• Sundried Ambassador Alice Hector Wins The Volcano Tri in Lanzarote!

    Alice Hector Winner Champion Team Sundried Triathlon Elite Triathlete

    Alice Hector is an athlete ambassador for Sundried and is an elite triathlete. She has been racing as a professional triathlete since 2014 and is coached by Hywel Davies. She is an Ironman 70.3 champion, 2 times Israman champion, and has collected wins and podiums at several 70.3 and full ironman distance races. She is also a freelance copywriter and fitness model who has appeared in a number of fitness and athletics magazines. 

    Now to add to her plethora of sporting titles, Alice has won the Volcano triathlon in Lanzarote, which is the oldest international triathlon in Spain. She was even able to control it enough in order to conserve energy for Challenge Lisbon the following weekend!

    Alice says that this win felt fantastic and she is really looking forward to her next series of races. 

    From all here at Team Sundried, Good Luck Alice and massive congratulations on a fantastic win!

    Alice Hector Winner Champion Team Sundried Triathlon Elite Triathlete

    Alice Hector Winner Champion Team Sundried Triathlon Elite Triathlete

    Alice Hector Winner Champion Team Sundried Triathlon Elite Triathlete

    Alice Hector Winner Champion Team Sundried Triathlon Elite Triathlete

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean

    SAS Big Beach Clean Sundried

    Photo Courtesy of Surfers Against Sewage

    The Big Spring Beach Clean is the largest and most impactful volunteer beach cleaning project in the UK. Across the UK, almost 17,000 volunteers have joined Surfers Against Sewage at 475 beaches and river banks to remove 55 tonnes of plastic pollution.

    The single-use plastic drinks bottle was, once again, one of the most commonly found items (with over 17,000 being removed and recycled with Ecover). The poster child for our ‘throwaway’ society, the plastic bottle perfectly demonstrates the need to both refuse single-use plastic and to ensure that we trap the plastic that we have to use in a circular economy, preventing it ever escaping into our environment. Whilst they remain committed to tackling plastic pollution on their beaches for as long as it takes, each and every SAS beach clean volunteer longs for a day when beach clean are nothing but a fond memory and we truly have plastic free coastlines. SAS has been blown away by the response to the Big Spring Beach Clean this year and, together with their Beach Clean volunteers, they will continue to work towards a day where plastic-free coastlines have become a reality.

    SAS Rep for Scarborough, Steve Crawford, said it best, "My hope for the future? Is going down to a beach clean and realising there’s nothing to do, no plastic, nothing and all there is to do is sit and look at the sea. You go there and that beach is pristine. That’s the dream, the end goal. And there are lots of ways we can do it”.

    Sundried have a strong ethos of recycling plastic bottles and we do so by turning them into clothing. Read more about Sundried's recycled clothing here.

    Sundried SAS Big Beach Clean

    Photo Courtesy of Surfers Against Sewage

    Top 10 Big Spring Beach Clean 2017 Stats 

    • 475 – SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans took place across all regions of the UK
    • 16,944 – SAS Big Spring Beach Clean volunteers
    • 55,541kg – Of marine litter removed from the UK’s coastline
    • 74,000 hours – Donated by SAS Big Spring Beach Clean volunteers
    • 17,000+  – Single-use plastic bottles removed and recycled with Ecover
    • Weird, Old and Wonderful – A broken open safe, terrapin shell, two 7.62 rifle bullets and a cider can from the 1960’s to name just a few of the surprising items found
    • Longest Litter Journey – A Cornwall Council recycling bin found washed up on The Isle of Skye!
    • Government Representation – From DEFRA Environment Minister Dr Therese Coffey to Tynemouth’s Young Persons Mayor, Oscar Daniels more than 10 MPs, MSPs, Mayors and local councillors volunteered
    • Dawn ‘Till Dusk Big Spring Beach Clean 6am – 6pm cleaning 5 beaches around Bude with The Plastic Movement engaging 200 people and removing 835kg!
    • 91 Years YOUNG – Oldest Big Spring Beach Clean Volunteer (Freshwater West, Wales)

    If you've been inspired and would like more information on how to get involved with Surfers Against Sewage, especially as they work closely within the community in Southend and Thorpe Bay, follow the below links to their social accounts:

    Surfers Against Sewage on Facebook

    Twitter @sascampaigns

    You can also get involved  by doing your own #MiniBeachClean and letting the SAS Beach Clean Team know at beachcleans@sas.org.uk and sharing @surfersagainstsewage.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Sundried Ambassador Lee Patmore's Ride To Recovery

    Sundried Lee Patmore Help For Heroes Cycle

    Ride to Recovery across the whole of Great Britain.

    A trio of ex-servicemen is in training for an epic 1,400-mile bike ride through Britain to raise thousands of pounds for their wounded comrades. Former Royal Engineer Steve Craddock, Naval veteran Lee Patmore, and retired Royal Marine Brian Kilgannon will cycle from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall in a bid to raise money for Help for Heroes. But when their feat begins in May, the former warriors will not be content with the challenge that has tested the mettle of cyclists for decades. Instead of taking the usual 960-mile route through the western spine of Great Britain, Steve, Brian, and Lee have set themselves the added challenge of visiting seven military bases along the way. These diversions will add almost 500 miles to the route and will mean cycling up hills, totalling a whopping 63,000ft – the equivalent of more than twice the height of Mount Everest.

    This is a tough ask of anyone, let alone for Steve and Brian who both suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from their time in services and will be fighting their own mental demons along with the physical toll the route will take. However, Steve and Brian will get inspiration from Lee who suffers from Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes heightened pain and extreme tiredness.

    Lee, from Essex, is now mainly confined to a wheelchair and will take on this mammoth journey on a custom-made cycle he will power by his arms. He works as a disability fitness instructor at Brentwood Leisure Centre and qualified as a personal trainer after completing several courses with Help For Heroes.

    Retired Sergeant Steve, from Chatham in Kent, said: “I hope you can begin to appreciate the sheer effort, guts, and determination that will be needed for Lee to complete this challenge. Lee will be in pain and discomfort the whole time. He will not know from one day to the next how his body is going to cope. However, Lee has his Band of Brothers with him, and we will be doing whatever is needed to get him to complete this truly amazing challenge."

    Former Colour Sergeant Brian is no stranger to endurance cycling. He has already cycled from the most northerly part of mainland Britain to its most south westerly point via (as he puts it) ‘the easy route’. In 2006 he set a world cycling endurance record on an indoor turbo trainer, clocking up a staggering 1,017 miles in 60 hours.

    Brian said: “I have volunteered to assist Lee and Steve in this epic ride, having cycled for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for the last twelve years. Since leaving the Marines I found that I had personal problems both mentally and physically, therefore the thought of doing this challenge with Lee will also give me fulfillment. Having already cycled from Land's End to John O’Groats and holding a world record for distance riding I am fully aware the problems we are all going to face.”

    Lee Patmore Cycle To Recovery Route

     

    The planned route is as follows:

    • John O’Groats.
    • Livingstone (Gore Bike Wear).
    • Catterick, North Yorkshire (Phoenix House).
    • Colchester, Essex (Chavase House).
    • Brentwood, Essex.
    • Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent.
    • Tidworth, Hampshire (Tedworth House).
    • Plymouth, Devon (Hasler Company).
    • Land’s End.

    The Band of Brothers are hoping to complete the challenge within 30 days and are aiming to cover between 60 or 70 miles per day, with three rest days if required.

     

    For more information on this epic challenge, please visit www.ourcycle2recovery.co.uk.

    For more information on Fibromyalgia and its symptoms please go to www.fibroduckfoundation.com.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin announces the new Vívosmart 3

    Garmin Vivosmart Sports Watch Activity Tracker

    Garmin Inc today announced the vívosmart 3, an activity tracker with an ultra-slim design and a hidden display that’s only on when you need it. The vívosmart 3 brings high-end fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max and fitness age, and wellness monitoring with all-day stress tracking, to the popular vívosmart family. The vívosmart 3 also provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring and automatically tracks activity including steps, floors climbed, calories burned, intensity minutes, sleep and more. The vívosmart 3 boasts a battery life of up to five days and can be worn while swimming or showering.

    The vívosmart 3 introduces exciting fitness monitoring tools designed to provide customers with a better understanding of their body’s overall physical performance. It’s the first product in the Garmin vívo family to estimate VO2 max, a measurable indication of aerobic performance previously available only in higher-end Garmin running watches. Users will see their VO2 max score translated into a fitness level, ranging from poor to superior. VO2 max is also used to calculate fitness age, a relatable metric that puts a user’s fitness level in terms of an age. Through hard work and exercise, users can increase their VO2 max and reduce their fitness age. The vívosmart 3 also includes a new Strength Training activity that lets users stay focused on their form and does the rep counting for them. Strength Training keeps track of reps, sets and even rest times during user’s free weight and bodyweight exercises. This data gets sent to Garmin ConnectTM where it can be reviewed later in greater detail.

    For those seeking to live a healthier life, improving one’s emotional well-being can be as important as increasing time spent at the gym. To this end, the vívosmart 3 adds wellness monitoring with the all-day stress tracking feature. When users are not on the move, the vívosmart 3 tracks heart rate variability, which in turn is used to calculate and measure stress level, displayed as a wedge graph right on the device. Stress levels high? The vívosmart 3 features a breathing exercise that users can access from the device to encourage relaxation and help lower stress level. A longer timeline of stress level is accessible on Garmin Connect which can help customers identify patterns and make lifestyle changes to avoid or better cope with stress-inducing situations.

    The vívosmart 3 automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app throughout the day to save stats for easy access later. In Garmin Connect, a free online community, users can track their workouts, strength training activities, stress levels, sleep patterns and join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. They can also receive Garmin Connect Insights, smart wellness insights personalized to each user that provide cues to help them reach goals, a pat on the back when milestones have been met, and relevant healthy tips from experts. For extra motivation, Insights also show users how they stack up in comparison to other people like them.

    Connection meets convenience with smart notification vibration alerts delivered right the wrist for emails, texts, calls, calendar reminders, app alerts, social media updates and any other notification from a compatible smartphone2. Users will also benefit from the ability to control music on their smartphone from the vívosmart 3, send an alert to locate a misplaced smartphone, and remote control a Garmin VIRB camera (sold separately).

    With its inconspicuous band and new slimmer profile, the vívosmart 3 complements every athleisure style. The device features a hidden display only visible when activated via gestures, alerts or notifications. When not in use, the screen disappears from view. Available in black (small/medium and large) and purple (small/medium), the vívosmart 3 is the perfect companion for the office, the gym, the pool, the studio and everywhere in between. The vívosmart is available for purchase at a retail price of $139.99 which is around £112.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Guest Post- Training Update From Ali Trauttmansdorff Athlete Ambassador

    Ali Trautmansdorff Athlete Ambassador Running Race
    This winter was dedicated to swim training and running XCountry. In fact I ran so much XC, my senior school PE teacher Mrs Mantell would have laughed her head off if she had still been with us. I used to hate XCountry at school - always got a stitch... I thus dedicate my season to her.

    Here my schedule!
    • Essex XC Relays - Ladies 3rd Team
    • Couple of South Essex XC League races with my old club
    • 5 mile Winter XC Handicap - 1st Lady
    • Chingford League @ HQ - 5th Lady
    • Chingford League at Hog Hill (in the pitch black!!)
    • Essex XC League 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Bronze V45!
    • Ranelagh Mob Match which was run for the 90th time!
    • Essex Vet XC Champs - 5th
    • Chingford League at Ally Pally on my birthday - flaming steep hill!!!
    • Olympic Park 10k with PB
    • Essex Senior Champs - Bronze Women's Team!
    • The Mercury (10 miles) - 6th Lady
    • Southern XC Champs at Parliament Hill - enormous race!
    • Blackheath Mob Match - Orion won!! - tough run...
    • Chingford League Relays - Ladies team won!
    • Cambridge Half
    • Brentwood Half - new PB of 1.38
    • Essex 5 mile road championship - Women's Team Gold and V45 Gold!
    • St. Clare's Hospice 10k - 2nd overall

    So a lot of running. Managed to win the Women's Division 2 at my running club and promotion to Division 1, which is the candy for all that effort!

    The other big project was some swim training with Cedric Lassonde (French Ironman) x6 in order to sort my swimming stroke out. Definitely seems more efficient. Let's see what it is like in the open water in a few weeks! I have also joined a new club that is nearer to me, so I can actually get to some club training, namely East London Triathletes. A very friendly club of like-minded people. I get to swim on Tuesday evenings at 20.00 which works much better for me and I enjoy the challenge of swimming with others, trying to lead the lane as much as I can. The trainers are from Swim4Tri so we are getting great coaching. Just need to try and get a new trisuit to represent them in the upcoming season!

    Racing this much is hard on the body. I have had to work really hard at my muscles during strength training. Wonking glute meds have plagued me a bit, but I have come out the other side with some great rewards. Time in the gym is critical, folks, and you have to keep working at it. Rock on 2017 season!

    Posted by Guest Reviewer