Wednesday, 26 December 2012

My Olympic Year 2012

What a year of sports it has been! Not just for all those Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the Games Makers, London, the UK, but also for little old me (and not to forget Tam).

I have completed my biggest sporting challenge to date, the WHW Race, proudly received my Goblet and raised over £1000 for Ardgowan Hospice along the Way. All this only made possible by the tireless efforts of my support crew.

I also completed the Triple Crown, finishing both the Highland Fling Race and The Devil O The Highlands in 2012.

I was awarded a Meritorious Award, the Harkness Challenge Trophy, by my club, Greenock Glenpark.

And to round off my sporting year, I managed to skate to a new PB of 1:38:33 at the Berlin Inline Marathon. I got under 1:40 for the 1st time despite a spectacular fall in the last 5 miles. And I had only been back on skates for the previous 4 weeks. What could I do if I skated regularly?!

I am sure Tam will blog himself, but I just have to briefly mention his great achievements this year. It was his most successful one to date, Scottish 100K Champion and Winner of the Devil O The Highlands Race. Can this be topped?!
There are so many fantastic memories from all these races, encounters with fellow runners and fellow supporters, the changing scenery, from the heat of the Devils to the pouring rain of the WHW Race.
But in my mind I often go back to the WHW Race. Strangely I seem to have forgotten that it poured non-stop for the first 14 hours! I remember how focused I was and how I knew it was “now or never”. How high my spirits were for most of the time and how my support crew did their best to keep them up. How I ticked off one milestone after the other, looking forward to the next meeting point. I remember my lengthy stop at Auchtertyre and my only little tantrum when my support crew could not find the exact shirt I wanted. The hike across the Devil’s staircase with Thomas when it was getting dark and he thought it was so romantic! The arrival at Kinlochleven in the middle of the night when all of a sudden you were in a buzzing place, lights, people, chatter before climbing up to the Lairig Mor. This is where my high spirits left me for a bit as the pain in my feet was pretty terrible. But Lundavra came and my whole support crew joined in for the last few miles. There was laughter, singing, chatting, hallucinations (only me) and a great sense of achievement from everyone! And I think this will be my lasting memory, how we all covered the last few miles together to get me to the finish.
And finally Thomas also managed to get the video clips from my finish uploaded. So here it is: My WHW Race Finish - my biggest sporting achievement in 2012. 


John Kynaston said...

Congratulations again on a superb year Silke. The way you planned and executed your plan is a great example to many.

Absolutely loved the video. It had me in tears again!

See you soon.

KarenR said...

Brilliant, hope 2013 brings new challenges & success x

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! The Triple Crown is an amazing achievement. Well done!!

Had the camera man been drinking??? ;-)


Debs M-C said...

You had a fabulous year. Well done x

Santababy said...

fantastic year for you Silke, well odne x

xtine said...

Hi Silke!

Again I'm really sorry for not replying to your comment sooner. I won't be at the Devil this year sadly ): I have decided "just" to run 4 marathons this year instead - I am in my final year of bookwork study for my degree and just don't have the time to train. I will run the entire WHW one day though...your video was amazing, honestly. You must have been so happy at the time and you look so fresh! An amazing well done (:

I actually want to pick your brains about inline skates. Since I am in Cambridge now and it's flat as a pancake I'm finally taking it up! I am planning on buying Rollerblade Spark you know anything about blades and if I'd be better with something different?? I plan on using the blades to train for an ice-skating race in Sweden but will be training mostly on asphalt.

Thanks, take care!

Silke said...

Hi Christine,
Have left a comment on your blog. Hope you got it. Safe running and skating! Silke

xtine said...

Hi,thanks for the comment! I actually already bought the rollerblade sparks, I think they will be ok for a starter blade? If I am any good I will get different wheels for racing, can you do that?

The race I fancy is the Viking race in Sweden, have you heard of it? It's a bit crazy an idea I know, I just always wanted to take up inline skating and the perfect time arose recently when my friend found the race! Do you still do blading races?