Seventeen-year old middle distance runner Rachel Mortimer has been through a lot of ups-and-downs during a competitive running career that began some five years ago. A fluid runner with a great work ethic and a strong competitive spirit, Mortimer has always been amongst the top few finishers at competitions within her age division.
No doubt she has talent and at the 2016 BC Summer Games, despite a training routine that was limited because of those pesky injuries, Mortimer was able to win a silver medal in the 1500 and a bronze in the 3,000 meters at the BC Summer Games. “Rachel has that desire to be a leader both in training and during races. When she controls herself and does not give in to impatience, a lesson not always easy to learn, Rachel has the talent to be a fine middle distance runner,” states her long time coach Sue Northey.
For the past two years a quick growth spurt and a slight body mass has played havoc with Mortimer’s running and last year a lower leg injury forced her out of action. But come what may, Mortimer accepted that there will be setbacks in one’s progress as a runner and instead of giving up she filled her time with swimming, supplemental pool workouts and other activities that kept her active.
Things seem to be coming together for Mortimer at present and over the past couple of months most of her past injury problems seem to be fading away. At present she is training with two male teammates and the combination seems to be working well as the three of them offer support to each other and combination seems to be working for each of them.
Mortimer attends and competes for WJ Mouat a school that has a storied history of outstanding female distance runner alumni such as Courtney Inman, Amy Teer and Angela Froese all three of whom were BC High School track and field medalists that went on to compete at the university level.
At next week’s Jerome Indoor Games at the Richmond Olympic Oval, Mortimer will take part in the 1,000-meter event. It’s a good distance for her to start the 2018 season as it will enable her coach to evaluate Rachel’s progress both speed and endurance wise.
“I am looking forward to competing at the Jerome and after such a long layoff it should be fun to again be able run in a race, “stated Mortimer.