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Official Photos for Roade Kids - James Rudd

Sunday, 25 September, 2016 - 17:49

Thank you to James Rudd for taking the Official photos for Roade kids Triathlon this weekend. Click here to view them.

Roade entries close at midday on Tuesday!

Thursday, 15 September, 2016 - 23:03

Only 9 days to go to the grand finale of the triathlon season!
 
Our fun and friendly pool based event still has places available! With a 400m pool swim, 20k bike and 4.5k run, the adult event is suitable for all abilities from novices to experienced triathletes wanting an end of season blast!
 
Enter the kids event here
Enter the adults event here

Function Jigsaw to provide sports massage at Survive 12

Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 15:27

Function Jigsaw have been chosen as Survive 12's exclusive providers of massage, sports taping and injury management.

Their Events Team is just one arm of the business - and they will be bringing their mobile massage services to the race and will be ready to ease any aching limbs at the finish line/during the race/at certain intervals etc.

Function Jigsaw are a sports injuries clinic based in neighbouring Leicestershire. They offer treatments and solutions to all types of injury using experienced sports therapists, physiotherapists and massage therapists.

They have lots of experience covering events like Survive 12. They have been massage providers at Action Challenge events such as London to Brighton and the Isle of Wight Challenge, cycle events like Ride 24, charity days such as Robbie’ Rugby Festival at Leicestershire and have just becoming exclusive providers of massage services at this year's Leicester Marathon.

Their experienced staff will be able to see runners in 10-minute slots on the day at a cost of £10 per person. 

The company is owned by Julie Hayton, a former head of medical services in a professional rugby environment and prides itself on a professional service, attitude and treatment.

They will aid your recovery from any injury and safely return you to your chosen activity, whether that be going to the gym, playing sport, or walking the dog.

Visit their website for more information on their services.

Survive 12 - Jane Holt Pair Entry

Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 14:22

It's the fourth and final week of our features on some of those that have entered our upcoming new event Survive 12. 
Our story for this week is from Jane Holt. Jane will be taking part in survive 12 as a pair with her friend Charles Larsson. Both have taken part in events like this before so are able to share their experience with us. Jane tells us what they are anticipating from the event and gives some tips on how to Survive 12! 
 
Q: Have either of you taken part in an event like this before?

A: Yes, we have both done 12 and 24 hour events although Charles has more experience in these events than me. I've completed a 12 hour event, the Conti Lightning 12 hour as a solo runner and the Conti Thunder Run 24 hour event as a female pair. I was also part of a team a few years ago at the Thunder Run. Charles has entered these events as a solo runner as well as completing several 24 hour track events. He has also run numerous marathons over the years. 

We have both raced in events that require you to complete as many laps as possible within a time limit. For example, there is a race in Shropshire called Sunrise to Sunset, organised by How Hard Can it Be Events which is 0.84 of a mile along a country lane in Telford. The aim is to run as many loops of this within the timeframe. We have both run this and more than once along with their Sunset to Sunrise event which is a similar format. 

We both enjoy races that involve running multiple laps. I think it is because we like the challenge; testing ourselves against the course and seeing whether we have the mental toughness to see it out. For many people, running around and around would drive them crazy but not us!

I remember completing 32 laps of one of these races in 2015. And wanted to do it all again. The other thing is that if you don't have a great sense of direction like me then you will never get lost as you keep going around. 

What I found works for me is to pace myself: don't go off too quickly as you will tire as time goes on. You have to deal with what some would view as the monotony although there is a very good camaraderie in these types of events with people encouraging each other. Try and get into a comfortable pace pace early on that you can maintain but realise that you will slow down later on as the tiredness kicks in. 

Eat and drink on a regular basis. I found 'little and often' worked. For example, there was a checkpoint which you pass each time and I set myself the target of having something to eat every 5 laps or so. Make sure you include electrolytes so have a sports drink to maintain sodium levels or handfuls of crisps which work due to the saltiness. Be careful not to consume too much water due to the risk of hyponetraemia - this happened to me in a trail marathon last year. 

Also be aware of changes in the weather so make sure you have sufficient clothing. e.g. waterproof. And, realise that you will have good and bad moments in the race so be prepared for that. One moment you are going along nicely then another, you feel tired and heavy legged. It will pass but expect it. Train in the the clothing and equipment you will be using on the day. 

Q: What events have you taken part in (ultras)

A; We have both taken part in the 12 hour Lightning Run and the 24 hour Thunder Run. Also, Sunrise to Sunset and Sunset to Sunrise ultras. I've completed the Millennium Way ultra on two occasions (goes across Staffordshire). Charles has completed many other ultras including the Sandstone Trail Challenge, the Ultimate Trails 55K and the East Hull Harriers 24 hour track race.     

We've both run marathons as well. 

Q: What do you think will be the most challenging about taking part in this event? 

A: Every race is a challenge especially if it new to us. We are unfamiliar with this course so are expecting mud and hills as it says on your website. Plus it is in November whereas our 12 hour (and 24 hour) events have been in the summer which will add to the difficulty as the weather could be extreme! It be wet and windy or cold and dry, or a mixture of both. We might even get snow!

But that's the exciting part about ultras. You never know quite what to expect. We'll prepare as much as we can and deal with anything including the Great British weather on the day.

Q: What do you expect to get out of it?

A: To finish and enjoy it - if that's the right word!  For me, every time I complete an ultra that's an achievement in itself so to complete this and hopefully do well, would be perfect. Plus I have come back from injury and need a race like this to test myself, my fitness levels, my knee and confidence levels. I sustained a knee injury in an ultra back in March and have spent 4 to 5 months rehabbing it. My physio signed me off saying my knee had fully recovered and that I could return to racing so your race will be my first post-injury. 

Charles and I always go into races to enjoy the experience as well as complete them. 

Survive 12 - Nick Lindley Solo Entry

Thursday, 18 August, 2016 - 16:13

This shall be the first 12 hour timed race I have done, but I would say I am an experienced endurance runner. I have previously completed 12 plus ultras including a 100 mile in July this year and also a 24 hour run. I have also completed other endurance events including Ironman Bolton, 10k Big Brutal Swim and I am currently training for the Windermere 10.5 mile swim in September.

I really enjoy pushing myself to my very limit and have the feeling of achievement when crossing the finish line, also the race stash is a big incentive.

My tips for those new to endurance running are:

  • Just eat and drink regular and often even if you don't feel like you need to or can.

  • Keep your salt levels topped up.

  • Race at your own pace, ignore all others racing off.

  • Remember why you are doing it and focus on that.

  • Make sure you have fully prepared clothes, equipment, food etc.. maybe look at kit lists online for ideas.

  • Lastly and most importantly, ENJOY YOURSELF!

 

 

 

Survive 12 - Danny Tomblin Team Entry

Thursday, 11 August, 2016 - 15:32

Danny Tomblin is taking part in Survive 12 as a team with his friends Andrew, Jo and Tamsin. This is what Danny had to say:
 
Have you or any of your team taken part in an event like this before?
None of us have ever taken part in a team event like this, but individually we have all completed a marathon, Ian is a keen cyclist and have I have dabbled in triathlon. I came to endurance running recently culminating in this years London marathon. Jo, is my running " buddy", he has done the London marathon ,the last two years. Tamsin ( Jo's partner ) has recently had a baby "poppy". Andrew is a keen runner and does park runs with his children. Andrew and I have also done a 200 mile cycle ride in a day for a local charity.
 
What do you think will be most challenging about taking part in this event?
We all think the event will be challenging. We see it as a team event acknowledging that we all need to support each other through our training and the day as with endurance events, for all the highs, there are points when you all need a gee up or a boost. We are all different personalities therefore all bring something to the team. We have different levels of ability, but see this as a strength. We all agree that mixing up training works for endurance running so not just slogging out miles, vary the routine, make it interesting and change the location. We all try and help each other out as our jobs personal and circumstances are so varied.
 
What do you want to get out of it?
The challenge for all of us is the event is so different as we've all run individually so the team element is unknown, but something we are all excited about is that we all want to enjoy the joy, to involve our friends and family, hopefully individually and as a team and really enjoy the day.
 
 

Roade Triathlon - Competition Time!

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016 - 12:30

5 goody bags with a retro Roade t-shirt and USN products up for grabs!

There's only 44 days to go until the 15th Terry Wootton Roade Triathlon! For your chance to win a goody bag all you need to do is like our Facebook page and like and share our Roade competition post or follow us and retweet our tweet on Twitter and you will be added into a prize draw.

Three lucky winners will be picked from Facebook and two from Twitter. These will be announced next Thursday 18th.

 
Good luck everyone!
 

Survive 12 - Simon Mayes Pair Entry

Thursday, 4 August, 2016 - 11:59

Simon will be taking part in survive 12 as a pair with Lauren Elmore. Both are experienced runners who recently completed the Conti 24 hour Thunder run, but have never completed such an event as a pair. Simon shares what he is anticipating from Survive 12 and gives some tips on how to survive the 12 hours.

Have either of you taken part in an event like this before?

Sort of! Lauren is very much a long distance bunny (and a very good one at that) and has done several marathons and ultra marathons in the past. I'm less so, but have done one marathon and one kind-of ultra. We were both in a team of 5 at at the Conti 24hr Thunder Run relay race in Derbyshire in July, with our team covering 270km in 24 hours, of which me & Lauren contributed 120km to that total. We haven't however, done a pairs event before.

If yes, can you tell us about your experiences? Why do you take part in these events? Do you have any tips for those that this will be their first endurance event?

These endurance events are very much a mental affair as much as a physical one. We're not sure yet how a 12 hour event as a pair will compare to 24 hours as a five, but one of the biggest challenges I found is managing your adrenaline levels - you go from a big high when you're running a leg, to a crash after you've finished, but then only have just a short amount of time to get over that and get yourself back up again for your next lap. At the TR24 event in July we were averaging around 3 and half hours between each leg, whereas this time as a pair its probably going to be 45 - 60 minutes so that will be a new challenge in itself...!

The mental side of things can be tough, especially with dealing with doing lap after lap of the same course, which, no matter how great the lap is, can become monotonous after a while, but you can also work it to your advantage by taking note of all the corners, lumps and bumps around the course and using it later on to find the quickest way to navigate yourself around the course.

Night running is brilliant! You naturally slow up as the sun comes down as your visibility decreases, but seeing lots of head torches bobbing up and down as they make their way around the course is an interesting (and fantastic) sight. Again, good experience of the course from running multiple laps at this point comes in handy as you can anticipate where all the hazards are and use it to ensure you don't fall foul of them!

Managing your food intake is a challenge. I guesstimated at TR24 that I burned around 5,250 calories during the day so that's a lot of replacement you have to do! But of course you need to make sure you're eating good foods that won't upset you when you're then trying to run soon after.

In a 24 hour event there is also sleep deprivation to contend with as its virtually impossible to get much more than the odd 30 - 45 minute catnap. I'm interested to see how a 12 hour event will compare to that, as you probably will still want to try and get some shut-eye in considered the amount of running you are likely to be doing!

The reason I do these events is because I love the challenge of testing your physical and mental endurance over a specified time period, its a completely different sort of challenge to doing a 10km or half marathon race where the emphasis is all on speed and getting around the course as quickly as possible. There is also generally a great camaraderie between all participants where they do encourage and support each other around a lap and that's an awesome thing to be a part of. And of course getting to the end and realising you've achieved something pretty cool, and something a lot of people won't do, is a nice feeling as well.

Finally, my tips to any newcomers (whether thats solo, pairs or teams) would be the following....

- PACING! Don't run your first lap at gung-ho pace like your life depends on it and its a normal race - you do have quite a few of these to get around in the time frame and you don't want to burn yourself out on your first lap and be running the rest at a much slower pace. If you get to the end of a lap and feel like you could probably carry on at the same pace for another lap you've probably got it spot on.

- Food - Making sure you're taking enough fuel on board, and the right sort of fuel, really is important. Your odd sugary snack/gel etc can be OK, but having proper food is also really important. Make sure its something that can be digested easily as the last thing you want is to be throwing up halfway around a lap because you've tried to eat a burger in between legs.

- Sleep - be well rested before, potentially try and get a short nap in at some point during the event if you feel it worth it, and remember that no-one will (or should...) make you feel guilty if you want to spend most of the next day in bed.

- Kit - be adequately dressed and prepared for the conditions! And have plenty of spare kit that you can keep changing over - having fresh kit for each leg makes you feel much better and less grimy instead of going our lap after lap in the same kit - although don't feel bad for being smelly toward the end as everyone else is too....!

- Enjoy it!

 

Dirt Run 2017 - Now taking early bird entries

Monday, 1 August, 2016 - 19:51

Entries for the Wellingborough Multi Terrain Dirt Run 2017 are now open!

Early bird entries are available for the next 2 weeks until midnight on Monday 15th August.

For more information on Round 1 click here

For more information on Round 2 click here

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USN confirmed as nutrition sponsor for Survive 12

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016 - 22:15

We are pleased to announce that USN are confirmed as our Nutrition sponsor for Survive 12. USN offer a great range of pre, during and post race nutrition that will help keep you going throughout the event. Click here to view their fantastic range of products available. Don't forget you can get 35% off online by using the code JRA2ING.

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