• Members’ Achievements Updates

    The last four months have definitely been a busy period for the members of Evolve ๐Ÿ™‚ John Stocker has led from the front. He won his first race at the Thames Ring 250, completing the 250 miles in a new course record – fantastic achievement ๐Ÿ™‚ He has also put in strong performances at the Centurion SDW100 in June and the NDW100 in August. There is no stopping John and he came third in the Canal Grand Slam, consisting of the Grand Union Canal Race (145 miles), Kennet to Avon Canal Race (145 miles) and the Liverpool to Leeds Canal Race (130 miles). So far this year, John has run 1,345 miles in races – Wow! Not to be out done, Leanne Stocker got a PB in the NDW50 in May and ran the furthest on her own at the 54321 Salisbury in August. Young Emelie completed her first Centurion race in June. Great running ladies ๐Ÿ™‚ May was a busy month for members. Kelly Sawyer completed the Blenheim 7k followed by the Town & Gown the next weekend. There was a great turnout at the Town & Gown, others who ran it included Clare Varney, Hannah Fraser, Karen McGill, Kate Peacock, Louise Workman, Tim Ball and Tim McGill. Also in May was the Shakespeare marathon ran by Edward Peacock and Gary Anderson, with Ian Cripps completing the half marathon. Great running from all ๐Ÿ™‚ June was a quiet month, but Sue Manhood completed the Ridgeway Revenge with third place in her age group, and Kelly Sawyer completed the Lollop 10K. July included several firsts. Sammy Sutter won her first race at the Adderbury Spires – fantastic achievement ๐Ÿ™‚ Sophie Barnes and Kim Foy both ran their first 10K at the Race for Life – congratulations to you both ๐Ÿ™‚ There was also the Milton Keynes 10K, run by Cass Barnett, Clare Varney and Karen McGill. What a great month of running ๐Ÿ™‚ The Headington 5 miles was held in August and completed by Sammy Suter and Lawrence Webb. Lawrence was running his first race since school and smashed the race, a massive achievement considering he could hardly walk on the treadmill when he joined Evolve due to a bad injury. Well done to both Lawrence and Sammy ๐Ÿ™‚ Sue Manhood also completed the Thames Meander despite her calf muscle going on her in the first two miles. What a fantastic four months everyone has had – keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have taken part in an event, do let us know so we can celebrate your success with you.  


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  • Final Challenge of 2017

    It’s time for the 4th and final challenge of the year ๐Ÿ˜€ John Stocker is running the Liverpool to Leeds Canal Race on the 27th August and in doing so will complete the Canal Grand Slam ๐Ÿ˜€ The Liverpool to Leeds challenge is 130 miles to be completed between 27th August and 8th September. The miles can be done on the treadmill, bike, rower and X-trainer. Outside miles can be completed as long as they are recorded on a watch or phone. Like last time, teams are allowed but the maximum team size is 3. And now for the new twist ๐Ÿ˜‰ For every 10 miles you do, at least one of the miles must be done on the treadmill – running or walking. Everybody is responsible for contributing to their own mile on the treadmill, you cannot share that treadmill mile ๐Ÿ™‚ Who’s up for the final challenge of the year. Let’s make it a good one and have some fun ๐Ÿ˜€ Bring on the Liverpool to Leeds Challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ And as we say at the start of races, don’t be shit ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  • Thames Ring Challenge

    John Stocker won his first race – the Thames Ring 250 in a new course record of 58 hours and 52:12 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ Massive congratulations John ๐Ÿ™‚ So the third challenge was on back at the club – this time teams were allowed for the first time and the challenge was 250 miles in 28 days! The first team across the line was “Team GB (Lorraine Bell, Paul Bell, Tobey Bell, John Greenwood & Megan Greenwood)”, followed by “Are we there yet (Karen McGill, Tim McGill & Clare Varney)”, “The Rudders (Matt Rudd & Sarah Rudd)” and “Team Hammond +1 (Andy Hammond, Mel Hammond & Sue Manhood)”. The first solo entrant to finish was Andy Nutt, followed by Ian Obinna and Ian Cripps. Fantastic achievement everyone, congratulations to everyone that took up the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ John’s next race is the KACR which is 140 miles starting on the 28 June, closely followed by the NDW100 the next weekend. Good luck John, we are all behind you ๐Ÿ™‚ You will all be glad to know that the club challenge is taking a rest during these races, but will be back in August for the LLCR Challenge, just 130 miles – Bring it on ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  • Kettle Bell Taster Sessions

    Kettle Bell Classes are coming to Evolve and there will be two free taster sessions. Monday 17 July @ 8pm Tuesday 25 July @ 9am Please book in at reception in advance to guarantee a place. Let’s have some fun ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • Thames Ring Challenge

    First there was the Evolve SPINE Challenge, then there was the Evolve Grand Union Canal Challenge, now it is time for the Evolve Thames Ring Challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ John Stocker is running the Thames Ring 250 at the end of June, and it wouldn’t be the same without a club challenge. John has 100 hours to complete 250 miles, the Evolve Thames Ring Challenge is to complete 250 miles between 26 June and the 23 July on the treadmill, bike, rower and X-trainer. Don’t fancy doing 250 miles on your own, then give it a go as a team. The maximum number of people in a team is 5 and all teams must register with a team name before starting the challenge. Who will be the first to complete the challenge? Can anyone run the 250 miles within the time limit? How far can you go? Let’s have some fun, bring on the Evolve Thames Ring Challenge ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • Fantastic Start to the Year – Member Highlights

    The year has got off to a fantastic start for so many of our members. The Stocker family are leading by example – great inspiration. Following on from his success at the SPINE in January, John has gone from strength to strength with PBs in the Brighton Marathon and the Thames Path 100. Leanne got a PB in the New Forest Ultra 30 miles. Young Owen got a PB in his race at Brighton and also won member of the year at the Bicester Athletic Cross Country. Congratulations to the whole Stocker family! Another family achieving great success in 2017 is the Barton Family. Rob Barton finished the Bicester Triathlon in 5th place and 1st in his age group, impressive for his first triathlon. Rob has also done the vertical rush challenge. Helen Keefe Barton completed the Milton Keynes Winter half marathon and has also obtained her personal training qualification. Great work Rob and Helen. The OX5 Race had a fantastic turn out for Evolve runners, for some it was their first race and others achieved PBs. Congratulations to Darren Davis, Megan Greenwood, Ben Miles, Tom Smythe and Clare Varney. There was also a good Evolve turnout at the New Forrest running festival. Gary Anderson completed his first Ultra, Caroline Oakes and Sue Manhood returned to running in the half marathon. Ed Peacock completed 20 miles in preparation for the Paris marathon, which he also completed despite an ankle sprain at mile 17! Another race with a good turnout was the Milton Keynes spring half marathon. Special congratulations to Liz Bell and Clare Varney on achieving PBs, fantastic running also by Kate Peacock, Karen McGill and Sue Manhood. Sue Manhood, who is going for a medal a month, also completed the Beaconsfield 5 miler on Easter Monday and has the Ridgeway Revenge lined up for June. Finally but by all means not least, big congratulations to Lawrence Webb, who completed the Bicester Park Run in 29:10. An impressive achievement after recovering from a long injury. Let us know how you get on in events, so we can celebrate your success with you and add you to our membership board and to the web updates. Keep up the good work everyone, and keep a look out for the new Evolve Challenge starting in May.


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  • January Highlights – Evolve’s SPINE Challenge – A Great Success

    January saw many customers take on Evolve’s Spine Challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ Whilst John Stocker only had 7 days to complete the SPINE Race, Evolve’s customers were challenged to do the same distance (268 miles) in the luxury of the gym and over the 30 days of January. Their progress was watched as the challengers own markers moved up the map of the Pennine Way, provided by Maps International (https://www.mapsinternational.co.uk/). Thank you so much Maps International the map was a great focus for the challenge! Could anyone doing the Evolve SPINE Challenge finish before John? The first person to cross the line was Sarah Rudd and four others also beat John to the finish. But hey they had the luxury of the gym and also included the bike, rower and cross-trainerย as well as the treadmill! The last one to cross the finish before the end of January was Evolve’s own Sue who achieved the 268 miles on foot just like John ๐Ÿ™‚ Eight people in total completed the Challenge – Congratulations to Ian Obinna, John Alderidge, John Greenwood, Liza Nicklin, Rob Carter, Sarah Rudd, Sharon Carterย and Sue Manhood. The person who covered the most miles in January was Ian Obinna, whoย covered over 400 miles in January! There were lots of personal bests achieved in the month, so congratulations to everyone who took part. Specialย mention to Megan Greenwood who is continuing the challenge even though January is over – come on Megan you can do it ๐Ÿ™‚ Also to Danielle Baldwin who achieved PBs on the treadmill throughout January ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome work everyone, bring on the next Evolve Challenge ๐Ÿ˜‰    


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  • January Highlights – John Stocker Breaks The Spine

    We were all captivated for one week in January watching trackers jump up and down, ย move up the map and waiting for updates on Facebook so we could live the experience with John. The MONTANEยฎ Spineยฎ Race is widely regarded as one of the worldโ€™s toughest endurance races. A truly epic challenge that tests your physical resilience and mental fortitude. Racing non-stop along the most iconic trail in the UK, experiencing the full intensity and ferocity of the British Winter. John Stocker won the challenge with the SPINE – well there was never any doubt ๐Ÿ™‚ – and finished the race with Helene Dumais from Canada just after 6pm on Saturday night. A total of 268 miles in 153 hours and 29 minutes – WOW, truly inspirationalย ๐Ÿ™‚ Below are some pictures from John’s epic journey with some comments from Facebook, but first some very wise words from John The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be Let the fire within be stronger than the storm outside Slow is steady, steady is smooth, smooth is fast Remember dreams do not work unless you do


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