• Stay active on your UK Adventure Holiday

    With the pandemic changing the way we've been able to travel, more and more Brits have been turning to UK based glamping and outdoor holidays. Whilst the idea of a calm yoga retreat may sound ideal, if you've got kids or are just an active family, you may be more inclined to go on an adventure based holiday. 

    Brecon Oak is an example of a business that is aiming to create a retreat perfectly suited for a family of active kids and athletes. It ticks all the boxes, with wood playgrounds and natural meadows and a nature trail that doubles up as a trim trail. Excellent for cycling endurance and the altitude certainly adds to the benefits of training.

    One activity that we think is perfect for both kids and adults alike is Go-Karting. An activity that will keep your kids (and yourself as they demand that you push them uphill!) active, in an exciting and fun way. We all know it can be hard to convince your kids to get moving in today's technological age, but ATK's Go Karts provide the perfect answer.

    Active Kids Holiday

    With Go-Karts for people of all ages there's something for everyone. And if you're really looking for a fun group challenge, why not try their Build Your Own Go Kart Kit. It comes with FREE plans and step by step instruction, so you and your kids can feel extra proud as they whizz about on their Go Kart that they built themselves! We think their Go Karts are the best way to keep yourselves and your kids active on your UK Staycation. They're easy to put together and super easy and fun to use!

    If you're stuck for ideas of what to do on your next family holiday, we've put together a few ideas for you that are active and eco-friendly!

    Geocaching 

    Why not take your kids on a real life treasure hunt? Sign up to a site like https://www.geocaching.com/play and go on an adventure using your GPS to find the treasures that people have hidden all over the world. Just make sure you leave something else behind for the next person to find. 

    Nature Bingo

    Either download or create your own Nature Bingo Cards. Think things like 'find an animal footprint' or 'find a feather', and see who can tick off all the things first. You can do this anywhere and make it a simple or difficult as you like.

    Make an Obstacle Course

    Create your own obstacle course with furniture and garden toys and get racing each other! 

    Fly a Kite

    You don't need to buy an expensive kite for this one! There's plenty of tutorials online and on youtube about how you can make your own. If it's a little bit windy, get out there and get your Mary Poppins on!

    Hiking

    Make your hike more exciting by letting your kids get involved in the planning. Take a coin with you and every time you get to a turning flip the coin and let whichever of your kids wins the coin toss choose which direction to go. If this won't quite work with your route let the coin toss decide how you travel the next stretch - maybe you will skip or hop the next few meters. 

    Build a Den

    If you're in a wooded area why not try to build a den in the forest with your kids. Get them to collect big logs and leaves to build a makeshift den. You could always take a tarpaulin or some old blankets with you to make it extra special!

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • National Aquathlon Championships 2021 - Race Report by age group winner Katie Wright

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    The first thing I did on arrival, and by far the most important thing, was locate the toilets. When exiting the portaloos I felt rather smug as I noticed the long queue that had now formed, that I had managed to avoid by being on the toilet ball!

    Race Pack collected, it was time to familiarise myself with the course and start working on that nervous energy by picking out all the fast swimmers I'd recently competed with at open water swimming events throughout the year.

    Due to C-19, this Aquathlon was my first since Eastbourne (a year ago) so although I knew I was swim and run fit I hadn't actually put them together in a race environment for a while. I’m not sure my visualisation counts or the dreams where I’m Olympic Aquathlon Champion (no it’s not an Olympic event unfortunately).

    If you're interested in starting your own fitness journey, Sundried's Activewear is suitable for people of all abilities. 

    Wetsuit pulled up to the waist I entered the transition area and located a good spot, next to a sign, for my shoes and race belt. As it turns out this was also the place that the British triathlon official decided to place himself while officiating the race - but I wouldn't find that out till later when I had to politely ask him to move so I could speedily put on my shoes.

    With five minutes to spare before the race briefing I downed my energy drink and started to notice that most people had their race belt around their waist already (ready to be hidden inside their wet suit during the swim). I made a last-minute decision to fetch my race belt from the transition area and placed it round my waist to match the other competitors - like I said it had been a year since my last Aquathlon and I was feeling a little rusty. I then realised no one else had both race numbers pinned to their belt (we were given 2?) After swiftly removing the second unnecessary race number I made my way to transition area, for the third time, for the pre-race briefing.

    30 seconds to go, we stood side-by-side with our toes touching the water. 20 seconds to go, we nervously edged millimetres forward. 10 seconds to go. Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. We ran and dived into the sea. The previously pancake flat ocean was now filled with arms legs and ferocious splashing.

    My fast start is not something I am known for. My strength is my stamina and my ability to maintain a consistent fast-ish pace throughout the whole swim - the longer the better. This being only 750m was going to be an interesting test for me.

    The swim route was an out and back around three buoys, against the current to begin with, coming back with the current behind us.

    At the turning point I was probably somewhere in the middle of the mass of arms and legs but I started to work my way through the field and exited the water in 14th place. 

    I had a speedy transition managing to make up another three places. 11th.

    The run route was two 2.2km laps of the prom - with a 300 meter lead in and lead off. I started to work my way further through the field, digging deep. It always feels like you aren't running very fast after you've swam even when you are. I chose not to wear a watch, as advised by my coach, because we feel I don't gain any benefits from doing so. So I had no idea how fast I was running my one job was to concentrate on catching, and going past each competitor one by one. The last kilometre I really had to grit my teeth against the pain. 

    Throughout the race marshals kept asking me to show my race number I assumed at the time this was because it had slipped around to the side. I'm yet to find a race belt that stays put. As I later discovered though (from my race photos) I actually had my race number on back to front.

    The final 300m I was praying I would make it across the line before I threw up or collapsed.

    Luckily I did, although I did spend five minutes rolling around on the floor just past the finish line. A kind marshal retrieved my race chip for me from around my ankle - I'm not sure I'd of remembered to return it otherwise.

    At this point I still didn't know my finish position. I was just super happy to have finished. My position was confirmed to me by my family, and double checked by another competitors mother on her iPad, once I had managed to pick myself back up. 7th Woman across the line, and most importantly 1st place 35-39 year old, making me National Aquathlon Champion 35-39 for 2021.

    It's been a challenging couple of years but this really was a dream come true.

    Next race is the world Aquathlon Championships in Spain next month. I'm excited already.

    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
  • 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships - Race Report by bronze medallist Camille King

    Sundried Ambassador Triathlete Camille King

    For background: 

    • I live with my husband Rob near Southampton UK where we are raising our 3 children. I addition to being an athlete, I have my own business (Dare 2 Dream Fitness), which offers Personal Training
    • I’m part of Team GB in long distance triathlon
    • At the previous ITU World Championships in long distance triathlon in May 2019 (they were held in Pontevedra in Spain), I obtained a silver medal in my age group
    • I also took part in the famous IRONMAN World Championships in Kona Hawaii in October 2019 where I ranked 11th in my age group
    • Since then despite COVID, I still managed to take part in 6 multipsport (duathlons and triathlons) events in 2020 and 2021 prior to attending the World Triathlon Championships last weekend. I podiumed in all 6 events

    You can see my details sporting results on my website, where you can also find more information about my background.

    The Race: World Triathlon World Championship 2021:

    I took part on Sunday 12th September in the 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships in Almere-Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Being part of Team GB, I was able to travel to The Netherlands despite the COVID restrictions.

    The race is a long distance triathlon and it took part in Almere, a suburb of Amsterdam. So all competitors have to cover:

    - 3.8km (2.4 miles) swim in the Weerwater

    - 180km (112 miles) cycling

    - 42.3km (26.2 miles) running (a marathon).

    You can find more details about the race here.

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

    My Race Report:

    Unfortunately I manage to break my little toe 6 days before the race. Not an ideal preparation and I was doubting whether I should still even be on the start line. There was a high risk that I might not make it around the iron distance course.

    Nonetheless I decided to give it a try.

    The swim started at 8 am in the Weerwater lake in Almere. The morning was windy and it was causing the water to be pretty choppy. I tried to stay away from packs of swimmers to protect my fractured toe, as I knew from past experience that it’s easy to get accidentally battered by other competitors during the open water swim. The swim is usually my weakest of the 3 disciplines and I wasn’t too surprised when I came out of the water in 1h14.

    I then hoped onto my bike to tackle the 180 km cycling course. The course is flat and fast and goes through the Dutch dykes and beautiful landscapes. I was feeling quite strong on the bike and really enjoying the course. I managed to get around the bike course in 5h12.

    Now onto the run course for the marathon. I focused on ignoring the pain in my right foot resulting from running on a fractured bone, and got on with the task at hand, 6 laps of a 7 km loop around the Weerwater lake. I shuffled my way around the course completing a 3h36 marathon, for a total race time of 10h10min57sec.

    Only 15 seconds behind American Monika Poveda and 77 seconds behind first place. Such a close podium!

    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
  • Alli Coleman - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, from an early age I have enjoyed success in range of sports including athletics, cross country running and football. I’ve always been willing to give any sport a try. 

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Roughly two years ago I was looking for a new challenge and something that I could really push myself in….that something was triathlon! 

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, 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 first triathlon was a super sprint distance in the Lake district. I came out of the water second and jumped on my bike determined to chase down first place however, I managed to get lost on the bike route and do an extra ten miles before finding my way back to transition! Most of the race had already finished however I still completed the run route and by this point I already knew I loved this sport and couldn’t wait to sign up to my next race. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Finding out I had been selected for the GB Age Group Team for the European Championships 2021.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Many! Mainly involving bike routes! One race I ended up carrying my bike over a style in a field.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Take the learning from them. Injury is perhaps the hardest and most frustrating but you can use this time to develop in other areas like mental strength or maybe even just seeing friends and family more.

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

    Learn the importance of rest! I find it very difficult to have rest days and not train hard in every session but your body needs these down periods so you can perform at your best, get the most out of your intense sessions and avoid injuries.

    What are your goals?

    After competing in my first European Championships this September I hope to qualify for the following year and look to compete at the World Championships the year after.

    Who inspires you?

    My brother Gerard. We are very close in age and both into our sports. We are both extremely competitive and often go out running and cycling together. I have to continuously work hard and train to make sure I can keep up with him especially as he is 6ft 3 and has the stride length of a cheetah! 

    Why work with Sundried?

    Many people think that one person cannot make a difference, but imagine if we all chose to buy clothes from an ethical company like Sundried that does not exploit its workforce, produce harmful products or cause damage to the environment.

    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
  • Megan Clements - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been involved in sport and being active from a young age. Growing up I tried lots of different sports, such as Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics and Dance. I then focused on Dance from about the age of 12 and went on to complete a degree in contemporary dance.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I started running to keep me fit for dance and grew to love it. I started to pick up a few injuries, so saw this as a good chance to mix up my training and entered a local triathlon. I loved the buzz of race day and found myself signing up to more and more events.

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, 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?

    Swansea Sprint Triathlon - I've done this event twice as it's in my home town. The atmosphere and support is always amazing and you see so many different levels of competitors, which makes it really special. This is also the first triathlon that myself and my Dad both competed in.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Qualifying for the GB age group team.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I was once chatting away at the start of a race not fully paying attention to the briefing. I ended up swimming towards the wrong buoy and then running into the middle distance transition area when I was doing the sprint distance. Moral of the story - even if you know the event and you bump into a friend you haven't seen for a while, listen to the briefing!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I think the main thing I try to do is take a step back, look at the bigger picture and remember none of the hard work you have put in is ever wasted.

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

    Enjoy it! Ask questions and test all your kit/nutrition before race day! Also, if you can afford a coach then this is a game changer.

    What are your goals?

    I would love to podium at some age group events one day, but my main goal is to continue to enjoy training/racing and remain healthy and injury free.

    Who inspires you?

    My Dad, who picked up triathlon in his 60s and is still competing at 70.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the quality, performance and look of the kit. I also love the ethos Sundried have with their focus on being environmentally friendly.

    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
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