This weekend a number of Animis atheltes were racing in the chilly and windy conditions.
Michelle Porter took part in the Dorney Lake Christmas Half Marathon, near Windsor. Michelle was filled with nerves and doubts. However she was heading to a venue which means a lot to her. This was the same venue where she did her longest triathlon to date.
Michelle arrived at Dorney lake to be greeted by wind speeds of 30mph and it was chilly. The first mile was the worst mile Michelle had ever tried to run, she could barley walk let alone run into the headwind. Michele completed lap one round the lake and was thinking how the heck is she going to do this! Michelle got half way round lap two and found her groove a little. Lap three however she went backwards again, but was determined to not be last so did little walking and running. End of lap three, Michelle saw her partner and twins. Ollie and Freya ran with her for a short distance. However all was not well with Michelle at the end of lap three, who had pain in her left calf and just wanted to quit.
Then half way round a car pulled up next to Michelle to see if she was ok or if she wanted to quit and get lift back to boat house. Michelle's reply was “ I am determined to finish this for myself and my family and my coach Jacqui, who have believed in me and supported me”. Michelle turned the corner at the top of the lake, with only had two miles left. The wind was just horrendous, it was headwinds all the way to the top of the lake and then cross winds on way back! When Michelle saw Steve, Ollie and Freya who had come to run with her for the final push, she had never been so glad to see them or run with them. When Michelle walked over the famous bridge with the Olympic Rings on, she found a little energy to race her children and partner to the finish. Michelle achieved her ambition of getting her bling and pushed some of the self doubt away. Well done Michelle, great perseverance!
Coaches Ollie and Jacqui, together with Fran Marritt, Angela Thompson and Jess Boulton found themselves dressing up as Santa in baggy red trousers, scratchy white beards and flapping red coats, hurtling themselves round the Cleethorpes Santa Stride in both the day and night events. This is always a fantastic event, full of families and members of the community getting into the Christmas spirit, raising money for good causes and having fun.