Envrionmental Research from London
My biggest achievements
My personal records
Record Half marathon
Record 54 miles
My blog posts
Earth Day 2022: Sustainable Swaps for Runnersby Becca B / Apr. 22, 2022
Every action, no matter how small, you take in order to protect the planet counts - every single one. From small sustainable swaps that reduce your consumption and decrease your environmental impact to larger lifestyle changes, lobbying, activism, research and more. Sometimes things may feel meaningless, especially when facing large environmental challenges, but actions matter- YOUR actions matter.
Race Recap: My First 70.3 Triathlonby Becca B / Feb. 13, 2022
On Saturday 14 August 2021 I completed my first 70.3 middle distance triathlon (half iron distance). It has taken me a LONG time to get round to writing this recap- mainly because once my event was over (and gone were the long training sessions) I needed time to enjoy riding the post race high, and I had lots of rest to catch up on! But here we are six months later and it FINALLY feels time to get all this down.
what to expect in the 48 hours before a marathonby Becca B / Sep. 30, 2021
What to expect in the 48 hours before a marathon? I guess this differs person to person based on your experience, expectations and goals, however I’ve found a pattern in terms of what I encounter in the lead up to a marathon.
Earth Day: Greenspace for Headspaceby Becca B / Apr. 22, 2021
The benefits of exercising or spending time outdoors are apparent in a wide range of literature and pages on the internet, but why is being outside associated with wellbeing? A 2018 Study by the University of East Anglia highlighted that exposure to greenspace can promote reduced risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, but greenspaces are becoming increasingly associated with mental health benefits and advantages to our greater wellbeing.
Running in Winter: Staying Motivatedby Becca B / Dec. 18, 2020
As the days get shorter, nights longer and the weather a bit more unpredictable, its natural for your motivation to plummet alongside the winter temperatures. With many gyms on restricted opening hours/ limited access, more and more of us will remain training outside despite the weather taking a wintery turn.
Winter Running Safetyby Becca B / Nov. 09, 2020
Winter running throws up many challenges, gone are the long summer days and for many this means training after dark. Sometimes I feel frustrated that I have to think about (or in this case write) about staying safe when running in the dark, we should be able to run and be safe, but the sad reality is that safety is paramount as the days get shorter.
World Ekiden 2020by Becca B / Oct. 18, 2020
When a group of people come together to share a dream or goal amazing things can happen. Now more than ever team work, staying connected and supporting each other are extremely important, and whilst many of us can't physically run together we can virtually interact through shared experiences like virtual racing, challenging each other and mutual accountability and motivation.
Being a More Eco-Friendly Runnerby Becca B / Jun. 05, 2020
World Environment Day is celebrated each year on the 5th June. It is a day to inspire positive change, highlight key environmental challenges and promote widespread action. The theme for 2020 is Biodiversity. Biodiversity is the collective term for life on Earth. All living things exist within communities, otherwise known as ecosystems, these encompass the oceans, deserts, forests even cities. The combination of these varying ecosystems is biodiversity and humans rely on this to survive.
Tips to Help You Start Running in Lockdown?by Becca B / May. 06, 2020
With gyms, pools and communal workout areas closed more and more people are turning to running as a method to get fit or stay fit during the COVID-19 lockdown period. For those new to exercise this can be exceptionally daunting- with footpaths seemingly busier than ever, and for those who already engage in regular exercise but have never run before it can be a tough serving of just how demanding running can be. But that isn’t to put you off!
My Top Tips for Getting into Runningby Becca B / Mar. 06, 2020
So you’re ready to start your running journey? Or perhaps you’re not quite ‘ready’ but you’re keen to give it a go? WELCOME to the running community and congratulations on having the bravery to try something new and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
GEL-NIMBUS 22: All You Need to Knowby Becca B / Mar. 04, 2020
Want to know more about the ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 22? How does this compare to the GEL-NIMBUS 19, 20 (my old favourite!) or the 21? Tune in for my random running shoe ramblings and hear everything you need to know about the Gel-Nimbus 22 and more. This is a non technical, no jargon, review to covering all things ASICS GEL-NIMBUS.
EVORIDE vs GLIDERIDE Video Reviewby Becca B / Feb. 21, 2020
Want the lowdown on the ASICS EVORIDE? Curious as to how this compares to the ASICS GLIDERIDE? What on earth is a toe spring?Tune in for my very non-technical running related ramblings contrasting the two shoes and how I use them in my training.
Barbados Marathon Weekend Race Recapby Becca B / Jan. 20, 2020
The Run Barbados International Marathon Weekend offers an ideal collection of destination races for anyone looking to enjoy some winter sunshine whilst pursing their running agenda. The Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and mile fun run take place as part of the Run Barbados International Marathon weekend with the selection of races over the course of three days in early December. On the 4 December 2019 I headed out on an invited press trip with Visit Barbados to participate in the marathon
FUJITRABUCO PRO Reviewby Becca B / Jan. 01, 2020
I’m not the most experienced of trail runners or trail running shoe testers by any means. I’ve only tried two other pairs of trail running shoes prior to this, but the ASICS FujiTrabuco Pro have fast become a firm favourite for enjoying the trails and feeling confident as I incorporate more and more trail running into my schedule.
A Beginner's Guide to Trail Runningby Becca B / Dec. 11, 2019
2019 has been the year I fell in love with trail running. It’s the perfect way to combine my love of running and fitness with the great outdoors. I’m still very new to this world and use the trails as a way to escape my city life, immerse myself in nature and take a break from hardcore training, instead using it as a way to switch off and relax.
FrontRunner Trail & OCR Meet in Munichby Becca B / Jul. 15, 2019
I write this from about 30,000 ft on the flight home from an incredible weekend in Munich for the ASICS FrontRunner International OCR and Trail meet up. This is the second time today I’ve been above the clouds. It’s been a weekend filled with plenty of mud, plenty of mountains and some incredible memories made. We’ve also had the chance to really put the incredible new Fujitrabuco pro shoes through their paces.
If You Run, You're a Runner!by Becca B / Feb. 06, 2019
Back in February 2019 when I was collating some frequently asked questions about the ASICS FrontRunner team ahead of the application phase I noticed the same questions coming up again and again- people questioning if they were a ‘real runner’ because they only ran X distance or X pace, or hadn’t done a marathon, or were new to running.
ASICS FrontRunner Application Questions Explainedby Becca B / Feb. 06, 2019
So you're interested in being an ASICS FrontRunner?! That is great news! Before you begin your application, here are some of the most frequently asked questions to help address any queries you may have about the team. Good luck and we can't wait to read your application.
ASICS Majorca Training Campby Becca B / Oct. 21, 2018
During mid October, ASICS Frontrunner team members from 9 countries united in Majorca for the second ASICS training camp of 2018. It was a week of fun, friendships, running, cycling, hiking, stretching, swimming, ice cream and losing Pete on a mountain (twice).
I am a Marathonerby Becca B / May. 16, 2018
I am a record breaking world major marathoner. What’s your super power? On the 22 April 2018 I battled the heat to complete the hottest ever London Marathon and cross the finish line after 26.2 miles for the very first time. It wasn’t easy, but one lesson I have learned in life if that you should always chase your dreams, even if that means you chase them for 26.2miles.
Who run the world? Girlsby Becca B / Mar. 08, 2018
Queen Beyonce said so herself. Girls run the world! The mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, nieces, friends, in laws, wives, girlfriends, here is to strong, independent and incredible women everywhere. Women have been pivotal in the course of history: from Rosa Parks to Emmeline Pankhurst, Malala Yousafzai to Marie Curie. Thursday 8 March 2018 is International Womens' Day, a chance to celebrate the achievements of women the world over.
FrontRunner UK: A Year Onby Becca B / Mar. 01, 2018
As we round off our first year of the ASICS FrontRunner UK team and look ahead to welcoming our new team mates at the upcoming launch weekend in Birmingham it is time to reflect on the crazy family and all the adventures being an ASICS FrontRunner brings.
A Northerner Running The British 10K in Londonby Becca B / Oct. 18, 2017
Having recently relocated to London I am embracing every opportunity, and when I was offered the chance to run the Virgin Sport British 10K with my fellow ASICS FrontRunner UK team mates Marcus and Corey, I was filled with so much excitement.
20 Chicken Nuggets and a Shock Half Marathon PBby Becca B / Oct. 09, 2017
Half marathoner is a title I’ve recently added to my running CV. Having only completed my first half marathon in Swansea on the 25 June this year, I’m still enjoying the challenges this distance has to offer whilst learning a lot about myself as a runner, my stamina, nutrition tactics, race strategy and that mental battle that comes with distance running. My previous two halves have been steep learning curves and I’ve been lucky to learn from the best. Aaron is a half marathon machine, he’s the Yoda of race strategy and knows how to attack those 13.1miles and throw absolutely everything into it and I’ve been lucky to have him by my side for my previous two halves, but my third outing I was ready to go it alone and push my boundaries, resulting in a shock PB that I never saw coming!
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|05.02.2017||Mad Dog 10K||10K||48:50:00|
|14.05.2017||Worden Park 10k||10K||Approx 48mins|
|21.05.2017||Crazy Cow||10K||Approx 48mins|
|29.05.2017||London 10,000||10K||Approx 50mins|
|25.06.2017||Swansea Half Marathon||Half Marathon||1:55:58|
|24.09.2017||Ealing Half Marathon||Half Marathon||1:54:48|
|30.09.2017||Bear Grylls Survival Race||OCR||Finished and had an absolute blast|
|08.10.2017||West Coast Half Marathon||Half Marathon||1:49:15|
|22.10.2017||Cancer Research Tough 10||10k Trail||I didn't run for a time, I ran for the experience!|
|04.02.2018||Mad dog 10K||10k Road||00:47:29|
|24.02.2018||Lee Valley Velopark Half Marathon||Half Marathon||1:45:28|
|31.03.2018||Victoria Park half marathon||half marathon||1:43:29|
|20.05.2018||Hackney Half||half marathon||Paced a friend to 2 hours|
|01.07.2018||Southport half||half marathon||Things went VERY wrong!|
|28.07.2018||Ride London 100||Cycling||Finished and ate a lot of clif bars along the way|
|10.08.2018||London Aquathlon||Swim/ Run||I want to say 32 minutes! It was all a blur|
|14.10.2018||Palma 10k||10k||Finished, but not too sure of the time, was focusing on ice cream|
|26.12.2018||Boxing Day 10k||10k||Paced a friend to 55 minutes|
|08.01.2019||RunThrough 10k||10k||First run back after illness approx 56mins|
|27.01.2019||GoTri Super Sprint Duathlon||Run Bike Run||35:29|
|10.02.2019||East London Half||Half Marathon Pacer||2:10:23|
|24.02.2019||GoTri Sprint Duathlon||Run Bike Run||1:08:08|
|10.03.2019||The Big Half||Half Marathon||1:57|
|13.03.2019||Runthrough Chase the Moon||10km||47:58|
|16.03.2019||Dunedin 5km Florida||5km||Top Female Finisher|
|24.03.2019||Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle||5 miles||49:49|
|19.05.2019||Hackney Half||Half marathon||1:55:06|
|26.05.2019||Liverpool Marathon and Run Fit Expo||Marathon||4:04:23|
|01.06.2019||Mountain Training Week- Albera Expeditions Pyrenees||Mountain running|
|22.06.2019||Race to the King||Ultra Marathon 54 Miles||13:12:46|
|14.07.2019||XLETIX 19km OCR Munich||OCR||Verrrrrrrryyyy muddy|
|28.07.2019||London Triathlon||Olympic Distance Triathlon||3:03:41|
|04.08.2019||Ride London||100 mile cycle||7:32|
|17.08.2019||London Aquathlon||Swim 400m Run 5k||35 minutes (ish)|
|08.09.2019||London Duathlon||Run Bike Run|
|15.09.2019||Dorney Lake Season Finale||Olympic Distance Triathlon||3:14:07|
|21.09.2019||Swim Serpentine||2 mile swim|
|21.09.2019||Swim Serpentine||2 miles open water swim||1:13:31|
|06.12.2019||Run Barbados Marathon Weekend- Signia Globe 1 Mile Fun Run||Mile in 30 degree heat!||7:51|
|07.12.2019||Run Barbados Marathon Weekend- Cave Shepherd VISA Credit Card 5KM Race||5km|
|08.12.2019||Run Barbados Marathon Weekend- Fortress Half Marathon||Half Marathon|