aat deliver events so that you can have brilliant fun and achieve great things! We all have our own battles, and the team would love to hear and celebrate your stories of achievement.
The purpose of this feature is to praise those who have beaten their own odds and motivate others to do the same. 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’.
If you’re an aat legend, or know someone who is, please email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!”
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.”