We’re really pleased to announce that we have a fab massage team lined up for the 2021 White Star Running race season. Sue and the team at Run Fit Fordingbridge have provided massages at the Larmer Tree Races for the last couple of years, and have now come on board for all our races this year.
However, due to Covid restrictions around massages at mass events, we can’t offer on-site massage at our first three races this year (Ox, Weekend At The Races, Crafty Fox). Instead, we will be offering a discount code to all our runners at these events, which will give you 20% off a 30-minute sports massage in Fordingbridge. We’ll post the details for each of these three events in the relevant Facebook Event, so make sure you have marked yourself as Going if you’re taking part. We’ll also include the details on your race instructions.
For the later events, you will be able to pre-pay for your massage in advance and we’ll share the link for that nearer the time. The first event with massage on-site will be our Cider weekend in July.
What is sports massage and why is it helpful?
Sports massage is a type of massage therapy that utilises deep and soft tissue techniques, including trigger point therapy and muscle energy techniques – depending on your presenting issues – so that you obtain the most benefit from your massage.
It’s a common misconception that sports massage is only for elite athletes. Starting a new fitness regime or increasing the time, intensity and/or frequency of exercise can leave muscles feeling increasingly tight and sore over time.
Sports massage has many benefits, including:
- Supporting your training in the build-up to an event
- Improving posture and range of movement
- Rehabilitation of minor injuries and persistent niggles
- Reducing aches and pains
- Reducing muscle stiffness and soreness – including delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after exercise and events
If you’re planning to have a deep tissue/sports massage treatment before your event then ideally you should do this at least four days beforehand to allow any residual soreness to reduce and also so that you feel the maximum benefit. That’s not to say that you can’t and shouldn’t have a massage on the day of your event, but it would be a different type of massage to this.
Pre-event massage on the day
This is generally a short higher tempo massage (around 10 mins) that you would have on the day of your event to increase blood flow, increase flexibility and raise body temperature, which can be helpful to prepare physically and mentally for the start of your race.
This massage is generally quite light to effectively ‘flush out’ the legs, which helps to promote muscle recovery and reduce the dreaded DOMS which often occurs after an endurance event or when you have been pushing yourself.
About Run Fit Fordingbridge
Run Fit Fordingbridge is a women’s focused fitness business based in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, with most activities taking place in the beautiful New Forest. Sue’s goal is to encourage and support women of all fitness and running abilities – including complete beginners – to be physically active in a friendly community of women. From weekly trail runs in the New Forest, running courses, outdoor fitness and sports massage (massage is available to both male and female clients), Run Fit Fordingbridge has something to offer you.
Sue owns and runs Run Fit Fordingbridge. She has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years and initially qualified as a sports massage therapist and personal trainer in order to support both her own and her husband’s training. Over the years her interest and passion for sports massage, running, fitness and training has grown – with the result being Run Fit Fordingbridge.
Sue has completed numerous triathlons at various distances, including Ironman 70.3. As for running, she runs all distances from 5K up to and including ultramarathon distance, which is not bad for someone who only took up running in their 40s!
Her qualifications include:
Sports Massage Therapist Level 3 & 4
YMCA – Level 3 Personal Training
England Athletics Run Leader
YMCA – Level 3 award in Nutrition
YMCA – Level 2 Gym Instructor
YMCA – Level 2 Circuit Training
Practitioners Diploma is Chair/Seated Acupressure on site massage
Practitioners Diploma in Myofascial Release
Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
Certificate in using Foam Rollers
We’re really happy to have Sue and her team on board for this year’s races. Welcome!