Athletics: Summer of track success for Zoey Clark – now she’s off and running for happy new year

Zoey Clarke celebrates winning the Womens 400m Final during the British Athletics World Championships Team Trials at Birmingham Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England.

Aberdeen AAC’s Zoey Clark has been busy collecting awards for her summer track achievements over the past couple of weeks but that hasn’t stopped her from laying the foundations for a busy 2018 season.

The national 400m champion was propelled into the global limelight in August when she helped Great Britain win silver medals in the 4x400m relay at the London world championships.

Clark reached the semi-finals of the individual 400m, clocking a personal best 51.81secs which is the sixth fastest of all time by a Scot.

She also collected the Aberdeen’s Sports Awards Achiever of the Year, student and adult prizes.

That was followed by a trip to Glasgow for the annual Scottishathletics awards dinner where she received the Dallas Trophy in recognition of her outstanding performances.

Away from the glitz and glamour of these occasions, Clark is working away quietly in the gym and on the track, preparing herself for more major championship opportunities in the year ahead.

She said: “I have been back training for eight weeks because the big competitions come early next year, so I’m following a slightly different routine.

“The Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, in April is the big one, but I’m also hoping to do the world indoor championships at Birmingham in March.

“It’s a bit of an adjustment in training to be ready to peak in April, so the world championships would be ideal preparation.

“So I’m planning to do quite a lot of competitions indoors because the Commonwealth Games are early in the year. I need to sharpen up before then.

“I might do some 200m races, which I’m excited about, but maybe not too many as the focus will be on 400m.

“I’m not sure what my first race will be yet, but I will have to do the world indoor trials and I guess the first two finishers there will get automatic selection.”

Clark, who graduated with a first class honours degree in chemical engineering from Aberdeen University in the summer, has now decided to become a full-time athlete in her quest for more success.

She will remain based in Aberdeen, making use of the excellent Sports Village facilities and training under the watchful eye of coach Eddie Mckenna who has expertly guided her career so far.