Time running out for Reid

Stef Reid admits her London 2012 hopes are literally turning into a race against time ahead of next month's Paralympic World Cup.


After suffering a stress fracture to her foot back in 2011, Reid began Paralympic year seriously under-cooked for the Games, which kick off on August 29.

To Paralympic bronze medallist Reid eight months is the bare minimum required to prepare for a Games, and eight months it has turned out to be indeed.

As a result the trip to Manchester for the Paralympic World Cup is more an exercise in fine-tuning than worrying about results with events in London her sole focus this summer.

However that doesn't mean New Zealand-born Reid, who competed for Canada at the Beijing Games in 2008 before switching to Britain, isn't relishing the trip.

"Training is going well at the minute which is great," said Reid. 

"It was so disappointing for me last year having two different stress fractures to deal with.

"I started running at the end of January which hasn't been ideal but eight months is the minimum time to prepare for a Games and I have that.

"The priority is obviously the Paralympics and I probably won't peak for anything else. I don't feel behind in my training, which is good and I always love going to Manchester for the World Cup.

"I love the concept behind the event. Some track meets can be quite boring to watch but it's great to be involved up there and hopefully it can go well.

"You just have to deal with the cards that you are dealt and there were other things that I could work on when I was out injured. It was a blessing in disguise in some ways."

Reid's contribution on the track at the World Cup will come in the 100m and 200m - the Brit not competing in the long jump where she is a current world bronze medallist.

But, despite admitting her desperation to deliver the goods in Manchester, Reid admits the pain of last year's injuries still haunt her.

"I do have to manage the injuries and it is something I think about," she added. "But I have also used it as a great biomechanical feedback tool.

"If I am getting pain then I know I am not doing something right and so I can do something about it. Hopefully I can just get to Manchester and run well and get some good results."

The Paralympic World Cup is taking place in Manchester from 22-26 May with elite international athletes competing in Athletics, Football 7-aside and Wheelchair Basketball.

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