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!
On the 1st of April 2017, Joe Edmonds and his dedicated team of personal training clients completed a 10k race in Richmond Park, their first team event together.
Paul, Lis, Dave, Richard, Chris, Charlene, Michaela and Tom all donned their Sundried apparel to take them to the finish line. The men stayed cool and comfortable in their Sundried Ortler Tees while the ladies enjoyed the comfort of the Sundried Tour Noir Tank.
The team have been training hard for 3 months and complemented their usual personal training sessions with extra running training in order to be ready to smash the race. The entire team did their PT proud by improving drastically in both speed and distance achieved.
For their PT Joe, it was rewarding and heart-warming to see his committed team achieve such a fantastic goal. Having an event like a 10k to work towards meant they trained harder than ever in their personal training sessions and they all achieved faster times than they had expected on the day. For some in the group, it was the first time they had even run 10k so that was an achievement in itself.
Joe is now hoping that the team can accomplish an even bigger goal, such as a half marathon or a triathlon, so watch this space!
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.
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.
The Southend 10k returns to Southend seafront this weekend, on Sunday 2nd October.
The Southend 10K Classic is a flat, traffic free, out and back course along Southend seafront also incorporating a section on the wide footpaths of Gunners Park.
The course is great for novices to find their feet with this flat course or for experienced athletes to go all out for Personal Bests.
Over 1500 runners will descend on Southend's seafront this weekend for what promises to be a fast, competitive race.
The 10k promises to be a great watch for spectators with enthusiastic marshals lining the course.
Electronic tags are used to record results which are typically uploaded within 2 days. Medals are provided to all entrants upon finishing.
Sundried will be attending the event, so watch out for our marquee.
To enter visit : www.southend-on-sea-athletic-club.co.uk/home/southend-10k/
Southend’s premier running event, flat and traffic free. Ideal for a personal best.
This year’s half marathon takes place on 12th June 2016. The 13.1 miles feature a picturesque 2 lap, flat and traffic free route finishing along the Southend Coastline. It is ideal for both novice and experienced runners.
This year is the 21st anniversary of the event which will see 3,000 runners take to the pathways of Southend. Starting and finishing at East Beach in Shoeburyness.
The venue will be equipped with plenty of parking, toilets, sports therapists, activewear, refreshments, entertainment and a warm up and cool down area.
Southend Half Marathon Sign Up
Southend Half Marathon Route Review
The course features two laps and a flat course along the seafront.
The double lapping makes it great for spectators to cheer on their loved ones at multiple stages throughout the course, as well as start and finish.
The course is well marshalled with frequent water and sponge stations to keep runners hydrated.
The route allows slower entrants to see the leading runners lap passed as they go to complete the route.
With the wind on your side, this flat race is certain to help you achieve a personal best.
Upon completion of the race runners receive a medal they can treasure… or promptly lose to one of their children.
If you are looking at going for a personal best, head to the front of the race.
Southend Half Marathon Charity
The Southend Half Marathon is a charity event which raises money for Havens Hospices. When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their loved one’s illness, Havens Hospices can help, controlling pain and medication, supporting families, offering short breaks and caring for adults, babies, children and teenagers at the end of their lives. Haven’s specialist care is free – for as long as it is needed – within the home and at our two hospices, Fair Havens and Little Havens. This is only possible thanks to the generosity of the thousands of Havens Hospice supporters who donate time, money and goods to the charity, ‘Making every day count’ for those who need them.
Southend Half marathon and Sundried
Sundried will be attending the Southend half marathon to showcase our new ethical activewear collection, featuring men’s and women’s gym and running clothes, designed to perform pre, during and post workout.
Southend Half Marathon Entry
To enter the half marathon visit the link here:
Tickets cost £22 with an extra £5 charge for entry on the day.
Running a half marathon too far?
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