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Granite Mann – interview with the Browne Craine ladies team

Ladies 2018

Browne Craine is excited to share that it will be supporting The Children’s Centre’s Annual Granite Mann Challenge next year. Taking place on Sunday 22nd September 2019 at Cringle, the Granite Mann Challenge is the only off road triathlon in the Isle of Man in which participants can take part in either as an individual or as a team. The Children’s Centre and Browne Craine have agreed a three year sponsorship which will see Browne Craine supporting the event until at least 2021.

Last September (2018), a Browne Craine ladies team consisting of Alex Catlow, Lynsey Smith and Amy Killip, took part in the Challenge and were the first ladies team to cross the finish line.

Browne Craine wanted to get involved and support the event because it helps raise money for a fantastic local charity and its staff regularly take part and enjoy the events which are organised throughout the year by The Children’s Centre. This year, Alex, Lynsey and Amy are taking part in the event again with one mission only, to go back and defend their title.

Alex – the swimmer

Why did you want to enter the event?

I sit opposite Amy at work so it’s hard to avoid any Browne Craine team activities! When the girls asked me if I was interested in the swimming leg, I was initially nervous but excited for the challenge and to see how well we would get on in the competition.

What preparation did you do?

I used to swim a lot when I was younger but I found other interests as I got older. I still swam occasionally but nothing compared to when I was training several times a week! Once we’d entered the team into the Granite Mann Challenge, I went to my local pool and swam as many lengths as I could in a half an hour period. I kept going back to the pool to work on my speed and to get myself back into swimming. I didn’t get chance to do any outdoor training last year which is something I’m going to aim to do this year.

Your goals for this year’s event

My main personal goal is to do more training than last year, both indoor and outdoor, so that I can beat my swim time.

What is your motivation to achieve your goal?

I think my main motivation is the fact that this is a team event, and watching how hard Lynsey and Amy train really spurs me on!

Why do you want to do it again?

Now I have experienced the event and we are aware of the high level of competition, I want to train a lot harder this year so we can improve our time. I certainly think that if the Browne Craine boys enter their team, it will make the competition a lot more interesting!

Lynsey – the mountain biker

Why did you want to enter the event?

I started mountain biking in 2018 and I instantly enjoyed it. I saw the Granite Mann Challenge on The Children’s Centre’s website so I spoke to Amy and Al about it and they seemed really keen to take part! At Browne Craine we try and enter as many team sporting events as we can because they are good for team building and are fun, yet challenging at the same time. Doing something with your colleagues outside of work helps you bond as a team in a different way and I feel it has a positive impact on your team dynamics.

What preparation did you do?

I entered quite a few mountain bike events earlier in the year with the aim of the Granite Mann Challenge being the finale for 2018. I went out riding my bike regularly and made the most of last summer’s heat wave, getting as many miles on my bike as I could.

Your goals for this year’s event

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to take part in a triathlon as I’m quite sporty but doing it as a team has appealed to me as I enjoy achieving something as part of a group. I really enjoyed the off-road part of the event, I think it made it even more fun! I’d love to be able to improve on my time from last year and it would be even better if we were able to re-gain our ladies title.

What is your motivation to achieve your goal?

Being part of team is the main motivation as you don’t want to let your team mates down.

Why do you want to do it again?

To re-gain the ladies title (and to give me a focus to train for in 2019!)

Amy – the runner

Why did you want to enter the event?

It was Lynsey who mentioned the event and a few of us agreed that it sounded quite fun! There is healthy competition between the boys and the girls at the office so the plan was to enter a Browne Craine ladies team and also a Browne Craine men’s team and see which team would beat the other.

However, I’m not quite sure what happened because the men conveniently forgot to enter a team!

 What preparation did you do?

Outside of working at Browne Craine & Co, I’m a qualified fitness instructor so I’m always teaching various classes such as Metafit and Spin, which always helps with any training. I love [road] running and I often go out near where I live, although I must admit, I hadn’t done much preparation for running up the steep hills in the Granite Mann Challenge. I’ve started alternating my training so I’m doing more off-road running which I hope will start to prepare me for the race in September! I’ve also entered a handful of fell races to help me improve my speed and stamina.

Your goals for this year’s event

I’d love to be the fastest lady in the 5 kilometre run and of course, achieving a personal best is always great!

What is your motivation to achieve your goal?

I never want to let down my team mates so for me, that’s all the motivation I need to push myself.

Why do you want to do it again?

I love any sporting challenge and If improve my own personal time that would be a bonus. But more importantly, we need to retain our title as winners of the ladies category and beat the Browne Craine men’s team (if they remember to enter this year!).

To find out more about the Granite Mann Challenge, please contact Lisa Motley at The Isle of Man Children’s Centre: LisaMotley@thechildrenscentre.org.im.

Peregrine Tiagnet ICAEW