Hi everyone, welcome to my website!
My name is Hannah Attenburrow, I live in a little village on the South Downs in Hampshire.
I grew up in a very ‘outdoorsy’ family who travelled to wild places in search of trails to ride, rivers to kayak and mountains 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. One of my most memorable family adventures was when I was 12, My Dad, Step Mum and I travelled to a relatively unknown Asian country called Tajikistan. Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. We went trekking along with a guide, 4 donkeys, a doctor and Sherpas around the Fann Mountains. It was a huge culture shock for my then 12 year old self, the people had very little but were prepared to share their homes and food with us, a group of strangers, it made me appreciate life and ignited my passion for adventure.
Fast forward a few years I studied Fashion and then Marketing at University alongside learning to kitesurf and going on weekends to Wales and Scotland with my boyfriend, Martyn.
I got into cycling relatively late, 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.
I decided to mix it up, competing in 12 and 24 hour endurance races. A highlight race for me was in 2015 when I raced Mountain Mayhem 24 hour race as a pair with Martyn it was so much fun, sharing the experience with someone else and motivating each other through the tough times we came third and it spurred me on to look for bigger and more exciting races.
As fate would have it I had just met a girl called Michelle and on a ride through the Surrey Hills one day we hatched a plan to race the Trans Alp stage race in 2016 together. Twelve months later we were lining up for day one of what would be seven days of incredible racing, highs, lows and everything in between.
Life happens outside. Go ride through puddles.
Thank you for visiting my blog, ‘Beyond The Mud’. Why the name you might ask? Well, ‘Beyond the Mud’ refers not to the wet sticky earth version but to, the mud of life that can easily trap us and bog us down to a point where, like hamsters its work – home – cook – sleep – work.
Beyond the mud was born from a desire to get out and live life to the full and look for every opportunity to ‘play hard’. And, for me it starts with dreams……I believe, like the saying goes: ‘Happy are those who dream dreams and are prepared to pay the price to see them come true’.