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News Archive November 2010

Adele Laughs Her Way into The New York Marathon

Fun runner Adele Young came up with a funny story – and laughed her way into a free trip to compete in the New York Marathon.

Adele, 32, of Maidenhead, Berks, entered a competition to tell marathon legend Ron Hill an amusing tale about raising money for charity – and came up with the winner.

Yahoo account manager Adele told how she once stood on the platform at London’s Paddington railway station in a sexy cheerleader’s outfit and wearing yellow tights…as commuters streamed by throwing quips and comments her way!

She explained: “I commute into London everyday and always see people at the station trying to raise money for charity.

“I just wanted to stand out. A friend suggested we raise money wearing the cheerleading costumers which matched the colours of my chosen charity.

“The yellow tights were an addition due to the freezing temperatures that day – but they certainly got me noticed!”

Ron Hill judged her story the best in the competition sponsored by Manchester-based Sports Tours International, who specialise in travel and accommodation for sporting events and holidays.

Adele trains up to three times a week – and started running after watching the film Run Fat Boy Run. She recently took part in the 2010 London Marathon finishing in four hours and 45 minutes, raising £6,000 pounds – an amazing £3,000 over her target.

Adele will spend three nights in New York giving her plenty of time to take in the sights of the Big Apple – before competing on Sunday November 7.

Adele, who entered the competition via the charity Whizz-kidz, added: “It has been my dream for some time now to run in both the London and New York Marathons. I can’t believe I am going to run both in the same year!

“I am hoping the sights of New York will hide the pain as I run the course.

“I would like to thank Sports Tours International for coming up with such a fun competition. Running is hard work, but everyone enjoys a good laugh.”

Sports Tours Head of Operations Brendan Fox said: “We are delighted to have such a worthy winner for our New York Marathon competition. We look forward to seeing Adele run there and raise money for Whizz-kidz.”

Ron Hill added: “Congratulations to Adele. I wish her all the best with the run.

“Adele should take it really easy at the start of the New York Marathon. It is seriously uphill! She should go out beforehand and identify some landmarks along the course, preferably every five miles, to help get her pace right.”

Run faster – drink more coffee!

A new study by academics at Coventry University has shown that drinking enough caffeine can improve your power by as much as 6% in activities where your muscles aren’t being used to their limit. That would mean that a few cups of coffee or tea could benefit a long distance runner, although it wouldn’t help over shorter distances.

Caffeine is no longer banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, so it could see an increase in athletes trying to improve their performance by taking major hits of the drug – although we’re not sure if that’ll come in the form of buckets of coffee and huge chocolate bars!

The University team, led by Dr Rob James, from the Department of Biomolecular and Sports Science tested the effect of caffeine on power output and endurance on the lower leg muscle in mice – in both maximal (ie sprinting) and sub-maximal (running a marathon) activities.

He said that caffeine tablets or a concentrated liquid form of the drug could be the difference between winning and missing out.

What do you think, have you noticed any difference with or without caffeine? Let us know on our Facebook page!

K-Swiss are up and running for the City of Manchester 10k

As part of their commitment to grass root running events, California based K-Swiss, innovative sports footwear brand and producers of the award winning “K-Series running collection, are proud to announce that they will be sponsoring this year’s City of Manchester 10k, which takes place at Sport City on Sunday July 4th at the Regional Athletics Arena, Sportcity

K-Swiss have agreed a 3-year deal with race organiser’s Sports Tours International, their first sponsorship of a running event in the UK. It is part of the investment the company is making at the grass roots level, having already established and built long-term partnerships with the World Triathlon Corporation Ironman and the LA Marathon.

Commenting on the sponsorship Sports Tours International Chief Executive Chris Bird says:

“From our point of view this association is tremendously exciting. K-Swiss are a progressive and creative company and we are looking forward to working with them to develop the City of Manchester 10k and take it to another level”.

Chris adds:

“The race, which attracts upto 3,000 runners and raises thousands of pounds for charity, is now a firm fixture in the Manchester sporting calendar.

The race, which takes place on Sunday 4th July, American Independence Day, starts and finishes at the Regional Athletics track, going around the outside of the City of Manchester stadium, originally built for the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Nick Grocott, UK Marketing Manager of K-Swiss says:

“This event promises to be a real family affair and we are proud that we are going to be a part of that. We will be continuing to extend and support major running events both globally and on a local/regional basis in the UK throughout 2010 underpinning the brand’s commitment to become a major player in the running category.”

You can register here.

Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher run NYRR New York Mini 10K

Have you booked yet for the New York Mini 10K? Well if you do, you will be joining Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher – and you can book here today!

World-class runners Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher, close friends who are both currently pregnant, will be special guests at the 39th running of the world’s original women-only road race, the NYRR New York Mini 10K, on Saturday, June 12.

Radcliffe, 36, of Great Britain, the marathon world record-holder and a three-time winner of the ING New York City Marathon, and Goucher, 32, of the United States, who finished third in the ING New York City Marathon 2008 and the 2009 Boston Marathon, are both due to give birth on the same date in late September. For Radcliffe and her husband, former British international 1500-meter runner Gary Lough, the child will be their second; they have a 3-year-old daughter, Isla. This will be the first child for Goucher and her husband, 2000 U.S. Olympian Adam Goucher.

Goucher and Radcliffe developed a friendship and became training partners during the first few months of their pregnancies this year, and they saw the 6.2-mile race next month in Central Park as a good way to get together before their traveling becomes more limited due to pregnancy. They intend to run, not race, the event that historically attracts a world-class professional field along with thousands of women participants. Radcliffe won the race in 2001; other winners have included Grete Waitz, Tegla Loroupe, Lornah Kiplagat, and Deena Kastor.

“The NYRR Mini is the ultimate all-women’s race,” said Wittenberg. “From its earliest days, it has been about women breaking barriers and women joining together as friends in running. The Mini is an event much more than a race. Some women have run it for many years in a row, throughout all kinds of changes in their lives. What a thrill to host two of the world’s best athletes, both of whom who have a fondness for this event, for women’s running, and for running together and through this exciting time in their lives during which running means something quite different then it normally does to these two professional racers.”

Book your place in the race now!

World Championships Series signs official Travel Partner

Source – Tri 247

Upsolut Sports UK ltd and The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London has signed up Sports Tours International as its Official Travel Partner in a move that offers top-class support to triathletes and their supporters on their journey to the season’s iconic event in the UK, and to Upsolut events worldwide.

Triathletes in the UK and Ireland will be offered travel and accommodation packages to the London event which takes place in Hyde Park on July 24 and 25th and which will enjoy live TV coverage as the world’s best battle for titles alongside members of the public who will seek to achieve their best in the unique setting of the 2012 Olympic venue.

In a deal brokered by Upsolut Sports UK Ltd, Sports Tours International will also become the travel partner for UK and Ireland residents wishing to compete at the WCS Hamburg triathlon, the Vattenfall Cyclassics and the Skoda Berlin Velethon until 2013.

“The signing of Sports Tours International offers us a proven partner in an important sector. We need to know that all the excitement of competing in one of the world’s best events is backed by sound travel and accommodation logistics”, said James Robinson Commercial Director of Upsolut Sports UK Ltd today.

Commenting on the association Sports Tours International Chief Executive Chris Bird said, “ We are delighted to be associated with Upsolut and their iconic events for the next 3 years. London will offer us an ideal platform to launch our association and our international travel services to competitors and spectators alike. Triathlon, cycling and running are at the very heart of what we are about and we look forward to taking care of the travel needs of competitors at every level.

Accommodation packages for the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships London will be based at a number of nearby hotels in a variety of price brackets (from £95 sharing a twin room, for one night, or two nights for £159), and will include the services of experienced Sports Tours International staff.

Tour De France 2011

As we get ready for the 2010 race, news arrives about the 2011 Tour De France, with the organising committee announcing that Le Grand Depart (Grand Start) will be in the Vendée. Holiday and tour information will follow.

It will be the fifth time the race has started in the Vendée and it usually signals a top name finishing first on the Champs Elysées.

Dig into the stats books and you’ll find the Vendée inspired Miguel Indurain and also Lance Armstrong, who signalled his return from cancer with a dramatic triumph during what was then a farewell tour.

More race details will be announced in October, and we’ll update you with the very latest information here and in our newsletter, which you can sign up for by clicking this link.

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Santa Dash

Thank you to everyone for taking part in The Co-operative 5k Santa Dash, organised by Sports Tours International. It was a fantastic event with nearly 1,000 Santas braving the elements and raising money for the RNID.

To view the results and photos from the Santa Dash, click here.

A massive thanks to all the volunteers and supporters, without whom, the event would not be as great as it is. our assistance is most appreciated.

Win a trip for 2 to the Santos Tour Down Under

Sports Tours International has teamed up with, South Australia Tourist Board and Cycling Plus to offer you this tremendous prize.

You’ll travel January 15th to January 27th 2010. It includes flights from London to Adelaide with Malaysian Airlines and airport transfers in Adelaide.

Click here to enter!!

Paula Radcliffe runs the New York City Marathon

Some great news for those of you joining us at the New York City Marathon in November as Paula Radcliffe has signed up to run.

The 35-year-old from Cheshire has only competed once in the last 10 months following surgery and a broken toe – so you never know, we may stand a chance!

She’s warming up in Birmingham on 11th October, and this could be her 4th NYC Marathon win – and 3 in a row!

We also hear that actor Ed Norton will also be among the starters.

Watch our Salford 10K video!

Free Entry:Total Body Conditioning at Club La Santa

Top news from the Club La Santa team, they’ve added a new event: Total Body Conditioning, and they’re offering free entry!

There are over 80 classes available during the week including Pilates, Relaxation, Boxercise, Aerobics Step, Dance, Fitball and of the Les Mills programs (Body Combat™, Body Attack™, Body Step™ and Body Jam™).

It takes place between 4th and 12th December and if you book before 30th September you can get an early booking discount on Club La Santa apartments.

See the Club La Santa events page for full details!

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