Simply Sports Socks

Simply Sports – Planning your run, wholesale.


With every running event you get a build up in excitement and the nearer the day of the run the more the nerves are jangling and the greater need to address those last minute details. Do I need new socks, have I got enough Gels, checking what time must I leave for the tenth time! It’s what we all go through as runners every time. It is the same for us at Simply Sports, with every event we get to enjoy our customer’s feelings and it is a great buzz for all the staff.

However, our preparations start over 9 months earlier when we plan and place orders for the following season. Yes it is that far ahead, 2016 is done and dusted and we are now working on 2017!

Even something as simple as socks are ordered well in advance and might involve a meeting in Munich at the Sports Trade fair, trips to London and Birmingham to see various suppliers, we go through the same process of choosing our socks except that the numbers are slightly bigger and we have to travel a bit further. Oh and once we sign on the dotted line there is no changing our mind, we are committed so have to get it right.

As race day nears, whether it is a local Parkrun or the London Marathon we make sure we monitor on a daily basis our stock of the essentials and with the Run Reigate Half marathon and 10K we have even more focus with the race packs. For Run Reigate the excitement is fantastic, we feel every nerve, every twinge that our customers tell us about and the wonderful community spirit that this event creates, our staff love it and always ask months ahead if they can work during the lead up and on the day of the event.

Afterwards, we take stock, are we happy with our performance, did we enjoy it as much as last year and most importantly how did our customers get on. For weeks afterwards we hear tales of the day, the tough bits the atmosphere and then it is on to the next event.  There is nothing like a great local event and Run Reigate is one of the best in the country, officially one of the best!

Then the phone rings and it is Alex Wilson of Hilly Socks asking to book an appointment to go through our sock requirements for 2017! Now where did I leave that crystal ball?


Adrian Pointer – Simply Sports, Reigate

 

Run Reigate Flags

“I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul”


What does it take to become a ‘Marathon Man’?  And no, I don’t mean Dustin Hoffman enduring some rogue dentistry.  Just as some of us mere mortals work up to running our first 10K, half or full marathon, Rob Young and Eddie Izzard have completed amazing mental and physical feats that take endurance running to a new elevation, earning themselves the title of Marathon Man.

Extreme races are springing up all over the world, as some runners look for the next level of fortitude.  The legendary Marathon Des Sables started on Friday, in its 28th year and is according to many “The Toughest Race on Earth”.  It’s an ultra, run over 6 days on a course of around 150 miles, in nearly 50C degree heat. The website claims, “Any idiot can run an Ultra marathon, but it takes a special kind of idiot to run the Marathon Des Sables”.  The athletes who run these distances are able to tap into an inner tenacity, that many of us don’t feel we have.

Rob Young had that inner belief.  He also had a very unusual start.  After watching the London Marathon in 2014, his girlfriend bet him 20p that he couldn’t run 26.2 miles.  With an offer like that, what Scot could say no (as a fellow Scot, I am allowed to make that joke).  So Rob got up early the next morning and ran a marathon before work.  He didn’t stop there though – Rob then ran marathons or ultras consecutively for 420 days, covering the same distance as 476 marathons and 11,700 miles in one year.  He won 96 of the races and set some world records on the way.  In January 2015, he set off on a 3,100 mile race across America from LA to Washington DC, which he won by 30 hours, even though in the middle of it he flew back to compete in the London Marathon, an homage to the start of his personal journey.    

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Although Rob had been an athlete when he was young, competing for GB as a triathlete in the 20-24 age group, he hadn’t been running regularly before commencing this amazing feat.  Rob has carried on competing in marathons and ultras.  Studies have shown that his ability to run marathon day after day is extraordinary and that his pain threshold must be very high.  However, athleticism and the ability to tolerate pain do not necessarily make an extreme athlete and he has created purpose from his running that drives him on.  He has raised thousands of pounds for worthy charities that support kids.  He’s a man who clearly believes you are master of your own destiny, deciding to push himself to unparalleled goals and smashing them.    

‘Marathon Men’ don’t have to be athletes.  Eddie Izzard is a hero in our house, ever since my brother introduced me to the ‘Definite Article’ when I was a student.  I know he’s a man of mind over matter.  He has chosen to perform his shows in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic, languages he didn’t even speak, just to challenge himself.  He took this fabulous mindset to endurance running, when in the UK in 2009 and with only 5 weeks training he ran 43 marathons in 51 days, covering 1,100 miles for Sports Relief.  After a foiled attempt in 2012, due to serious medical issues, to run 27 marathons in 27 days in honour of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island, Eddie came back in 2016 to complete the challenge.  For many people, the weight of such a massive previous disappointment might pull them down, but determinedly he forced his way through, promising to himself and the millions of viewers following him that he would run, walk or crawl his way through the blazing 30C degree heat to complete the challenge and help raise over £2 million for Sports Relief.  In his BBC3 documentary, he reads William Ernest Henley’s ‘Invictus’, a poem that inspired the resilience of Nelson Mandela and clearly at times a mantra for Eddie has he fought his way along mile after mile.  Not a natural athlete, but a man whose mental strength allows him to achieve amazing physical feats.  His great recovery tips of how you can have a beer after a marathon as it has carbohydrates and water in it, show he is a man after my own heart.  Yes, I do love him!

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Being a ‘Marathon Man’ is not about gender.  Let us not forget some of the amazing women who have also been an inspiration to us and no, I’m not talking about myself here.  Apparently women in general are 3 x more likely to complete an ultra than men, not because of fitness, but rather because they are less likely to give up.  Ellie Greenwood is a two-time 100K World Champion and holds course records for a variety of ultra races.   She was the first Britain to win South Africa’s 90 km Comrades Marathon (the oldest ultra-marathon in the world)  in 2014, with a time of 6 hours and 18 minutes.  That’s averaging at 14.3 km per hour in sweltering heat.  We also of course have the wonderful Paula Radcliffe, a marathon legend who retired last year, still holding the women’s world marathon record which she made after just a year of marathon running.  She holds 9 other world records and has asthma!  These ladies have given their all.

When I trained for my first marathon a few years ago, I was dreading my big training runs.  The day I ran 20 miles, it was blowing a gale, snowing with sub-zero conditions.  I had to stop various times (which was the first time that had happened in a training run) and came home with a frozen mono-brow and zero belief that I could run 26.2 miles.  Then the weather turned and I galloped round my next long training run, feeling invincible (clearly this was only in my head and I have no doubt that I was actually shuffling along, being overtaken by sprightly pensioners).  Finishing the race a few weeks later, was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I’m not really a runner, but I had said I was going to do it, people had sponsored me, I was being tracked, pac-man style round the route and I didn’t want to let myself down – so I did it!  I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul…

These Marathon Men are amazing and so are you.  The first step on any journey is deciding you’re going to do it.  So go on, sign up at www.runreigate.com and we’ll be there to cheer you on every step of the way.

 

Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

 

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

Here’s Dave Moorcroft, Director of Sport at Join In talking about Run Reigate, which was voted the second best half marathon in the country at The Running Awards. For more info on the marathon or to sign up to volunteer visit http://www.runreigate.co.uk

Posted by INTERSPORT UK on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dave Moorcroft appeals for Run Reigate volunteers


As Run Reigate is set to be bigger than last year, we need even more people to volunteer a little of their time to be Racemakers on the day of the event (20 September).

It’s a fun and rewarding experience with a great sense of camaraderie and a great way of giving something back… but don’t just take our word for it – this interview with running legend Dave Moorcroft in Running Fitness credits the thousands of volunteers “all of whom played more than a little bit of a part in my career” and talks about Intersport’s Run Reigate event.

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Race Ambassadors Dave Moorcroft and Shireen Bailey

You can also catch him on video here talking about Run Reigate at Reigate’s Simply Sports shop appealing for you to lend a hand on Race Day.

Moorcroft, who is on a mission to get Britain more active, is also Director of Sport at Join In, the nation’s charity for local sports volunteering (and a London 2012 legacy programme) who we’ve partnered with to help recruit new volunteers.

Research shows that volunteering in sport by sharing our time and experience makes us happier, gives us more self-esteem, a sense of purpose and helps us learn new skills and make friendships.

So what does volunteering at Run Reigate involve and who are we looking for to help us? You can opt to become one of 3 levels of volunteer:
  • Racemaker – We need lots of these – more than 300 volunteers. From handing out medals and bananas to being a route marshal responsible for guiding and encouraging runners, there’s a role for everyone. You can opt to volunteer in groups, request to be with family members or marshal certain parts of the route.
  • Team Leader – We’re looking for 20 – you’ll be responsible for managing up to 12 Racemakers and you’ll need to be available for training on the morning of 19 September. This will involve first aid and radio training and you will be taken around the route by your Zone Supervisor.
  • Zone Supervisor – We need 6 in total, ideally with previous events management experience. You’ll be confident enough to manage 40 people and a dedicated section of the race route. You will be fully trained on the morning of 5 September.

As a thank you to all our volunteers, you’ll qualify for a free place for next year’s 10K or half marathon for yourself or a friend.

Each new volunteer makes a huge difference and you’ll be benefitting the community by supporting our runners and promoting active, healthier lives. So please show you care about your local area by investing your time – in return you’ll feel pride and build trust in our community.

Sign up now or encourage a friend or family member!

Shireen Bailey

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Olympian Shireen Bailey welcomes you to Run Reigate

Race welcome


Hi all,
A big welcome to Reigate’s first ever Half Marathon! We are all very excited about it, the route has been carefully planned around Reigate, and it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere. Friends and family can cheer you on and of course we start and finish in lovely Priory Park.
Whether you are a seasoned runner, a fun runner or someone who has just thought about running, please set yourself a goal and enter this historic event, especially if you live locally! Running is so good for you, physically and mentally – it burns calories faster than many other activities, it boosts your cardiovascular health and your body’s immunity to illness. Running improves your blood cholesterol level, fights diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis. Best of all, it improves your confidence by helping lose weight, releasing endorphins and keeping you fit and motivated. What is there to lose!?
If you can, please run for one of our charities and help raise vital funds. There is plenty of time to train for this great event and reap the benefits of a healthier, fitter you.
I hope to see you there on the day.
Best wishes
Shireen Bailey
800m semi finalist and 1500m finalist, Seoul Olympics 1988
Second British girl to break 2 mins for the 800m
Running Coach and Reigate & Banstead resident