London Duathlon 2013 – a witness report

2013 saw thousands of duathletes descend upon Richmond Park to take part in the 2013 edition of the London Duathlon – a run, cycle, run, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept. The lovely people at Limelight Sports offered me a spot and I was looking forward to taking part, alas developments of recent months meant that I had to put the idea to bed. Instead, I decided to go and watch Jog Blog take part in the super sprint discipline, which was the distance I had originally decided to go for.… View Post

Contact Lenses Winner!

Thanks to those of you who entered the competition to win a three month supply of contact lenses from Lens Store. Using my trusty friend, The Random Number Generator, I can announce that number 2, Lucy Jiwa is the lucky winner! Lucy says: If the sun keeps on shining then contact lenses are great so that I can run wearing my sunglasses. (That’ll make the summer come to a sudden end!) Although I think it’s fair to say that summer has already ended. Congratulations, Lucy, I’ll be in touch!  

Doing the swim

Let’s get a few things straight. I hate swimming. I loathe it. I like the idea of being a good swimmer, in theory. I like the idea of getting up at 6.00am in the morning and effortlessly powering out 50 laps, before putting my hair into an effortless chignon without my waterproof mascara even smudging. In this dream, I also appear to be 5’10 with glossy straight hair and perfect teeth. However, the reality is that I hate swimming. I hate chlorine. I hate people splashing. I hate the idea of swimming in lanes and… View Post

Competition Time – Win a 3 Month Supply of Contact Lenses

I haven’t had a giveaway here for a little while, so I’m pleased to say that the lovely people at Lens Store have partnered up to offer one lucky reader of HelsBels a FREE 3 month supply of contact lenses! As we move into half-marathon season, this is a particularly fantastic prize for those runners amongst us who wear contacts for running, or perhaps for those bespectacled runners who get annoyed with glasses slipping off their noses, but haven’t yet wanted to commit to buying a supply. Well, with enough contact lenses supplied to get… View Post

Being a parkrun Volunteer

It’s been a busy few weeks, including a fantastic trip to Denmark. I have also had some good news which I will be sharing shortly, thus my short blogging hiatus. However, this does now mean an influx of blog posts as I have a lot to talk about, including an upcoming competition, a review on raspberry ketone and thoughts on competing under pressure. For now though, it is the turn of a parkrun blog. Not as a runner this time, but as a volunteer. For the unaware, parkrun organise free, timed 5k runs every week… View Post