Madhatter SUP Fest ~ Polkerris Beach

Its getting closer… the Madhatter Stand Up Paddle fest at Polkerris beach will take place on June 16th.

Another new and different event for Madhatter sports in 2018 is our SUP Fest. This event will see participants take part in one or more events from individual to team races throughout the day. This is a great event for people of all paddle boarding abilities and there will also be kit demo’s, music and great food available.

The events include:
Sprint races of 200m will have a buoyed start and finish. This event will be run as heats in a repechage format, so you will have multiple races if successful.
Distance race of 5km
Technical race (beach start, number of buoyed turns, very short beach run to finish)
Team race 1km (4 people on a Mega SUP board)

A limited number of SUPs will be available to hire for the long distance events however we cannot provide hundreds, they will be distributed at the appropriate time for each event and you will not be able to select board size etc. Boards will be supplied for the sprint and technical events although you can use your own.

To enter go to


Weekend Round Up 12-13th May

What an amazing weekend of results we have had this weekend. A huge well done to all our supported athletes and teams!

Sheffield Giants: A great result this weekend in their 4th match of the season with a 39-0 win over the East Kilbride Pirates! Congratulations to Head Coach Tony Chesters and the rest of the team!

Cyane and Emily at Yorkshire SchoolsTeam Russell: Its been the Yorkshire Schools Championships over the weekend and it was a record breaker for the team. Emily Simpson has a fantastic weekend winning gold in the 800m and 1500m U20 girls events. Cyane Robinson also had a great weekend bringing home a Silver medal in the 800m and Bronze medal in the 1500m. Both Cyane and Emily also both have individual support from us too and this is great news (and the recovery drink helping between races, words from Cyane not me!).

There were also Gold Medals for Ella Kynoch in the U15 girls discuss and also Annie Naylor in the U17 girls 1500m. Josh Kynoch also took 2 bronze medals in the boys Shot and Discuss. Teoni Ojibah won a bronze in the girls 300m and Zak Ferguson also won bronze in the U13 boys 800m with a new personal best.

There were a lot of other fantastic results for all the boys and girls in the team with some great personal bests and goals met so well done to everyone within the team!

Cycling Sheffield: This weekend was the Lincoln GP and the virus that has gone through the team struck Charlie this week so he was unable to take part. Louis, Joe and Harry all managed to make good breaks but, as is often the way with cycling, they couldn’t make them stick with the peleton chasing them down each time, a sign of respect?

By the end all 3 had ridden hard and well but it wasn’t to be with Louis finishing a respectable 32nd and the others not too far behind.

RUn Gatwick HalfAdam Holland: after 3 races last weekend you would have thought a weekend off may be in order, but not for Adam! This weekend saw him take on the Gatwick Half Marathon. Without a specific aim he decided to follow around the one man aiming to do the course under 70 minutes (2 minutes under Adams PB) and see how long he could keep up. It turns out he could keep up for pretty much the whole course with a gap only opening up right at the end. Adam came 2nd with a PB of 69:09 which is really rather impressive!!

Geared Up Cycles: Congratulations to Curtis Maltby on a great 3rd place and podium at the University of Sheffield Road Race at Hadge Edge.

Sheffield Giants

LogoWe are very proud this year to be supporting the Sheffield Giants American Football team who play in the Premier Division North of the British American Football League. If you would like to help support them please use discount code GIANTS15 for 15% discount and to raise money (10% from all orders on his code) for the Giants.

Since inception in 2008 (as the Predators) the Club has generated a number of international-standard players at every level. Some have gone on to represent Team GB in both European and World Championships across Adult Contact, Flag, Student, Women and Youth levels.



As with almost all amateur sports clubs at this level the Giants are run by volunteers and it is their hard earned time and money that goes into supporting the players as much as possible, while the players also fund their travel and expenses. We are pleased to take some of that burden away by giving a discount to product that is needed but also to help give back with the 10% reward on all orders on their discount code.

The club is working hard with local schools, colleges and universities, introducing the sport of American Football to a wider community. The Club has particularly supported the growth of local women’s sport, providing coaching to the Hallam Women’s Flag team and helping them to achieve 3rd place in the National Championships in only their second year of existence.

Please keep up with their scores on their twitter and facebook feeds and we will also update as the season progresses too.

Good luck and GO GIANTS!


Results for 28th/29th April and 5th/6th May

Sorry about not getting the last weekend of April’s results out before now, it was a very busy week last week so I am going to try and run through things as much as I can with some links to the bigger/wider stories as we go through.

Cycling Sheffield: a slightly off colour and under the weather team went out on the weekend of 28th/29th April to the Klondike GP. After a puncture Louis finished a respectable 19th so not all too bad. For the full report see here

This weekend saw them head to the ThamesVelo road race and the Stamfordham GP I’ll tweet out the results once I have been sent them through

LogoSheffield Giants: Our newest addition to the Sweet Peaks family is the Sheffield Giants American Football Team (more in a separate block in the next few weeks). In their opening Premier League North fixture they came away with a win over East Kilbride Pirates but unfortunately fell to the Manchester Titans this weekend. We look forward to keeping everyone updated with their progress in the coming weeks.

Team Russell Athletics: after a return from Spain Team Russell has been in training again for the past couple of weeks but that training has included Park Runs and some team Records and personal bests tumbling!! Well dont to all those involved. There have been a few races dotted around and I’ll update you with “start of the track season revied” separately in the next few weeks.

Adam “Tango” Holland: what a weekend this was, and I will have to link quite a bit here as its been busy. Saturday was the Plym Trail Marathon which Adam won in a course record 2:39:29sec . Sunday he backed up with 1st Male in the UK in he Wings for life race running 51.93km in 3:41:50. Monday saw him run his 3rd marathon in 3 days and finish  23rd in 3:03:58 more info on all of the races can be found on his facebook page here. Huge well done and now have a sit down and relax!

Yiannis Christodolou: Yiannis is building up his training with the world championships on the horizon, but he has also been have some great races in preparation. This weekend Yiannis took on the Fleet Half Marathon and knocked 4 minutes off his PB to finish in 1:19:29 in a brilliant 22nd place. He has also written a fantastic blog detailing his competitions over the past month which can be read here.

The Redster: Red raced on the weekend of Apr 28th/29th picking up a fantastic 8th place in the Nat B Chitterne Road Race. He is really racking the points up this year and it is great to be involved. He is also posting some great videos on You Tube so please do keep an eye on his channel here.

Helen Russell: Helen has just finished her Charity Watt Bike classes for the WBA foundation and is in training for the start of her assault on the Quadrathlon world (after conquering Britain last year). In her first every Kayak only race last weekend she finished 2nd (1st Lady) and got promoted a division! Not a bad start!!

The Mohican Runner: Rich managed to get the first of his 18 races this year underway after an elongated off season. A very warm day at the North Lincs half was probably not exactly the way he wanted to start but a great time of 1:24:23 is a brilliant way to start the challenge. For more information on the challenge or donate please go here.

The Mad Hatter Series: The Mad Hatter series got underway this weekend too with the Swim SUP run event, a new take on the triathlon which seemed to go down very well on a lovely sunny day in Cornwall. Well done to all those involved and those taking part!! keep up to date on what is coming up in Cornwall here.

Mad Hatter Hokey Cokey SwimRun

The Hokey Cokey SwimRun is again on this season and is getting ever closer.

Its another brilliant event put on by the MadHatter Series which we are very proud to support.

The event will again start and finish in the lovely coastal harbour village of Charlestown. The long course will still be approximately 15km of running and 5km of sea swimming. We have retained the short course for those trying Swimrun for the first time. The short course will include around 7.5km of running and 2.5km of sea swimming.

You can enter and get more information on all their events here

If you are in or around Cornwall this summer it is worth looking to see if there is anything on when you are there.

Weekend 21st/22nd April

It was a slightly quieter weekend than normal for most of our supported athletes. Training in the hills of Snowdonia and on the track for our 2 multi eventers in the build up to the season getting fully underway in the next couple of weeks.

We did have some athletes and teams in action though and there were some great results out there, so here is a quick run through.

Adam Holland: After a stormy start to Sunday morning in Southampton Adam lined up on the start line of the Southampton Marathon knowing that a fast time wasn’t going to be easy. However, Adam managed to clock a time of 2:46:19 to finish in fantastic 3rd place!! Southampton Marathon

Team Russell Athletics: On a sunny and warm day in London there were 3 of the team Russell athletes on show at the prestigious Mini Marathon representing Yorkshire and Humberside. Annie finished 38th in her age group after battling illness in the last week, but is determined to be back next year, Zak finished in 25th place in his age group (he still has a year in the age group) while Cyanne finished in 24th in her age group. Huge congratulations for these fantastic finishes!

The South Yorkshire Track and Field League also saw some brilliant personal bests set for the junior athletes as well. Well done to all those involved!

Cycling Sheffield: It was a tough weekend for our cycling team. Taking part in the Rutland Cicle Classic which is a high profile UCI race with many top teams taking part. The team were well placed until the off-road sections started (the Rutland equivalent to the “Pave” of the cobbled classics) where a combination of mass punctures and congested roads meant support vehicle access was limited saw the riders drop away from the lead groups. Unfortunately they couldn’t rejoin but the full time got home safely which was part of the aim. As the DS said in his race debrief its all a learning curve and about building their race-craft in races against this level of competition and this will certainly have done that.

Weekly results update 7/8th & 14/15th April 2018

After being off last week I will try and cover the last 2 weeks in the one update. Apologies if I miss anything or anyone out.

Adam Holland: Its been a very busy couple of weeks for Adam. Firstly CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of Ottilie Emma Holland during the week!!Paris Marathon medal.jpg

But before that a great Paris Marathon result finishing in 2:35:04 sec which is a fantastic time but bearing in mind it was hot and he had got kicked in the Knee cap with 8 miles to go by one of the other runners, its even more impressive.

7 days later it was off to Brighton to run the marathon there where he finished 33rd!

Brilliant achievements!

Cycling Sheffield: The weekend of the 7-8th April saw the team at the Tour of the Mining Valleys in Wales where a solid 10th place was won by Kieren and then on to the Hanbury RR where Harry finished a “solid 4th

Last weekend was the big Chorley GP race with some big named teams involved. The team showed the rustiness caused by a few weeks of not great weather, some crashes and the team being relatively new together. A good solid race was had though and the team finished well in the second group on the road.

A solid couple of weekends as the team build their road craft and experience.

Red Walters: had a great result at the Archer Spring Classic Nat B Criterium with a 2nd place!!! Great season so far! Another great video too here

Basildon aquathlonYiannis Christodoulou: Yiannis got his season well and truly underway on the 8th with a brilliant 2nd place in the Basildon Aquathlon. A great start in preparation for the world champs in under 90 days!

Eden Morton: On a personal level the first match of the Cycling Speedway season was a great success with 4 wins from 5 races but unfortunately the win eluded the Sheffield team.

Helen Russell: A fantastic effort completing the WBA Foundation ride from Swansea to the Hawthorns raising some much needed funds for the foundation.

Team Russell Athletics: The Sheffield Festival was last weekend with some fantastic results and personal bests for loads of Jamie’s athletes. Including times that will rank highly in national standings come the end of the season, and its only just started!

So a great couple of weekends for all involved and again sorry to anyone I missed and for it being very much a whistle stop tour trying to get 2 weekends of action in!




Madhatters Alternative Triathlon

Its less than a month now to the first of the Madhatter series of events.

This is the second year (first full year) that we have been involved with the MadHatter Series which is a fantastic (and different) series of events in Cornwall. Not for the faint of heart (or scared of the sea) the series uses the stunning countryside to its best and shows off the best Cornwall has to offer.

Their first event takes place on 5th May and kicks off the series as it means to go on with something just a little bit different: An Alternative Triathlon the Swim-SUP-Run at Polkeris Beach.

A quick overview: A new and exciting event for 2018 is the ultimate alternative triathlon for all skill levels – our inaugural Swim/SUP/Run at Polkerris beach. The traditional bike leg is replaced with a Stand Up Paddle board! No fancy carbon bikes, just you, a SUP board and your core strength.

It looks fantastic and what a great way to spend your Bank holiday!


The Mohican Story

I promised, when introducing Rich Hayes “The Mohican Runner” as a supported athlete, that I would give you a full rundown of what he was planning as we got closer to his events. I have reproduced below his press release that has gone out. It is an unbelievable story and I hope all of you can get behind him as much as you can! (use code MOHICAN10 on for a 10% discount for yourself and for 10% of the value of the order to be given to his chosen charities).

“As regular readers/supporters will be aware I revealed my latest challenge back in January. The first two races ended up being called off due to the bad weather and then I had to postpone the challenge due to my daughter being taken seriously ill. My daughter is now back at home and slowly on the road to recovery, we as a family are still learning what our new normal is.

“I can happily reveal the challenge is back on and will start on the 15th of April at the Derby 10k. The challenge is called 18 in 2018. Similar to my challenges back in 2013 and 2014, the challenge will continue throughout the entire year, finishing on Boxing Day (weather permitting). The challenge will consist of 18 races over 2018. 12 will be 10km races and 6 will be half marathon races. You might be thinking to yourself how is this a challenge for you? Well to make it a challenge I have to run all the 10km races in under 37 minutes and all the half marathons in under 80 minutes.  This is sub 6:00/mi pace for the 10ks and 6:06/mi pace for the HM’s. My PB’s are slightly faster however, to be able to knockout 12 10km and 6 HM in those times within a 12 month period is going to be a tough ask. You’ve only got to hit bad weather, illness etc and it’s game over. For the record every one I do I will be aiming to run as fast as possible so I’m hoping for 18 seriously fast times over the year.

“The reason I came up with this challenge and previous challenges is I had always wanted to give back to the charities that helped me when I was a child but have also helped my daughter. Firstly the NSPCC, I used their Childline number on numerous occasions due to bullying at school and physical/mental abuse at home, they were there when I had suicidal thoughts as a teenager and if it wasn’t for the people at the other end of the line listening and offering me support and advice things could have been a lot different. I came out of that dark period a different person and used what happened to me as a child, to spur me on and become a better person. By doing this challenge I want to help others and let them know there is help out there and things can get better, by raising money and awareness of what the charity does.

“The other charity I am raising money for is The Children’s Hospital Charity. This is for two reasons, the first being I was treated for a multitude of injuries and trauma throughout an abusive childhood, during which the hospital staff became like family. One Christmas, one of the nurses at the children’s hospital in Sheffield saw that I didn’t have any presents, so she bought me a LEGO pirate set with a ship, a pirate and a palm tree. I built it on my hospital bed and that’s what got me into LEGO. She didn’t have to do that but it made my world and now I play with LEGO for a living. I never had a chance to really say thank you. The second reason is my daughter has just spend two weeks in and out of the children’s hospital as she became very poorly, very quickly. The staff were once again amazing and after numerous tests we found out she has a condition called NEAD Non Epileptic Attack Disorder, which causes left side paralysis, she suffers facial seizures and blackouts! Now we have a diagnosis she can begin the recovery process but there is no magic wand to make this go away quickly.

“So 9 of the races will be for the NSPCC and 9 will be for The Children’s Hospital Charity. I will alternate between the two charities.

You can read why I support these charities below and also more on my amazing journey via these articles & features.

As of 1st Jan 2018 the current running totals raised are as follows;

A massive thank you needs to go to Dransfield Properties and Fox Valley, who are supporting me for this challenge and have helped to cover race fee’s and my running shoes for the duration of the challenge. Also they will be helping me publicity and fundraising wise. Without their support this challenge would not be possible. A massive thanks goes to Amanda and everyone from both Dransfield’s and Fox Valley. Another thank you needs to go to Sweet Peaks who are donating 10% of any sales using the code MOHICAN10 and to Elite Signs for providing the challenge banner.

So here is the provisional races for 2018 (subject to change)

10k Races

  • Derby 10k -15/4
  • Great Manchester Run 20/5
  • Run for All Hull 10k – 10/6
  • Run for All Leeds 10k – 8/7
  • Run for All York 10k – 5/8
  • Trafford 10k – 2/9
  • Run for All Sheffield 10km – 23/9
  • McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k – 21/10
  • Leeds Abbey Dash Run 10k – 4/11
  • Cheshire 10k – 10/11
  • Wilmslow 10k – 25/11
  • Boxing 10k – 26/12

HM Races

  • North Lincs HM 6/5
  • Newark HM or Fleetwood HM  12/8 or 19/8 (this is depends on the weather)
  • Great North Run  – 9/9
  • Manchester HM – 14/10
  • Rother Valley Running Festival HM – 18/11
  • Nottingham Xmas HM – 2/12