Train trip to the North West and Midlands

Train trip to the North West and Midlands

On the last weekend I had my second long-distance train trip this year in order to do races in the North West and Midlands. Although the trip ended up nice, the preparation was a mess and I had to written off a few tickets due to changes of circumstances. Trip planning I was going for a race in Windermere, from the south to the north. The race registration was 07:15 – 08:00 at Fell Foot Park which was also where…

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Race report: BLDSA Windermere

Race report: BLDSA Windermere

Today, I attempted to do my second marathon swim race this year but unfortunately I didn’t end up well. I pulled myself out just 3.5 km from the finish due to extreme leg pain. This blog article is only about the race itself. My marvellous train journeys will be described in another article coming later. Motivation The race of swimming the whole length of Windermere, at 16.5 km, is one of the longer distance marathon swimming races in the UK,…

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Race report: SEOUL Nailsworth

Race report: SEOUL Nailsworth

On the summer bank holiday, I went to Nailsworth to race orienteering. It was a very steep courses with plenty of route choices and contour reading. In order to save words I ain’t going to show every leg here, only those with significant route choices. 5 to 6 I and the majority of people used the blue route (1513 m), but a few used the green route (1608 m). There were 7 up-contours after the valley on the final part…

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What will be my future?

What will be my future?

It has now been 11 months since my swimming life has been damaged, and 6 months since I lost my job in Bournemouth. I moved to North West London in June instead of South London as originally planned, mainly because the train service is too bad there with most lines only running every half an hour in South London. North London is dominated by TfL-run services, including Tube and Overground, while South London is dominated by National Rail services run…

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Race report: Lincoln City Race

Race report: Lincoln City Race

I went to the University of Lincoln earlier today to participate in Lincoln City Race, organised by Lincoln Orienteering Group (LOG), which is the 16th race of the UK Urban League this year. Journey to the race The event centre is approximately 1.1 km from Lincoln train station, therefore in order to get there I just need to take the train. The normal route for me to get from my home, Cricklewood, to Lincoln is to take a Thameslink train…

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World Trail Orienteering Championships 2022

World Trail Orienteering Championships 2022

After the PreWTOC TrailO Adventure, we had a rest day before we head to the world championships. I went to the city pool again to swim, while Chi Hang, Louis and Sophie also went there as well being attracted by the water slide. However, I didn’t swim a lot – only 2.5 km – as I still hadn’t fully recovered from my illness two days before. Model event The model event was held on 19 July in Borowice. There were…

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Race & trip report: Vidösternsimmet

Race & trip report: Vidösternsimmet

I completed my longest swim to date – 21.5 km! My longest swim distance has now exceeded my longest run distance (half marathon). I participated in the 11th edition of Vidösternsimmet, held on 2022-08-13. I completed the full distance race, 21.5 km from Osudden to Sundet, in 10:07:22. This was my 5th long distance swim (at least 10 km, or a Scandinavian mile) I have done in my life since 2019. Preface I signed up for this race early February…

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PreWTOC TrailO Adventure

PreWTOC TrailO Adventure

On 16/7 and 17/7, I did my third and fourth TrailO World Ranking Events this year, PreWTOC TrailO Adventure. The races were a TempO race and a PreO race, held on the weekend in Cieplice, Jelenia Góra before the World Trail Orienteering Championships (WTOC) in nearby terrains, with the same organiser responsible for the punching system and result processing. ,Therefore they were warm up races for the world championship. The field was the largest ever for a TrailO WRE race…

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Race report: East Region Open Water Swimming Championships

Race report: East Region Open Water Swimming Championships

I did my first ASA open water swimming championship on 10/7 in Norwich. It was the starting point for me to become a competitive open water swimmer. The race was the East Region Open Water Swimming Championships. However, it was also the London Region Open Water Swimming Championships and an open age-group competition. The distances on order were, in race order, 3 km, 1 km, 2 km and 5 km, and it was possible to do both 3 and 5,…

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Race report: Banana Triathlon

Race report: Banana Triathlon

I am now a triathlete! On 2 July, I did my first triathlon, Banana Triathlon, held in Dorney Lake. I completed it but lost it on the bike. Background My thought of doing a triathlon started in 2020 after I had done a few aquathons for a couple of years. Due to the COVID pandemic it never materialised, and I didn’t even have a chance to do another aquathon again before I left Hong Kong in 2021. In my year…

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