At this time of year many people are reflecting on the year gone by and making resolutions for the one ahead. If you’re anything like me; often those resolutions are out of the window by mid-late January. To plan for success and help you stick to your goals why not set yourself a challenge a bit later in the year as something to aim for?
If your resolution for 2019 is to lead a healthier lifestyle or get more active, why not sign yourself up to one of Suffolk’s sportives, challenges or activities for the coming year? Research has shown that those who are working towards a clear target remain motivated and on-track for much longer than those with no game plan. If you’re already signed up it might just give that extra push on the cold winter mornings in the next few months to dig deeper and keep your focus. For even greater motivation you should think about making your intentions public. This means it’s not just you holding yourself to account but your support network of colleagues, friends and family. Many of the events below offer a sponsorship option which should be great for staying on track with your training plan.
Suffolk Sunrise Cycle Sportive
19th May 2019
Starting from Framlingham College
This Royalty of the Suffolk Cycling calendar offers a great level of challenge for all types of cyclists. Choose between 42, 65 and 102 mile routes and raise money for Action Medical Research at the same time.
This event is sponsored by a range of local businesses and volunteers who make sure the routes are well planned, marshalled and the day goes smoothly. You can sign up with a team or it’s completely fine to complete on your own – there are such a range of people who take part that you’re sure to make friends along the route.
The Great East Swim
Saturday 22nd June
This open water swimming event is open to a range of abilities. Whether you’re tackling the 10k or dipping your toe for the 250m swim this is a great event to get into training for. Wetsuits and high visibility tow floats are recommended. For full information and to book yourself on visit The Great East Swim website.
The Whole Hog
Be prepared to get dirty! This muddy obstacle race is great fun for teams or individuals to enter. With 2 length/difficulty options to enter and being a bit later in the year this is something to take your time & train properly for. Now in its 13th year, this Suffolk event is a great chance to raise money for charity & get fit at the same time. You can sign yourself up here.
Hackney – Dunwich
The Dunwich Dynamo is a legendary event in the Suffolk sporting calendar. Starting at London Fields in Hackney as the sun sets; the idea is to make it to Dunwich Beach in time for sunrise. Though the route is relatively flat & you’ll see many novelty riders out; it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted: A night-time 115 mile ride will certainly require some dedicated training.
As it’s an unofficial and unsupported event there is no organiser but Southwark cycling club organise transport back from the beach if needed and the Dunwich Dynamo facebook page will give riders all the information they need to plan their ride.
The Orwell Challenge
Pipers Vale, Ipswich
The Orwell challenge is the longest of 3 routes planned for Sunday 23rd June as part of the Suffolk Walking Festival. Choose between a 12, 19 or 25 mile route through beautiful countryside and raise money for your chosen charity. Walkers & runners are well looked after with numerous check-points along the way. There’s also 20% discount if you book before the end of February – Another perfect incentive for that New Year resolution!
Shimpling, Bury St Edmunds
This 3-day festival of running takes place in picturesque Suffolk farmland. Although some events, such as the 24hr endurance challenge are aimed at experienced runners; there are plenty of options across the weekend for all abilities. Visitors can camp, enjoy refreshments (including a bar) as well as live music and inspirational speakers. Book your tickets here & make sure to step up the training regime from January 1st in preparation.
What about you?
Hopefully this should leave you feeling inspired to set yourself a challenge for the coming year. If you have a resolution for 2019 or a novel way to stay on track let me know, I’d love to hear your grand plans!