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DANI CHRISTMAS

Born: 21 December 1987
Coach: Self Coached
Club: Crawley AC / Loughborough University
Lives: Horley, Surrey / Loughborough
OCWK: Female Athlete

 

Personal Bests
400m 56.10 (2009), 800m 2:02.54 (2010), 1500m 4:24.2 (2004)

Involvement with OCWK
Dani has been part of ‘On Camp with Kelly’ since 2004 and has taken part in the following OCWK events:
South Africa Educational Camp 2004
Loughborough Get-Together Weekend 2005
Valencia Training Camp 2005
Pirbright Army Training Weekend 2005
Melbourne Commonwealth Games Educational Camp 2006
London 2012 Get-Together Weekend 2006
100% ME / Tonbridge Get-Together Weekend 2006
Loughborough Educational Camp 2007
Glasgow Get-Together Weekend 2007
Bath Get-Together Weekend 2007
Tonbridge Get-Together 2008
OCWK Media Day 2009
Loughborough Get-Together 2009
Eat for Success Get-Together 2009
Birmingham Get-Together 2010
Tonbridge Training Camp 2010
Olympic Park Visit 2010
Life Skills Get-Together 2010
Tonbridge Get-Together 2011
Tonbridge Training Camp 2011
Get Set for 2012 Get-Together 2012
London Get-Together 2012
St Mary's Get-Together 2012
Lee Valley Get-Together 2012

From November 2006 to May 2007 Dani was funded by OCWK to train with Kelly’s former coach Margot Jennings in Eugene, Oregon, USA. She was one of the OCWK 4x800m team that set a UK Junior record at the Adidas St Mary’s Relays in 2006.


Athletics Achievements
2nd UK Indoor 800m 2011
3rd UK Indoor 800m 2010
3rd England Under 23 800m 2009
2nd BUCS 800m 2009
2nd England Under 23 1500m 2008
3rd England Under 23 800m 2008
Semi-finalist World Junior 800m 2006
2nd AAA Under 20 800m 2006
2nd English Schools Senior 800m 2006
1st Commonwealth Youth Games 800m 2004
1st AAA Under 17 800m 2004
2nd AAA Under 20 1500m 2004
1st English Schools Inter 1500m 2004
3rd English Schools Inter 1500m 2003


Performances in 2011
Dani won the silver medal in 800m at Aviva UK Indoor Championships on 12-13 February.

Personal Bests set in 2011
600m
1:30.53i, 02/01/11, Manchester

800m – previous PB 2:02.54 / 2:05.15i
2:04.45i mx, 03/01/11, Lee Valley
2:04.39i, 19/02/11, Birmingham

10km
37:48, 20/11/11, Brighton


Performances in 2010
Dani won the bronze medal in the 800m at the at Aviva UK Indoor Championships on 13-14 February in a new indoor best of 2:05.15. She set a new outdoor best of 2:04.51 at the Loughborough International on 23 May and improved that again to 2:04.28 at Watford on 12 June. She was sixth in the 800m final at the Aviva UK Championships on 27 June after improving her personal best to 2:03.55 the previous day and she improved that time again to 2:03.17 at the BMC meeting in Solihull on 10 July and again to 2:02.54 when finishing sixth in the OCWK race at the Aviva London Grand Prix on 13 August.

Personal Bests set in 2010
800m - previous PB 2:04.92 / 2:06.98i
2:05.15i, 14/02/10, Sheffield
2:04.51, 23/05/10, Loughborough
2:04.28, 12/06/10, Watford
2:03.55, 26/06/10, Birmingham
2:03.17, 10/07/10, Solihull
2:02.55mx, 27/27/10, Trafford
2:02.54, 13/08/10, Crystal Palace

1500m - previous PB 4:24.2
4:32.69i, 17/01/10, Lee Valley


Performances in 2009
After setting an indoor best of 2:06.98 in her heat Dani finished fourth in the final at the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships on 14-15 February. In her first outdoor competition of the year she won the silver medal in the 800m at the BUCS Championships and has sinced improved her best to 2:04.91 and won a bronze medal at the Aviva England Under 23 Championships.

Personal Bests set in 2009
400m – previous PB 56.16
56.10, 29/07/09, Loughborough

800m – previous PB 2:05.56
2:08.87i, 01/02/09, Birmingham
2:06.98i, 14/02/09, Birmingham
2:04.92, 13/06/09, Watford


Performances in 2008
Dani set a new personal best for 800m of 2:05.59 in Loughborough on 18 May and improved it again to 2:05.56 in the OCWK 800m race at the Aviva London Grand Prix. She won two medals at the England Athletics Under 23 Championships on 21-22 June, taking the 800m bronze and 1500m silver.

Personal Bests set in 2008
800m - previous PB 2:05.67
2:05.59, 18/05/08, Loughborough
2:05.56, 28/07/08, Crystal Palace


Introduction to Athletics
Dani first got involved in athletics when she started secondary school, having taken part in tennis, gymnastics and sailing for several years as well as competing for her school in eight different sports! After she broke both her wrists running took over as she couldn’t take part in other sports for a while and she joined Crawley AC at the age of 12. She competed at long jump and hurdles for a couple of years before turning to middle distance running.

Click here to check out Dani's recent performances on the Power of 10 website

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