New Year, what's next?

Posted by Heather Dawe
Wednesday 31st December 2008

2008 has been a good one for Team Inov-8.

Tim Higginbottom and Chris Near won every Mountain Marathon they entered, including the LAMM and Swiss KIMM. Well, they won every MM that wasn't cancelled. They were disappointed with the OMM as they were the in-form runners and it could well have been their year. Next year boys!!!

In between racing with Tim, Chris found time to match Mark Hartell's record for the Paddy Buckley Round to the second! An awesome achievement, particularly for a first go at one of the three classic sub-24 rounds.

Anna 'Frosty' Frost won the World Mountain Running Grand Prix series. Based in the Alps, this series pits the world's best mountain runners against each other and Anna held her form all season to win.

Anna also played a pivotal role in Team Inov-8's fairer sex team winning the MountainX. Anna, Chez Frost and I had a great week doing all sorts of different alpine sports in the Haute Savoie.

In between moving to the Lakes and becoming a dad for the third time, Steve Birkinshaw found the time to win the inaugral Lakeland 100 mile ultra marathon, the only competitor to finish in under 24 hours.

Morgan Donelly had an awesome season on the fells, with loads of top finishes in the English and British Championships, what's he going to do in 2009?

Morgz and Steve also won the Ace Race Dirty Weekend in the Scottish Borders, with me and hairy ringer John Houlihan winning the mixed event and coming third overall. I have some brilliant memories of cycling over the Southern Upland Way at 1am to Minch Moor, the high point of the Innerleithen trails and riding a fantastic downhill to the finsh at Traquir House.

Other memories I have are of the Bob Graham Round which I did on an awesome day in May, and finally winning the Three Peaks Cyclocross on another sunny day in September. Who said the summer was sh*te?!   

Aside from the racing, I had some great kayaking trips around the Scottish Islands - notably to Jura and to Staffa and Fingal's Cave, just off the coast of Mull. We are planning more for next year :o) 

Just back from Christmas in Lochaber, not much snow left but some great days out running and biking, including a fantastic run over Creag Meagaidh.  

Happy New Year, make it a goody!



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