Based on the Isle of Tiree in the Hebrides, Tiree Fitness brings you the opportunity to feel good about your health and fitness. Whether that means shaping up, getting out in the fresh air, or working up a sweat in the gym; you can do it. Tiree Fitness offers you the chance to do what you’ve been putting off for so long. So get off the couch, put on your shoes, lets go…..
The aim? To raise money for Cystinosis research.
The aim is to raise much-needed funds for the charity Cystinosis Foundation UK, which supports research into treatments for this rare, and so far incurable genetic condition.
The cause is particularly close to the heart of one of the cyclists, Neil Hutchison, whose daughter Morven was born with the condition in 2010. Neil is a trustee of the charity and the main organiser of this event.
Ever since we moved to Tiree 10 years ago I’ve wondered if it would be possible to run around the island in one go. Back then I was just getting into windsurfing and then mountain biking, so in a disjointed way I suppose I got around most of the island on two wheels or on a board. But the idea of doing the whole coastline on foot was a challenge. A Challenge that’s probably taken me 10 years to actually get in shape to do! And with our second baby imminent, and today being the only day without gale force winds in ages, it seemed like a good time to do it.
So 35 miles, countless beaches, some bogs, plenty of grassland, ups, downs, 5hrs running, and all fuelled by a pack of oatcakes and a bottle of water – which was not planned, it was just all I had in – Becky’s away so the cupboards are bare
If you know Tiree then you’re aware there are a lot of beaches. I thought I’d been to them all. I was wrong. Today I found beaches I’d never set foot on, all with their own unique charm, and all totally unspoilt. The beaches here are just a pleasure to run on, I lost count of how many I ran across, and I was lost in the huge vista that is ever present.
Off the beach it’s a mix of grassland, rocky outcrops, tracks, sheep paths, and a few boggy sections. There were only a few bits where I wasn’t sure of a way across; Milton to Caolas, Miodar to Salum, Balephetrish to the Green. But Tiree is very open so it’s easy enough to pick a way through and the whole route was runnable. The last few kilometres were in the rain, yet it was strangely one of the best bits, knowing it was almost done and realising just how fantastic a place Tiree is to be out running, even in the rain.
There’s more pictures on the Tiree Fitness Facebook page. And perhaps a Tiree Ultra in the pipeline too….
Mallorca is now a hazy memory of sun, warmth, training, eating, showering, training, eating……. a recent comment about the odd sense of relaxation amid such a full schedule made me realise again just how liberating a training camp is. Most people seem to worry that they’re not fit enough, or how they will hold others back, or simply that they wont be able to keep up with the volume of training. But once into the programme, and with all the regular stresses of day to day life left at home, the simple schedule of doing some exercise and then recovering and refuelling before doing some more is indeed quite relaxing. There’s not much else to worry about; the food is provided, the dishes are done, it’s decided what we’re doing for lunch, just get your trainers on and get on with it.
We’ve had a range of abilities in Mallorca as well as on Tiree. I think this helps bring out the best in the whole group as it just highlights that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and that everyone is on a journey to get the best from themselves. There’s a lot that we try and give as instructors, but this is usually matched by what the group brings itself, and we’ve found after each camp that people have taken away tips or inspiration or ideas from others in the group. This process is one of the most encouraging things about setting up these training camps.
So it’s now back in the UK and trying to translate that inspiration found in Mallorca into some sustainable training programme that keeps in balance everything else we have in our lives. Learning how to do this is an ongoing challenge to be embraced, and the more honest you are about your aspirations the more likely you are to find a way to achieve them. Our next training camp is on Tiree in March which I’m really excited about. Tiree has a uniqueness that can be captured so well through being out and training in it. The weather recently has been wild and that special something is not lost, and then this morning was glorious sunshine which lays bare just how beautiful this island is.
So looking forward to training through the winter and at the camp in March, and then all gather for the 10k & Half Marathon in May for a fantastic weekend.
Until then, Happy Training!
It’s mid week in the Autumn Training Camp out here in Puerto Pollensa. So far this week we’ve had everyone out running before breakfast every day; starting the day running along the coast as the sun comes up has been fantastic. We followed this with a trail run yesterday to the gorgeous seaside village of Cala St Vicenc. To give the legs a rest the day was finished with a RipCord session mixed with some impromptu netball. It’s been wonderful to see another group bond and bring out the best in each other, with so many of the group exceeding their own expectations. We’re only half way through the week so there’s plenty more yet to come. Today is challenge day so everyone has set themselves a mission based on their own ability and aspirations – either swimming, trail running, cycling, triathlon, press ups and even paddle boarding. One of the great things about having a mixed ability group is that it really brings out the best in everybody; the competition is within ourselves, and all achievements are recognised. And so challenge day continues….
First night back at circuits, thanks everyone who came and made it a fun class. Here’s a quick note of that mini workout which you were going to do every day until next week. Repeat enough times through to make 10 minutes.
Spot jog, side to side, heel digs, back lunge, jumping jacks, high low squats, fast feet jumps. Add a set of press ups and a 1 minute plank for extra marks. I’ll be asking next week how you got on…..
Next class is Thursday 6pm An Talla