Top tips for Cold Water Swimming

Open water swimming is an exhilarating and enjoyable experience. Being in the water, especially colder water has great linkages to boosting mood and encouraging management of anxiety through controlled stress exposure. Each year thousands of people safely experience open water swimming, either as a total newbie or returning swimmer. However, open water offers different challenges to being in the pool- largely linked to deep, cold water and limited visibility. In winter and spring these challenges are exacerbated by the colder temperatures which put more stress on your body than swimming at other times in the year. Whilst numerically speaking the water temperatures that persist annually across the UK mean we still feel the chill even in summer- in winter the temperatures both in and out of the water are much colder. Whether you’re a seasoned open water swimming (OWS), a novice or a complete newcomer here are some of my top tips to make your open water spring swim experience run smoothly. … More Top tips for Cold Water Swimming

We are WONDERWOMEN: Caroline’s Story

Dr Caroline Pule is a passionate runner, biomedical scientist and philanthropist from Cape Town, South Africa. When she is not enjoying running, outdoor adventures or working at the forefront of global health medical research, she is on a mission to empower and inspire women across sports and science. In her story, Dr Pule shares how she moved from athletics to longer distances, what running means to her and her top tips for enjoying an active and healthy life. … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Caroline’s Story

We are WONDERWOMEN: Siân’s Story

Running has been a constant in Siân’s life- it brings clarity, improves confidence and has provided some of her biggest achievements. Alongside this, running has guided her through the life-changing journey of gender reassignment, culminating in living fulltime as a woman from August 2019. Over the years the reasons Siân runs have changed from chasing PBs to enjoying the experience, and the beautiful trails of Devon on her door-step are definitely an incentive to get out and run. In her story Siân shares her relationship with running and how this has helped her process difficult decisions and navigate dark times. She shares her race hopes for 2021, and her top tips for getting into running. … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Siân’s Story

We are WONDERWOMEN: Holly’s Story

Holly is a seasoned marathoner and accomplished mountain runner who swapped pounding the pavements for time on the trails. Her achievements include 8th place at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi (2010), team Bronze at the Barcelona European Games (2010) and 12th Place and team Bronze World LC Mountain Championships in Poland (2013). It all began whilst watching the London Marathon with a beer and burger in hand. In her story Holly shares her top tips for getting into running and how it feels to stand on the podium at the European Games. … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Holly’s Story

We are WONDERWOMEN: Kerry’s Story

Kerry is an Irish Olympian making her Olympic debut in Rio 2016. She is now focussing her efforts towards the Tokyo Olympic Games. She has an extensive running CV clocking up various appearances during her 27 years of running including representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games, going to the World Championships in Beijing and 2 World Championship appearances in the Mountains. In her story Kerry talks about how discovering cross country at secondary school led her to the Olympics, what inspires her and what it feels like to step out onto the track at the Olympic games. … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Kerry’s Story

We are WONDERWOMEN: Shuhena’s Story

If you’re a fan of cycling you may have already come across Rapha Women’s Ambassador Shuhena. She is a wonderwoman spinning many plates as a lawyer, cyclist and advocate for Muslim women and people of colour in cycling. From learning to cycle as an adult to pedalling around Essex, then venturing further afield- including managing a whopping 170kms to Margate. Shuhena shares what gets her through a tough session, who inspires her and lobbying for hijab in virtual cycling. This is Shuhena’s story … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Shuhena’s Story

We Are WONDERWOMEN: Alice’s Story

Alice is a GB Age Group Athlete, accomplished triathlete, Mother and Liv Cycling Ambassador. She uses positive mantras to help herself through tough sessions and will herself to succeed. From finding swimming as a child to trying triathlon as an adult, hear Alice’s story and top tips for swimming, cycling, running and triathlon. Alice taught me how to cycle in London and brave the traffic, plus the ins and outs of changing a tyre, so read on as she shares some of her top tips
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We are WONDERWOMEN: Sarada’s Story

If you’re looking for some track Tuesday motivation then look no further than former track athlete and founder of DASH Sprint Club, Sarada Ochen. Sarada juggles training, motherhood, general life and running a business all with bounds of energy and enthusiasm. I first met Sarada at a DASH sprinting workshop and ahead of Manchester Marathon she kindly took me under her wing and taught me that speed work, and particularly sprinting doesn’t have to be scary. She has a natural ability to enthuse those around her and give them the belief that they CAN sprint. There are so many things that Sarada has taught me that stick with me every time I run. … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Sarada’s Story

We are WONDERWOMEN: Hadeel’s Story

Welcome to WE ARE WONDERWOMEN, a series of short stories from inspirational women who swim, run and cycle amongst us. Ahead of International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March 2021, I’ll be celebrating the achievements, talking about the challenges and sharing tips from a variety of women across our sporting community.

Today I am sharing Hadeel’s story about life with Cerebral Palsy, and how running has helped her find her identity after a difficult divorce, and navigate depression and anxiety. … More We are WONDERWOMEN: Hadeel’s Story

The Virtual London Marathon

On the 4th October 2020 over 37,000 runners took part in the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon- running the iconic 26.2miles anytime within a 24 hour period, anywhere in the world. You could run this in one go or break it down into smaller amounts. This was a chance to run the London Marathon YOUR WAY and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the race. Find out how I got on and how you can get involved with the 2021 edition. … More The Virtual London Marathon