Liam Roarty is back to full health and is aiming to do the University of Sunderland proud with his return to the 1500 meters at the BUCS Outdoor Championships this weekend.
Roarty first became involved in the 1500 meters in 2013 and has since taken part in a number of different competitions for the Sunderland Harriers. He also took part in BUCS XC in Gloucester.
He spent the last track season recovering from injury, which saw him loose his confidence.
“I felt like completely leaving the sport,” he said.
What had started with an injury ended up with him being hospitalised with a severe kidney infection.
This stopped him being able to run competitively for the last track season, which he spent recovering and regaining his confidence with the help of coaches, Sunderland Harriers and his family in Dublin, a long with Southampton AC who let him train there while he had been working in the area.
Roarty said: “I learned so much during that time and it made me psychologically stronger.”
In preparation for the up and coming BUCS Outdoors at Bedford, the Sunderland student has spent the last four weeks training at the Sunderland Harriers track at Silksworth with his coach Ken Jefferson.
Roarty is managing to look after his diet and keep hydrated while completing his university work along with plenty of sleep – something he admits isn’t an easy task.
His hopes for the weekend are to break his personal best and get through the heats.
“It’s going to be a tough field out there with some great runners. I want to go out there to Bedford, enjoy the event, enjoy representing Sunderland University for the last time in BUCS and do myself proud and the University proud.”