2016 in review

2016

So 2016 was the year we decided to pair up and start this blog…

Prior to this we had both been reasonably active but on a bit of an adhoc basis, we entered events as and when we felt like it and there was no long term plan… We knew we both wanted to climb a few mountains and would like to try an Ironman event but that was about as far as it went.

Then we climbed Kilimanjaro in March, and we both knew we would like to do more mountains, the seven summits plan began to form.

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Then Jenni ran the London Marathon (I have done it previously) we started to look into other marathons and discovered the Abbott 6 Marathon Majors – another goal was formed.

Then we decided we should blog about our experiences whilst working towards these goals… Then some more goals appeared, including some major cycle sportives and Ironman events and the 1Vision2Girls blog was born!

This year we have gone quite someway along the path to achieving our goals. Our 1st summit was done in March this year and we had a fantastic time on Kilimanjaro, we also managed to tag on a bit of a holiday and spend a few days in Zanzibar (we love to travel too so this made a lot of sense).

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Upon returning from Africa Jenni began training for the London Marathon in earnest and shortly after the London Marathon we signed up to run the Chicago Marathon in October this year.

We live quite far apart (Southport – near Liverpool, and London) so seeing each other and doing events together can be a bit of a logistical nightmare, but during 2016 we managed to get together to run 2 obstacle course races, we did Zeus and Nuclear races and had great fun challenging ourselves and getting muddy. Training doesn’t always have to be serious, its important to find time to make sure you have some fun as well, and for us the obstacle races provided a fun element.

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We also ran the Southport half marathon together in July, completely unplanned on my part. I signed up the night before as I had travelled up to visit Jenni and she was running it the next day.

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In September we took part in the Rat Race Coast to Coast, Running, Kayaking and Cycling across the width of Scotland, an amazing experience with brilliant views (but a long drive to get there) and whilst staying in Scotland we happened to be right next to Ben Nevis so of course we used this opportunity to climb another mountain.

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In October we flew to Chicago to run the marathon, another mini holiday, a chance to go away together and also become a step closer to our 6 marathon majors goal.

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Its tough training so far apart, and I wish we lived closer together so we could run, cycle and swim together. But I guess that’s part of the challenge. The discipline can be hard to find, and even harder to keep, its been easy to lapse a few times and have easier weeks or even months when motivation is low. But having some shared goals definitely helps and we have a hectic calendar of events planned for 2017.

So for us 2016 has been successful. We have started our blog, raced together, travelled together and had a lot of fun in the meantime. We have big plans for the years to come and are looking forward to the challenges and experiences. Thanks for listening to our ramblings in 2016 (telling people our plans helps make sure we stick to them!)and we look forward to bringing you more stories of our crazy adventures in 2017.

Love Helen and Jenni

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TRIBE Freedom Run! 

This weekend I (Helen) had the privilege of leading a TRIBE Freedom Run in my local park, Hornchurch Country Park.

It was quite a surreal experience, in October TRIBE sent out emails and social media campaigns asking for people to get involved, become a Freedom Run Ambassador and lead these runs.


I saw the email and thought I would apply to be a running ambassador… Quick application and then I didn’t think too much more about it… But a few days later I got an email saying I had been selected, I needed to confirm my interest, map out a suitable route on Strava and recruit a team of runners to join me.

I created a justgiving page and set about persuading people that they would definitely love to give up a Saturday afternoon in December, put the Christmas preparations on hold and join me for a 10km run in the park…


As I write this we have raised £176.66, and it’s not too late to sponsor us! Just use this link. We are fundraising for Unseen, they work to prevent trafficking in the UK and to support victims of trafficking, their vision is a world without slavery! A fantastic cause!

TRIBE sent some snacks and t-shirts to be used for the event, these arrived a few days before.


So preparation done, then on Saturday it was time to head out to the park and hope that at least someone would turn up to run with me (else I would have had to wear a lot of t-shirts and eat a lot of snacks all by myself!)

My boyfriend Adam came along with me, and we took the dog (Kai) so at least there would be 3 of us (yep, kai counts as a person, but I made his donation for him).


Anyway, turns out I needn’t have worried, as slowly but surely from about 1.30pm onwards quite a gathering started in the car park that we had agreed as a meeting place… To my amazement lots of people gave up their Saturday afternoon to join in and run for this fantastic cause, many were friends or people I knew by association but some people had just seen the social media promotion and decided to come along!

By the start time of 2pm we had 16 runners, the dog, a child (James) on a mountain bike (his mum allowed him to come along for marshalling and encouragement – much needed and he was fab) and my friend Lisa’s husband Brett also came along on his mountain bike and was a great help by leading the way for the front group of runners! Here is our amazing group of runners at the start ready to go.


I am incredibly grateful to everyone who gave up their time and donated to the charity to join this run. We had a great time on the run which was mostly a trail run and took us through some beautiful areas of the park. Despite the weather being a bit dreary everyone seemed to be having a good time, here is a pic of 3 of the lovely ladies who joined me still smiling despite running up a hill.


Approximately 1 hour later and everyone had made it safely back to the start area for some well earned rest, water and snacks!


Don’t worry, we didn’t loose anyone along the way, some people had to rush off before I managed to get a finishers photo, and the dog had laid down in a heap somewhere behind the camera (he is ok, but let’s just say he has done a lot of sleeping since).

All in all I had a great time being a TRIBE ambassador and am proud to have been fundraising for such a great cause. I would definitely get involved with any similar opportunities in the future.