Pres­sure mounts as Team Brexit passes half­way

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

Hot nights, short weeks and a lack of fuel are a few of the ob­sta­cles in Team Brexit’s way as they hit half­way in their train­ing for Auck­land’s Round the Bays.

Si­mon Collins finds he can’t keep full no mat­ter how much he eats and Sinead Lough­nane is wak­ing up de­hy­drated af­ter at­tend­ing their evening run­ning club.

‘‘I’m so hun­gry all the time, one of the hard­est things I’ve found is get­ting enough en­ergy,’’ Si­mon said.

Si­mon, Sinead and Ian Benet are Team Brexit.

Af­ter two long week­ends spent across the North Is­land in Cape Reinga and Gis­borne they’ve de­cided that with the re­turn of rou­tine their train­ing is about to get se­ri­ous.

They have four weeks left and three more per­sonal train­ing ses­sions be­fore race day.

‘‘We need to up it,’’ Sinead said. Sinead’s go­ing to run fur­ther once a week to work on en­durance and faster on her other run to work on her speed.

Si­mon’s push­ing him­self by mov­ing into the 7km run­ning group at the Adi­das Run Club af­ter com­ing first in the 5km group.

And Ian is even plan­ning on go­ing for a morn­ing run. ‘‘I usu­ally hate it but it’s the best way to get the ex­er­cise in so I can en­joy the beach in the evening,’’ Ian said.

Along­side the run­ning there’s been cy­cling, swim­ming, yoga, soc­cer and the weekly per­sonal train­ing ses­sion. In the lat­est Tepid Baths ses­sion trainer Josh Sa­muela dished out a sweaty com­bi­na­tion of burpees, stair­case sprints, and side to sides on Ja­cob’s Lad­der in Westhaven.

Sa­muela said he was im­pressed with the team’s com­mit­ment and progress.

‘‘I’ve been mak­ing it harder ev­ery week and they’ve been keep­ing up.’’

The goals are still there for Team Brexit too.

Sinead wants to run Round the Bays with­out hav­ing to stop and Si­mon and Ian want to beat their times from last year. If they can eat and drink enough and have a few cool evenings Team Brexit will go all the way.

The Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fun run is an 8.4km flat course from the Auck­land CBD to St He­liers Bay.

The start is lo­cated at Quay Street and the course con­tin­ues along Auck­land’s Waitem­ata har­bour to a spec­tac­u­lar fin­ish along St He­liers Bay.

JAMES PASLEY/FAIRFAX NZ

Josh Sa­muela said side to sides are good for the glutes.

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