1. #BowoodDuathlon

    October 7, 2016 by Toby Levy

    As we set up I love hearing how year on year general visitors to Bowood take more of an interest in the events and some have even competed before. Multisport is definitely on the up!After using up all the rain on Saturday we made sure we had booked the sun, and what a day it was.

    As I always say it’s great to end the season in style, and as ever, Bowood delivers a fail safe Duathlon for that season finish. I sometimes wonder if Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown intended for the landscape to one day become home to these events.

    What an office we have!

    With the Sprint, Super Sprint and ever popular Tri-Stars, the grounds were full of activity as final preparations and warm-ups were being conducted, whilst entrants checked into what is probably the best looking transition in Multisport.

    The race was set to begin, all fears of rain banished from this army of almost 400 Duathletes, as one by one the waves took their places for their respective events.

    And then they were off, with the pounding of feet mixing in with that all too familiar beeping of GPS watches beginning their quest for that elusive PB.

    A run around this magnificent estate, looping towards the lake, the heart of our Bowood Triathlon which took place earlier this year, and competitors were kept relatively shaded by the majestic trees as they had a whistle stop tour, taking in the waterfall, (I’m happy to report no one took a dip) before making their way back up the undulating lawns to transition.

    Upon entering transition, helmets first please, they were ready for their bike leg, from 1 lap to 7 respective of events, they took advantage of what is still the only traffic free event in the South West, a fact we are as proud of as the grounds staff are of their lawns.

    Back in to transition for the final run, rack up tidily please; and on to the finishing stretch.

    Congratulations to Hugh Mackenzie and Naomi Eaton, our Male and Female sprint distance victor and victrix.

    To Jerry Rayner and Joanna Hudson in the Super Sprint Category.

    To Alex Parsons and Jessica Hudson in Tri-Stars 3.

    To Rufus Thomas and Olivia Earthy in Tri-Stars 2.

    And finally Jack Blackburn and Ellen Ruck in Tri-Stars 1.

    So thank you to the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne and your fantastic staff for your continued support. Thank you to our volunteers who helped it go ever so smoothly, and lastly, thank you, our competitors, without whom we would just be a collection of people in a field with high-vis, a lot of signs and bike racks.

    Now with the season at a close, it’s time to dust off those turbo trainers, break out the thermals and head torches, become reacquainted with our gym memberships, and plan for next season.

    Toby Levy

    Social Media and Blogger Representative

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  2. #WiltshireScramble

    March 7, 2016 by Luke Shipway

    A frosty start to the morning saw a chilly arrival of competitors to the opening event of 2016 hosted by Events Logic South West at The Wiltshire Scramble. Previous years at this venue have been friendly to the runners, however a late spell of rain and snow in the days leading up to the event saw a challenging quagmire ahead of them.

    Wilts Scramble 4

    Watch the event here The Wiltshire Scramble

    A true cross country running event held on undulating private land making the perfect venue for a running event. This race is part of the Wiltshire Off Road Race League. The course provides challenging terrain through a mixture of marshland, woodland and trails. You will experience some fantastic Wiltshire scenery on the course.

    For event photos please visit Charles Whitton Photography here.

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  3. #MotivationMonday – Reverse The Calories

    December 28, 2015 by Luke Shipway

    Christmas Day – Did you make it out for a gentle walk on the big day?

    On average, each of us consumes 7,000 calories on Christmas day alone*

    • 2,265 of those calories are consumed before the roast lunch come from alcohol and snacking on nuts, chocolate and mince pies
    • A plate of turkey with all the trimmings adds up to 1,450 calories
    • Christmas pudding with custard and brandy butter is 1,174 calories
    • The average Brit will gain 6lbs between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day

    *Extract taken from The Daily Mail – read here.

    No doubt you will be feeling defeated by an enormous feast:

    xmas

    Most of you will be out for a gentle stroll in the countryside to waive off the discomfort, however at a leisurely 2.0mph it will take 46 hours to burn off Christmas day alone. Since this is vastly unrealistic, other methods of movement may be required.

    No doubt the over indulgence of your long awaited well earned rest, recovery and relaxation, however consider a couple of 60 minute sessions taking part in some more vigorous training;

    • Swimming – 514 calories
    • Cycling – 360 calories
    • Running – 600 calories
    • Circuit Training – 480 calories

    Your continued exertion and movement patterns over the resting period will also aid your normal routine when you decide you are ready to get back to it in the new year.

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  4. #MotivationMonday – Festive Events

    December 7, 2015 by Luke Shipway

    December is the time of the year where events take more of a turn towards the element of fun, participation and enjoyment rather than the gruelling, competitive achievement.

    A large number of organisers now are tapping into the charity market with Santa themes events – which is absolutely fantastic – you can wait to see Events Logic South West to be hosting a brand new festive themed event for 2016 too.

    These are great, because you see not only the avid athletes and your participators, but these are the prime events where you get the participants who would never usually brave an event… you get to hide in a Santa suit, and also walk/run/jog at a casual pace with no pressure of having to complete the event in a time.

    Swindon Santa Run

    Swindon Santa Run

    The main reason for all these festive events other than the fun element, is the amount of money in which they raise for charities. This is another reason to get people out and about from their usual routine as they are able to provide an invaluable source of income to the charitable organisations.

    From all of us at Events Logic South West, we wish you all a very merry Christmas.

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  5. #MotivationMonday – season planning

    November 16, 2015 by Luke Shipway

    Whist many people are already planning their season, there will be at least twice as many who haven’t even considered their 2016 race season.

    Ask yourself the question, why not?

    Preparation is key to a successful training regime. You must set yourself a goal which is achievable for you to enjoy and conquer your training schedule.

    Planning is everything. Someone once said;

    “He (or she) who fails to plan, plans to fail”.

    You need your long term target to help you break down much smaller, achievable goals. Especially over the winter period. These continual goal achievements make it much more motivational to keep your training on track.

    Say your goal is to take part in a half marathon in early April – you can’t just rock up and run.

    Part of your planning for this event is to set yourself a mid way goal, perhaps to undertake a 10km in January or February time.

    Now you have your goal, work backwards – you need 8-10 weeks to prepare your body for the longer distance endurance training for your half marathon. Your 10km race should be around 9-11 weeks before he half marathon, this will allow you to have a week of recovery before starting your training cycle again.

    Take into account the Christmas period, let’s be honest, who trains like a trooper over Christmas with all the indulgent food around. Plan for this to be an easy couple of weeks with a couple of tough ones leading up to it.

    Work out your start date for training, and you can tick over before that. If you don’t feel like you have enough time, don’t cram everything in to a short space of time, adjust the regime so you can adequately prepare – both physically and psychologically.

    Our half marathon of the year is set in April – which will be our 5th running of Devizes Half Marathon.

    Get planning…

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  6. #MotivationMonday – Strava Segments

    September 7, 2015 by Luke Shipway

    Coming to our event over this weekend is our trial for the new ‘Strava Segment Race’ within the race.

    Each competitor will have the opportunity to upload their race using a GPS registering watch or gadget to the Strava Leaderboard.

    The segment will be made available on Friday evening and will be closed on the following Friday to allow time to upload. For this race we will not be marking the segment on the course, as this will be used as a dummy run to see how it works within a race.

    The segment will be available to any person with a Strava account, however to qualify the win, you will be required to have taken part in the Event organised by Events Logic UK and the segment must have been completed during the race time only.

    The future development of these segments will be created from your feedback as the competitor.

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  7. #MotivationMonday – Trainer Care

    August 31, 2015 by Luke Shipway

    Looking after your specialised training footwear is a bit of a masterful art. Taking care and following the correct method of washing and drying will enhance not only the life of the footwear, but also the quality of them.

    Many people often think, they find a pair of trainers that are perfect so you buy two pairs of trainers and keep on in the cupboard for a year or so. This is often a bad choice, as the glues and adhesive substances which hold the materials together break down over a period of 18 months and start to degrade the training shoe.

    Another fatal decision is when you train in the rain and want your pumps ready for your next run, taking a shortcut by putting them on the radiator, in the airing cupboard, or in the tumble drier – you may as well put them in the refuse. The high temperature will deteriorate the adhesive chemicals and prevent the bonding in the future use. Not only this but the suade/leather elements will dry and crack causing inflexibility and cracking in the materials. The foam base and support in the trainers are also broken down, and loose their memory recal during training so your cushioning is not as efficient.

    Loosely pack with newspaper.

    Loosely pack with newspaper.

    The correct care for your trainers;

    • use a damp sponge to wipe clean any debris from the outer side of the trainers
    • gently bump and brush any excess dirt from the soles of the shoe to keep this from drying out
    • if you have been soaked and need to dry them out, scrunch some newspaper and loosely pack the inside of the shoes to hold the shape
    • replace the paper after the first ten minutes to take the majority of the moisture
    • place in an ambient and ventilated area out of direct sunlight, this will assist with moisture wicking and also dry slowly
    • after 6-8 hours, remove all the paper and allow to dry naturally

    Rotating with a second pair of footwear, will help you take the time to care for your running training, and also prevent overuse of the same striking action and positioning. A different pair of shoes will also help to adjust your stride slightly to target supporting muscles.

    Give it ago, the forecast is damp over the next few days – take your time.

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  8. #MotivationMonday – Battle of the bands

    August 24, 2015 by Luke Shipway

    Yesterday was the eleventh running of the ‘Foxtrot 5’ and the organiser certainly wasn’t blessed with the weather.

    Battle of the bands on this occasion, refers to the banded club vests – Calne RC in their purple with white banded vests and AVR in their yellow with green bands.

    As a local club runner for Calne Running Club, our top runners are very rarely on show together due to leading busy schedules and other commitments. By chance I arrived as one of those day entries after binning off a planned ride and already knew that our club captain would be there. Shortly after a third member had also arrived and it didn’t even cross our mind at this point.

    All summer, we have been challenging rival club, Avon Valley Runners, the most dominating club in the county with around 250 members. It has been a tough battle since their pool of runners to pull from is over five times the size of ours, however, on finishing the race, it suddenly crossed our mind, did we beat them.

    Standings of the top 3 mens clubs; full results here;
    Calne Running Club (13 points) – Simon Nott (1st), Bart Thomas (3rd), Luke Shipway (9th).
    Avon Valley Runners (17 points) – Michael Towler (2nd), Dominic Beddis (7th), Justin Peters (8th).
    Team Bath AC (19 points) – Thomas Davies (4th), Mike Dooley (5th), Steve Hale (10th).

    As you can see, an average accumulation of scoring, not just the best, not just the average will win you the race. Our race captain described in gest – the army of lemons was finally defeated by a few blueberries.

    For all those involved with the event, this was really well run, considering the rain was lashing down.

    To find out more about the clubs, follow the links below.
    Calne Running Club – click here.
    Avon Valley Runners – click here.

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  9. #MotivationMonday – Swimming for fundraising

    August 17, 2015 by Luke Shipway

    Sundays 10km swim held in the Cotswolds attracted  a vast range of abilities in athletes. Some which were considered nearly a fish, some which trawled through to the finish line.

    Inspiration for our #MotivationMonday came from two participants in the names of Matthew Smith and Lucy Gardner. The couple from Liverpool were raising money for Mencap – A Local Liverpool Learning Disability Charity.

    Matt and Lucy drove to the event the day before to set up camp in preparation for their marathon swim, having never embarked on this distance before. I spoke with the the evening before the race and they were sounding ready, but a little anxious. As you can imagine from anyone taking on this distance for the first time.

    Needless to say, that the pair completed their swim and were overwhelmed by the encouragement and support from their friends, family and supported throughout their journey to the swim.

    Matt & Lucy complete a marathon swim for Mencap

    Matt & Lucy complete a marathon swim for Mencap

    After the race Matt tweeted his achievement;
    @81MattSmith: Finished @EventsLogicUK 10km swim in last. @lucycgardner 2nd last. Who cares? £1,711.25 raised for @mencapliverpool

    For a full set of the results and a breakdown of their 1km splits, visit the results page here.

    If you wish to take on the marathon swim, this event is expected to return in August 2016.

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  10. #MotivationMonday – The London Triathlon

    August 10, 2015 by Luke Shipway

    Over this weekend the Events Logic UK team were on tour at the worlds biggest triathlon, where 13,000 beginners and some of the best athletes in the world descent into England’s capital to take on The London Triathlon.

    The event is one of the most complex in terms of logistics since it closes a variety of roads in the centre of London for the closed course bike circuit. This is a big bonus for beginners and experienced athletes alike as they can really feel safe when cycling out on the roads when they don’t have to worry about the traffic. Not only this but they can really focus on the race itself and promote the mind to get fully into the zone.

    The swim, is one of the biggest you see in the country over a shorter distance, with around 300 swimmers per wave plunging into the murky depths of The Royal Victoria Docks for a 1500m splash. When leaving the swim, the encouragement to remove your wetsuit as soon as possible is great, as they must be off and bagged before entering the flight of steps and into the Excel centre.

    Out on the run course, probably one of my favourites, 4 laps and flat. Fairly technical with a few tight twists and turns but it keeps you on your toes. The red carpet arena and raised platform puts you directly in the spotlight when you cross that finish line on the final leg of the run.

    Our Bowood House Triathlon and Duathlon events are our only events where we hold these on a fully closed circuit loop. This is very different to London, however a similar experience.

    For all those who completed The London Triathlon, great job you did, and well done. #LondonTri

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