games console. Nothing makes me happier than sitting somewhere quietly playing my guitar and singing to myself. I always wished I’d had the guts to try my hand at busking but so far I have always bottled it!
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