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Noosa Triathlon – a New Level of World Class

The 2016 Noosa Triathlon will be aiming to again be recognised as the world’s largest mass participation triathlon, following achieving this for the first time last year.

Established in 1983 and hosted in Noosa, last year’s Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km ride and 10km run) triathlon, saw over 8000 participants cross the finish line, enough to knock the London triathlon off top spot.

In 2015 Noosa was followed by the London, Hamburg and Chicago Triathlons respectively.

Tourism Noosa CEO Damien Massingham said the Noosa Tri is the most iconic triathlon in Australia and is now the largest in the world showcasing Noosa’s key assets and arguably one of the best coastal and aquatic experiences in Australia.

“The swim leg was moved to Noosa Main Beach last year which excited both participants and spectators and this will happen again in 2016.  This evolution and the continuation of Noosa being the largest triathlon in the world will help further cement Noosa’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading regional events destinations” said Mr Massingham.

Event organisers, IRONMAN Oceania, Managing Director David Beeche is keen to do everything possible to make sure the Noosa Triathlon holds onto the title of the world’s biggest.

“Last year’s accolade was an important acknowledgement for the Noosa Triathlon recognising it as a leader of the sport and the world-class events that are hosted in Queensland.” Mr Beeche said.

“Noosa Triathlon embraces an exclusive experience and atmosphere, something which I encourage everyone to participant in at least once”.

“Noosa is not only the home of the great triathlon but a base for some of the world’s best athletes as it offers a perfect climate and unique lifestyle which celebrates health, fitness and the outdoors.”

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day hallmark event (26 October – 30 October) and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes the Noosa Legends Triathlon, Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium and Noosa Asics Bolt which attract premium fields and sporting legends.

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Rono Survives Accident to Win Toronto Marathon

Rono nearly pulled out of the race after an accident during his warmup. He was using a barricade to stretch his hamstrings when it tipped over and came crashing down on top of him. Blood ran down the side of his face and he said he felt dizzy. But after consulting with his management team, he decided to start. Within three kilometres he was fully recovered and the accident was largely forgotten.

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Writing about running: 100 Runs Later

I’ve always written. When I was young I used to write stories. I had notebooks full of stories and a typewriter I used to bash out scenes on. Then when I left university I started getting paid to write. I wrote for newspapers and magazines, some more exciting than others. I worked for many years for a charity writing and editing medical information and picked up a couple of commendations from the British Medical Association along the way.

I’ve written this blog for many years. It’s been a way to log my journey as a runner, connect with other runners and been a lighthearted outlet when the other writing in my life was of a much more serious nature. This blog became a book, and then there was a second book about triathlon.

All that writing, more than 12 years of of it since graduating (and actually most of the stuff before that) was for an audience. It was for you reading this blog, it was for the woman newly diagnosed with cancer, it was for all sorts of people picking up trade magazines or browsing the local newspaper or flicking through a running magazine. And I realised recently that I need to do some writing which doesn’t have an end user in mind.

A few years ago, myself and my friend Liz Goodchild hosted some running and writing workshops. One of the exercises we had people do was to write for 5 minutes without stopping. We told them to switch off their internal editor and just write, keep the pen moving and stop self-censoring.

We didn’t invent this exercise, it’s called free-writing and you’ll find it at the start of creative writing courses the world over. Sometimes a prompt is used to get the first few words down (because it’s always hard to make that first mark on a clean page, right?).


This winter I’m trying something different with my writing, and in turn I’m doing something different with my running. I’m writing words that may never be seen by anyone but me. Which is a weird feeling for someone who has always made a living from getting paid to have people read my words. But it’s difficult to turn off that internal editor and stop self-censoring if you’re constantly thinking about what a reader will think. It’s difficult to be completely honest with yourself and to experiment.

So for 100 runs (which was a nice round number and I estimate will occupy me until the clocks change again next spring) I write immediately (or as soon as I can) after a run. I write whatever I want. Sometimes it’s about the run, things I’ve seen on it or how it felt or sometimes it’s not about the run at all. The only numbers I write are the date and the number of miles I ran. I write for 5 minutes and I don’t change or pause over a single word.

I write on a Google doc so I can write on my phone if I’m out or on my laptop once I’m home, and I call the document 100 Runs Later, because I’m interested to see what will happen at the end, both to my running and my writing. I don’t plan to share any of the words here (for reasons explained above) but I’ll share anything I discover along the way.

Goal races: knowing when to try again?

If you miss out on your target time at a goal race, after the disappointment has faded the next impulse is to find another race to give it another shot. But when and how you should go about trying again is a difficult thing to judge.

I had an email from a runner in America who I’d written a training plan for. The east coast has had some pretty horrendous weather recently and they’d not had the race they’d hoped for as a result. They said they felt really strong during the race, but the conditions were against them. And they wanted to know when would be a good time to try again for that PB.

My own race last weekend didn’t go to plan for very different reasons, so every situation has a different answer. Here’s a bit of guidance…

Why did you miss your target?

If you really believe you were on to make your goal, but illness or race conditions got in your way, this sucks and I understand that you might want to get out there as soon as possible to give it another shot. But if you completed the full race distance then you’ll need to allow some recovery.

If injury got in the way of you executing a perfect race, you’ll obviously need to allow time for this to get sorted. The longer you’re out of running the further you’re going to get from your peak, so it might take a planned build-up before you’re in race shape again. And your physio might have other plans for your return to running in terms of how much you can do when, so follow their advice too.

There’s also the other factor to consider – maybe you just weren’t fit enough. Which is sometimes hard to admit. I’ve been there. I’ve lined up with an over-ambitious race goal before and stubbornly raced after it only to fall flat on my face (Nottingham marathon, I hold my hands up, it wasn’t the weather). In which case you’ll probably need a full training cycle, but the good news is that you might improve more than you were aiming for next time round.


Race distance

It takes longer to recover from longer races. So while you might be good to try for another 5k PB the following week, a half marathon or marathon will need a longer break between races. It’s also pretty easy to pick up 5k or 10k races most weekends, while longer races usually need you to sign up a way in advance. So while you might be ready to race again, there might not be many opportunities. Which brings me onto…

Race availability

After not finishing Ironman UK a few years back, I knew I wanted to strike while I was at peak fitness. Another race a couple weeks later had just closed its entries, so I emailed to ask if they might be able to accept one more but they couldn’t. That’s why I ended up doing my Iron Person – I couldn’t get into a race and I didn’t want to go through the build up again.

As we’re headed into winter now, conditions for racing get less perfect from here on. If you’re feeling flush, you can obviously travel further afield and head south for some better weather and a longer race season.

Swapping distances

While training for different distances is quite specific, run fitness is transferable. So if, for example, you’d been training for an autumn marathon and you missed your goal time, provided you’re fit and well, after you’ve recovered you could give yourself a boost by doing a 10k race.

Likewise, if you’ve run a good half marathon but not quite good enough to get the time you want, you might be able to capitalise on your fitness by topping your mileage up a bit and looking for a marathon to have a go at.

My advice to the runner that emailed me was to focus on a couple of 10k races over the winter and then pick another spring half marathon next year. It’s not necessarily the advice they’d have wanted, but I think it will get the best results long term.

If you need a little extra help reaching your goal, check out my coaching options. And if you’re looking to run a marathon next year, maybe come to my marathon workshop in January.

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