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.
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.
Leamington Spa Park Run on 27th February 2016 was no different from any other – it’s still muddy, that hill is just as tough and the winter sun is still struggling to show its face – but what was different were the volunteers as this week saw the run taken over by our lovely ladies. We certainly got stuck into our various roles from leading the warm up to number checking, shouting encouragement while marshalling, tail running with a smile, barcode scanning as well as funnel management. Tina and Nicki, who were tasked with this last role, were rather bemused that they had to be aware of ‘funnel duckers’ – try saying that after a few drinks!
The reason for the take over was to promote the forthcoming Sport Relief Mile which Regency Runners have been privileged in being tasked to organise. Taking place at St Nicholas Park in Warwick at 9am on Sunday 20th March, local residents are being encouraged to sign up and run either 1, 3 or 6 miles. Bring your families and come in fancy dress, if you wish. Register here: The Warwick Mile
GSR is a great event! Fantastic run of 10 flat miles around Southsea and Portsmouth. The location is brilliant for any spectators that are with you, not only for vantage points but for entertainment too. Yesterday we were blessed with some fantastic weather which made it all the better.
The run itself is busy, with 20,000 hitting the start line. It remained busy and, at times, even small bottlenecks but nothing major. However I did manage to find my pace quite early on and settle down. The first half felt really strong and I kept creeping up the field. At mile 8 I soon realised I’d been a bit ambitious and just really struggled to keep momentum, but there was great support amongst the runners and the finish was soon in sight.
This was my first run of distance for about three years and it was good distance to ease myself back into getting ready for some future half marathons. As always the prep is the hard bit and I don’t think I’d ever do it without the support of RR on runs as well as all the messages of support and well wishes.
One of our leading ladies, Tina James, is running the Edinburgh Marathon this weekend, together with Faith Gilks and Anna Cross. Now in its 13th year, this popular and ever-growing marathon festival takes place in Scotland’s capital city with the Edinburgh Castle as its stunning backdrop. Tina has been training hard over the past weeks, and inspiring all our members with her dedication. She is running to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and her Just Giving page is here if you’d like to sponsor her.
Faith and Anna, who have been training equally hard, are also raising money. These are their Just Giving pages Faith’s page Anna’s page
Good luck Tina, Faith and Anna – you’ll all be amazing!!