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2014 race awards

18 Dec
For this post, I’ve linked up with Montana at Pretty Lil Mudder  and a few other fab fitness bloggers – be sure to check out their posts. Here are my 2014 race awards… drum roll, please…
Most Scenic Course
For me this award has to go to Lanhydrock parkrun It’s in a beautiful location, but as the course profile shows, it’s not an easy route:
Lanhydrock parkrun course profile
The event takes place on a National Trust property, which is a stunning old country house. This photo of the gatehouse shows just how magnficent it is.
Most Challenging Course
This was a difficult award to decide on. The profile of Lanhydrock parkrun made it a runner up, but overall, I decided to present it to Adidas Thunder Run. This event is a 24 hour relay on a 10k cross country course. It has lots of different sections: uphill, downhill, short grass, compact ground, mud. The weather conditions were also quite warm.  I ended up running 50k as part of a 7-person relay team.
Best Expo
This was a tough choice as the only races that tend to have expos in the UK are marathons, and I only ran one this year (Brighton). In the end, I decided to award it to the Triathlon Show with Primera Tri Expo as runner up.
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Best Post-Race Food/Beverages
Braishfield 5 mile beer race – beer, cake and water – what more can I say?
Best Swag
This was another tough category to judge. The goodie bag at Brighton Marathon was good, but the prize has to go to Good Fri Tri, where finishers were not only given a medal, some dried fruit, a drink and their choice of free gift (mug and coaster; bike bottle or buff), but also a lovely Cadbury’s Easter egg 🙂
Good Fri Tri finishers

Stuart and I before collecting our Easter eggs

Most Unique Medal
I loved the ribbon on my Brighton Marathon medal, but probably the one that I liked most was from Eastleigh triathlon:
TryTri have custom medals for every race 🙂
Favorite Race Shirt (tech tee or reg)
I’ve not received many tshirts from races this year. I quite liked the Wiggle Spring Sportive tshirt, but the one that I’ve worn the most is the  Gu Energy Classic tshirt from Bustinskin. It’s a wicking cotton tshirt that was produced in both men’s and women’s sizes 🙂
GU tshirt
Favorite Overall Race
I really enjoyed taking part in Weymouth Half. An advantage of taking part in triathlons is that the order of the disciplines is the same as my confidence levels. I started the day feeling nervous, but my confidence soared when I was on the bike and although my run didn’t go quite as I’d hoped, the crowds were brilliant. The whole event was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.
Tamsyn running in Weymouth

It was such a relief to see the finish arch © Katherine Anteney

Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc)
I loved the crowd support at Weymouth Half… but there wasn’t a huge amount of support out on the bike course. I’m awarding this one to Brighton Marathon as I desperately needed the crowd support during this race and it didn’t let me down!
14 miles © Emily Smith

14 miles © Emily Smith

Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing
This has to be Weymouth Half – as someone who couldn’t swim 18 months before the race, it has taken a lot of hard work and determination to get to a stage where I could take part in this race. I also had various health battles this year, so I was proud to make the start line and even prouder to finish!
Lap 3 © Marathon-photos

Lap 3 © Marathon-photos

I’d recommend checking out which races my fellow Girls Gone Sporty Ambassadors have presented their awards to:
Which events that you took part in this year would you give prizes to?

Preparing for Eastleigh Open Water Tri

7 Jun

Eastleigh Open Water Tri is fast approaching (29th June), so I thought I’d better start getting prepared for the event. The swim and the run take place at Lakeside, which is where I’ve done aquathlons and where I first started parkrunning, so I’m familiar with the location, but I had no idea of the bike route. I put an appeal out on Facebook and received several replies from people who were willing to come out and recce the route at a slow pace.

Donna was our leader as she did Eastleigh Tri a couple of years ago and was already familiar with the route; Roelie was just interested in getting a bike ride in and Jenny is also doing Eastleigh Tri this year.

We met at the Bellemoor at 11am, and I was a little apprehensive as we had thunder and lightning this morning and the storms weren’t forecast to clear until later in the day, but we struck lucky and didn’t need jackets for the ride. I was slightly overdressed (I had waterproof socks on), and had to take off my jacket as soon as I met the others. Fortunately, I had on a short-sleeved cycling jersey that I had teamed with one of my new pairs of SOAS racing shorts… I wanted to check whether they were as comfortable as my other couple of pairs and I can confirm that they are 🙂

Our little peloton cycled over to Eastleigh where the event starts. Unfortunately, late on Saturday morning was not the best time to recce the route as it is on some fairly busy main roads, with one particularly busy roundabout to cross – I find it nerve-wracking enough in a car, so on a bike with a group of others it’s even more difficult. The route consists of two 10k laps, but after we’d tried it once, we all agreed that we didn’t feel the need to do it again. I feel happier now I know that there are no steep descents, and I doubt that I will practise it again before the event.

The sun was shining brightly, so we decided to make the most of it by going for a longer ride. We headed out on some back roads towards Chilworth, taking in Bassett Green Road, where I tortured myself doing hill reps earlier in the week. We then decided to go out towards Chilworth. This is a route that I have been avoiding as it has a really long descent, but as Donna pointed out, it is a smooth and open road with no dangerous junction or obstacles, so actually it was the ideal location for me to try to regain some of my confidence.

I made it down the hill safely, so we then headed out towards North Baddesley before looping back towards the city. This involved another couple of descents, but I am starting to feel less terrified and am making myself wait for a few seconds longer before using my brakes. I can’t say that I’m moving quickly (42.3km/h was my best today), but I’m heading in the right direction.

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We arrived back at The Common and headed our separate ways. I managed to do 40.43km in 2:03 today, which is a long way off my best, but I’ll get back there! Thank you for helping me Donna, Roelie and Jenny 🙂