Category: Race Reports

Pants of Perspective – Kona Race Report

I posted a post race thought on Facebook after I finished racing Kona, The Ironman World Championships. I’ve been blown away not just by the amazing messages I’ve received since I posted, but also by all the incredible messages of support, encouragement and show in confidence in me, I received before the race. Thank you. I wasn’t looking for pity or messages, I just wanted to get my initial thoughts out there before I had some time to sit down and write this. 

I said leading into Kona that whatever the result, it wouldn’t change my season. It wouldn’t change the results I’ve had this year, and the development I’ve made and the pride I’ve felt in that. It doesn’t. I’m still incredible proud of what I’ve achieved this year and the results and races I’ve had. Someone just asked me, would I change winning Ironman Australia, and second at Challenge Roth, for a top five in Kona. Whilst I did pause for some time, my answer was no! 

Running along Ali'i Drive pre race

Running along Ali’i Drive pre race (Photo: Witsup)

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European Adventures – Part II

So, where’s Sid now? Well actually on route back to Girona, and by the time this gets posted, I’ll be back in Spain, for the last few weeks and training block in Europe.

I have to say I’ve loved being back in Europe. One thing that has been particularly awesome about being over here for the summer, is the contact I’ve had with my family. It’s coming up to ten years since I left the UK and moved to Australia. Shit! Ten years! It’s therefore been really, really awesome to be able to see my parents and sisters quite a few times over the summer, but also just much easier to give them a Skype call or Facetime. I’ve been able to spend time with my nieces and nephews, and feel that I’m a little bit more than just Aunty Laura in the telly now.

When in Rome...

When in Rome…

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This is Roth!

Where do you start? This race, is just simply awesome!! 

In this race report, or blog, or epic novel (first warning sign), I want to try and convey as much as I can the flavor and atmosphere at Roth, as well as my own race experience and the difference a year makes*. I’ve been trying to shorten my race reviews in the last few months, making them more concise and to the point, however I fear this will be longer, but hopefully the images and energy will capture how special this event is. (*The learnings and take aways will likely come in part 2! Second warning sign!)

It was my second time back to Challenge Roth, as having loved the event and had one of my best performances in 2016, I wanted to come back.

witsup always captures the moment always captures that moment! Thank you! 

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European Adventures

Hola! Buenos Dias! I’m in Europe (Spain to be exact) and it’s fab! I’d forgotten how fantastic Europe was. I have so many childhood memories flooding back to me with the early morning smell of croissants, and the cobbled streets and town squares lined with cafes and restaurants, the ice cream, the sunshine, the weather. In fact so many childhood memories from the holidays we used to take as a family (camping in Europe), that I’m struggling to remember I’m here training and racing and so working, and not on holiday! The struggle is real!

Europe Life!

Europe Life! Girona, Spain.

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That feeling – Ironman Australia Champion

Wow! Where do I start? How do you try to capture and explain the emotions and feelings as I stepped onto the finish carpet and made my way down to raise the tape and claim the title as Ironman Australia Champion 2017. I’m getting goosebumps just as I write this. If I could relive those few seconds, or even try to bottle those emotions and feelings I would.

That Feeling! (photo cred

That Feeling!

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Sometimes you just have to leap…then flap your wings like crazy!

As I write this now, a week ago I was about to board a plane to Melbourne. Just a few hours earlier I was out on a four hour ride in the Christchurch Port Hills. I was enjoying being out and about on the bike. The previous day, the weather had been feral but Friday was gorgeous blue skies and sunshine, with a crisp freshness of Autumn. It was such a fabulous day, I stopped for a quick coffee in Lyttelton, not quite on the training plan, but sometimes you just have to stop and soak it all in. As you do, checked my phone briefly, and read a couple of messages. The night before the idea of racing Challenge Melbourne had been floated, but I dismissed it as far too late in the day. It was Thursday night, I was in New Zealand the race was Sunday in Australia. The messages on my phone were just checking again…was I sure I didn’t want to race?

Photo Cred. NRG Labs

Helicopter Views  (Photo Cred. NRG Labs)

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Beautifully Brutal…I love it! Challenge Wanaka Race Report

Last year Matt Dixon, left me with a thought after my race at Challenge Wanaka, whatever the result, however you feel, make sure you smile for the finish line. Regardless! It’s a non negotiationable.

This year as I ran down through town, just 500m or so to go, knowing I’d come so agonizingly close, but not close enough, that same thought popped into my head, but this year there was no doubt that I’d be smiling as I ran onto the red carpet.

WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 18: Laura Siddall of Great Britain finishes second in the 2017 Challenge Wanaka on February 18, 2017 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Laura Siddall

 Photo Phil Walter/Getty Images

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8 seconds and counting… Taupo 70.3 Race Report


Actually I think I let out an agonising yell on the count of 1, the point at which Meredith Kessler, crossed the line, raising the winners tape, and I stepped onto the finish carpet realising I wasn’t going to be able to capitalise on the opportunity. Getting so close to the win, but so far at the same time!

Champagne Showers! (cred. Darryl Carey)

Champagne Showers!  (cred. Darryl Carey)

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European Adventures – Podium in Poznan

From Germany to Poland and the European adventure continued. I seem to be making a habit of adding races back to back. As I did in February racing Challenge Wanaka and then two weeks later Ironman Taupo, we decided to put Challenge Poznan, a half distance race in Poland, onto the calendar, which was just a week after Roth. It made sense to make the most of the time being in Europe, and again would be a bit of an experiment and learning experience.

Crossing the line - my first win as a Professional Triathlete

Crossing the line – my first win as a Professional Triathlete

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European Adventures – Rocking in Roth

The last 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirl wind. First of Roth, and then Poznan.

Roth – Breaking 9hrs, 8:51:59, 4th place -and becoming the 6th fastest Britain over the full distance.

Poznan – Winning! My first win as a Professional

So much has happened and seeing as my blog entries are long on the whole anyway, this one is being split into two parts. First up Rocking in Roth!

Solar Hill! Just incredible!

Solar Hill! Just incredible!

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Understanding Utah – St. George US North American Pro 70.3 Champs

  1. 7th place in North American Pro Championships – I’ll take that.
  2. Not everyone has great days – a below average performance doesn’t suddenly mean you are rubbish at the sport.
  3. Use the performance, the feeling, the knowledge, to fuel you to the next, ‘don’t let up until you are happy with your race’ – better never stops, don’t die wondering.
  4. Now move on.


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Here we go again… Two in Two Weeks… Ironman Taupo

It’s been over 2 weeks since I raced Kellogs Nutri Grain Ironman New Zealand. I’ve spent the past week back in Australia and Sydney and Melbourne, catching up with friends and contacts and generally continuing to chase summer. It’s been manic but it’s been awesome. Visiting friends, my favourite places, body surfing with the gang at Bondi, drinking far too much Aussie coffee and catching up with even more friends and fab people. I even managed a day of fun filled swim bike run filming with Witsup in Melbourne! I’m now back in New Zealand and Christchurch where I’m starting to ramp back into training but still keeping things quite fluid and flexible, before I really get stuck into the next part of the journey. I’m pretty excited.

Here we go again... two in two weeks for me... first ever for Francine!

Here we go again…two in two weeks for me…first ever for Francine!

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