ABOUT ME

ABOUT ME 2017-03-24T12:09:55+00:00

My name is Hannah and I’m an aspiring adventurer, endurance athlete and blogger.

The beginning

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very ‘outdoorsy’ family who travelled to wild places in search of a trail to ride, river to kayak or mountain to climb. These experiences I had as a child have stayed with me into my adult life and encouraged me to get out and live life to the full.

In 2012 I was sitting watching the Olympics and was in awe of the amazing athletes racing round Hadleigh making mountain biking look almost effortless! It was that moment when I decided to have a go at my first ever cross-country race. I was hooked from first entering the arena the buzz of the spectators, the friendly nature of everyone it was a great community to be part of. After two years I had worked myself up to elite and felt that I had reached my peak in cross-country.

A new cchallenge

Looking for a new challenge I turned to endurance racing, competing in my first 24 hour race with my boyfriend Martyn, this was a fantastic experience it was tough both mentally and physically. The journey together was a brilliant experience and we finished third even with a 4 hour nap!

This ignited me to take the plunge and try a 12 hour solo this was the most draining thing I have ever done I felt pushed way out of my comfort zone, but it taught me a lot out myself and my will power to grind out the miles even when I just wanted a cup of tea and a nap.

I wanted to try more endurance events but one thing was missing. I was missing the journey, in training I would make routes around the villages in Hampshire, where I live, or across the South Downs and I enjoyed the accomplishment of saying today I cycled from here to here. So I started looking at stage races, as if by fate this was about the time I met Michelle a South African mountain biker, over in the UK studying. Talking over coffee after a ride the Trans Alp came up, the next week we had signed up as a team and the rest, as they say, is history. The Trans Alp was one of my greatest achievements and it taught me that although I like racing, my passion is in the self-achievement of setting out with a goal and the personal victory as you get closer to making it happen.

Where next..

I love to challenge myself physically and mentally and putting these two together in endurance sport has taught me a lot about myself and showed me the benefit sport can have in all our lives. My next challenges for 2017 are climbing Mont Blanc and 24 hour mountain bike solo.

Life is an adventure. Go jump in some puddles.