Preston Roller Marathon 2015

Another roller event I am proud to say I have completed is the Preston Roller Marathon. This took place on Sunday 17th May 2015 and is hosted by a group called SkateMania. So a group of us from BladeSoc (my university’s roller skating society) drove up together. I was entered into the full marathon length, although you can enter to do a dual marathon for the truly ambitious (crazy) skaters, or a half marathon/ family event the previous day.

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The BladeSoc group participating in the marathon! (A handful did dual too). I was number 7!

After registering and collecting our race numbers, we all gathered on the start line to begin the marathon! The weather was good, if not a bit windy- although it provided a nice breeze when you got a bit hot and sweaty. Each lap was around 1 mile long, so 26 laps equalled the completed marathon!

Ready to start the race at the start line!
Ready to start the race at the start line!

At around lap 8, I fell over and scraped my face and knuckles, and broke my glasses (thankfully I was wearing a full set of pads). The first aid person was really helpful and taped my glasses and gave me alcohol wipes, so then I continued with my race. The encouragement from other skaters going around each lap and people at the start line cheering was extremely helpful and the odd bit of chocolate from James definitely added some much needed fuel! I managed to finish the race in 3hours 15minutes and was incredibly proud of myself – my boyfriend also said how proud he was that I continued after falling which filled me with even more pride! (In fact, I almost cried at the end because of the overwhelming emotions you feel after finishing the marathon)!

My certificate for completing the marathon!
My certificate for completing the marathon!

This was definitely a day that I am going to remember forever- my first ever completed marathon! Next year though, I’m going to be sure to do a bit of training beforehand as I want to beat my time!

Le Mans 24hour Roller event 2015

My biggest skating achievement and most recent skating event completed was the”Circuit des 24 heures Du Mans” which took place at the Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans. The track is 4.185km long and the aim of the race was to complete as many laps in 24 hours as possible as part of a team.

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BladeSoc teams photo at the peak of Dunlop hill during the parade!

It took place on the 27th and 28th June 2015 (starting at 4pm and lasting until 4pm the next day) and the rollerblading society at my university entered two teams into the competition: the Fast Team and the Fun Team! I was part of the Fun Team (as I am no way one of the experienced/faster skaters of the society!) made up of 8 team members.

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The BladeSoc pit area- where we chilled out, ate and drank (tried to sleep for some) between laps. (Comes with a handy sink too!)

Before the race started, we did a parade lap where everyone skated around the course together which was useful to get a feel for it since I had never been there before. Then the first person to race had to complete two laps before passing on the relay baton to the next person (it was in the rules). We continued to cycle through team members (I was about 5th in the queue) until half of the team went back to the campsite for 5 hours sleep (10pm-3am – my bedtime shift!), then the other half slept 3am-8am. We then all continued to roll through the team queue until around 15:30 where the final person continued to skate the last finishing laps and completed the race (part the weird official rules again).

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24 hours on the clock! The race is over!!
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The finish line got pretty busy after the race was complete!

The BladeSoc Fun Team ended up with 103 laps (431.1km) meeting our mini goal of 100 laps! So we finished within the upper 3/4 of the rankings overall (not so bad!- also my tired head can’t remember the ranking). Whereas our BladeSoc Fast Team finished 64th overall (out of 449 teams!) with 149 laps (623.6km) and 1st in the student team category (and got a fancy trophy- so proud!)

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Here is a picture of both BladeSoc teams on the podium! Fast Team got 1st place and Fun team got 3rd place! (Featuring London Imperial’s skate team who bagged 2nd place in the student category!)

Overall, even though you are completely shattered whilst doing it (or after about the 2nd lap for me!), it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering doing it. You are constantly sweaty, baking under the hot sun and super tired, but it is definitely worth it for the team spirit and personal achievement by the end (and the beautiful sunrise at the top of Dunlop hill — by the way, Dunlop hill is really steep but really fun to skate down (even if I t-stopped to half way down and only rolled down the last half of it!)).

I am definitely going to go next year!

Previous Skates

So my last post about about my current skates, so it’s only right to complete the circle by talking about my previous skates and how I got into skating!

At the start of 2014, a few friends and I decided to join my university’s rollerskating society (BladeSoc) where we attended the weekly sessions every Saturday from then on! We started out using the rental skates (Oxelo Fit 3 or something similar- a good starter skate at a cheap price), and then decided to buy our own!

After a bit of looking around on the internet and not really knowing what I was looking for, I ended up buying Powerslide Playlife F1 skates for around £50 (with postage). These ended up being too big after a few months of skating and breaking them in. I had bought a size 9 (with my normal shoe size being 8 or 9) – that’s the only downside with buying from the internet! So my boyfriend offered to swap them for his skate boot and frame (I kept the powerslide wheels). These were the K2 Exo 3.0 , also in a size 9 but fitted way more snug and was much better to skate in (also: handy dandy having a boyfriend with the same sized feet!).

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K2 Exo 3.0 from above (ft. knee pads- stay safe!)
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Me and the K2s! Worked well for beginning slalom and outdoor skating on tarmac.

And those were my skates until I invested in my current Sebas (size 8)! The K2s served me well and are still in working order – mostly used now to borrow to my brother whenever he wants to skate with me! (Though he is a much larger foot size so they are quite snug).

My Current Skates

So I now I’ve updated the About page to introduce myself, I think its time to introduce my current skates!

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Say hello to my lil babies! They are Seba FR2 80 Freestyle 2012. Compared to my previous skates (a post to come about those!), they are extremely comfortable with more structural support around the foot and ankle. They were a bit hard to get on a first, but I think you find that with all new skates. I haven’t yet changed the wheels from the original ones that came with them (80mm/85A), but I’m hoping to get new ones by the end of the year (since they still have a lot of skate wear left in the current ones). The ride is smooth and definitely a good upgrade from the skates I have previously used.

So there we go, short and sweet, my lil FR2s.

With friends :)
With friends 🙂