Monthly Archives: June 2017

Two Castles 2017

As always Warwick castle looked spectacular with the rhododendrons in full bloom and the peacocks displaying their magnificent tails. However, the peacocks were upstaged by the myriad colours of the running outfits on show. The new Regency Runners kit stood out well, the vest top, t-shirt and high vis clearly supporting our new logo, making it relatively easy to gather as a team before the start.

I thought the weather was a good temperature as I was waiting to run. Not really cold but a little chilly, this turned out to be too hot. One of the highlights was being squirted with water by the children with water pistols, through the housing estate. I also stopped at both water stations to have a quick drink and poured the rest over my head. It was lovely to see RR runners throughout the course and say hello as we passed each other. The spectators were as encouraging as ever and we seemed to have an RR team spread over the whole course.

My thoughts for next year … we need a clear meeting place at the end to gather, preferably with something cold to drink.

June 2017

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Maggie’s Triathlon Triumph

Maggie finishing the Leeds Triathlon - the smile says it all!
Maggie finishing the Leeds Triathlon – the smile says it all!

It’s been a tough year. The 2017 Leeds Triathlon has been my goal – something that I absolutely had to do, no matter what physical state I happened to be in when the day arrived. Not taking part, and not finishing was not an option.

Some of you know I was hit by a drunk driver last June – bringing me down from the high I was still on after the 2016 Leeds Triathlon. I was a bit bashed up, to say the least, but it was the taking away of my joy that really got to me, so I knew I had to go back again this year to put things right.

The injuries were worse than was first thought, so walking is now a “different” way of walking (hopefully only temporary). I wanted to be able to run the run part of the Tri – I’m still working on it – but had to settle for walking it this year. I’m absolutely fine with that. This year was a celebration of what I can do, not a mourning of what I can’t do.

The joy that I felt robbed of last June came back in bucket loads on Sunday – from my own achievement and from the heaps of support from Regency Runners. You lovely ladies said such wonderful things – I cried at every single message, and I’ve been tearful on and off all day today! I just wanted you to know how much your support meant – Sunday’s Two Castles runners had that support too, and I know they will have appreciated every single cheer along the route.

Regency Runners are so totally “totally” awesome!

Maggie Hall
June 2017