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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.
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?


Heartbreak Tailwind 10 race recap

13 Dec

I ran my last race of the year today: the Heartbreak Tailwind 10 by Race New Forest. It’s a new race this year, and about the only race I’ve seen in December that doesn’t have a festive theme (I love Santa dashes and Christmas pudding runs, but I’ve run one of them competitively!)

I’ve been so busy recently that, yet again, my training has taken a nose-dive… since Gosport Half, I’ve done a parkrun and gone out for a 12k run with a friend, but that’s the sum total of my training :-S

Stuart and I agreed that we would run together as we’ve not seen much of each other recently. I love running with Stu, but it’s also frustrating as he’s so much fitter and faster than me.

Tailwind 10 is mostly on the same route as the Heartbreak Half – that’s on a T-shaped route, starting at Sandy Balls Holiday Park. The difference from the half is that we only had to run west on the ridgeway, rather than going east first and then west.

The biggest challenge of this race is that it starts at the bottom of a steep hill, which means that there is no time to warm up and get into your stride at the start of the race. Frustratingly, the race doesn’t end at the bottom of the downhill. It’s definitely an undulating course and there’s also a water feature to cool off warm feet 🙂

The weather has been unseasonably warm (about 12°C/54°F), so I was surprised to see a number of runners wearing tights, long-sleeved tops and gloves. I was very grateful to get to the first drinks station where water and Tailwind drinks were available. I know the mantra ‘nothing new on race day’, but I didn’t expect to get a PB and have a cast iron stomach, so after drinking half a cup of water, I also tried the Tailwind. It seemed pleasant enough, but I have no idea what the flavour was meant to be!

As we headed down towards the turnaround point, Stu and I saw various runners we knew, including a number of people from Lordshill Road Runners. I was particularly watching out for Jacqui, my fellow Lane 1 swimmer from Southampton Tri Club as well as Flo and Becky from SUTRI and Becky’s mum, Ruth (who’s a fellow LRR).

At the turnaround point, we saw our friend Jonathan marshalling. At this point, Stu sped up (I think he wanted to look good in the photos!) Thanks to Jonathan for the pics:

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Tailwind 10 2

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I did my best to maintain an even pace, but think that I slowed in the second half as I as feeling really hot and my breathing wasn’t great… I’m sure I’ve run the half at a faster pace. Stu and I crossed the line together in 01:42:57. It’s a long way off my 10 mile PB, but it was an enjoyable event. Overall, I placed 116/150, was 16/21 in the female vet category and 41/62 women.

After the race, we were given medals and a welcome cup of soup with a bread roll. Runners were welcome to use the shower at the holiday village, but we just wanted to head home.

This was an enjoyable race with a fun and friendly atmosphere. There was great camaraderie amongst the runners, with lots of shouts of encouragement and conversations with runners who were going at our pace. I will definitely consider adding this to my event list for 2016.

Just a quick reminder – please vote for me in the Bloggers’ Lounge 2015 Awards. I’m in the Health and Fitness category, which is at the bottom of the page. Thank you 😀

Are you ready to get some winter miles in?

20 Nov
Cycling in Ainokura, Japan in April 2015 ©Jeremy Hollinshead

Cycling in Ainokura, Japan in April 2015 ©Jeremy Hollinshead

I’ve only got one event left this year (Tailwind 10), so I’m now focussing on base training ready for next season. For many people, base training means focusing on strength and endurance, but I really want to work on some speed in my running as this has been neglected this year. I also want to work on my cycling over winter and I may even fit in some muddy cross country fun.

I did some great cycling in the Algarve, but I think my carbon bike is now going to be resigned to its new indoor home* for several months whilst I spend more time on my aluminium road bike. It has sturdier tyres, so I feel more secure on it in wet and icy conditions. I’ll also be doing some turbo and spin sessions. Which do you prefer? I’ve never been to a turbo training class, but I really enjoy group spinning.

I’m also a little tempted to try out cyclo cross. I’d love to be able to do more off road riding and am uncertain about whether I should save for a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike/ I know that it should depend on what I’m using it for, but I don’t know yet. Any thoughts?

If you’re thinking about cycling throughout winter, please check out these two blogs that are full of great advice:


*my turbo room is currently a work in progress – as soon as it’s done, there will be a post about it. I’m so excited about it – I think it’s going to transform my training 😀