Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Summer Round Up and Gallery

Hello again, 

I think that the phrase ~Blink and you'll miss it~ is suitable for this Summer holiday. I cannot believe how fast it has flown by! Now as the Summer activities are nearly over and I have time to blink I thought that I would write a blog post to bring you all up to date with what I have been up to.

Competitions that I have competed in over the Summer:

29th July~Welsh 3000m Track Championships/Cardiff  (1st) 
I was the only athlete in my age group in this race so I was guaranteed the Gold medal but I had a good race with the senior women and finished in 2nd place overall and was just outside my personal best which I set a week earlier.

1st August~Welsh 5km Road Championships/Bryn Bach Parc (1st)
I was looking forward to running this race as I thought that I would be able to run a fast time.  However the wet and windy weather meant that this was not possible but I ran a strong sensibly paced race to overtake the leader in the last 2km and come way with the overall women's win. (Race report here)

15th August~Welsh 800m Championships/Newport (3rd)
This was my first and last 800m race of the 2015 track season and I perhaps expected a bit too much of myself. It was definitely a shock to the system after mainly training for mountain running this Summer. However now that I look back on this race I'm glad that I was quite close to my PB and picked up a bronze medal in a race that I wasn't really training for. The important race was a week later......

22nd August~British Athletics Trial for the World Mountain Running Championships/Betws y Coed (1st)
After winning this race I have now been selected to run as part of a really strong British team at the World Mountain Running Championships held in Betws y Coed on September 19th.  I'm very excited to compete at this event especially as it is a home World Championships and can't wait to see what September brings! (British Athletics report here)

My Summer in pictures:

Selfie with my brother Luke before the Welsh
3000m champs in Cardiff
Homemade yummy bagels 

A fresh pair of Norman Walsh PB Elites after being brought to life
on a hilly run around the hills of Mid Wales
My first and only 1500m of the track season before the Summer
Holidays began
Piano Practice
Sunset @ 9pm on 30/07/15
Toby had that Friday feeling!
A  false start at the start of a 5km
road race at the Welsh Athletics Championships!
Winning the Welsh 5km Road Championships in very wet
and windy Bryn Bach Parc
Amazing views from the summit of Pen y Fan
A bit windy at the summit of Pen y Fan with Dad
Two pairs of Norman Walsh Trainers
at the summit of Pen y Fan...
....and my favourite pair of Norman Walsh
at Swansea Bay
Speed session on that well know
athletics track in Llanyre village
Post run cool off at the Welsh Coast with Luke
Fish and Chips at the seaside
The best sunset of the Summer 
I discovered Heidi Chocolate 
Toby's sunbathing spot was taken over by my Norman
Walsh Fells shoes
800m pain faces
Forest Reflections 
At the GB trial for the World Mountain
Running Championships

And finally...

That's the round up of my 2015 Summer. Looking forward to the next adventure ahead!
~There is no certainty; there is only adventure~ Robert Assagioli
Until next time,

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