Luke Yates Adventure


Triathlon; swim, bike, and then run. Not three separate sports. One sport. Three disciplines. Never has that been more apparent to me than after Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz this weekend. It was, to put it bluntly, a total shit show.

Ever wondered what happens when you try to run a half-marathon with barely any training? Last Sunday, at about 6.30 in the morning, that’s exactly what I tried to do. I was on the startline for the San Francisco Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon. I had only run about 50 km in the last 6 months, but had cycled thousands. My fitness will carry me through, right?

On 26th July I took part in the Richmond Riverside 10km race. The route was an out and back loop along the towpath between Richmond and Kingston. Having really struggled with injury and the hills during the Surrey Badger Half-Marathon two weeks earlier I was excited about the prospect of tackling a fast, flat route. The start was only a short drive from home so I was feeling nice and settled on… Read More

On 13th July 2014 I ran in the Surrey Badger Half Marathon. This was my first ever race over this distance and set off from the Denbies Wine Estate just north of Dorking. The organisation at the start was very good; parking was easy, as was race pack collection. There was even a group warm-up set to music. This wasn’t for me on this occasion as I just wanted a bit of… Read More

This is my first ever Top Five.. my Top Five Long Distance Races! These are the races around the world that over the next few years I most want to take part in. They are a variety of disciplines but are all seriously tough, endurance events. More than anything though, they inspire me, fire my imagination and desperately make me want to see if I have what it takes! They are in… Read More

On 6th June I took part in the Thorpe Park Triathlon. This was my second attempt at a sprint distance triathlon but the first time I would actually get in the water! There was no late night email to say the lake was unsafe and I was up at quarter to 5 and on my way to Thorpe, accompanied by Adam, one of my good mates. There had been a lot of… Read More

Last weekend I took part in the Brownlee South Triathlon at Petworth House in West Sussex so I thought I would write a race report with the hope of plenty more to follow! This was meant to be my first triathlon and was sprint distance, but the event started disappointingly as an email arrived late Saturday night with the news that water tests had revealed the lake wasn’t safe to swim in…. Read More