2014 has been an incredible year for the Shabbas.
We've grown into a family of about 40 runners and supporters.
We've celebrated our first anniversary.
We ran ultras, marathons, half marathons, 10 milers, 10ks, 5milers and 5ks.
We've completed half iron triathlons and sprint triathlons.
We've completed a 100mile bike ride and a 24 hour running event.
We hosted a parkrun and most of all we've laughed, cried and hugged each other.
For this last report of 2014, your Roving Reporter wanted to know what it meant to each individual so asked one question...
What is this year's stand out moment for you?
For me it has to be the day I did two races in one day. Racing and completing the run to the castle ultra with Philip was epic but to then go and run a sub23 5k darkrun with lots of shabbas topped an awesome days running, lots of training and hours put in and it all payed off
Completing the final lap at Equinox. Will struggle to ever top that feeling of running around with my close mates, having fun all the way round, amazing scenery to top off what was one of the best ever weekends. Get goosebumps & tears just thinking about turning round that last corner for a final time with hands linked and crossing that finish line together.
Well that's is easy for me to answer. Yeahh I know I ran 100mile around Chasewater. But what stood out about it is how all the Shabbas pulled together to help me achieve it. With out you guys I don't think it would of been possible so thank you all guys
Byron - my magic moment is Birmingham half marathon didn't expect to finish in that time.
Marissa - mine is that I hadn't trained for Birmingham half marathon when Laura kindly offered me her ticket and with a injury I knew it wasn't possible to get a time I wanted but it was all about finishing it even if I finished walking so though I would tag along with Wendy and Sam for a bit until I couldn't run because of my injury so I strapped the knee up took a few painkillers and off we went. Little did I know what a very emotional run it was going to be given that Wendy was running it as she is a breast cancer survivor. Focusing on this thought helped me get through the run to support Wendy all the way which was so deserved what a wonderful woman
For me Brum half and having the honour of running part of it with two of the most amazing and inspirational people I've met
My happiest moment - I'm proud to have been able to complete the Half Marathon with my SHABBA family and my lovely daughter holding my hand through the finish line
Brum half finishing it with my mom and feeling so proud of both of us
Watching my mom complete the Birmingham half I'm so proud of her!!!!!
Lots of highlights but The highlight of 2014 has to be London marathon, the relief of crossing the finish line because of the ups and downs with the training.
Taking part in it was a great experience.
This was a particularly magical moment for me this year. I was keen to revisit the Birmingham half having enjoyed the course in 2013. This was the first year I ran a fair distance with my partner in crime, Superman aka Simon. After a couple of difficult years for Simon it was an honour to run alongside one another, even though we lost each other 3 miles in! We finished the course together and it was an absolute delight to have my family cheering us on at the end stretch!!
My stand out moment would be.......
Pacing the awesome Lady P on her half marathon debut at Shrewsbury!! So very hard choosing one, but this just takes it, as I wasn't running for me, for a pb, I was there to help and support and be a part of a lovely friend's first Half marathon and that alone was reward in itself!!! What better moment to cherish that supporting someone else achieve their goal xxx
There have been a couple of standouts for me. Manchester mara a deffo. I've always wanted to run a mara (VLM still my dream) so to achieve 26.2 this year & with no training was a proud moment for me & my family. Also meeting Daz & Ian!
I also loved Robin Hood HM. It's my local race. I also achieved a PB this year. It's always the most emotional one as the first race I ever did & in Jackson's honour. It's been a tough emotional year & running is my mental saviour.
OMG!! there so many! Dirty Dozen is one, great team spirit and loads of fun plus 125 miles Welshpool bike ride which I think was just brill and the Shrewsbury half marathon which I ended up riding a 95 mile round trip to show my support to all the Shabbas that was running that day! What a fantastic day out but the one that sticks out this year for me was the Halloween parkrun what a great laugh and all in fancy dress and I won!!
Bring on next year =======SHABBA====:
Although I have had some fantastic moments this year with my SHABBA family, my highlight has to be my 3 peaks challenge in June, it's a bit different but I was still in SHABBA red.
The photo was at the top of Ben Nevis.
Standout moment for me was Oscar, Greg, Biro & Marissa turning up for my last race in the Tour of Merseyside awesome!
Mine was trying to keep the above secret lol and the whole equinox weekend loved it!
I'd have to say it Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon. Completing my first half marathon after taking up running only 3 months before - running with Chris, Si and Greg and being supported along the way by Si and Tam and Baz and Marie who took time out of their day just to give their support!
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I'm lucky that this year I've had so many stand out moments and reasons to be proud of myself, but the achievement of finishing Outlaw Half Iron Distance triathlon is by far my favourite moment. The cut off was 9 hours, it took me 8:13 and I was 7th from last. I was amazed that when I turned into the finish straight and onto the red carpet, everyone had waited to watch me finish.
I'm a different Lozza now. I don't recognise this Lozza physically or emotionally, but, as well as being a huge physical challenge, this is the day I let go of what was holding me back, this is the day I made the change.
Best day ever. Best moment ever.
The event of the year I enjoyed the most was definitely the Dirty Dozen 12K Trail Race back in March over Cannock Chase. Myself, Baz, Gaz Homer, Gaz Craddock, Greg and Byron had a great time and pulled each other through wind, rain, hail and snow. It was the hardest but most enjoyable race of the year by far for me and I raised £400 for Crisis UK which is my fave charity so I was double happy! Merry Xmas to All Shabbas!!! Xxx:
Market Drayton 10k, I got a 37'58 PB, we had a good booze up after!
And it was the first time I met Nikki!!!!!:
2014, the year I became a Shabba.
After taking to Parkrun about 18 months previous (and I still don't have a 50 shirt, mostly due to forgotten barcodes) in an attempt to get back into a more healthy way of living, and tentatively enquiring with local running clubs about their ethos, I saw the Shabba family. After a few tweets, reading through the website and blogs, and chatting with Paul at the Arboretum, I donned the red vest and was warmly welcomed into the group.
As often happens, life got in the way of plans, and with redundancy and becoming self employed taking over my days, I haven't been able to spend as much time on my running (or life in general) as I wanted. However I plan that 2015 will see that rectified and hope to run my first 1/2 and then full Marathon.
From an individual perspective, Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Half - after hearing other people talk about running half marathons for almost a year, this was the time I proved I could do it as well. It was an awesome day surrounded by friends and family with good weather and music to boot!
From a Shabba perspective it has to be Equinox 24. A weekend spent with good friends, alcohol and running. It was a blast from start to finish and something I can't wait to do again in 2015 (except for that bloody hill!)
For me the great highlight of my year was taking over 8 minutes off my 10k time during the course of the year. At Fradley I ran my first race of the year and finished in 55:04 – I was so happy and felt I might be able to take a bit of time off that but not setting any major target, at Tamworth in October I finished in 46:29 and was just elated, I never dreamt I could go that fast and feel I just might be able to go faster again in 2015!
2014 has been an amazing year for me from all perspectives. But from a running point of view I have had some great runs and races, the pinnacle for me personally was completing my first marathon in Manchester. I may have run quicker at Chester since,and had an amazing weekend away with friends at equinox 24. But the completion of my first Mara is something I will never forget.
I trained hard and took big strides as a runner with both pace and strength improving loads. I got to run the Manchester marathon with a guy I hold in the highest regard, the man is a flying machine and helped through the hard parts when I was struggling, thank you for that Darren Redmond.
I will never forget the pain in my legs, the awful jokes supplied Daz, and running the last mile with my eyes shut cos my legs wouldn't stop screaming at me to stop, I have never felt pain like it. I cried as I finished, as is becoming the norm with me when I find something that challenging, but I did it. This former 19 stone smoker had run a bloody marathon. I am rather proud of this fact.
Honestly the biggest highlight for me was becoming a Shabba - You guys don't know how much everything you do means. But as a runner, my highlight was Conwy Half Marathon.
It was my third half marathon in 5 months. And I ran it just because it was somewhere beautiful, and I would be running with two of my best friends. No other reason except I was running for fun. Me! Running 13,1 miles, just for fun! I don't think any other thoughts can sum up just how much I've changed.
The run was stunning. The Great Orme was Great! Huge challenge, but so much fun! I ran the whole way with a grin on my face.
And then I ran the last few hundred yards with my captain and one of my big brothers - thank you boys - I loved that moment - and only then did I realise I was going to PB - and yes I went for it.
But even if I hadn't PB'd that day, it'd still be my number one moment of the year.
2014 has been an exceptional year of running from the entire Shabba Team and I am extremely proud of everyone for what they have achieved. These included: setting PBs, running new distances and becoming running machines!! Well done guys.. you always amaze and inspire!! <high 5s everyone>.
As for me, I think that my stand out moment for 2014 was finally breaking the sub18min barrier at Walsall Parkrun. I’d had a whole string of 18somethings which I’d been chipping away at, but the sub 18 never really seemed to want to happen for. Sure, I’d set a new ParkRun PB of 17:42 at Conkers 4 weeks earlier, but Walsall was my home ParkRun (and a bit more challenging) and getting it here would mean a bit more to me.
So, on the 3rd May, at the tail-end of my marathon training, I decided to give it the beans! Mile 1 was done in a quick 5:45 which felt good, mile 2 in 5:52 but I could start to feel it and then lap 3 was a struggle. This was due to 2 reasons... 1) I was quickly tiring and 2) my sphincter really wanted to get in on the action! I recall being ½ a mile from the finish and thinking that it wasn’t going to happen. I gave a quite despondent shake of the head to Chris Collis who was marshalling the course and shouting encouragement my way. Just before the 2nd to last corner, I had a very urgent decision to make ...“time” or “dignity”... at this point I quickly recalled “that picture” of the guy who was running with brown legs and I really didn’t want to be his new buddy, so reluctantly I stopped for about 5 seconds, regained total control over everything and then set off again. At the last straight I’d thought it had gone but I sprinted home (cleanly!) anyway (mile 3 6:04 + 16 secs for the 0.1).
My watch had me just under 18mins but knowing that watch time vs official timings can differ, I knew I’d have to wait for the official time before dancing a jig or kicking the ground in disappointment. Having a Shabba as race director can have its advantages as Mr Plock sent me message saying “17:58 for you today”... let the little jig commence! This was a totally awesome moment that I was proud of and as per usual with #superdaz it came with the an element of self-imposed drama J