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Injury Woes – but Sophie ready to get back on Track

For the majority of the 2014 outdoor season, I spent most of my time as a spectator on a spin bike. Achilles tendinopathy in my right foot caused me to finish my season at the end of May. As I wasn’t able to train or compete all summer, I was determined to make the most out of the 2015 season. However, my injury had other plans.

Getting back on track

Getting back on track

With plenty of completed bike sessions, rehab exercises, treatment and recovery, my injury started to improve. I was soon able to jog, which over time turned into steady running. After a while, I was able to complete sessions again and things were looking brighter. At university, I continued with my rehab exercises to ensure I wouldn’t have any problems and for some time, it seemed to work. For many months, I was able to train without any pain and it appeared that my injury had finally healed.

During the Easter break, I was lucky enough to go on an altitude training camp with my university to Font Romeu, France. It was a great experience running in the mountains and it benefitted my fitness greatly. I would love to go there again next year.

However, once I returned home, the problems started again. About a week before the BUCS outdoor championships, I completed a speed session. The session went well and I was happy with the way I was running, especially with a competition coming up. Unfortunately, that evening, my Achilles was sore and inflamed. I spoke to my coaches and made a joint decision to pull out of the race. I was devastated. I felt like all my progress had stepped back a whole year. I went straight back to cross-training, rehab and treatment. Along with the sore Achilles also came a tight back. Due to my constant limping, I was straining my posture. However, thanks to Sara’s hard work at Cedar Hall, she has managed to get my posture back into the correct position.

At the moment, things are looking positive! I am not back to training fully yet but I am slowly getting there which is exciting! My aim for this year is to get fit and strong, and hopefully be ready to race for the indoor season.

Blog by sponsored athlete Sophie Riches

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Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Our Athletes


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The Sweet Taste of Success – Khai Style


Is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. So whether that is winning a Gold medal at the Olympics or even getting up early for school, you have succeeded. Now even though these points are not similar there is a common word used to accomplish this and that is WORK.

Yes, you even have to work to get out of bed because we all love to lay in especially if we have been up all night and have to get up early but in order to succeed we MUST work for it. Everyone who is successful has had to work for it, in my case, Athletics, hurdles to be exact.

Racing to Success

Racing to Success

I started off as a thrower but transitioned into a runner and that didn’t happen overnight. I had to work to transition my power from my arms to my legs. As we all know Speed+Strength=Power and you have to work hard to accomplish even one of these elements in order to achieve your main goal. This requires a lot of work.

Now when I talk work I’m not talking the bare-minimum, I’m talking 100%, Blood Sweat and Tears, put everything into it, “Train hard, Win easy”. That concept goes for anything in life, even getting out of bed or working your hardest to finish the race first.

Even though it may be a struggle or you feel like giving up, just remember why you started, was it worth investing all that time just to give up? No one can take your success away from you.

Khai Riley Laborde 110m hurdles  Cedar Hall Clinic sponsored athlete.

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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Our Athletes


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GB Athlete Daniel Awde joins Athlete Sponsorship Programme

Proud & delighted to announce that DANIEL AWDE, Double GB Olympic athlete and Glasgow Commonwealth gold medallist has joined Team Cedar Hall & has been awarded a full treatment sponsorship.

Daniel Awde

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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Our Athletes


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Cedar Hall Athlete Sponsorship Programme – Towards Victory!.

Cedar Hall Clinics has been an innovator in treatment sponsorships for promising young athletes. We work with our athletes and their coaches to achieve optimum fitness for their chosen sport both before and after competition.

Where Cedar Hall Clinics has led, we are delighted that other practitioners have followed, so that more and more osteopaths and sports injury therapists are also involved in athlete sponsorship programmes.

The spectacular performances of great British sports men & women like Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Greg Rutherford, and Mo Farah at London 2012, serves to enthuse not only our aspiring Olympians but also inspires us to continue and even expand our sponsorship programme.

The whole nation has been exhilarated & electrified with Team GB at London 2012 – we’ve rejoiced with them in victory and commiserated with them in defeat. And without exception we have marvelled at their commitment, enthusiasm & effort. Our future Olympians GIANNI FRANKIS, HAYLEY MCLEAN, DALE CLUTTERBUCK, JOSH OLAWORE & SOPHIE RICHES, are all working hard to be the next generation of athletes the nation can cheer on to victory. And we will be with them!

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Posted by on August 5, 2012 in Our Athletes


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Cedar Hall Clinic Athlete Sponsorship Programme

Cedar Hall Clinics in Benfleet and Thurrock leads the way in offering treatment sponsorships to up and coming local young athletes. The Athlete Sponsorship Programme was the brainchild of clinic directors Sara Lovett & Jacki Milne, both involved in various sporting activities from an early age.

Knowing from their own experiences the lack of quality treatment support to young athletes, Sara & Jacki with the help of Essex Athletic Network chose English Schools Champion Georgia Atkins, as the first recipient of a treatment sponsorship. Now nearly 18 months on, five more full treatment sponsorships have been awarded to young potential Olympians.

Gianni Frankis, coached by former Olympian Tony Jarrett, is probably the most high profile athlete to be awarded a treatment sponsorship. This exciting young hurdler, is a potential selection for London 2012 and is currently working hard to recover from a hamstring injury to achieve his goal. Another member of our Athlete Sponsorship Programme is 17yr old Hayley McLean, a 400m hurdler with a stack of titles to her name. She has been invited to compete at the Olympic Stadium this May in the British Universities & Colleges Sport event. A huge honour and a challenge she relishes. Hayley is a member of Chelmsford AC and is coached by Steve Mitchell.

Talented all rounder Joahua Olawore, coached by Tony Benton and Trevor Wells, has great potential. He was awarded the Young Sports Personality of the Year at the Essex Sports Awards in November 2011. He followed this in December with the U18 individual title at Schools International Pentathlon, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow – leading England to victory! Cedar Hall Clinic is proud to sponsor this young athlete.

Our youngest recipient of a sponsorship is 16 yr old Sophie Riches, an exciting prospect and excellent athlete. Sophie ran 4m 37.20s recently to win the under-20 women’s 1,500m at Chelmsford in what was the fastest time run outside by an under-17 athlete this year. She  will be competing at the UK School Games at the Olympic Stadium on May 9 and has been selected as a torch bearer for 2012. Sophie is coached by Christian Dailly.

Twenty year old Dale Clutterbuck is the latest welcome addition to our Athlete Sponsorship Programme. A middle distance runner, Dale is a member of Basildon AC and is coached by former Olympian and Commonwealth gold medallist Rob Denmark. In summer of 2011 Dale achieved PB’s in 800m, 1500m & 3000m winning the Essex Championships. His long term goal is Olympics 2016 in Rio.

The sponsorships cover all aspects of the athletes therapeutic needs as they work towards achieveing their sporting goals, including regular maintenance massage with our sports injuries and rehabilitation specialists. This assists recovery from ever increasing training loads and allows the athlete to stay injury free and continue to compete at high levels. Osteopathy & podiatry treatment and advice are always available when needed.

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Our Athletes


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