• Sundried Southend Triathlon 28th May 2017

    Southend Triathlon

    The challenge of triathlon is coming to Southend 2017, sponsored by Sundried.

    Southend triathlon will take place on 28th May 2017, a sprint distance event with a 750m open water swim, 20km ride around local country roads and a sea air 5km run along the coastline.

    This is a perfect event for athletes looking to achieve a personal best or first timers looking for a simple course to enter the world of triathlon.

    Sundried’s sprint triathlon is taking place to raise funds for charity Haven’s Hospice.

    Haven’s Hospice make “Every Day Count" for children & adults with life-limiting illnesses in Essex. When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their loved one’s illness and all that can be done is to make life comfortable, Havens Hospices can help.

    Both hospices help by controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for adults, babies, children and teenagers at the end of their lives. This free, specialist care is there for as long as it’s needed, within the home and at the charity’s two hospices.

    Havens Hospices is a registered charity – not part of the NHS – and receives limited government funding. The organisation must raise over £100,000 every week to be there for everyone who needs its care.

    After researching our local area and discovering there is no longer a triathlon present, Sundried wish to return the sport of triathlon to Southend, particularly as it’s gaining popularity after the Brownlee brothers outstanding success in this year's Olympics.

    The event aims to encourage triathletes and first time athletes in the local area to compete on their home turf and raise money for charity. In the future we look to bring an extended event, with a full Olympic distance and fitness show.

    Visit the event website and see the route here on the Southend Triathlon website.

    You can also view the cycle route on youtube.

    New to triathlon? We’ve got you covered, you can read advice from our PT’s, tips from top triathletes and kit guides to help you over your first finish line in our ‘My First Triathlon’ Blog.

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Top British athlete encourages people of all abilities to sign up for Skipton Triathlon

    Emma Taylor Triathlete

    Entries open for Skipton Triathlon on November 1st and British triathlete Emma Taylor is encouraging people to take the plunge and have a go.

    Emma, who won her age category and was fourth overall in the World Championships Duathlon earlier this year, and won the Wasdale Half Ironman last year, is looking forward to starting next year’s season with Skipton Triathlon on April 9th, 2017.

    She says the sprint distance triathlon, which starts at Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre, is the perfect way to get started in the sport – whatever your age or ability.

    “Lots of different abilities will be taking part from all walks of life, some trying it for the first time, which is brilliant,” said Emma, who is a health promotion officer for Craven General Practices, made up of Dyneley House Surgery, Fisher Medical Centre and Cross Hills Group Practice.

    “I got into triathlon as I was coming out of university, I liked running, and I love the social element of cycling and I was a keen swimmer as well. I got started with a local event, similar to Skipton. You can get a true feel of the sport with a local event like this. It’s at the start of the season as well so it’s a really good race to dip your toes in.”

    Emma is hoping to use the Skipton Triathlon as a springboard to another successful season. She’s hoping to go to Canada to compete again in the Duathlon World Championships, subject to funding, and then there is the IRONMAN 70.3 in Weymouth, following on from last year’s third place in her age category at IRONMAN Bolton.

    “Once you’re started, you’re hooked,” she said. “And you don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it. It’s a brilliant sport for anyone of any ability.”

    Councillor Linda Brockbank, Craven District Council’s lead member for Working with Communities, said: “I’m delighted that we’re running this fantastic event next year and would encourage people to sign up. I have huge admiration for anyone who gives this sport a go, whether they are elite athletes or novices; they should be very proud of themselves.”

    Skipton Triathlon consists of a 400m pool swim, a 22km bike ride and a 5km run. To register an interest in taking part, go to www.cravendc.gov.uk/skiptontriathlon2017

    From November 1st, you can sign up for the triathlon at www.britishtriathlon.org/events.

    The price has been reduced this year and an ‘early bird’ offer is in place until November 18, with prices at £37 for British Triathlon Federation (BTF) members, £40 for non-BTF members, and team entries at £60 (BTF) and £70 (non-BTF).

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Fitbit Charge 2

    Fitbit Charge 2 HR Colours

    Fitbit announces global availability of highly anticipated Fitbit Charge 2.

    The new fitness wristband from Fitbit has received early acclaim from the Editors’ Choice awards, ranking number one across multiple Amazon.com Best Sellers categories.

    With Charge 2, Fitbit has reimagined its best-selling fitness wristband, Fitbit Charge HR, with a new sleek look, innovative health and fitness tools based on its  PurePulse continuous wrist-based heart rate tracking, an enhanced fitness experience, and smarter technology.

    “As the category leader with over nine years of experience, we have demonstrated our consistent ability to deliver new hardware and software that consumers love, and that motivates and inspires a community of millions across the globe to reach their health and fitness goals,” said Woody Scal, Chief Business Officer at Fitbit.

    “We’ve maintained our focus on health and fitness with Charge 2 and it reflects our deep understanding of what consumers want in a wearable device, with a sleek new look and a fitness experience that is more engaging, motivating and personal than ever.”

    Fitbit Charge Heart Rate Watch

    Charge 2 packs Fitbit’s advanced sensors and finely tuned algorithms into a customisable design. The device builds on the Charge HR’s classic features while adding several new health and fitness capabilities:

    • PurePulse wrist-based heart rate tracking helps you optimise your workouts, better track all-day calorie burn, and reach your health and fitness goals with continuous tracking day and night – all without having to wear an uncomfortable chest strap.
    • Cardio fitness level provides a snapshot of how fit you are with a personalised view of your cardio fitness. Based on estimated VO2 Max – calculated by using your user profile, heart rate and exercise data – you can easily see how your fitness level measures up to others of the same age and gender, and get guidance on how to improve over time.
    • Relax guided breathing sessions helps calm your body and mind through two- and five-minute sessions personalised to your breathing rate, so you can gain the benefits of a guided breathing practice which research shows can reduce stress and anxiety, and lower blood pressure. Powered by PurePulse, Relax uses your heart’s beat-to-beat changes, known as heart rate variability, to determine your breathing rate and create a personalised guide that displays real-time heart rate visualisations, animations and vibrational cues that help you align each inhale and exhale with the guide, and find moments of calm throughout your day.
    • Multi-sport modes help you track more than 17 specific workouts like runs, bike rides, weights, yoga and more, showing you actionable, real-time exercise stats to make on-the-go adjustments to your workout, with post-exercise summaries on display and a detailed summary of your activity in the Fitbit app.
    • Connected GPS links your device with the GPS in your smartphone to provide more precise real-time stats like pace and distance to help you improve your run, bike, or hike experience while also recording a map of your route in the app.
    • Interval workout mode guides you in alternating periods of high-intensity exercise and recovery to maximise workouts like circuit training so you never lose focus.
    • SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition automatically tracks select exercises like walks, runs, bike rides, treadmill exercise, sports, and aerobic workouts, recording them for you in the Fitbit app and giving you credit for your exercise activity, even if you don’t track it manually.
    • Automatic sleep tracking lets you know how long and how well you slept, set a silent vibrating alarm to wake, follow a sleep schedule, and view your sleep trends in the Fitbit app.
    • A long battery life of up to 5 days on a single charge lets you take your health and fitness further with all these new features, and live your life without missing a step or a beat.
    • A sleek, new design lets you easily transition from a workout to a night out with interchangeable bands and customisable clock faces. The large OLED display keeps you connected to the smart notifications you need most, including call, text and calendar alerts.
    • A broad compatibility of the Fitbit app with more than 200 Android (which powers nearly 9 of 10 new smartphones sold worldwide), iOS and Windows mobile devices, helps motivate millions to achieve their goals within the Fitbit community of users they choose.

    Fitbit Charge 2 Colours

    “With Charge 2, Fitbit has introduced even more new features and technologies, which we know our customers expect and value from their health and fitness devices,” said Frank Bedo, Vice President of Wearables at Best Buy. “We’re looking forward to bringing Charge 2 to our customers as we head into the holiday gifting season.”

    According to IDC, Fitbit’s “dominance remains unchallenged,” increasing its leadership position in the wearables category with more than 25 percent market share worldwide and shipping nearly double the number of wearable devices as its next closest competitor as of the end of Q2 2016. IDC also estimates that the basic wearables category, which includes Charge 2, is growing faster than smartwatches, noting that the basic wearables category grew at 48.8 percent year over year, while the smart wearables category saw a significant decline of 27.2 percent over the same period.

    Charge 2 is available for £129.99 from the Fitbit UK store, with a Classic band in black, blue, plum or teal.

    You can read Sundried’s Fitbit reviews here.
    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • The Chelmsford Marathon October 2016

    Chelmsford marathon 26.2 mile challenge takes place on 23rd October 2016.

    The J's Hospice Chelmsford Marathon returns for its third year in 2016 to raise funds for young adults hospice care. Last year, the communities of Chelmsford and surrounding villages came out in their thousands to cheer and support the 800 runners, raising an amazing £65,000 for The J's Hospice.

    Using a virtually flat route this accurately measured single lap course starts outside Shire Hall in Chelmsford City Centre and takes runners along the high street and through to Chelmer village and then onto Writtle College and the villages of Roxwell and Willingale before finishing in Central Park.

    The Marathon is organised by The J's Hospice and managed on their behalf by Nice Work. The race is looking to attract runners of all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to marathon running.

    All race proceeds go to The J's Hospice and runners are urged to raise sponsorship. The marathon is organised by The J’s Hospice for runners to raise the vital funds for young adult hospice care. 

    The J's Hospice provides enhanced care and support for young adults aged 16-40 across Essex with life limiting and life threatening conditions. They provide tailored nursing, respite and end of life care, advice and advocacy, emotional care, bereavement support and a range of activities for the young adult and their family in the comfort and security of their own home. You can view more about The J's Hospice on their website here.

    The race village will have toilets, baggage store, refreshments, trade stands and family friendly entertainment.

    The race includes a large selection of water and aid stations located at 8 points around the course.

    There will be selected pacers on the course.

    Prizes/trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and Female; 1st in age categories from Vet 1 to Vet 8; 1st Male & Female affiliated team (3 to count).

    Please note there is a cut off time of 8 hours for the event due to health and safety reasons.

    Entry Details:

    Affiliated Runners- £38

    Unaffiliated Runners- £40

    Race HQ Location: Central Park, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JJ

    Race Start Location: Shire Hall, City Centre, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EH

    Date: Sunday 23rd October 2016

    Time: 9.00 am

    Entry fee includes: Bespoke medals; goody bags; chip timing and a bespoke Running T-shirt.

    To enter visit the Chelmsford marathon Official site.

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Garmin Vivofit Junior

    garmin vivosmart junior

    Garmin have announced the vivofit Junior, a motivator and activity tracker - just for kids.

    The stylish, child friendly watch is designed to encourage kids to stay on the move.

    With a comfortable, durable and swim friendly design the watch has a battery life of one year with 24/7 usage.

    The watch tracks your child's steps, sleep and activity to help them on their way to the 60 minutes of daily play goal.

    The watch has its own parent controlled app which motivates children with fun and educational mobile adventures, as well as encouraging more family time with family step adventures.

    The app also includes helpful tools for parents to motivate kids such as assigning responsibilities and agreed upon in app rewards for completed tasks.

    With the vivofit junior, children have their very own activity tracker which can help create healthy habits while they are young, which they will keep for life.

    “We’re excited to announce our first wearable just for kids – the vívofit jr.,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “The vívofit jr. was designed with kids and parents in mind, from its durable and comfortable band to its engaging app that motivates kids to get moving, while keeping parents involved.”

    The vivofit jr is easy to wear, with a one-piece band which stretches over a child’s hand to fit comfortably on their wrist.

    The watch is water resistant with over a years battery life, meaning your child rarely needs to take it off. The vibrant colours and designs mean they’ll rarely want to.

    The watch features a high-resolution, sunlight-readable display which tracks kids’ steps, sleep and active time on their way to the recommended 60-minute daily play goal. The watch face tells time, includes the date and even reminds kids to stay active with a move bar. It can also be personalised to include a child’s name.

    The vívofit jr. also comes with an innovative, free app that features a mobile adventure trail to unlock for kids and task management for parents. From the app, parents can add multiple children and see their daily activity, responsibilities, sleep and more when the vívofit jr. automatically syncs to their smartphone.

    Turn everyday into a fun competition as parents and kids compete as a family in a daily step challenge. As kids achieve their 60-minute daily play goal they’ll unlock fun facts on the app’s adventure trail, motivating them to keep reaching their goals.

    The easy-to-use app allows parents to assign tasks that kids complete to earn coins that can be redeemed for agreed-upon rewards. Preloaded tasks are managed through the parent’s mobile device and can be set to recur daily or weekly, or personalised chores can be created. And for those who tend to procrastinate, a timer is accessible from the vívofit jr. band for a reminder that time to finish their task is ticking down.

    The vívofit jr. band is designed for ages four to nine and is available in black, broken lava, digi camo, purple strike and real flower band patterns for £80.

    The included band fits wrists up to 145 millimeters; the vívofit jr. XL accessory bands accommodate wrists between 146 to 170 millimeters, or the vívofit 3 accessory bands may also be used.

    It is available now on Garmin UK Store.

    Click here to read more news from Garmin.
    Posted by Victoria Gardner