About Mr.Stewart

Depute Head Teacher at Preston Lodge High School Head of Gosford House. Volunteer Presenter on East Coast 107.6FM.

800m Scottish Schools Champion 2010

Interview with Peter Loudon,
Preston Lodge’s 800m Scottish schools athletics champion 2010

How long have you been training for athletics?

I started training when I was 11. At Prestonpans primary one of our sports staff Angie Davie said that I was a talented runner and that I should pursue it further. She put me in touch with Musselburgh athletics club where I got the chance to train properly with great coaches and other ambitious runners.

Where do you train?

I train at Meadowbank stadium in Edinburgh twice a week with my coach John Lees. John has worked with Olympic athletes in the past and really makes me work hard! I also do extra sessions on my own at the lagoons in Musselburgh.

Why do you do it?

I really enjoy it, I like challenging myself and setting myself targets to try and get better. Sometimes it can be hard to motivate myself to train when its cold or wet but I know that if want to be successful I need to be dedicated.

What is your ‘personal best’ for the 800m at the moment?

My time for the 800m is 1.55.00. When I won the Scottish Schools championships I ran it in 1.56.62 so I know I can win more races. Seb Coe ran it in 1.41.73 so I still have a bit to go yet! My short-term goal is to get under 1.53; I know I have to train hard over the summer to achieve it.

What is your ambition in athletics?

My coach thinks that I have a strong chance if I keep training hard and improving of competing at the Glasgow commonwealth games in 2014 which is definitely a huge incentive.

Are you proud of your achievements so far?

Saturday was amazing, it was great to represent the school at a national event. When Mr Stewart announced that I was Scottish champion it was great as it was my chance to show everybody how hard I have been working and how fast I am getting. It was definitely good to be recognised.