1st August 2018
July was a busy and exciting month for Susie, with the launch of The Campus Run Academy taking place in October, followed by flying out to America’s West Coast to be Crew Chief for her friend running the gruelling Badwater 135 ultra marathon. Read on to find out more!
1. Launch of new Intersport Jarrold 2.0 concept store in Norwich – 5th July
On 5th July Susie attended and spoke at the launch of the new Intersport Jarrold 2.0 concept store in Norwich. As an ambassador for Intersport, Susie was the perfect person to celebrate the opening of this world-class store. The new-look store is celebrating a complete shop re-fit and new branding, and is looking forward to sharing a superb range of brands and outstanding levels of service with customers.
2. Weekend in Geneva – 7th-8th July
While the rest of us were basking in the UK heatwave, Susie took off for a weekend of running in Geneva and around the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva. She had a superb day running with former UTMB winner Dawa Sherpa and Kate Carter, Lifestyle editor of theguardian.com, before tackling Mount Salève. They ran 10 miles of trails along the lake and river, before hiking a leg-burning 2000ft in 2 miles! The views from the top were spectacular and a dip in the cool, fresh waters of the lake was more than deserved. Read all about the trip in Kate Carter’s running blog, How was your weekend running?
3. Launch of The Campus Run Academy
Susie’s incredibly exciting news for July is the announcement of The Campus Run Academy, which she will be hosting in Portugal with her friend and top British female marathon athlete Lily Partridge. This exclusive new running camp will take place at the luxurious Quinta do Lago resort from 4th-7th October 2018. It is open to all abilities of runner wanting to experience professional coaching and exclusive workshops within a unique sport and wellness environment. The 4-day / 3-night camp will include exclusive nutritional and recovery workshops, group training, interval sessions, guided runs, luxury accommodation, a tailored training schedule by Susie and Lily and much more – all in a stunning coastal setting on the Algarve.
Places are limited! Find out more and take your running to the next level at www.fortesportsmanagement.com.
4. Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun – 14th July
As her usual parkruns were not on, Susie decided to try out a new parkrun at Hogmoor Inclosure – which has shot straight up the list to her favourite parkrun so far! With two sandy loops all on trail, Susie loved the terrain which is very much like her favourite running trails close to home. Easy to see how she came first lady then – congratulations, Susie!
A big fan of parkrun, Susie’s own words were, “It’s so fantastic to see so many people out with one common goal of getting 5K done on a Saturday morning”…hear hear!
5. Creating art through running – 20th July
To mark the final leg of 2018’s Red Bull Million Mile Commute, Susie teamed up with cartographer Owen Delaney to create a stunning piece of Strava artwork in the form of Red Bull’s famous logo. Taking place in Teddington, West London, Susie found herself running through the thick bracken and long, lumpy grass of Bushy Park, and the resulting map was spot on! Read all about the planning and carrying out of this Strava masterpiece.
6. Crewing Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon – 23rd-25th July
Susie was Head Crew for her friend Steve Gordon at this year’s Badwater 135 ultra marathon – 135 miles non-stop through Death Valley. Entailing two whole nights with no sleep in the hottest place on earth, this race is not for the faint hearted. The runners started at Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (282 ft below sea level), and pass over two mountain ranges in the heat of the desert before making a final ascent up Mount Whitney, the highest point in continental America. There are no check points; instead, each runner has a crew who follows them in a car with essential supplies.
Even as Crew Chief it would be a demanding job for Susie, from sorting out lots of kit prior to the race, fitting in a few miles each morning to acclimatise to the intense heat and being on hand 24/7. Just pacing and crewing, Susie herself ran over an ultra at Badwater! Temperatures reached a scorching 123⁰F / 50.5⁰C. With the highest overnight temperatures recorded for the race and a heatwave even in Death Valley terms, there were a record number of DNFs – but Steve crossed the finish line in his goal time and the whole team were delighted! It was an incredible experience for Susie and a real show of grit and determination from the runners that made it.
As for Susie? The application is going in for 2019…
7. Enjoying LA while she’s at it
To celebrate race success and the marginally cooler temperatures away from Death Valley, Susie spend a few days enjoying Californian life – cycling round Santa Monica, a few gentle runs, a hike up to the legendary Hollywood sign, hitching a ride in an iconic DeLorean, and plenty of well-earned brunches and beers to refuel. What a trip for the summer…we can’t wait to follow you next year, Susie!