Author: Mel Sykes

The Deva Triathlon 2017 – Chester

Recently I went to Chester to take part in my first triathlon of this year, The Deva Tri. This was a middle distance triathlon so consists of a 1900m swim, a 90km bike then a 21km run. I had done this distance once before in September last year so was interested to see how I got on this year. I’ve been doing more cycling the last few months but have only managed to get to Salford for some open water swimming 4 times so was expecting the swim to be tough. The event also runs an Olympic distance triathlon...

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Running The Manchester Marathon

My intention was never to run a marathon this year but having been trying to get back into some running before I do some triathlons later this year I decided to go and run it with a friend who was after getting her personal best time. I have raced marathons in the past and been through the agony of avoiding everyone who sneezed or coughed within a half mile radius of me for the final months up until race day and not doing anything out of the ordinary in case I got injured and all the training went to...

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The Oil Can Cafe of Hepworth

Nestled on the edge of the Peak District in a little village called Hepworth is the Carding Shed/Oil can café. Even though it’s local to me I only started visiting around 12 months ago and now it’s become a regular stop off point or meeting place for me and my friends. Driving up the long drive into what looks like an industrial estate you park up outside and are faced with a very uninspiring looking warehouse. I think my friend was a little nervous when I took her there for the first time last Friday. You enter through a...

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Hebden Bridge Fell Race – Hills, Moors and Pikes

A popular local race for the hardy fell runners is the Hebden 15/22 which is run each year at the end of January. Having not attempted a fell race before, this one is just about as brutal as they get with a 15 or 22 mile option over some very undulating terrain (almost 3000ft of ascent in 15 miles) in usually bad weather. A friend of mine who is training for a ultra-marathon later in the year suggested that I enter to run the course as a good introduction to fell running, so, on the 21st of January I...

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