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

Beast from the East III

More snow, really?? Its April for goodness sake can we please get some nicer weather so we can all get back outside and run, ride, swim, hike or just sit with a nice pint outside of a pub after doing one of those!

As you can see with the BBC Easter forecast picture above, it was not the sort of day to venture outside but a few people were braving the cold and the rain and there were some fantastic results:

The Redster is having a fantastic couple of weeks. He managed to recover from the cold and slight dissapointment of the Castle Coombe Easter Classic with a fantastic win at the Sandie Radford Memorial Road Race. He’s posted another great video on Twitter showing the build up and some highlights of the race here





Cycling Sheffield were out again this time at the Oakenclough and Danum Trophy Road Races. After yet more crashes at the Oakenclough caused by poor road sufaces and poor conditions Louis made it into the race winning move of 8 riders, including JLT, Madison Genesis, Canyon Eisberg. With the constant climbing and descending this was a tough day. Louis finished a solid 6th place behind winner Ian Bibby of JLT.

At the Danum Trophy Kieran finished a respectable 6th, behind winner Matt Holmes of Madison Genesis, with Louis 12th. Harry, Charlie and Dan were not far behind. Tactically the guys had ridden well showing they are moving in the right direction as a team.

A good weekend for the team and some great strides were taken in the right direction. More details can be found here

Many of our athletes are preparing for the outdoor season with a lot of indoor work while the weather is poor but some are still getting out and about. Yiannis Christodolou secured a great PB at the Folkestone 10 mile event. Helen Russell is preparing for the WBA Foudation bike ride from Swansea to the Hawthorns this week so a huge good luck to here for that, more information can be found on last weeks blog here. Team Russell have wisely decided to decamp for a week to Spain to get some warm weather training in for the summer.

Keep an eye out too this week for a quick introduction to the Madhatter Series and their first even in little over a month!

Good luck over Easter

There are races and events all over the Easter time table and I would just like to wish all of our supported athletes all the best over the Easter Weekend (even if it is just an Easter Egg Hunt smash it and come back with the most eggs!!).

I’d especially like to wish Helen Russell luck for next week as she puts the Kayak away for a week or so and sits firmly on 2 wheels to ride The Baggies Bike Challenge from Swansea to The Hawthorns (home of West Bromwich Albion FC) in aid of the WBA Foundation. It is Helen’s year long charity and she will be running watt bike classes in aid of them too but this is the main fund raising event and should be hard work but fun.

The Foundation uses the medium of sport to work in communities to help raise aspirations and create opportunities for those that are disadvantaged or face barriers in life. The Foundation has a number of programmes such as educational initiatives in schools to help those that are struggling to achieve, mentoring and improving attainment with children in care or foster homes, opening up opportunities in disability sport, running sports initiatives in anti-social hot-spots and supporting sports development for girls.

There is more information on the event and on the foundation here and to help Helen with here fundraising please click here

Results from 24th&25th March

Sorry all it would appear this did not get posted last week!

This weekend has seen a few more people return to action as the weather stayed away a little. So here is a quick run down of how our supported athletes have got on.

Cycling Sheffield:CR-coalville-1-600x400

After the launch on Thursday of the 2018 team they were back on the road at the Coalville Road Race. Its a race Joe has won twice and the team entered with high hopes. However, Joe came down in a crash and had to abandon (he is ok which is good) but Charlie Renshaw made the break but was the only member of the team in it. He did a great job keeping with attacks from teams with more than one rider and finished a very respectable 8th. With a bit more racing in the legs and better weather the results should start to come.

Red Walters:

One of our new Cyclists for this year Red won the Preston Park Cat 2/3 race as part of the Sussex Cycle Racing League this weekend. A massive well done to him on his first Sweet Peaks fueled win!Red Winning!

Red has posted another great video on you tube with some footage of the race and his win! You tube

Yiannis Christodolou:Hole Park

A great 5k win and course record (20:44) at the Hole Park Trail Run. Making sure he has been getting out in all weathers is definitely doing the trick and hopefully this is also showing that his training in preparation for the season ahead and his aim of a podium at the World Aquathlon champs is paying off.

29511792_1997511450276752_7963522558789780460_nAdam Holland 

Another win for a Sweet Peaks fueled athlete this weekend as Adam won the 20 mile Granite Race run with a PB of 1hr 54:53.. what a fantastic run.


Team Russell

The Cross Country season is over and the track season has not yet started but the younger generation of athletes were Park Running this weekend and there were loads of Team Records broken at different age groups

2018 Cycling Sheffield Team Launch

This morning I had the great pleasure of attending, with the other amazing sponsors, the 2018 team launch of Cycling Sheffield (to help support the team use code CSGS15 on to get 15% off all energy products).

The team, set up by ex pro rider Dave Coulson, is a great initiative based on the strength of the City of Sheffield supporting its own and trying to build a team that does not rely on 1 big sponsor from season to season but built to last with a region behind it. We love it!

We have been supporting them with their nutritional products for the past 3 years and they have also helped to develop the drinks, gels and tweak the ideas around the 6 to a bag sweets. With their help the product now helps them (we hope) to some fantastic podiums and results, including a win and third place in the Magnificent 7 race 2 weeks ago.

It was a pleasure to meet the riders and the other sponsors at the event at the EIS in Sheffield and to see how the team is going to grow during the year and going forward.

It was also great to spot a few of our Paralympians, Olympians and top level Sportsmen and women that were training at this great venue (including Toni Minichiello).

Thanks to Dave Coulson for organising the event and inviting us all along.

There is more information about Cycling Sheffield on their supported athlete webpage here and also on their own website here (which was fantastically well put together by another sponsor Blue Strawberry Elephant)


The Beast Strikes Again!!

Well its been another funny old weekend with almost all of our supported athletes and teams having events called off. However, a couple of events did go ahead and most of our athletes did manage to get some more training in!

Team Russell

The Team Russell athletes were back out on their last cross country of the season (with a collective sigh of relief I would guess!) with the team at the English School’s Cross Country Championships.

Almost all of these athletes are using the cross country season as a warm up to the track season so to have 5 athletes in the championships is a great achievement. with 3 making their debut, 2 top 50 finishes with another just outside and 4 of them still have another year in their age group. There were some ups and downs within the team but a strong performance by all 5 athletes left their coach very pleased.

A special mention to Emily Simpson for whom this was her last English School’s Cross Country and her 9th English Schools Championships, fingers crossed for finishing the summer at the track champs to make it a nice round 10!

Training rather than racing

With a number of events called off, including the Fleet Half Marathon which Yiannis was meant to be competing in, most of our athletes still managed to get out and have a run, or in Helen Russell’s case stay indoors and indoor Kayak. Keep up to date on what each is doing through their twitter profiles which can all be found on their personal pages here.

There were also 2 great videos posted from 2 of our supported athletes about their training over the last week:

Adam Holland’s tips to running in the snow here 

Red Walters interval training here

One last thing

We had some sad news from The “Mohican Runner” that his challenge for this year is having to be slightly delayed due to a family illness. We wish him and his family all the very very best and he has posted this week that he will now add the Sheffield Childrens Hospital as a charity along with the NSPCC that he will help with his charity events this year. We will continue to support him in this as and when he is able to start on this challenge.