The sub-2-hour marathon was achieved, climate change was thrown into the spotlight and the UK had its first December election in over 90 years - 2019 has been quite a year. As we bid farewell to the twenty-tens and gear up for the next decade, we’re taking a moment to celebrate our Tribes triumphs and revisit our ‘best bits’ from 2019.
At Tribe Sports, the expansion of our engineered performance range throughout 2019 was a long-held ambition realised. Combining technical materials with classic designs, we were thrilled that our Tribe loved the range as much as we did.
After achieving a PB at the Gloucester half marathon, Paola from Worcestershire recounts 2019 with mixed emotions. “I will remember 2019 with two very different words: injury and speed!” she says with a smile: “I started the year with a PB of 1:39:09, shaving 16 minutes off my previous time. After returning from injury, I focussed on shorter distances and learnt to go faster. Now I’m ready to return to my beloved long distances and run the London and Berlin marathons in 2020!”
John from Surrey pinpoints winning his first England vest as his 2019 highlight, following a great performance last summer. He tells us: “Running 13:58 at the England 5,000m championships was definitely a highlight- it’s always been a dream of mine to run for my country.”
As summer drew to a close, we were delighted to support the Orbis Challenge for the first time. Led by Dame Kelly Holmes, the challenge aimed to help reduce infant malnutrition in Malawi. Overall they raised over £20,000 - more than double their original target.
Mehul from Leicester recalls the double marathon he completed last summer, telling us: “I took part in the non-stop edition of Race to the Tower, which consisted of running 53 miles along the Cotswolds Way. While training for it, I discovered a love of long-distance trail running. I finished in a time of 10 hours and 12 minutes, which I was very proud of.”
Moving into autumn we saw the launch of our Talk of the Tribe blog series, designed to bring our Tribe community together through their favourite local runs. The cherry on the cake was winning Best Sports Bra of 2019 from Women’s Running magazine earlier this month - a fantastic end to what has been a busy and rewarding year.
Amy-Jo from Surrey finished her running year by winning the Hurtwood Trail 50k. She tells us: “It was a beautiful, challenging course and I was delighted to take the win with less than ideal training and preparation. Onwards and upwards for 2020!”
Now, we’re looking towards 2020 with anticipation - we have plenty of exciting news to share with you over the next few weeks. Congratulations to all of our Tribe on their achievements this year - bring on 2020!
Photo credits: Venetia Norrington, Charles Whitton, John Sanderson, Amy-Jo Clarke, Mehul Vaitha and Paola Sesito
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