2014 is here and it brings the arrival of many long awaited major sporting events: the Winter Olympic & Para Olympic Games in Russia; the World Track Cycling Championships in in Colombia; the Commonwealth Games in Scotland; the Football/ Soccer World Cup (men’s) in Brazil and the Rugby World Cup (women’s) in France. Not included in that list are the numerous annual sporting events that each year astound and remind us what sport can do: connect, unite and inspire people around the world.
I had to make a running-related decision last week that had me in a quandary for a few days, to say the least. With the HURT100 coming up on January 18th, and the imminent start date of Running after Routledge not long after, I had realised that taking on both in a fairly short space of time might not necessarily be the wisest idea. And so, after some serious deliberation, I decided to withdraw from the 2014 HURT100. The 100th anniversary of the 1914 Mana Expedition is one of the main reasons why I will be running from Darlington to Southampton in February, a distance of at least 330 miles. It is not going to be a walk-in-the-park, and I need to make sure I am completely ready. The HURT100 deserves an equal amount of attention and preparation, and although you could say both events are of a similar nature and may actually complement each other – it was an over-reaching goal to try and do both to the best of my ability, and without making an impact on those who have been incredibly supporting. This first half of 2014 is now all about Running after Routledge – and seeing it through to fruition.
The good news is that the HURT100 will take place over it’s traditional course! All trails effected by landslides in the last year have been patched up and everyone is raring to go. You can watch the event in Hawaii live, online via UltraSportsLive: http://www.ultrasportslive.tv/
I can’t wait to see how the group of HURT100 newbies get on: Augusto de Castro, Jacqui Tellie & Steve Clemons need a mention. Also deserving of a ‘watch’ are Rosie Warfield & Kelly Sutcliffe (Haleakala training buddies), Andre Blumberg, and many others who I know are going to have an incredible HURT100 experience. Fleet Feet to all!
And so here’s to 2014! May it be full of lots of running & yoga – with your feet in the clouds but head firmly rooted to the ground – or probably the other way around 😉
ps. Here’s a quick look at some of the Weirdest Sport Highlights of 2013 for abit of fun – thanks to The Guardian (warning, footage contains Toe Wrestling & Wife Carrying):