Of all the lessons Beth Dobbin has learned in 2018, the biggest has been to run without limits.
The Scottish sprint star says she has exceeded expectations, especially her own, with all she has achieved this year. But now, with a boost of self-belief and British Athletics funding support, Beth is determined to apply that ‘no limits’ mindset.
The 24-year-old stormed into the sprinting spotlight at the beginning of June when she broke Sandra Whittaker’s 34-year-old Scottish 200m record with 22.84 at a UK Women’s League premier division match in Eton.
The Edinburgh AC athlete went on to improve that mark a further three times over the summer, all the way down to 22.59 into a headwind to win the British 200m title in Birmingham and move to eighth on the UK all-time list.
From never having represented her nation before, Dobbin gained not one but two British vests – claiming bronze on her debut at the Athletics World Cup in London and finishing seventh in the European final in Berlin.
‘It’s just been amazing. I’ve had the best moments of my life,’ says Beth, as she reflects on the past few months. ‘Still now I watch the video of the British Championships and feel emotional and I don’t think that will ever go.’
Read more in the Athletics Weekly article by Jess Whittington