• Joanne Matthews - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I got into running at the age of 35 so was a late starter and just wanting to get fitter, I continued to compete as a runner for 14 years gaining many medals in the process.

    How did you first get into running?

    At the age of 50 last year when we went into lockdown I decided I needed a new challenge and enjoyed being out on my bike as much as I did running so decided to put them both together and try Duathlon. 

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    That's a hard question as in the last 15 years there’s been many great races and I've achieved a lot but I think I have to say my favourite would be this years Croft Race Circuit Sprint Duathlon 2022 World Qualifier. I choose this one because it was totally a new experience for me being my first ever Duathlon and I had no expectations or Personal Records to break and actually won my category giving me my qualification into 2022 World Championships. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Achieving World Championships Qualification at Croft would be my proudest moment to date. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Since then it's not all been plain sailing in Duathlon for me, I had a disastrous race at Darley Moor in September of this year when I got into Transition 1 and couldn't find my bike. Such an awful feeling. 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Setbacks happen for many reasons, can be due to illness, injuries or like as above having a bad race. I try to think positively about setbacks and if it's because I'm ill then I take it as a rest up and recharge period while I get better. With injuries I try to work out how they became injuries and be conscious not to do the same again and cross train in some way to keep as much fitness as I can while they heal, as well as getting them treated. With bad races I tend to go along with a you don't make the same mistake twice attitude and put it behind me as best I can. 

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    It was said to me many times as a runner “imagine what you could have done if you were coached”. I took on board a coach when I chose to change sport to be a Duathlete so that I wouldn’t be hearing the same thing.

    What are your goals?

    Having achieved both World Championships & European Championships Qualifications this year for the 2022 my goals for the next 6 months will be to improve on my pace, improve my FTP and also transitioning... so a few goals to put together hopefully to bring a larger goal of a medal from the Worlds and European championship Races. 

    Who inspires you?

    I'm inspired by many people as there’s so many good athletes. Both my coach Ian Dempsey, who is himself a Professional GB Athlete, and Matthew Bottrill who is also a professional cyclist with many records to his name are massive inspirations to me. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried is a quality brand that is worn by many great achievers for both training and racing. They make products that I believe should be promoted onto others. 

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Phil Lucker - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Running Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, football (soccer), rugby, hockey, athletics, cycling, canoeing all as a junior. As a senior football, running and cycling.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I am a runner so not into triathlon but adore both running and cycling and I have competed in a number of duathlons road and off-road.

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    The Sodbury Slog - a 9 mile off-road running race. I am a road runner normally but entered this for something different, I ended up coming home in 3rd place.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    As an athlete: Getting a Silver medal in the British Masters Athletic Federation Road Mile in 2012.

    As a coach: An athlete that I coached achieving silver medal in her age group in the England Athletics Cross Country Championships. She was later ranked 4th in Britain in her age group over Cross Country by Athletics Weekly.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I was racing in a 10 mile off-road race, sitting in 3rd place. 2 miles to go I took a wrong turn ran a extra 3/4 mile and came home in 7th.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    It depends on the set back! Mainly stay relaxed and look forward.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    To take up running earlier than I did.

    What are your goals?

    To continue my development as a coach and try to find time for my own training.

    Who inspires you?

    All athletes, it is too easy to stay rooted to your seat.

    Why work with Sundried?

    There are so many companies offering clothing (away from the big brands) most of which are mass produced and provide no consideration for the planet as it is now or in the future. Sundried are providing a great product!

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Chris Pownell - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Run Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been very active, and have always loved the outdoors. Since I was really young I was always running around outside, playing football, or generally just using up energy in any way possible. Through university I stayed active by playing 5-a-side football, and entered several running races, although training was very much an afterthought. After leaving university I started to take my running much more seriously, and after progressing through solo training, decided to join Knowsley Harriers A.C, where I was able to get advice from much more experienced runners, and started to see my racing times tumble.

    How did you first get into duathlon?

    Having previously used cycling as a way to commute or stay fit through injury, I started taking the sport much more seriously through the 2020 COVID lockdown. Along with running this lead to me deciding that duathlons would be the way forward, and I look forward to competing in the sport once restrictions allow. Through lockdown I completed the Leeds Duathlon virtual event, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favourite race so far has to be the 2019 Yorkshire Marathon. After being disappointed with my London marathon time, I entered the event with the hope of breaking 2:30. The event went perfectly, and I finished in under 2 hours 29 minutes. I really enjoyed every second of the run, and found myself physically laughing with excitement for the final half mile.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Winning my second Tour of Merseyside event. The Tour was the first event where I felt a part of the running community, and over several years my final position got better and better. In 2017, I was lucky enough to win the week-long event, however it felt more of a gift as the previous winner ran as a guide for a blind runner. In 2018, I won every stage of the event, and finished in a course record time. Standing on the stage at the awards, knowing that I had done all of the hard work this year, was a fantastic feeling!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Snowdonia Marathon. I entered the race very early in the year, and with university studies and social events taking priority, I had done very little training. I started the race with a sore knee, and through half-way it was all going fine. From about 15 miles, my pace dropped, and the route went uphill. Several hours later, I knew it had all gone wrong when I was offered a cup of tea at a water station! Many hours after my expected finish time, I eventually staggered over the finishing line, with the photographer taking a picture which is now used by the family as blackmail material.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I always try to look at the bigger picture and make a plan to put things right. If a race goes wrong, I will look at my training plan, and see when another race would fit. For marathons this would be a few months down the line, for shorter distances it would be much sooner. When overcoming injuries, I always try to keep involved with the sport through my passion for photography, volunteering at races, or cycling with my friends on their runs. I will then ease back into training, and some up with a long term target to aim for.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Listen to your body. In the past I have trained through niggles to make sure that I do not lose fitness, only to end up injured a few weeks down the line. After gaining some experience, I have started to take more time off as soon as niggles arise and allow my body to recover before pushing it any further.

    What are your goals?

    I want to earn an England or GB vest. As a marathon runner, representing the country in an international marathon would be an amazing experience. As I get older this target would change to an age group vest in the masters events. I would also love to earn a GB vest in the sport of duathlon, and represent my age group at the European championships.

    Who inspires you?

    My main inspiration has been Charlie Spedding. Having read his 'From Last to First' book numerous times, I am constantly inspired by his commitment to the sport, and the hard work and dedication needed to get to the very top of the sport... with a bit of luck along the way!

    Why work with Sundried?

    The range of products from Sundried is amazing. I am really impressed by quality, attention to detail, and the sheer quantity of products on offer. The brand look to ensure that the planet is well looked after, which is a great message to send when supplying such high-quality gear. Being dedicated to sport requires reliable and durable equipment, and Sundried offers this. I am greatly looking forward to becoming part of the team and helping grow the brand to be the best that it can be!

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Tasha Thompson - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Run Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sports. I ran 800m and 1500m at school and loved playing squash.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I am not a strong swimmer so you may not ever see me doing the swim section of a triathlon, would love to be part of a team and do the run or bike bit and have entered the London Duathlon twice now but am yet to do it, had to pull out in 2007 because I was pregnant and last years one was postponed because of the pandemic. Hopefully the 2021 event will go ahead.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My very first marathon, The Flora London Marathon in 2001, because I didn't think I would ever get to the finish line and it is the only race my dad has been at the end waiting for me.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement has been creating the running community Black Girls Do Run UK.

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Many training run disasters, worst being falling down whilst running and somehow skidding on gravel and looking like I had been in a boxing ring and cutting my knee really badly just before The 2004 Paris Marathon. Thankfully no racing disasters.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I tell myself if at first you don't succeed try and try again.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Don't skimp on stretching.

    What are your goals?

    I am a goal digger! My 2021 goals include to run, walk and cycle 2021 miles for 2021, Do a 21 miles bike ride and run in every park in my borough.

    Who inspires you?

    Normal, everyday runners inspire me. The ones who despite the odds and all the balls they juggle in their lives, make time to be active.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love Sundried's ethos; Especially that they make apparel that is built to last as well as look good and being functional which is so important during a time where unwanted clothing is one of the biggest contributors to landfill.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Lily Peters Athlete Ambassador

    Sundried trisui Women's duathlon Running bike

    Lily a fait ses débuts dans le monde du douaron, mais après avoir vu le match de haut niveau de son mari, elle a vraiment attrapé des insectes.Elle a parlé à sandrid de son amour pour une variété de sports.

    Tu as toujours aimé le sport?

    Ce n'est pas toujours le cas, mais l'activité active a été une partie importante de ma vie au cours des six ou sept dernières années. J'ai commencé à faire de l'exercice dans les camps et j'ai lentement commencé à courir.Récemment, j'ai commencé à me concentrer sur le monde du sport pluraliste.

    Qu'est - ce qui vous a poussé à entrer dans le monde de douaron?

    Il y a quelques années, j'ai fait mon premier duathlon sur le vieux vélo de montagne de mon mari, et nous avons ajouté des banderoles à la voiture!C'est la première fois que j'essaie une variété de sports et j'aime ça.Mais cet incident est un peu loin de ce qu'il est maintenant.Mon mari a commencé à participer à d’autres compétitions de piste et de terrain en duo au cours des trois dernières années et s’est qualifié pour le championnat du monde à penticton, au Canada, pour la première fois en 2017.On a traversé l'étang et passé un bon moment.Il s'est vraiment infecté et l'année suivante, on est allés au Danemark.

    Quand nous étions au Danemark, j'ai décidé d'essayer la qualification et il ne me restait que quelques mois pour m'entraîner à vélo avant la dernière qualification avant l'événement de 2019.J'ai été promu avec succès et je n'ai jamais regardé en arrière!J'ai représenté GB en tant que concurrent du Groupe d'âge au sprint duathlon en avril (Coupe du monde) et juin (Coupe d'Europe).

    Quel est votre jeu préféré jusqu'à présent et pourquoi?

    Je pense que c'est le championnat du monde de l'UIT qui se tiendra à Pontevedra, en Espagne, en avril dernier.Je ne suis pas sûr d'avoir déjà ressenti cette tension avant, et je sais que ce sera difficile parce qu'il y a une vilaine colline sur cette piste cyclable!Mais une fois la course commencée, tous mes nerfs se sont transformés en adrénaline, me poussant vers l'avant.J'ai couru un pb lors de ma première course de 5 km, j'ai atteint une vitesse maximale de 64,4 km / h sur mon vélo (en descente) et j'ai aimé chaque encouragement que j'ai reçu de la foule lors de ma dernière course.Quelle expérience mémorable!

    Quelle est votre réalisation la plus fière?

    Je pense que c'est la course sur route de 10 km qui a eu lieu plus tôt cette année à welwyn Garden City: Je veux gagner pb et je suis déterminé à le faire.Un pb devrait être n'importe quoi de moins de 47 mètres 12 secondes... Donc quand je vois mon heure officielle 45 mètres 50 secondes, je suis définitivement sur la lune!Je ne pense pas avoir été si déterminé à réaliser quelque chose - je rêve même du temps de partage des kilomètres nécessaire pour atteindre mon objectif!

    Avez - vous déjà connu un désastre de voiture / votre course la plus difficile?

    Mon jeu le plus dur sera probablement Ashridge duaron en janvier.Il faisait froid à l'époque, et je pense que le vent froid a fait baisser la température un peu plus bas que le point de congélation!En ligne de départ, je me demande pourquoi je suis là (je suis sûr que je ne suis pas le seul!)...mais quand on a commencé à courir, mes pieds étaient mouillés, et dès que j'ai monté le vélo, mes pieds étaient gelés et douloureux.J'ai hâte de finir la course et de retourner dans la voiture pour dégeler!

    Comment surmonter les revers?

    Je pense qu'il est toujours important d'avoir une vue d'ensemble à l'esprit, mais ne vous blâmez pas si quelque chose ne va pas.Les blessures font malheureusement partie d'une entreprise plus vaste.Si je dois prendre un congé pour une formation de récupération, j'ai tendance à éviter certaines plateformes de médias sociaux, comme strava, parce qu'il est difficile de voir quelqu'un d'autre faire ce que je veux vraiment faire!Si je ne peux pas m'entraîner, je suis aussi occupé à faire d'autres choses, comme faire "mon temps", ou tomber dans un projet manuel (comme faire des vêtements!)

    Une autre chose qui m’est arrivé est de perdre mon « mojo »! Parfois, vous avez juste à le ramener à l’essentiel et sortir pour une course / ride sans cibles / rythme / chiffres à l’esprit, peut-être même laisser la montre GPS à la maison! Il est si important d’aimer ce que vous faites, et quand vous êtes coincé dans une ornière, prendre du recul peut vous aider à tomber en amour avec elle à nouveau et vous pousse à l’entraînement un tout petit peu plus facile.

    Quels conseils souhaitez-vous recevoir avant de commencer à concourir?

    Pour toujours vérifier dans quel équipement votre vélo se trouve avant d’entrer dans la transition... le nombre de fois où j’oublie de le faire est stupide!

    Quels sont vos objectifs pour 2019 et 2020 ?

    Mes grands objectifs pour cette année étaient les champions du monde et d’Europe qui ont été et sont partis maintenant. Je vais passer l’été à me diriger vers une épreuve qualificative en septembre qui décidera ensuite de la suite pour moi en 2020! J’ai aussi participé à une course de 10 km en décembre - j’aimerais terminer l’année avec un autre PB de 10 km !

    De qui vous inspirez-vous ?

    Mon mari. Il est tellement dévoué et motivé pour donner le meilleur d’elle-même à l’entraînement et à la course. J’aime le regarder courir et j’espère toujours qu’une partie du grain déteint sur moi! Je me suis fait tellement d’amis en courant et plus récemment sur le circuit du duathlon. Chacun d’eux est une source d’inspiration et je me sens très chanceux d’avoir connecté avec eux à travers quelque chose d’aussi simple que la course!

    Qu’est-ce que vous aimez chez Sundried et quel est votre morceau préféré de notre kit?

    J’aime les valeurs et l’engagement de Sundried à faire une différence, que ce soit par le biais de dons de bienfaisance ou de recyclage de matériaux. Mon esprit est embourbé que le marc de café peut être utilisé pour faire kit de sport! J’ai hâte d’essayer la gamme Eco Charge et Eco Core ! En ce moment, j’aime mon Trisuit Sundried - il est si confortable, je pourrais facilement oublier que je le porte!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
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