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Team Accelerate Blog, A Flamingos Round up

Team Accelerate Blog. Flamingos Round up

Well, well. Lots has happened since our last team blog. We have new faces to introduce, and our old and new members have all been very busy.

Let’s begin with Matt’s super performance at the Windermere marathon. The marathon can be a tricky distance, even with specific training. But even hard with ultra marathon training in your legs. However, team member Matt didn’t let this slow him down absolutely smashed the Windermere marathon, running a 20-minute PB in a time of 2hrs 53 minutes for a superb 9th place finish. A few months later Matt found himself in the Lake District once again, this time competing in the Keswick Mountain Festival 25k trail race. Matt has been training hard over the past 12 months, following sound principles, joining the rest of the team for sessions when he can; and the hard work is definitely paying off, keep it up Matt!

Next, we have the second half of the dynamic duo, Chris. Thanks to a late entry into the Alderley Edge 10k, Chris managed a 34:05 10k to finish 26th overall and 3rd V40. A quality run after a “steady start” and horrid conditions. Chris has been juggling parenting and running over the last year making the most of his training, running with the team when he can, and supporting Matt throughout his Ultra-running journey.

Following on, we have the next old’un, Harvey. Over the past couple of months, Harvey has been race mad; running two 5ks at Loxely Lash after a period of little niggles, marking his return to form. Two weeks later he was back with a bang, completing Jane Tomlinson’s Leeds 10k. His sensational time of 32:54 placed him 3rd and was a PB by nearly 2 minutes. This was a credit to all his hard work, and we are all very proud of him.

Next up we have new member Summer who ran in the Derbyshire schools championship. An awesome race by summer placed her 1st in the race, crowning her the new Derbyshire schools champion, a great achievement. Summer has come on leaps and bounds since joining the team and we look forward to seeing her progress this winter.

The other newest member Hugh has also been busy, racing in the English fell running championships. This compiled of four races over 5 months, with Hugh progressively getting higher up throughout the races. During the series, Hugh and fellow flamingo Izzy-Mai picked up Yorkshire vest and represented the best county on the fells. What an achievement for them both! The final round of the FRA Juniors race took place at Ilam. Hugh ran his best race in the championships here, finishing 4t. Nothing like saving the best to last. All that hard work is paying off, nice one Hugh.

Last but not least we have the youngest flamingo on the team, Izzy-Mai. Over lockdown and 2021 Izzy-Mai has been working hard and this is certainly paying dividends during her racing over the summer. The superstar has placed 1st, 3rd and 4th in three of her races this season, finally placing joint 2nd overall in the under 15 girls category even though she is currently only 12. What an achievement! All the fun and hard work from the athletes and coaches seem to be paying off, with Team Accelerate’s reputation growing by the races. This is down to the generosity of the Teams coaches, Stuart and Julie, who give up their precious time and put on a smiley face even when the weather isn’t playing ball. So, from all the athletes, a massive thanks to them and we look forward to some more flamingo-based fun in the near future.

If you want to keep up with the team follow along @teamacceleraterunning on Instagram and Facebook

Autumn Running

Accelerate Performance Centre’s Kate Southall shares her top tips for running as the seasons start to change.

We’ve all noticed the days getting shorter since the equinox. Today sunrise was at 0750 and sunset will be at 1751. Be sure to stay visible, wear your head torch and follow the Highway Code if you’re running around traffic.

There’s always a temptation to stay in shorts and vest as long as possible but make sure you have your windproof at least. There are specific dangers that lurk in the cold dark mornings and evenings that mean you’re more likely to be injured.

1/ leaves and sticks on pavements and paths

2/ uneven road or pavement surfaces- grates included

3/ drivers not reacting in time

4/ hypothermia

5/ muscle pulls running cold muscles

Warm up, wear enough, keep your phone charged, wear your lights and high vis, make sure someone knows where you’re going. Enable strava beacon, Garmin emergency, or other brand of safety tracking. Get straight into warm dry clothes when you’re done. Hydrate and fuel well. Spend time a varied strength and conditioning plan.

And if you do fall over a grate or a stick, come see me! I have experience treating all the joints in the body that we can get at from the temporomandibular joint in the jaw to the big toe and everything in between. If you’re unlucky enough to be hit in the arm by a wing mirror you slip and bang your shoulder I can help you with your rehab.

And if you just fancy a massage, I can help you with that too.

To book into see Kate or another one of APC’s great team follow the link here >>

Stay safe and happy running.


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