We love to get people fit for sports and challenges at Thrive.
We aren’t talking Olympic athletes here, but regular people with families and jobs that enjoy the challenge, camaraderie, team-work, and individual effort that playing a sport or taking on a challenge provides.
5ks up to Marathons
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Léonnie Molloy playing Hockey for Timperley Ladies
We love to help our members set up challenges a number of weeks or months away, and then steadily progress towards them. Sometimes even when they thought they could never get close to achieving their goals.
We challenge our members in 2 ways over the year.
- In the gym with progressed workouts so that they can measure themselves against the recognised gym standards and see improvement over the year
The members test themselves on these exercises every 12 weeks to check on their progress and tweak their training.
2. Outside the gym – Have a look below for the list of challenges you might want to consider getting yourself involved in.
Now we know given the current situation that some organised events may not be running. So use this list for some inspiration or consider booking something when these events reopen.
A Marathon/Half/10k or 5k Run
Why not challenge yourself to a run?
Beginner: Any local 5k run. A great one near us is the Curden Park Run. Click here for the website.
Intermediate: The Manchester 10k is a great one for atmosphere, support, and being part of something huge. Click here.
Advanced: The New York Marathon. What better way to really see New York City than run through all 5 of its boroughs. Starting in Staten Island on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge over into Brooklyn, through into Queens, across the bridge onto 5th Avenue in Manhattan, and then up into the Bronx, before returning to Central Park for the finish.
A truly unforgettable experience. If you are up for a Marathon at the next level. Go to New York November 3rd, 2019. Click here.
Shelley Parkinson during the Chicago Marathon 2009
A Triathlon – Sprint to Ironman
Beginner: A Duathlon, which is a triathlon without the swim if you hate the idea of the swim part, is a great idea. Or take on a Sprint Triathlon. Start with a pool swim if you are a beginner, as open water swims are more complicated and can be overwhelming. Xtra mile events do a great sprint distance (beginner level) triathlon in Wilmslow from the leisure centre, with a flat bike ride and a manageable run. Click here for more info.
Intermediate: The picture below is of Stephen Ashley (a Thrive Member) after he completed the Southport Sprint Triathlon. This Triathlon is used by the British Triathlon Association as a National Qualifying Event and is open water so people here are taking things a little more seriously. There are great events as a step up in challenge and intensity, without increasing the distance and thus the training time needed to compete. Click here for more info
Advanced: Go for an Ironman Event. Available in 70.3 miles or the full Ironman Distance of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon. Only for the most committed of competitors as the training will take up the majority of your life for the year. Only go for this one if you are absolutely sure. Click here for the UK Ironman.
Stephen Ashley after completing the Southport Triathlon 2018
Climb a Mountain – Rivington Pike to the 3 Peaks.
This is a great way to get out and active without needing to enter a specific event.
Beginner: Start with a local hill or long walk – We have plenty of options around us in Lancashire. Take a look at the following local walks that will give you a manageable challenge. 10 Great Spring Walks in Lancashire.
Intermediate: The Lake District – Check out these top 5 Lake District Walks that will give you a real challenge and a great day out! (It is mandatory to finish in the local pub, obviously.) Top 5 Lake District Walks.
Advanced: The 3 Peaks. This is where things get serious as you take on the 3 highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours! This is a fitness and time challenge for those that want to push the limits. There are also the options of more local 3 peaks challenges if the full UK version isn’t for you. The 3 Peaks Challenge
A Bike Ride – From Manchester to the French Alps.
Beginner: Ride Manchester – This is a great way to ride on closed roads if you want to get involved but worry about the busy roads and the safety of riding in traffic. Let’s Ride Manchester.
Intermediate: Manchester to Blackpool Ride. This 60-mile ride is more of a challenge and can be taken a little more competitively if that is your thing. Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride.
Advanced: Go and ride up a mountain! That’s right. You heard me correctly. There are organised rides where you can go and find a Tour de France stage and climb up to 1800 metres in the French Alps.
Or if you are daft enough, take on the Etape du Tour, which is a full mountain stage of the Tour de France. Click here if you dare.
Shelley Parkinson at the Mount Ventoux Summit
A Mud Run
Beginner: Tough Tribe. A great way to get into a mud run without worrying about getting an electric shock! A great entry-level event, and one that Thrive members and trainers took part in during 2018.
Intermediate: Born Survivor. These events are a little step up from Tough Tribe and let you up the distance to 10k with a few more challenging obstacles.
Advanced: Tough Mudder – Likely one of the more challenging mud runs, longer in distance and you will get an electric shock at some point on the course. Here you have to sign a waiver in case you do something silly! Go for this if you want a military-style team challenge.
The Thrive Mud Run Team before Tough Tribe 2018
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