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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.
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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.
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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?


Thunder Run 2015

28 Jul

Last weekend, Stuart and I took part in Thunder Run, a 24 hour running relay that takes place in Derbyshire. It’s the 4th time that we’ve taken part in this event, so we knew what to expect. Liz, Suzanne and Jenny also ran (as members of two Run Camp teams). Stuart has previously run with some competitive male 5 teams, whereas I’ve usually been in mixed teams of 6-8. This time, we were in a mixed ability team of 7.

Thunder Run selfie with Liz

Thunder Run selfie with Liz

The race started at midday on Saturday, and we decided to send Stuart out first as he was our fastest runner. Unfortunately, it had rained heavily almost all day on Friday and although it was dry on Saturday, the course was horrendous. My team was camped at about the 9.5km point, so Stu was able to shout to me that I needed to wear trail shoes as he ran past. I quickly swapped my fairly sturdy trainers for trail shoes and headed to the handover.

My first 10km was fairly difficult as much of the course is on a camber and the mud was extremely slippery. Also, as Stu had run quite a quick lap, I had set out fairly early and there were lots of runners who were faster than me who needed to overtake. I decided to take it steady as I wanted to be able to do several more laps and also didn’t want to risk injury.

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I quite enjoyed my first lap, even though it was warm. I found that the mud made it extremely slippery and my glutes had to work hard to keep me upright, which meant that I felt stiff afterwards. Fortunately, Stu and I had several hours to recover, so we went in search of Darren. Darren told us that he knew where Nadine and Sam were – the Big Red Party Bus. D was correct – Sam was there sharing some bubbles with Nadine!

Embrace reunion

Embrace Sports reunion (L-R: Nadine, Sam, Stuart and me) ©Darren Hann

Darren selfie

Darren’s selfie ©Darren Hann

We spent a long time chatting before heading back to our tent. Becky was out running, so I decided to go and get something to eat. Unfortunately, I completely mistimed it. I hadn’t realised exactly what time Becky went out for her run and I also thought that Stu was going to do a double lap. It took ages for my jacket potato for cheese and beans to be served and I arrived back with it, just as a Becky ran past. This meant that it was time for Stu to run and he pointed out that he was only scheduled to run a single lap. Doh! I wouldn’t normally eat so much 45 minutes before a long run!

My strategy was to do a double lap as long run training for Ironman Dublin 70.3. I realised that I should be able to do the first lap in daylight, but that I would need to pick up my head torch for the second lap. I got it out with a head band and put it by my chair at the side of the course. Soon afterwards, Stu ran past, so I headed out for my second lap of the weekend.

Fortunately, the course had dried out a lot and the slippery mud was merely sticky by the time I started running (about 8:30pm). It was also a lot cooler, so although I didn’t run any faster than I did for my first lap, I found it a lot easier. The sun started to set by the time that I headed down off the ridge at about 8km. I knew I would be fine getting back to 9.5km where our tent was, but that it wouldn’t be long before I needed a head torch.

I got to the tent, but my head torch and headband had gone. I started looking for them and Stu told me to carry on and that he would bring them to the finish. I felt really annoyed as I had left them there ready so that I wouldn’t waste time grabbing them; Stu had thought he was being helpful by putting them away in the tent.

I grabbed my stuff from Stu in the finishing straight and then continued on.

It was nice to run past Darren’s camp area although I heard some of his friends comment that I was running past “again?!” I was starting to feel a bit fatigued, but a runner cheered me up as he went past. I was wearing an unusual adidas running t-shirt (which is half yellow and half turquoise) with a pair of turquoise running shorts. The runner called out, “Well done, little minion!” It made me laugh as I hadn’t realised what my outfit looked like:


The course includes a lot of hills as well as some technical sections in amongst the trees. I found that the constant turning really made my hips and ankles ache, and I really slowed down in the dark. I was so grateful when I passed the team again and was able to shout to Rikki to meet me at the finish.

As soon as I got back to the tent, I got my kit ready for the morning and then went to bed. In previous years, I have been very cold, but this year we brought a hot water bottle, so it was quite cosy.

My fourth and final lap was at 6:15am. I managed to lie down for a few hours overnight, but hadn’t had a lot of sleep. Quite a few people were grumbling about how cold it was, but I much prefer running when it’s cold and managed to pick up the pace a bit. It wasn’t much, but I was feeling really good.

There was an opportunity for me to do a 5th lap, but I had already showered by that stage and was busy packing up our tent. (I also didn’t want to hold up our minibus driver, who had taken part as a solo runner and completed 12 laps).

It was really good to see my friend Pete who was marshalling at the 5.5km water station on almost all of my laps. If it weren’t for great volunteers like Pete, events like this wouldn’t be able to take place. Thank you, Pete.

Overall, it was a really fun weekend, with Stu and I each completing 4 tough 10k laps.

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