My 2015 race/event awards

27 Dec
This year has been hectic. I’ve taken part in a wider range of events than in any previous year. I’ve completed single and multisport events and gone further and faster than previously. I even won a race! Without further ado, here are my 2015 race awards… drum roll, please…
Most Scenic Course
The runner-up in this category is Heartbreak Tailwind 10. It is a picturesque course held in the New Forest.

The winner in this category is the Grand Shaftesbury Tri/Run weekend. St Giles House at Wimborne St Giles is the family home of the Shaftesburys and it made a stunning backdrop for these events:



Most Challenging Course

The runner-up in this category was Winchester Duathlon. I had assumed that it was going to be on the same course as previous years, which was very flat, but instead it took place on what felt like a mountain :-S

The winner of the most challenging course category is Brutal 10 Enduro. A single lap of this course wasn’t too bad, but running 50km on it at night-time wasn’t easy.
Tamsyn at Brutal 10
Winning pairs
Best Expo
This has to go to London marathon, which consistently has a good expo. It was also easy to choose this one, as no other event that I went to had a decent expo.
IMG_5484 IMG_5491
I enjoyed watching Martin Yelling’s presentation on marathon running and also the interviews with elite runners.
Best Post-Race Food/Beverages
This is another hard category to judge. I enjoyed taking part in my Tri Club’s “Tim Wilks Day”, which is a timed swim, bike and run, followed by a delicious pub lunch, but it’s not really what is meant by post-race food, so I’m going to award this to Gridiron 100, which is a low-key randonnee that I took part in. Bacon sandwiches were available before the start of the event and then there were copious platters of biscuits and other snacks along the way, followed by some more food at the finish.
Best Swag
I’ve not received a lot of goodies at races this year, so I’m going to award this to Durlach Turmberglauf. At the end of this 10k, I received a glass with the race logo and as much water as I could drink. Given that the event only cost €6, I can’t complain about that!
Most Unique Medal
This has to go to Ironman Dublin 70.3:
Ironman Dublin 70.3 medal
This is a heavy medal with a beautifully decorated ribbon.
Favourite Race Shirt (tech tee or reg)
The runner up in this category is Salisbury 10 mile. Runners were presented with blue technical t-shirts at the end of this race – I’ve worn mine quite a few times:
Salisbury tshirt
The winner in this category is Thunder Run. The main sponsor is adidas, so of course, the technical t-shirt is a lovely adidas shirt:
TR24 tshirt

Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc

For me there was no competition for this – it has to be Southampton Half Marathon. Various groups were challenged to be ‘mile makers’, which guaranteed crowds all of the way around the course. I saw many friends from Southampton Tri Club, SUTRI, Lordshill Road Runners and parkrun as well as work colleagues from University of Southampton. Although I went into this race with low expectations (of myself), the support of the crowd meant that I finished in a time that I was really proud of.

Event You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing
This has to be Scilly Swim Challenge. At the start of this year, I’d never swum more than 2km… and that wasn’t continuous, so this was a massive challenge for me. I may have had to be rescued for some of it, but completing the training and getting to the start line was an accomplishment in itself. It also meant that I took part in a variety of swimming events throughout the year. The event itself was really well organised and great fun – it’s already too late for you to sign up for 2016, but please do add it to your planning for 2017!
End of Scilly Swim with Bryony
Favourite Overall Event
The runner-up for my favourite overall event is St Michael’s Mount swim. It was a really fun evening and it gave me so much confidence.
tams SMM swim2
Overall, my favourite event was ABP Southampton Half Marathon. The crowd support was great as were the technical t-shirt and the medal. This is an event that will go from strength to strength, so I’m definitely going to do it again in 2016.
pub with Teri
Which events that you took part in this year would you give prizes to? What should I add to my bucket list?


5 Responses to “My 2015 race/event awards”

  1. jendo12 28/12/2015 at 10:23 pm #

    What a great idea !!!! Tempted to do the same but agree Shaftesbury Tri was gorgeous !! (Apart from the lake !) lol

    • tamsynsmith 28/12/2015 at 10:31 pm #

      I’m hoping that the lake at Shaftesbury will be turned into a beautiful, deep and warm lagoon in time for the next event… and I’ll remember to camp further away from the generators! It was nice to meet you though, even if it was only briefly πŸ™‚

      I don’t think I did any races this year that I thought were badly organised (although the 5k swim that I was disqualfied from was hugely disappointing).

  2. rosemarybyde 15/01/2016 at 11:16 pm #

    We’re going to Isles of Scilly for the swimrun event this year! I will have to re-read the report of your adventures there. I may have got over the biggest hurdle though – working out how to actually get there without it taking all day or emptying my bank account πŸ˜€

    • tamsynsmith 16/01/2016 at 3:11 pm #

      It should be a great event – I seriously considered doing it, but I want to focus on my cycling this year and am also training for the Long Course Weekend.

      I’d love to know the answer to getting to IoS without breaking the bank. There are often deals on the Scillonian in the local Cornish newspapers, but flying is always expensive.

      My friend Bryony is doing the swimrun. She lives on St Mary’s and organised the Scilly Swim Challenge, so you may run into her when you’re there πŸ™‚

      • rosemarybyde 16/01/2016 at 11:53 pm #

        Cool, I’ll look out for her!

        I was supposed to get back to cycling this year but swimrun has sucked me in again instead πŸ™‚

        We’ve ended up going there via London train / sleeper train / ferry on advance tickets where possible (19h), then flying off via Exeter – only 5h – but 80% more expensive! But we thought we’d just want to get home quickly by then. I concluded you really did have to choose between extremes of time or money.

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