Last year, I met Stuart and his Airstream at the Dorney Lake Duathlon. He had me at merino really, but I wasn't in a position to invest in new kit just yet. When I heard Ashemi was looking for new ambassadors, I was keen to get involved.
Saturday I visited Aldbury, Herts for the first time. Toto, I wasn't in London anymore. I was surrounded by green fields, a small village, and an Airstream campervan at the Ashmei Headquarters. It is a very cool open space in a converted barn. Plus it was full of bicycles, running kit, and Ashmei clothes of course.
|My new socks!|
Matt, the Bald Runner, picked us up at the train station and drove us the embarrassingly short distance to Ashmei. We noticed a guy (who ended up being named Guy) was running from the train station and he arrived at the same time as we overshot the driveway.
|The Fit Advisor's selfie above the salt mine|
|We were supposed to make a funny face.|
We ran just over 5 miles at a nice social pace (see my Strava feed for the route). The energy in the air was electric. We watched out for each other when we got spread out along narrow bits of the trail, and stepped to the side to cheer on the runners in the trail race. No ego. No competition. Just fresh air, mud, and a love of running.
Back at the HQ, we didn't have to wait long for the cyclists to return. We ate more, talked more and then packed up. It would have been a lot of fun to head to the pub as I didn't get much of a chance to talk to the cyclists, but I think I could done a bit more networking. (Lesson learned for next time!) It was overwhelming in a way as I didn't know anyone and many of the other athletes were ultrarunners, on Team GB for triathlons, etc. Talk about being out of my league!
On the way home, I chatted with a bunch of other candidates and I have since started following most of them on social media. I am grateful to have connected with my new friends and look forward to running with them again soon along a new trail.
|Group shot in the cold. Woop!|
Check out a short video of our run, filmed and edited by James MacKeddie, of Running Without Fear. This is proof I need to strengthen my glutes and hamstrings to pick my heels up off the ground.
Big thank you to Freestak and Ashmei for inviting me up for the day and considering me as a potential ambassador. Hope to hear from you soon ;)