Southampton Tri Club’s best new female athlete :-D

Tamsyn and Liz posing with their Tri Club trophies

It has been such a busy couple of weeks that I’ve struggled to find time to blog – apologies. I’m hoping that I’ll get back up to date soon 🙂

I thought I would share a quick post as this weekend has been particularly exciting. On Saturday, Rob and Stu agreed to pace me at parkrun. They’re doing heart-rate training, so my flat-out race pace is their current training pace. Rob’s really good as a pacer – he guided me around the course advising me to ease back in places and to push harder in others. Unfortunately, I think my tiredness and poor diet this week got the better of me. I also started far too quickly (hello 3:20/km!!!), which probably had an impact on my final result. I was disappointed that I finished in 25:30, which is still 16 seconds slower than my Southampton parkrun PB and 22 seconds slower than my 5k PB… but it was the third fastest time I’ve ever run, so I think that deserves a bit of celebration 🙂

On Saturday evening, we went to Southampton Tri Club Christmas dinner. Suzanne kindly agreed to drive the party wagon, with Katherine, Liz, Stuart and I as her passengers. We managed to get a table together along with Neil and his wife and coach Huw. After we’d had dinner, Darryl stood up to present the awards. The first awards were for the best new athlete (male and female). My friend James won the male award, but he wasn’t able to be the event. I was completely blown away when Darryl awarded me the women’s trophy. It was such a massive surprise and a really lovely way for me to end my first full season.

Best New Athlete trophy
Best New Athlete trophy

I managed to get through my seconds in the limelight without going into a rambling Oscars acceptance speech style monologue… I saved that delight for you! Thank you to:

  • The coaches at Southampton Tri Club – particularly Huw (running and swimming), Peter (swimming) and Steve (cycling).

I also need to thank a few people from outside Southampton Tri Club who’ve helped to get me this far this year:

  • Coach Ant from Run Camp
  • Friends, fellow Run Leaders and Coaches at Lordshill Road Runners
  • Coaches from Embrace Sports
  • The inspirational women who make up Team SOAS
  • Coaches from SUTri

and last, but by no means least, Stuart.

The next award was Tim Wilks trophy for ‘the spirit of triathlon’. As soon as Steve started describing the winner as always having a smile on their face, we had an inkling of who it might be… this feeling intensified when he discussed the athlete’s highly unorthodox nutrition strategy. The award was presented to my lovely friend, Liz, who described the half marathon at Weymouth Half Ironman as ‘9 2.5k jogs to each buffet’ or ‘a walking picnic’.

Celebrating with Liz
Celebrating with Liz

What a fantastic evening 😀

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13 Responses

  1. Fantastic well done! I have seen you a few times at races and marshalling at parkrun. you have done amazing.

    • Thank you. Now I have to work on my parkrun goals:
      – <25:14 (Southampton PB)
      – <25:08 (5k PB set at Eastleigh parkrun in April 2012)
      – <25:00 (running 5k in 24:59 would make me so happy!)

  2. Congratulations, that fantastic! I wish my club did awards like that, but we are still quite new & I guess don’t have the budget for it yet.

    • It’s a shame your club doesn’t have awards. If there’s no budget, perhaps they could just present certificates, after all, it’s the concept that’s important, not the size of the trophy 🙂

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