It had been quite few years since my last marathon and I was getting more and more eager to run one again. Stirling marathon seemed perfect for it – close by, low key and at a good time. I signed up early in September and was really excited about it for months. My training was going well, especially my running. I was quite confident I could go under my target time of 3.15, possibly even under 3.10.
First race of the year was the Tranent sprint on the 29th April – delayed from the rubbish weather at the end of March.
The Brutal Extreme Tri
The Brutal had been on my radar for a few years ever since stumbling across a TV programme late one night about an ex Welsh rugby player who was doing it but I had been putting it off as too hard or too far away or too something. Recent years has seen it gather some media attention, particularly in 220 Magazine and so earlier this year I decided that the time for procrastinating was over and took the plunge one evening and pressed “Enter”.
Thorpe Park Sprint
Over the past few months it’s been a bit quiet for me compared to the start of the season as I decided to race less and train more in order to try to get fitter, improve my swimming and running and have a crack at qualifying for the 2018 Sprint Distance European Championships in Glasgow.
Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon
Based at Loch Morlich near Aviemore, this event is roughly 3km open canoe (teams of 2), 25km mountain bike and 5km trail run, with the promise of a “useful item” and a burger at the end. I’ve been keen to take part for years but the 240 places sell out fast so this was my first time and it lived up to all expectations (friendly people, dodgy weather, mud, useful mug).
Ali Rainey – The Vitruvian
I was really looking forward to this race and a bit nervous …my first middle distance event. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the step up in distance. I’d originally been aiming for Edinburgh 70.3, but had to pull out, so I was glad when Jen suggested a group of us should go down to do vitruvian.
British middle distance champs – Jacqui Thomson
Hot on the heels of Rosie’s report, here is my take on Ironman Copenhagen.
It has turned out to be a bit of a long one so… SPOILER ALERT. I am an Ironman!
Ironman Copenhagen-Rosie Haddock
The reason why I actually started triathlon in the first place was the lure of ironman. However found I loved the shorter distances, and (as I have found during training) I am better at these.
Short Fast Durty – Jennifer Perry
The unexpected postponement of another event and the fact that we were on holiday for the week only a few miles away meant I really had to come up with an excuse not to enter this event! And I am so glad I did.