Skip to main content

It's a wrap - 2017 Events Complete

It's been an amazing year, which at times seemed like all finish lines were out of sight, but I am really happy to say that last week I completed my last race of the year, Birmingham Half Marathon.

Which means that I have also rounded up my fundraising and managed to just tip the edge over my target of £1000 for Mind, the mental health charity. I'm so grateful for all the sponsorship from everyone, as well as the good vibes and support from friends, all RDC and CLC communities, Vicky Stapleton-Wale for mileage advice - and also my family. 

Mum, Poppy and Dad came along to wave me into the finish in Birmingham, which generated this 'smile', before I cried my eyes out on the finish line. With true Brummie love, the marshals ushered me into the arms of another runner, dressed as Wonder Woman, who turned the tears straight back into giggles. It was a major personal challenge to complete this one, and I'm pleased I did the thing.

This last race was just 13 weeks after my accident, and though I completed it, I've realised I am not fit enough to race any more this year. The first 10 miles were great, but the final 3 miles were scattered by dizzy spells. Between that and regular headaches most days, the physical effects of the head injuries will take a while longer to recover from. Whilst I am still working my way through a few things, I am back in regular therapy and working on the bits of my head which evidently take a little longer to fix, than my shoulder has.

I'm really proud of all that has been accomplished this year and extend a massive thank you to everyone who has been a part of it.. My daughter Poppy especially but there's been a core group of close friends whose regular catch ups have helped me recover pretty quickly.

Time to chill now though and hatch plans for next year - the event diary already has a couple of bookings taking shape, plus a few family members are looking to join me too.. Exciting times xx

Additional Posts You May Enjoy

Adventures in Girona: Winter Training Camp

It's taken a while to come down from the buzz of this camp, to try to put into words the boost which the experience has given me. To be fair, its probably gonna take a while longer for it all to sink in still, but I'll try to give you a slice of how it went, to tide you over until I have got my head back into gear and worked my way through all the footage.

In January, I was totally lucked out, to be given the opportunity to join the Adventure Syndicate ladies, in Spain for a week long Winter Training Camp, with Lee Craigie, Emily Chappell and coach John Hampshire, within the grounds of Girona Cycling. As well as being led by this incredible team, the group of ladies participating alongside me, were a force to be reckoned with.

Do you ever sign up for something, with anticipation that its going to be pretty cool, only to find that you have by some strange fate, found yourself in the middle of a complete game changer? This was my initial thought on day one and over the course o…

Calling All Ploggers

We're all finding ourselves surrounded by more and more brands and channels making us aware of the rising plastic pollution problems. Most of us have been trying to recycle for years, but there is still too much plastic ending up in landfill, or worse across our landscapes and in our seas. Our European cousins in Sweden are ahead of the game as usual with their efforts to clean up and have been combining their love of the outdoors, exercise and being generally good humans and cleaning up after each other.. Behold a new phenomenon - Plogging! Erik Ahlström started the Plogging movement, which is a combination of litter picking and jogging, when he moved to Stockholm from the Åre ski resort. He created the website Plogga to help organise events in 2016 and it has been growing internationally since. The Mindful Movement Club recently had a beach walk and clean up session at the beginning of summer near Shoeburyness, but interest in this proactive way to get exercise and clean our enviro…

Backpackers Keep It Up - 365 days and counting

Founded on 16th February 2017, the BackPackers are a running crew like no other. Led by Community Captain Leeanne Adu and Vice Captain Megan Beggs, alongside regular coaches Nav and Chevy from Chasing Lights Collective, the crew has grown in numbers and strength for the past 365 days.
Celebrating its 1st Birthday this evening, there are instantly recognisable reasons for its success. This is a family of nurturing individuals, not hardcore running machines. They celebrate the efforts required to keep moving, regardless of the every day mental and physical challenges which often prevent runners from getting to the start line, let alone claiming their medals. 
With 3 pace groups - Walk / Jog, Jog or Joggier, they welcome all levels of runners - but they do not focus on Speed, Time or Distance. These are new and seasoned runners, beginners, happy joggers, runners returning from injury - the back of the pack - but do not let that fool you.
This crew meets every Thursday evening at 6.45pm,…