#Ashmeiambassador Day

On 5th March 2016 by Rachael

This weekend, I was invited to meet the crew at Ashmei Sportswear with a view to becoming an ambassador for the year ahead. Who knows whether I will be selected but I met a group of inspiring everyday athletes along the way…

Steady on the up, slip slide on the down

Steady on the up, slip slide on the down

 

The quality is in the details - handy holder for threading through ear phones

The quality is in the details – handy holder for threading through ear phones

Wishing we had cross country spikes

Wishing we had cross country spikes

Post run goodies

Post run goodies

 

It can be easy to get caught up in the bid for personal bests and ever more adventurous challenges. But behind all of this are the stories of why people start running and continue doing it, and this is often far more inspirational and interesting than how fast or far you run. And so it proved today at the Ashmei head offices.

One of the first people I spoke to was Owain Williams, one of the sportswear’s current ambassadors who started running to lose weight. He went from 15 stone to his current 12 stone (I’m doing this from memory so sorry If I’m wrong Owain!), met his wife, Mandy, through running and they have now set up a successful blog , Running Beside Me to inspire others. Likewise, Marcus Brown, (Instagram: The Marathon Marcus) ran as a way of dealing with depression and now helps motivate others through his blog, The Marathon Marcus.

This is not to say that some of these recreational athletes are not impressive competitors too. Jess Gray, 34, mum of one, told me that she used to run at school. Like many women, she returned to it after having her daughter. And now? She’s a winning ultra runner.  There was no show boating, but I have a feeling that lots of people there today of had a damn fine reason to boast. Current ambassadors, Simon Green, (www.fellmonkey.com) has tackled some amazing hardy ultra runs while Louise Croxon (www.louisecroxon.co,) is a GB Age Graded Triathlete.

What was so inspiring as we chatted during a muddy, slippery six mile trail run, was that no one was a professional athlete. Everyone there runs, cycles and swims because of their love for sport and somehow manages to fit it into their everyday lives. Even if that means running 20 odd miles in the morning before jumping on a train to London, like David, who has to do this in order to fit his training for ultra marathons into his life with a family and responsible job.

And what of the sportswear range itself? Made from merino wool combined with carbon, Ashmei kit is both heat regulating and  sweat- wicking. I can’t vouch for this personally as I have not run in it. But what I can vouch for is the quality of the finish.

The owner, Stuart Brooke, conceived, designed and produced the first garment for Rapha, the Soft-shell jacket and you can tell in the quality, style and branding of Ashmei clothing . Loosely translated, Ashmei means The Unique. In the detailing, such as the Bite Grip, at the front of the collar on the women’s Ultimate Soft-shell Running Jacket, meaning you can ‘bite’ the collar and unzip with one hand, is a clever addition.

If nothing else, I’ve come away inspired to take up adventure, off-road triathlons after chatting with Instagram, TomBakeTri!

 

 

 

 

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