Coaching News: July 2021
Races are making their way back into our diaries as we slowly slowly creep towards normal life (can anyone actually remember what normal life is any more?), and some of the athletes that we work with have been keen to get in on the action. These guys have been chomping at the bit to get back to the competitive running scene, and they’ve all done it in style!
Dave – Three Peaks Yacht Race
This event is a unique mix of sailing and running, with a bit of cycling scattered in just to keep you on your toes. It starts at Barmouth in Wales, and the team of sailors and runners make their way up the coast, pausing to run up the three highest peaks in the British Isles along the way. This year Dave was paired up with Stuart Walker, a 3PYR veteran, and the yacht crew captained by Stuart’s father in law, Paul. The sailing went, as far as us runners can understand, pretty smoothly, and the running was going well for Stu and Dave. They had the fastest run time on all three legs (Snowdon, Sca Fell and Ben Nevis), and were only pipped to the post due to a disastrous number of punctures during the cycle section (which counts into the run) from Sca Fell.
Photo from 3PYR event photography.
Katie – Grizedale Trail 26
After minimal events in 2020, Katie has been really looking forward to the return of organised races again. She recently ran Grizedale Trail 26 as part of her training for taking on ultra distances in the Lakes.
Katie has been a regular face at Dig Deep over the years, and has taken on various ultra races including the Dig Deep Trail Ultra 60 in 2020.
Katie says: “On 24th July I’m going to have a crack at Lakeland 50 which I’m both excited and apprehensive about. Training has gone really well so far and I feel well prepared for the distance thanks to the support from Jon. Wish me luck!”
Robin – Outlaw Half Nottingham 2021
Robin is aiming for a full Ironman distance triathlon in the autumn, so the half distance at Outlaw Nottingham was perfectly timed to be a combination of ‘get back into racing/see where I’m at/dress rehearsal’ for that. As a strong swimmer and experienced runner, lockdown has provided Robin with the opportunity to really work on his cycling, the triathlon discipline newest to him. The work he has put in across the board was clearly paying off on race day, as he smashed the swim, stormed through the ride with massively improved power, endurance and cadence compared to his last triathlon, and finished it all off neatly with a half marathon PB! Plus he finished happy, confident and ready for the next one!
Photo from Outlaw Triathlon event photography.