Ironman 70.3 Pays D' Aix France 2012
- Created on Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:47
- Written by beverley noble
Hi Everyone, Just like to say I completed Ironman 70.3 in a respectable time of 7HRS 24 mins, It was an amazing experience from start to finish, including all the training. For those who don't know and who might want to join us for the next one, Ironman 70.3 is 1.2m swim 56m bike 13.1m run with cut offs of 1hr.10mins swim 5hr.15mins bike from start and 8hr.30mins run.
After London Marathon in April training Began with Andrew, Rob and Neil, every sat morning at Barton Marina we would do a 2k swim and sometimes bike there and back, as I've got a fear of open water swimming, to start with all i could manage was breast stroke and to be honest that was with putting on a brave face, but with lots of practice at Burntwood Leisure Center on a Friday night at our swim fit classes I mastered front crawl. Because of our busy lifestyles lot's of the training was done on our own in the week, there was no let up lot's of swimming, biking and running and we mixed in some races here and there.
And then... the run up week of the 23rd September 2012 Race Day was upon us, so much preperation had to go into getting ready for the flight with all our kit, it was stressfull!! to say the least.
London Marathon 2012
- Created on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 15:06
- Written by Lucy Mellor
“If you want to win something, run 100 metres. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” - Emil Zatopek
So this is it. Here I stand, shielded from the chilly wind by a (soon to be discarded) pair of paint-spattered tracksuit bottoms and a bin sack (this isn’t the first time I’ve been dressed in such attire at 09:40 on a Sunday morning, but that’s a story for a very different website).
I’m standing in a pen of runners near to the start line of the 2012 Virgin London Marathon. As I look around I’m reminded of the opening scenes of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ where the camera focuses on the haunted faces of American GIs in landing craft on their way to Omaha beach. All around are twitchy feet. Some dampen their nerves with chat; others are quiet, alone with their thoughts. One man is actually sitting rocking, as if to soothe himself. Understandably the air smells, well…sulphurous.
Worcester half marathon
- Created on Sunday, 15 April 2012 18:26
- Written by Chrissy Bishop
Well, never before have I written a race report so apologies for poor grammar and spelling, but here goes !!!!!!!!
Up at 06.30, out the house at 7.30 to get to Worcester by 8.30-8.40. Giving me time to park, wee (obligatory), set my garmin, warm up and compose myself. At least, that was the plan !!!!!
This was the first race I was going to by myself. No other harriers were doing it and my husband had babysitting duties so I was let loose with the sat nav and set out to Worcester Rugby Stadium. Now as I have NO sense of direction I of course got myself lost around Worcester and ended up 10 miles the other side of where I was supposed to be. As I am prone to pre-race nerves, this did not help. Anyway, I eventually made friends with the sat-nav and found the rugby stadium. After paying £3 to park (not amused !!!!) I parked my car and went to find the loo, and the start. Not as smooth a start as I would have liked, but at least I was there before the start of the race !!
Stafford Half Marathon 2012
- Created on Sunday, 08 April 2012 15:20
- Written by David Hetherington
Those of you that know me regard me as a quiet, shy guy who would not say boo to a goose, not!!! I have effectively been away for nearly two years in Sheffield but still travelling to work in Tamworth on a daily basis, believe me it takes its toll. Unfortunately this meant I did not have much time free to run but circumstances change as they often do in life and Im back in Staffordshire.
I only really started running again in mid February and planned to get back into my running gradually, of course this did not happen. A place was available in the Stafford Half Marathon as pointed out to me by Rob 'Sick Note' Lloyd ;-) Im sure this was a bad idea considering I only just got back into running but since when have I used my common sense ;-) No more rambling from me, back to the race although I dont ever really race, I just do it (Nike quote).