Hello wonderful Windrushers!!!

It is that time of year again when you get the opportunity to tell us what you did in 2017 that made you proud.

I would absolutely love it if you could tell me what you did in 2017 which made you proud. This could be anything. (Windrush / sport related of course) It could be a mad cap icy iron distance race in the Arctic (see Mr Barclay) or it could be your first Parkrun finish. It could be one length of a moderately cold lido on Christmas morning with only a few childish whimpers. The only criteria is that it made you proud. 

I'd love you to respond to this post or you can send me a private message if you prefer. 

Tell me. I dare you and flesh it out with some detail. Twitter style, not war an peace though :)

Definitely tell me about Iron distance races, 70.3, marathons, ultra trails, channel swims, marathon swims, half marathons, swim runs, the swimmer, trans continental bike races, any distance PBs, age group qualifications, your first triathlon, volunteering roles, coaching qualifications, parkrun successes.  You get the idea...

Why? Our new years party is coming soon and it's going to another awesome evening for the the #windrushfamily. We want to celebrate you because you are the club. We exist to nurture those moments and opportunities which you grasp. 

Come on #windrushfamily. 

(yes, i mean you and yes I am interested and yes that thing you are thinking about is the thing you should tell me about)

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Comment by Rachel Orme on January 18, 2018 at 16:52

Cold water swimming! Keeping up the non-wetsuit swims throughout the winter with lots of other windies, and doing 'The Swimmer' in November with Laura Addis, Olivia Sloan and Hayley Down - 13 mile run from Hampstead to Brixton dipping in four cold water pools / ponds on the way, with lots of fun (and hysteria) en route. A few years ago I would have said this sounded like a dreadful Saturday morning! That was before I was a Windrusher :-)

Comment by Gesine Junker on January 18, 2018 at 14:19

Hi David

In 2017 I managed to excite 12 of my colleges to take  part in the sprint triathlon by JLL (property industry triathlon). For many it was the first time getting anyway near this sport, or sport in general. I organised swim training, relay teams, an outing to Shepperton and lots of encouragement. We had an amazing day together and several of those who came have since taken up sport more regularly, getting fitter, healthier and even signed up for more triathlons. For this year's event, I have doubled the numbers!

I have also learned to descend on the drops - overcoming a long-held fear and now loving it : )

Comment by Urszula Donigiewicz on January 15, 2018 at 20:59

In 2017 I moved to London and I am so glad I joined Windrush with a mindset of trying my first season in triathlon.

There are a few highlights but my biggest achievement was definitely the Cotswolds Middle Distance Tri that was so enjoyable, mainly through the support of the club. It's because of the people in the club that I made friends, enjoyed London life and realised that I am a good swimmer therefore 2018 is for a swim run and a 10km swim.

Even though my stint in London was short term I still feel like I ca catch up with club mates whenever I visit. I miss you guys! Have a wonderful party on Saturday xxx

Comment by Sam Blackburn on January 15, 2018 at 18:22

Ditto Charles comments. That's why I love the end of year party, celebrating all achievements and hearing about those I didn't even know about! Good work #WindrushFamily. Can't wait to hear more on Saturday night! 

Comment by Erica Sample on January 15, 2018 at 15:47

Thanks Charles:) 

Comment by Charles Barclay on January 15, 2018 at 10:52

Well said Erica, that is a really inspiring post. Starting from a difficult place you have achieved amazing things over the past year. And you are spot on about the ethos of the club. We can all feel proud of each other's achievements, as well as making our own journeys in endurance sport.

Comment by Erica Sample on January 15, 2018 at 10:45

what a great idea:) last year started as a struggle for me, I had been ill and suffering from anxiety and panic attacks so much so that when i was with the club in Majorca in April and still not really able to run or swim too well due to breathing i did wonder if my plans were bigger than i could cope with ( i even think the coaches probably wondered as well!) However a month later i did Slateman, which i loved and did a pretty descent job at, i did my first middle distance with the club in the Cotswolds, got a PB in the London duathlon, parkrun and 10km and had a fair few smaller accomplishments along the way. I tried to step outside my comfort zone and for me it was a really enjoyable and good season. Its easy to read the blogs below and feel wow about everything others do especially when they are technically bigger and harder than yours but i think for me its realising we are all on our own journey and just taking part in anything that is a step better than the last one is just worth shouting about. 

Comment by Erika Kennington on January 14, 2018 at 21:36

Completed my first (and second) 10km swims: the first non-wetsuit in <15 degree water in beautiful Snowdonia, and the second (my only indoor swim of the year!) sneaking just inside the 4hour time I had targeted.

Also super proud that fellow Windrushers have embraced my #lidotouring obsession with trips last year to Cambridge, Margate, Lewes and Hampton in the UK, plus 6 lidos in Germany&Austria on my 1200km Tour de Danube!

Comment by Elly on January 12, 2018 at 18:35

A bunch of us did Tour of Wessex in May, which was fun. 322 miles taking in the Jurassic Coast, Cheddar Gorge and Exmoor over 3 days. 

I think there's some photos in the original blog post: Tour of Wessex May 2017  Or a couple attached. 

Comment by David Synott on January 11, 2018 at 14:51

Keep them coming people !!


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