Chirnside athlete Patrick Swan insists there’s more to come after becoming the Scottish 400m Indoor Champion for 2015.
The 26-year-old built on a solid anchor leg for Scotland’s 4x400m relay team at last week’s Glasgow International to claim gold at the Emirates arena on Sunday.
After doing what was needed to win his heat, Swan stepped it up a gear in the final, putting daylight between himself and the rest of the field to cross the line in 48.75 seconds.
And although he admits it’s always nice to pick up medals, the former Berwickshire High School pupil isn’t resting on his laurels. He’ll now test himself over 200m at the Scottish University Championships on Saturday, before competing over his usual 400m in the British Championships and European Trials at Sheffield on February 13.
“It’s a good feeling to win a national championships and I enjoyed Sunday evening, but when Monday came I was focused on the next race,” Swan said. “There has to be more now - the standard at the trials will be high and I relish the opportunity to run against the best people in Britain.
“I’ll prepare well over the next 10 days and make sure that I’m ready to deliver the performance I know I am capable of.”
Coached by 4x400m relay world champion Piotr Haczek, Swan trains with Commonwealth finalists Jamie Bowie and Greg Louden.
“The professionalism is high in my training group, and the level of coaching is top quality,” he said.
“I enjoy the environment that I work in. I’m driven to improve each day and if I keep doing that the times will come.
“I choose to focus on the process because that is what determine’s the outcome - hopefully there will be more positive ones to come.”