LAUREN STEADMAN

Lauren came to triathlon having already been to two Paralympic Games as a swimmer. She went to her first Paralympics in Beijing aged just 15 and competed again at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She was born without a right forearm.

Lauren already has a gold medal from Rio, won at the World Swimming Championships in 2009 as part of a British relay squad that also broke the world record.

She first got into Triathlon after her uncle, who is a triathlete, suggested she should try it. She entered her first triathlon, the British Championships, in Nottingham 2011 and finished second. At the Para triathlon World Championships in Auckland (October 2012) Lauren won silver in the Aquathlon (swim-run) event and finished 5th in the Triathlon (Tri4 classification).

She is originally from Peterborough but currently based in Portsmouth, where she is studying for a Masters in Business after completing her Psychology Degree at Portsmouth University. She previously studied at Kelly College, Devon. She is coached by Paul Hogg (Swimming) and Sam Warriner (Triathlete Coach based in NZ).

Lauren is part of the UK Sport World Class Lottery Funded British Paratriathlon squad.

Lauren on Twitter @LaurenSteadman

Latest write-up – Chicago
PT4 GB athlete Lauren Steadman hasn’t lost a race since May 2014, and having won the Olympic test event in August the reigning world champ went in to the final with a sizeable target on her back. Never one to play it safe, however, Steadman pushed hard to guarantee her 10th consecutive win.

“That was probably my toughest race yet”, said Steadman. Obviously the standard has risen a lot since last year. I didn’t have the best swim, on the bike I was holding, I wasn’t getting further away and then my head coach and my father said ‘look, you’ve got to have the best 5k of your life.’ [US National Paratri champion and eventual silver medallist] Grace Norman is a track runner and has the ability to outrun me easily. I just focused on my form and it took me home.

“This is a stepping stone for next year and again I’ve got to up my game 10 times as much because next year they’re going to come at me twice as hard.”

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Key Results:

  • ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, Chicago, 2015, GOLD
  • ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, Edmonton, 2014, GOLD
  • ETU Paratriathlon European Championships, Kitzbuhel, 2014, GOLD
  • ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, London, 2013, Silver
  • ETU Paratriathlon European Championships, Alanya, 2013, GOLD
  • Paralympic Games Swimming, London 2012, 6th, 8th and 9th
  • European Swimming Championships, Berlin 2011, 4th and 4th, GOLD 4x100m Free Relay (WR)
  • Swimming World Championships, Rio de Janiero 2009, 6th and 8th, GOLD 4x100m Free Relay (WR)
  • European Swimming Championships, Iceland 2009, Bronze 400m Freestyle, GOLD 4x100m Free Relay (WR)
  • Paralympic Games Swimming; Beijing 2008 9th, 11th, and 15th

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Tell us about your disability:
I am missing my lower right arm just below the elbow. As a child I would always want two arms, but over the years I have come to love being individual and relish all the challenges!

Why the switch from swimming:
In May 2011 I competed at  British Triathlon Nationals and came 2nd,  realising I had transferable skills from swimming to triathlon. I then got asked to represent GBR a few more times in World Championships, and decided to make triathlon my new challenge, and have found immense enjoyment from pushing my body to the limits in not only one but three sports.

Lauren Steadman Latest ITU events…

2015
15th Sep  2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago  1st
1st Aug  2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event  1st
9th Jul  2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
7th Jun  2015 Besançon ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
30th May  2015 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event  1st
16th May  2015 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships 1st

2014
21st Sep  2014 Madrid ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
29th Aug  2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton 1st
20th Jun  2014 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
31st May  2014 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
17th May  2014 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event 2nd

2013
11th Sep  2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final London 2nd
13th Jul  2013 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships 1st
14th Jun  2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st

Finish Line

2 Time  World Champion

First Time Runner A BLOG by Caroline Carty

28/06/15

Hello readers.

Today is a day of firsts, this is my first ever BLOG and today I completed my first ever 10km race. Thought I would log it for reflection later on during my journey through life. A milestone month all round as I also turned 40 years old.

Some Background Info

On the 19th April 2015 I started running. It was hard and running was never my strong point, especially with knees that are built the wrong way and a Doctor once told me (after my 4th baby was born and I struggled with joint problems) to never run, cycle or exercise again aside from swimming. I could barely run a short distance at all. I then started doing the couch to 5k app and cried many times as I struggled to run for the correct time.

On the 30th April I ran for the first time with Eye Community runners. The week before I had been running on my own, doing week 2 of C25K and the ECR group ran past me. I was later invited to join them after I thanked them on their Facebook page for stopping to check if I was ok. Surely I can’t join a running club, I can barely run for 90 seconds, they won’t want me I thought, I’m far too slow it is foolish nonsense to consider it?

But still I nervously went along, taking my 10yr old with me for moral support as he had been so good at helping me do the c25k app. I barely managed a mile out and a mile back. The patience and support from the runner/trainer from the club was brilliant. Each week when I could I went back to the club, my distances and stamina grew and I gained a whole new circle of friends. My 10yr old joined the juniors section of the club too. Suddenly my Facebook friend suggestions were full of running people. I also joined a Facebook running page RunMummyRun as recommended by a good friend who also encouraged me to give it a go, get out there and see how it goes.

16th May 2015. My first attempt at completing the Peterborough 5k ParkRun! People watching! Walking/running and being extremely slow. I was joined by my 10yr old again (who was chomping at the bit to run on ahead but is not allowed to run alone until age 11) and a lady from ECR kept me company that first nervous week. (Thank you). I did it, ok so it was walking and running but still I did it. I crossed the finish line in 41.15. The second week (23rd May) I shaved a whole SECOND off my time and came in at 41.14! My first PB-woohoo! Third park run was on the 30th May 2015 and I came in at 39.56. May aim was a sub 40 and I was so happy I did it-without stopping to walk! Another PB!

I began to think I could actually do this running stuff and not be a complete disaster at it. So began to ponder further distances, to improve my stamina and then build on improving speed.

13th June 2015. Another ParkRun but this time my 12yr old wanted to join us, it was his first ever proper run and he found it tough. We walked a lot of it, which I found harder than non-stop running but still got ANOTHER PB of 38.44. Eldest son rather pleased he managed it too. In mean time DS2 had found other adults to run with and was flying round the parkrun course in under 30mins. He will no doubt log his own running journey in his own blog.

14th June 2015. I asked my husband if he would run with me. My parents were staying the weekend due to a commitment we needed a babysitter for and I asked him to take me on a long run. He used to do a lot of running with the Army, although had not done much long distance stuff recently. We ended up running to Newborough and back, and it was actually an 11k run. It took me an hour and 30 minutes and it was so hard, I was so slow, and I hit the proverbial wall on the return journey. Just before setting off I saw a notification via the ECR club page for an opportunity to take someone’s place in the Ramsey 10k run. I mentioned this to my husband during our long run and he said to go for it. When I got back, despite being so worn out and parts hurting and knees protesting at all that hard work, I decided to see if the place was still available and it was. So I entered. EEEK!

27th June 2015. ParkRun number 5. No PB this week but wasn’t aiming for one. There was only 4 seconds in it. Crossed the finish line in 38.48! Was a really hot morning so a paused for some water towards the start of the final loop of the lake. Had I not stopped I would have got another PB but it’s reassuring I’m staying a sensible pace given tomorrow is race day. I ran with my 10 year old as he had no faster adult to run with, he was frustrated to be stuck with me
although I tried to sell it to him that it was good to run slower sometimes and it was a test of his endurance to run for twice as long as normal-didn’t really work and he a bit of sulk near the end as I would not allow him to go on ahead. ES being over the age of 12 is allowed to run off on his own if he wishes and he did and he enjoyed it far more this week. We were supported by husband and the two younger children who also walked some of the ParkRun route, just for fun.

Thanks guys, it means a lot when you come to support us, although I’m probably too proud to say it.

It’s great we have something we can do as a family. ParkRun is ideal, you don’t have to zoom round superfast like it’s an Olympic event, its open to all ages and abilities, affiliated to a club or not. A good way to encourage the children to get out there and play/get fit and help the adults keep moving and fit too.

My husband and I have been following calorie counting on MyFitnessPal since January and losing weight slowly and steadily, I’ve lost 3 stone so far and can now fit into some size 10 clothes, all helped by the running/walking etc. It would not be appropriate to comment on my husband’s weight loss journey but needless to say I am super proud of his achievements too.

RACE DAY 28th June 2015.
-Nervous
-Excited
-Feeling sick with nerves
-Knowing I will be last and slow
-Did I mention I was nervous?

Pretty much sums up how I felt today. I was kindly given a lift to the event by another fabulous ECR lady. My husband and I felt it was too long for the boys to hang around and they would be bored so I didn’t think they were coming along to support me. They turned up just as I was about to set off! Thanks guys, meant a lot.

The weather was grim. Rain-lots of fine drizzly rain and some wind! I decided to change out of my shorts (yes I know, I brought shorts-I never wear shorts, I am still a tad shocked that I had shorts on for a while-out in public)! Yet still my amazing family turned out to cheer me on for my first race and a long distance at that. (Long for me)!
The ECR group were brilliant, so good at keeping me focused and not too nervous, with good advice and reassuring me I WOULD finish and I WOULD be ok and I WOULD enjoy it. (They were right).
After a group photo we got ready to go. BANG! And we’re off! I tried to keep up with the #greenarmy but I was too slow, by 1km I was at the back of the group and soon overtaken by everyone else too. I was last. Hello tail runner, guess we better get to know one another. I have to say my tail runner was A-MAZ-ING! Such a good supporter, chatting away when needed, allowing me to reply if I could but no pressure. We had a reasonable chat, she was very inspiring. She even held my water bottle for me when we collected one en-route.
The route was really rather good, off road and rural and not too many people watching to embarrass me. Several soggy Marshals along the way, including children cheering everyone one and guiding the way! Handy as my glasses had been removed early on due to the rain and slipping off. (Must get a proper band to hold them on and a cap to keep the rain off)! Water station at 5k, yippee!
Much needed especially as some small stones had worked into my trainer and began to annoy me. The car that followed us offered me the chance to sit in to sort my shoes out but I know if I sat in the car I’d never get up again! I was on target time wise with my 5k pace and that was a good feeling. 6k, 7k still comfortable but 8k WOW I didn’t see the tiredness coming. I hit the wall so suddenly, tears, pain and feeling I couldn’t do it. Tail runner got me through, made me laugh, and spurred me on.
At some point some of the ECR ladies joined us, they had come to meet me as I got closer to the finish. The 8-9km section seemed to go on forever and I was really tearful now. I asked when we would be at 9k and my tail runner (#newbestfriend) told me we had passed it ages ago and I only had a short distance still to go. WHAT! HOW! WHEN! And OH MY GOSH REALLY! A few more corners and the end really was in sight, more ECR crew, who all ran me into the finishing straight. Sprint-finish time-can I muster anymore? Well I did, my pace increased a teeny bit. In the distance I could hear my family cheering and I waved to them hoping I was waving in right direction, I could hear the support from the ECR crew cheering me on to cross the line. I could just make out the clock ahead without my glasses on.

FINISHED! I crossed the line, big smile on my face, arms in the air in celebration. Yes I was last and No it didn’t matter. I had done it. I didn’t walk and I finished, which were the only 2 things I set out to achieve. I was the LAST WINNER! TIME-1hr, 20mins and 11 seconds. Happy with that!

WOOHOOOO!!!!!!! I can’t describe the feeling of achievement, how good it felt, how tough it was but it was all worth it, and only made possible with the help of such amazing people. My family, the ECR crew, the Ramsey Road Runners, the tail runner, and everyone who has helped along the way…THANK YOU
EVERYONE! XX See you next year. XX

PS-I am already planning my next races. Eye Charity Run 5 miles on Thursday 2nd July followed by a simple children’s fun run of 1.5 miles on the 5th July. St Ives 10k to follow on the 19th July is my next aim, alongside regular parkrun’s and ECR training runs where I hope to improve my times and running style, so I’m less of a plodder and more of a runner.

0-10km in 3 months-I’m rather chuffed with that!

Thank you for reading my first blog, and joining me on this journey. Hope it wasn’t too long.

2014 Race Review by Lisa Marriott

So here is a brief race log that highlights my second year of competitive running with the Ramsey Road Runners in which I won the 2014 Cambs County Road Race league;

05.01.14- CAMBS XC CHAMPS, PRIORY PARK, ST NEOTS
5.8k, 15th position

A very wet and muddy priory park where I can remember wearing road running shoes whilst all other runners seemed to be wandering round in spikes. At this point I wasn’t full of confidence and my lack of experience was about to show!
So I did infact spend the majority of the race slipping and slidding and finished a disappointing 15th (reserve) just missing out on qualification. A lesson was learnt!.. well done to my great team mate Beth Curtis who also turned up to battle it out in the mud.

26.01.14 BRASS MONKEY 10k, ROCKINGHAM SPEEDWAY
25th OVERALL, 1st LADY- 40 MINS

So I begin my venture to run sub 40 10ks just as I had done in 2013.However,although a very fast course,horizontal rain and freezing conditions proved a challange and I landed on the line dead on 40 minutes (kind of frustrating). Absolutely soaked and without much feeling in my legs I couldn’t wait to get under the heat lamps that they had provided for us in the pits. A jolly day out other than that and thanks Simon Render for the taxi !

02.03.14 SWAVESEY HALF MARATHON
20th OVERALL, 2nd LADY- 1.31.37

The challenge this year to run sub 90 minute half marathons again proved difficult during this event where again the wind was at its best. A multi terrain course that exhausted me and I really did struggle the last 2 miles but happy to get my first HM of the year done and dusted and against some decent female runners.

09.03.14 NASEBY HALF MARATHON
7th OVERALL, 2nd LADY- 1.31.46

A very tough race with two long vertical hills! (as well as a few others) and I hated it!!..it was a painful slog and made me feel like I never wanted to race again!…lactic acid in the legs and hyperventilating was not for me a good experience. Thankfully I was towed along by a nene valley runner who encouraged me round to the bitter end to finish a defeated 2nd lady.

23.03.14 THORNEY 10k
23rd OVERALL, 1st LADY-39.57

This is the race I really wanted to win and was determined to go sub 40. I set out at about 5.50ish pace with a fellow runner and ended up with a minor tear in my calf by mile 1. Way to fast and I payed the price, however pure stubbornness not to stop and finish the race made me run through the pain to the end where I just scrapped under 40 minutes-phew!! I was hopping lame but satisfied with my result… job done !

06.04.14 CAMBORNE 10k
39th OVERALL, 2nd LADY- 41.21

So I shouldn’t really be here due to calf injury, but again stubbornness wins the day and im racing again!..a tough race, mainly hated it and was exhausted at 7k. Happy to finish 2nd lady in the time that I did.
Glad that was over !

21.04.14 HUNTS 5 MILE CHARITY RACE
12th OVERALL, 1st LADY- 33.24

This race was hard work on rough terrain and I was glad to see the finish line-Enough said ! ..but winning it felt good!

04.05.14 FENDRAYTON 10k
11th OVERALL, 1st LADY- 40.39

I like this race its fairly local and runs along a guided bus route for much of it so not to harsh on the legs..I also favour this race as I have won it 2 years in a row (not trophy hunting at all!). My aim to run it quicker than last year which I duly did and thankfully my legs where feeling better due to help of fellow team mate Steve Burton who gave me some extremely painful sports massage !

11.05.14 EYE 10k
54th OVERALL, 5th LADY-41.17

I hated every minute of this race it felt like a slog the whole way through, just wasn’t my day, I had to get it done though as it was a County league race in which I had high hopes for. Howver,Was nice in the end to discover that placings went up to 5th ..another trophy!..happy days 🙂

18.05.14 SOHAM HALF MARATHON
18th OVERALL, 2nd LADY- 1.32.56

A hot day but enjoyed the race amonst some great runners, I ran slightly quicker than last year so was pleased although still wasn’t able to go the sub 90 I was hoping for on a flat course like this was slightly frustrating. 2nd lady was good enough as I’d only managed 4th last year.

15.06.14 HUNTS 10k
21st OVERALL, 3rd LADY-40.41

I really enjoyed this race, it was competitive, lots of runners and an uphill finish that lasted a kilometer makes it a really testing course. I was pleased to improve on last years time and the highlight had to be getting presented with a mini fire extinguisher by the great John Major himself!.. what a treat !

22.06.14 GREENWHEEL RELAY 7.4 MILES
STAGE 3- 51.03

Awesome team effort and always a fun packed crazy day out with the Ramsey Road Runners!!. I love these relays and watching Gavin do his robot arms sprint finish is always a highlight of the day. Running stage 3 was a mission though with the off road bits that seem to go for miles and miles. Great credit to Libby Mead who did an amazing job cycling all stages with us. To top the day off we won the mixed team prize. Such a great effort by everyone to complete these events.

06.07.14 MARCH 5 MILE SPUD RUN
16th OVERALL, 1st LADY- 32.11

A great race picking up first lady prize and team mate Michelle Brett picking up 2nd (girl power)..and always fun when you win a bag of spuds at the end 🙂

20.07.14 ST IVES 10k
44th OVERALL, 5th LADY-40.25

A very competitive race in what seems like to take forever to run down an RAF runway and then back again!.. not one of my favourite 10ks but I managed to pick up a good time although much of the race felt like a struggle :-/

27.97.14 LITTLEPORT 10k
21st OVERALL, 1st LADY- 40.56

Back to reclaim my title although running it a minute slower in what seemed like a hotter day than last year…trophy hunting again !

17.08.14 THORNEY 5 MILES
29th OVERALL, 1st LADY -31.39

This was my best short race of the year very pleased with the way I ran beating a decent Bedford Harrier runner at the finish by 1 second !.. however, frustratingly a bit slower than last year’s time.

07.09.14 SWINESHEAD 10 MILE
31st OVERALL, 3rd LADY- 1.07.05
After travelling with Simon, Jevan and Nathan (such fun) I felt somewhat car sick and it was also a hot day. The race starts uphill and I was already exhausted after 4 miles!. The rest of the race was a mental battle and wanting to walk at the 7 mile mark was not good news for me. It was good to see the Ramsey men running so well though and improving with every race. Two ciders was needed straight after this race and to top it I received a very orignal 3rd lady prize (hand blender) that I very kindly donated to my mother for her babysitting duties.

14.09.14 GRUNTY FEN HALF MARATHON
51st OVERALL, 5th LADY – 1.30.22

My local race and PB course, desperate to run sub 90 I didn’t hang about and found myself upsides Phillipa Taylor for the first 2 miles!!, by 5 miles I was done, I’d had enough, not sure how I ran that race but it was awful. Last year was amazing running 1.26 and loving it. I think I tried to hard and blew it this year, however I did win my age category and wasn’t far off sub 90 so another one bites the dust…

20.09.14 RNR STAGE 2
8th OVERALL, 2nd LADY
This was my first ever race longer than half marathon distance and I was keen to get another stage record. Having run well and enjoyed the majority of the race the last few miles along the river bank felt like torture. I managed to beat the record by about a minute until a GB triathlete came along and smashed it by about 5 minutes !!..fair play. Another amazing experience and thankyou to the rest of the club for all their efforts in getting us round..for me to just turn up and run was I expect the easy bit !

19.10.14 THURLOW 10
14th OVERALL, 2nd LADY- 1.08.40
Lots of mud and hills but a nicely organised and friendly race, very little road to run on.. the second half of the race was a slog and I was suffering…I finished a well beaten second.It didn’t feel like a good race as I ran on my own for most of it which made it feel like even more of an effort.

26.10.14 FENLAND 10
43rd OVERALL, 4th LADY- 1.06.39

My first Fenland 10 and boy it was windy, the last league race of the year so had to get it done. This is now my fastest 10 mile race on record but have yet to run one where there are no hills, mud or windy conditions to contend with!. Happy though I won the Age Category prize in what seemed to be a very competitive race.

23.11.14 HEREWARD RELAY
STAGE 4, 10.4 MILES
22nd OVERALL, 1st LADY- 1.10.11

I loved this race and enjoyed every bit of running in the mud and the rain. The highlight for me was to over take Eddie (Admin does not approve of this comment) and get the ladies team back before the old boys team or we would have never have heard the end of it..Once that pressure was off I just ran and enjoyed it overtaking about 17 or 18 runners was a real confidence boost to keep the pace up. I think the biggest effort of the day goes to the Ramsey Rockets Team who throughout the year have been the runners of most consistency and improvement than all of us…well done to the boyz you are all awesome 😉