I've never been bothered about receiving participation medals as it's not special when a thousand other people have the same mass produced souvenir. From a cynical point of view it's a waste of resources. Some events give you tshirts but at least it's practical, yet there are only so many technical shirts I can wear. Plus the 'free,' tshirt is really advertising for the organisers as you rock up in the gym with your Brownie badge.
However as the year comes to a close these mementos are actually a nice way to reflect on my achievements. Furthermore the real sentimentality of these medals are the memories you associate with them and the people you were with at the time. So for those reason I will continue to keep hold of my silverware...
May 2015 bring more shiny happiness...
Sports Relief Queen Elisabeth Park; Rough Runner Borden; Tough Mudder London West; Mittelrhein Inline Marathon; Le Mans 24 Heures Rollers; London River Rat Race; London Inline Marathon Medal (1st in age category) and Trophy (3rd in men's category); Zombie Evacuation Race (Survivor Tag); Survival of the Fittest London; London Santa Run.
Last week was the London Skaters' biggest night of the year, the Santa Skate. This time I decided to try things a little different by purchasing a ride on horse outfit, pimping it with antlers and Christmas attire. I recruited five other friends to do the same so we had a herd of ride on skating reindeers.
At times it was difficult to see what was directly in front and it felt a bit clumsy at speed. Otherwise the costume had plenty of maneuverability and the public seem to love it too.
Today was the last ESS before Christmas which was a good excuse to get the reindeer out to play again, spreading some more Christmas cheers from Liverpool Street to Battersea Park. Enroute I was messing around doing some powersliding, my favourite way of stopping after my friend Mark gave me some good pointers for it recently..
If I'm being critical, I need to channel the powerslide in a more linear direction. The follow up move 'volt,' needs the back toe wheel to pivot in place as oppose to rolling back.
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What a great morning running around Battersea Park with hundreds of other Santas. The Santa Run was organised by 209 Events. Our £25 got us our race number and Santa Suit ticket mailed to us in advance. We exchanged the tickets at the Millennium Stadium close to the start point. A bag drop was available but I don't know how well manned it was as we left our valuables in a friend's car. The un-timed 6k event consisted of a warm up at the pagoda central to the park, before completing two laps around the main park pathway.
It was a good vibe on the run with a handful of people taking a more serious pace. My friend Alex brought a flag to help us find each other as it's difficult to find your friends when everyone is dressed the same! The flag was such a good call as it allowed me to run off or hold back to film the action before rejoining them.
Our friend Muhayman was there representing his charity Wheels and Wheelchairs who were at the front of the pack to keep safe from the runners. There were a few other wheelchair users and kids on scooters on the wheels side of things. A lot of runner brought their dogs dressed in Santa attire as well.
The Santa Run overlapped the Easy Saturday Skate's weekly meetup in the park, which I regularly attend. My fellow skaters loved watching the runners, but weren't quite sure why I'd choose to run around the park!
The sun was out on this frosty morning and I captured some brilliant footage of my run group, my skater friends as well as other runners on the event. I feel I have to give a special shout out to the Spanish ladies for giving me a really enthusiastic wave for my camera. Gracias.
As we crossed the finish line we were given a nice gold medal as well as a bottle of water. It was funny seeing Santas doing their post run stretches in the park.
Overall the event is very well organised and the marshals were great in supporting us on the way round. The only thing that was missing was a bit of music. Guess I'm spoilt with the sound system we have on the London Santa Skate. However it didn't stop a few people singing their way around the park with Christmas carols...
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