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Inspirational Gareth

Inspirational Story - Gareth Down

Wednesday, 2 March, 2016 - 08:58

We’d like to introduce you to Gareth Down.

 

Gareth knew he that he needed to start to get himself fit, but like a lot of us, didn’t really know where to start. Being large, he was too self-conscious to go to the gym or want to swim.  He decided that running would be a great way to start the exercise and with winter dark evenings he could go out when no one else was around!

His motivation for his night time runs came from William - a 4 year old boy with leukaemia. Despite having treatment on the NHS, the family had incurred a lot of costs getting to hospital for daily treatment sessions, and William  had been left with difficulty walking and talking as a result of the Chemotherapy. The family were unable to get the physiotherapy treatment needed on the NHS for these side effects, so they need to fund this privately to support him at £250 a session. Gareth and his wife have raised £1300 so far by organising a charity motorcycle ride and a sponsored dunk in the sea in their wedding clothes last year!

But for Gareth, that still wasn’t enough. He needed something that would have more of an impact, something that was so out of the ordinary for him that it would encourage the most support from his friends and family.  Running the Weymouth Half Marathon set him a goal and a target time to get in shape and push on - at 21 stone Gareth felt this was a Mission Impossible but worth a go!

Exercise had never been high on Gareths agenda, nor had playing or watching sports so running at an organised event has been a radical lifestyle shift for him!

Gareth set about his training with determination – he started running twice a week, starting at half a mile at a time and within just 2 months he was running 6 miles weekly in the late evening and aiming to get his pace below 13 minute miles!

Huge support from friends at work have helped Gareth train and push on towards his goal. His furthest run to date is an inspiring 12.5 miles averaging 9.30 min a mile. Without the motivation and encouragement of his friends it would have been much harder to keep going through the wet evenings, and the compliments Gareth received on his route are encouraging too.

Gareth has now felt able to join a gym to increase general fitness. He knew with the time disappearing that he needed to up his training levels to be able to complete the half marathon. His training routine now consists of running Monday and Saturday on the road, and going to the gym for an hour Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evening and Sunday morning. By keeping training down to around 60 minutes at a time, little and often has allowed Gareth to train without impacting too much on his family life.

Gareth says “ I can’t think of any down sides to running. Some evenings in the cold and wet getting out can be difficult, but I have genuinely enjoyed seeing progress so quickly and getting out in the fresh air, I can’t see an end to running now its in my life. The biggest downfall was the cost, 3 sets of running shoes (as my weight destroyed them) and 3 sets of running gear as I went from a 42 inch waist to currently 36, but all worthwhile in the long run” But running has it’s upsides too as Gareth continues “ As to upsides... where do I start. I feel healthier, fitter and happier. So many cares fade away pounding the pavement and new ideas come into my mind as I run along our coastline, very fortunate to be in this part of the country and running gets me out to enjoy it. The Lifestyle change for me has made me more confident, and social. It has brought me into a social world with some colleagues and respect from others seeing what I have done to help William, as I say to them, I now see it that he has saved me rather than me helping him”
 
We all wish Gareth the best of luck – so be sure to give him a shout and a wave if you see him on the course!

Just Racing are on the move!

Friday, 29 January, 2016 - 09:29

Just Racing UK is on the move this weekend to our new facility in Crick. Whilst our address will change, our phone number will remain the same. Unfortunately we will be without a phone line on Friday 29th January and for the beginning of the following week until our engineers work their magic, so if you need us, please contact us by email info@justracinguk.com

Just Racing Events (UK) Ltd
Eldon Close
Crick Industrial Estate
Northampton
NN6 7UD

Telephone: 01933 353216

Weymouth Half Marathon

Weymouth Half Marathon - 13.1 reasons to run....

Tuesday, 20 October, 2015 - 12:28

...one of the UK's most spectacular and stunning half marathon courses....

Reason 1: The Start.....

Starting at Weymouth's famous Victorian clocktower, runners are immersed in the history of Weymouth as the imposing Georgian seaside frontage is an overpowering image as you stand on the startline.

Click to enter now!

 

A second chance to read this Inspirational Story

Monday, 12 October, 2015 - 14:58

Introducing Richard Evans

Richard is no stranger to a challenge and, as he states himself, is like a moth to a flame when it comes to competing in physical challenges. Richard is a keen everyday utility cyclist and believes it is the most intelligent and fun form of transport man has invented. His passion for the sport led him to become involved in the London Cycling Campaign where he met many like-minded cycling enthusiasts, many of which had ridden the legendary 1,200km Paris-Brest-Paris route. Not one to let a challenge pass him by, Richard soon signed himself up! This event only takes place every four years and next month Richard will be taking part for the fourth time.

In April 2014, Richard embarked on one of his biggest challenges yet- a 30,000km ride world tour on a recumbent bike. His blog, ‘Laid Back Around The World’ is a fascinating tale of his 180 day journey across the deserts, plains and mountains of the globe. This solo effort saw Richard pass through South East Asia, Australia, Canada, USA and back through Europe to raise money for RoadPeace, a national charity providing support for road crash victims. To read more about Richard’s adventures, check out his blog http://laidbackaroundtheworld.blogspot.co.uk/.  

His love of sport, challenge and physical endurance has led Richard to sign up to Challenge Weymouth 2015, his first Iron Distance triathlon. After completing the London Marathon Richard, half in jest, said to his mates that Iron distance triathlon would be next; a statement they wouldn’t let him forget! With his love of biking and a sub 3hr marathon under his belt, Richard knew he would be capable of completing two of the three disciplines. However, the swim section of the tri has been Richard’s biggest challenge. A self-proclaimed ‘non swimmer’ Richard see’s the swim as the hardest section of the triathlon. Not one to be defeated, he thrives on the challenge that a 3.9km sea swim has given him!

Training for Challenge Weymouth alongside Paris- Brest-Paris has meant Richard has had to adapt his normal cycling routine to include the swim and run disciplines. As a result, he tries to fit something in everyday, whether that’s cycling or running his 24km commute to work, swimming lessons on Friday evenings and a big run, ride or open water swim at the weekend- there is never a quiet moment for Richard!

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Weymouth Half Marathon Early Bird Entries

Monday, 12 October, 2015 - 14:54

ENTRIES NOW OPEN......Enter the Weymouth half marathon as an individual or a 2 leg relay (5 & 8 miles).

Early bird entries are now available until the end of October.  There are a limited number of places at this price so enter now.

Duston Kids Triathlon Open!

Monday, 12 October, 2015 - 14:45

General entries are now open for the Duston Kids Triathlon!

Duston Triathlon

Monday, 12 October, 2015 - 14:33

General entries are now open next week for the Duston Triathlon.  

Sportives General entries now open

Monday, 12 October, 2015 - 09:24

If you would like to cycle with us next year you will have two opportunities to sample the glorious Northamptonshire countryside.

Entries for both the Quattro and Squires and Spires are now open.  Just go to the events page to enter.

Weymouth Half Marathon - What to expect

Wednesday, 7 October, 2015 - 12:01

Do you like to have an idea as to what the course is like before you book a race?  If so, check out our video for the Weymouth Half Marathon.  Booked today whilst the Early Bird price is still available.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10153734437952578

 

Weymouth Half Marathon Early Bird Entries

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 - 09:42

ENTRIES NOW OPEN......Enter the Weymouth half marathon as an individual or a 2 leg relay (5 & 8 miles).

Early bird entries are now available until the end of October.  There are a limited number of places at this price so enter now.

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