We have a few keen athletes in our midst here at Mackenzie Smith, but a stalwart of the cause has to be our Land Director, Katherine. We’ve written in the past about her achievements; from marathons, triathlons, cycles and of course our sponsored event, the Fleet Half Marathon. This year, two of her past events contributed towards another achievement, The London Classics.
The London Classics was created in 2017 and collectively celebrates three magnificent, mass participation events in London; the London Marathon, RideLondon-Surrey 100 and the two-mile event at Swim Serpentine. The London Classics mark this incredible achievement with the ultimate medal and inclusion within their Hall of Fame, an exclusive list of successful athletes which actually includes our Fleet Senior Client Manager, Andy Moran.
Katherine had previously completed the London Marathon in 2012 and RideLondon-Surrey 100 in 2016, both with her twin sister Katrina. Just a few weekends ago on a very dreary Saturday, they braved the chilly Serpentine to complete the challenge.
“I heard about the London Classics through a friend last year, but was unfortunately too late to apply for September 2017 Swim Serpentine. I had already completed the other two events, so it seemed a shame not to enter the 2 mile swim and complete the London Classics, particularly as I already had a wetsuit from my Half Iron Man last year. The swim for me, was the easiest of all three events, purely as the time it takes to swim two miles is significantly less than running 26.2 miles or cycling 100 miles! In terms of training, I have to be honest and say it consisted of four lake swims in the weeks before the event, the furthest of which was 1.5 miles in three of the four practice sessions. I thoroughly enjoyed the swim, it was a well organised event with lots of spectators around the lake and safety martials in the water. I would recommend it to anyone interested in lake swimming, as you have the opportunity to swim half a mile, one mile, or the full two mile course.”
Katherine has already signed up for her next challenge, which if you speak to her you should definitely enquire on, she’s certainly taking up a level!