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Leicester’s 2016 success under Ranieri will go down as one of the greatest achievements in sport, and now yours can too with ‘aat legends’.

aat deliver events so that you can have brilliant fun and achieve great things! We love to hear about your aat memories and celebrate your stories of achievement, and this is where we share them. We hope that by praising those who have beaten their own odds and share their stories that it might motivate others to do the same.

If you’re an aat legend, or know someone who is, please email your story to hollie@aat-events.com.

Tom, aat legend
“52 races and 1200 miles in 2017”
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Congratulations to Tom, who has reduced his BMI down to 22.8 from 29 – a total loss of 3.5 stone so far. The photos of Tom above are taken in January 2017 and May 2017.

Tom tells us that he was that towards the end of 2016 he was overweight, and in his own words: “was not doing anything with my life”. Tom realised that he needed to change his lifestyle, and decided to take up running. He had enjoyed running in the past but gave it up “to a life of sloth and gluttony”. To help himself stick with running and achieve his goal of improving his quality of life, he set himself the challenge to complete a race a week, and complete 100 miles each month for 2017 in aid of a cancer charity. At the time of writing, Tom has competed in 32 events, and has run over 700 miles. He says: “I’m happier, I’m healthier and I’m already thinking on what next years challenge could be.” aat-events are pleased to congratulate Tom with a free race entry to support his challenge.

You can follow more of Tom’s story on his facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CATBEAR2017

 

Alex, aat legend
“Changing the way we experience races”

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Alex and his sister Katerina are the co-founders of racecheck. With a dedicated technology and design team behind them scattered around the globe, racecheck are on a mission to help athletes find great endurance events anywhere on the planet and share their experiences with the endurance community – in a simple and fast way. racecheck invites athletes to “come in,  read some articles, browse through our race directory, get a feel for other people’s experiences, and share your own.” But providing athletes with a platform to find their perfect race isn’t the only reason why we’ve nominated Alex as an aat Legend… Alex volunteered at one of our events with full enthusiasm (donning a pair of fluffy ears) all in aid of giving something back to the running community and experiencing a race from a totally different point of view. He enjoyed the experience and encourages others to volunteer:

“Volunteering is fun! We should all be doing more of it, even if it’s just once a year at a local event.. seeing ppl go through that finish line reminds you what it’s all about!! Especially when they’re not looking at watches and simply smiling and getting a hug from a loved one 😊👏👏 Thank you @aatevent for giving me the opportunity!”

In our eyes, anyone who volunteers is an aat legend, and we reward those who volunteer at aat events with free entry to our events for life. Anyone can do it, and everyone is welcome to do it – there is no selection process. Email us at hello@aat-events.com if you’d like to join the team!

Racecheck’s core beliefs include:
– The sharing of unbiased and truthful information
– The power of feedback to create positive change
– The power of sport in enhancing people’s lives

Race pages are created and maintained by the event organizers themselves, decorated with photos, videos and more importantly real athlete experiences. www.racecheck.com

Keith, aat legend
“Stepping in at VMLM”
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It’s safe to say that this photo (and the full video from which it was taken) went viral following the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, as Swansea Harriers runner Matthew Rees demonstrated amazing and selfless sportsmanship as he helped a fellow competitor over the finish line at the end of Sunday’s race. David Wyeth of Chorlton Runners was struggling to put one foot in front of the other with just 200m of the course remaining, but Guildford parkrun director and VMLM volunteer Keith Harrison (right) also stepped in to help save the day. Keith is a loyal member of Fitstuff run club, and regularly takes part in aat’s trail run races.

Watch the full video: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2017/apr/23/london-marathon-runner-helps-exhausted-athlete-finish-race-video
Listen to Linda Cairns, Active Surrey and loyal aat-event crew member, talk about the importance of volunteering: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zc24n

Sam, aat legend
“Bolt-ing into second place!”

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Sam and her team represent the reasons we love The Bolt – they truly and embody the spirit of the event – a race for all. Sam entered her team into the 21k Team Challenge. Her team was a ‘mixed bag’ – her words – and consisted of herself in the vets category, a 13 year old girl, a 10 year old boy and another lady in the open category who has recently undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy. They came second!

Jane, aat legend
“A Half Marathon at Eighty”

Jane, 80, was the eldest competitor taking part in the Surrey Hills Challenge on Sunday 25th September 2016. The Challenge consists of 4 events; participants can chose to walk or run 5km, 10km, half marathon or ultra marathon distances. The event raised money for two charities: Surrey Hills Trust fund and Community Foundation for Surrey.

Jane took part in the off-road half marathon; making her way from from the Duke of Kent school near Ewhurst to Dorking – over 13 miles away. Jane took on the challenge to raise money for the Hambledon Village Trust to build a new customer toilet for the Village Shop (which is likely to fall foul of health and safety if it doesn’t install one soon).

Paul, aat legend

“I am an aat legend”

“4 years ago, I almost died from complications of Sarcoidosis. After my recovery, in January last year at age 40, I was inspired to start running for the first time with couch to 5K.

Four weeks ago I ran the Fleet Half Marathon and raised over £100 for ‘The Silent Bleed’. I’m an aat legend.”

Ric, aat legend

“Thanks to aat events and BRUTAL for getting me racing”

“I’m an aat legend – or at least I hope my son thinks I am! After not being able to run in Jan 2012, I completed my first brutal at Windmill Hill in March 2012. I have since finished more than 10 Brutal events, and completed the Surrey Half Marathon twice! My most recent Surrey Half PB was sub 2hrs at 1:53. Thanks to the aat events, Brutal series and Surrey Half Marathon team for getting me racing – you’re a great group of people and supportive too!”

Karen, aat legend

“A loyal runner and volunteer”

“Karen has been running with aat for the last couple of years and often helps out as a volunteer. She took on the 2016 Guildford Triathlon as her first ever multisport race despite a fear of water following nearly drowning as a child in swimming lessons. Karen completed the triathlon with friends and together they raised nearly £400 for Cancer Research in memory for her step Dad. Great work Karen.”

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