Hannah is a runner who is looking to make the leap to duathlon and competitive cycling too. She talks to Sundried about racing highs and lows.
Have you always been into sport?
My whole life has pretty much revolved around sport, travel and adventure. I have played football to a national standard, ran track and cross country for my county and won a National rowing medal. While at University and also when living in Sweden for a year I cycled everywhere. I love going out to the New forest for an explore on the bike. Having studies Sports and exercise science at University I have a great understanding for the science behind sport and it really fascinates me.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
It was actually a Parkrun at Bushy Park. I love running here with the large field of over 1200 runners, it is such a great atmosphere. I ran a PB, breaking 19 minutes for the first time.
And your proudest achievement?
Completing Goteborgsvarvet, the worlds largest half Marathon in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was the furthest I have ever ran and was very challenging. It was very tough to push through the final 5km, but it was definitely worth it for the feeling of completion afterwards!
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
When I was younger I got tripped over on the start line of a south east cross country championships. I spent the first 2 km of the race chasing the leaders to try and get back in the pack!
How do you overcome setbacks?
Have to focus my attention elsewhere. For example when I suffered with Achilles tendinitis I soon learnt to keep a distance from environment whee I could end up running as this would only prolong the recovery process. Instead I set new challenges on a rowing erg.This kept me at peak fitness levels while allowing me to enjoy some level of competitive sport.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Be patient. It's not always about where you are now, but instead where you plan on being in the future.
What are your goals for 2020?
I would like to complete a 100 mile bike ride, enter a cycling crit race and compete in a duathlon.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Anyone who has challenged themselves physically and mentally and tested the limits of the human body. I like the attitudes of both Ross Edgley and Lucy Charles-Barclay.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the simplicity and sleek appearance of the kit. The cycling kit is a big favourite of mine. Especially the blacked out Stealth Jersey.