After three long, hard and focused weeks of training at altitude, I returned home and had a few days to pack my kit and make my final preparations before the world championships.

 

My competition began on Wednesday with a tough semi-final qualification round: we fence, swim and combine event on this day. Here I had to finish in the top eight to secure my place. I fenced very well and swam a reasonable time comfortably therefore went into the combined run/shoot in first position. I held this lead and won my qualification. A positive start.

 

On Friday, my alarm went at 6am, the final day had arrived. I struggled with my fencing in the final, the first half of my 35 rounds were very challenging and I was not controlling my fight well enough to gain confident hits. After the half way point, I had gained some confidence in my movement and tactical approach. I started hitting and clawed my way back up the field. I won 18 out of 34 fights. One competitor retired due to injury and I had a double defeat in another round (meaning no one scored a hit in the one minute therefore we both get a defeat).  This put me in 14th overall.

 Sam Murray World Champion 2014

I had some time to collect myself, eat, drink and relax before the swim. The fencing discipline is always emotionally and psychologically fatiguing. So, it’s really important for me to keep fuelling and have some quiet time in-between events. 

 

I felt ready as I got onto the blocks for my 200m swim. My first 100m felt comfortable and in control. Then I tried to pick up my pace and give everything for my last 100m. I swam a p.b and a new Modern Pentathlon World Record with a 2.03,8. I was delighted. This strong swim put me in 2nd place overall.

 

My horse for the show jumping event was called Saladyn. A 16.2, bay, gelding, forward going and an excellent jumper. We warmed up well together, despite a stray dog running into the collecting ring and chasing all the horses, and a loose horse galloping free across the arena… not exactly what you need, but we got through it.

 

Together we cleared all twelve obstacles without any jumping penalties. I incurred 6 time faults, which I wasn’t bothered about because if I had gone faster I would have risked knocking some poles. I was really pleased with my ride and so grateful for Saladyn. I was now in 3rd place overall and 16 seconds from the leader.

Sam Murray World Champion

 I took some time to relax, stretch and hydrate before my final event of the day: the combined run/shoot- 5 shots in the black with an air pistol on a ten metre range followed by 800m run, four times through- so 3200m in total and four shoots.

 

I approached the start line focused and pretty composed; I’m usually very nervous before the shoot and therefore really struggle to keep my sights together. I hit 6 out of 5 shots for my first shoot and left the range in 2nd place. By the second shoot, I left the range with the leader Sarolta Kovacs of Hungry but ran away from Kovacs over the 800m. The following two shoots and two 800m, I had Chen Qian of China about eight seconds behind me, however, my shoot and run remained strong and I held my lead. Running into the closing straight, I had the gold medal in front of me, my running felt great and I didn’t have to work too hard as I had such a lead on the Chinese athlete.

 

Taking the ribbon and becoming World Champion felt incredible. Wow- a title- at last! It had been a long day and I had felt every moment of pressure, nerves and anxiety. Yet I kept going and focused. My hard work and determination paid off.

Sam Murray World Champ

My coach, Istvan, and I after the awards ceremony; I’m so grateful for his support and guidance.

This was the final competition of my 2014 season. Now I’m on a break and enjoying putting my feet up!

I would like to say thank you to Moving Comfort and Brooks for their support. I love training and competing in the range and am really proud to be an ambassador. 

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Moving Comfort sponsored athlete, Samantha Murray became the 2014 modern pentathlon world champion when she won the individual gold in Warsaw on Friday.

Samantha, who previously won silver at the London 2012 Olympics, also set a new pentathlon world record as she won the 200m freestyle swim in 2:03.84.

Success also came for Samantha’s GB team mates in silver and bronze positions, which were secured by Kate French and Freyja Prentice respectively.

Congratulations Samantha from everyone at the Moving Comfort HQ!

 

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Embrace your Fine Form

14 Aug 2014 11:32:46


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Why Fiona is my favourite

11 Aug 2014 12:23:48


By Sara McMahon

The Fiona has long been my favourite bra for running, and every season I look forward to trying the update in the faith that it still provides that much needed support! FW14's model definitely did not disappoint. I received the blush / crimson colour way which is gorgeous and took her straight out for her first run.

I always start with a shorter run when I have a new bra on; although I already wear the Fiona and have never had any problems with it, there is nothing worse than being caught with a chafe miles away from home, so I prefer to play it safe! I ran 3 miles for this first run in my new bra and it completely fulfilled my high expectations. Thanks to the great weather we've been having recently, it was 23 degrees on this evening and I was grateful for the soft, wicking material and seam free cups to prevent any chafing. The front adjustable straps make it super easy to secure the fit, so there is no irritation, you can just focus on the activity you're doing.

Later in the week and after a wash, I took my Fiona on an off road cycle. Again, she supported me exactly as I needed and when I found myself removing my tank, I felt comfortable wearing the bra on full show. The feminine colours and shape of this bra did create a look isn't too dissimilar to a crop top.

I find that as the bra has good coverage above and on the sides of the breasts, I feel really secure, even during the high impact of running. It doesn't surprise me at all that the Fiona is Moving Comfort's number 1 selling bra in the US, every season there are lovely, fresh colours and it maintains that good level of support and comfort. This week will see my Fiona on a longer run and I have no doubt she will be fully supporting me the whole way!

To find out more about the Fiona click HERE .

FW14 Fiona

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After a whirlwind couple of weeks I am now back home in England and training hard in preparation for the biggest competition for Commonwealth countries. 

Since finishing my ANZ season over in New Zealand with my club Kia Magic, I had two days to organise my belongings and myself and jump on a plane back to England to maximise my workout time with the England squad ahead of the competition.

Upon arriving back in the UK I've jumped straight back into the England Netball programs down in Bath, with semi centralised training, and have been fortunate enough to have been selected for my second time to represent England.

Both myself and the team are hard workout, and have been put through our paces with fitness testing, practice matches and rigorous gym program to keep us busy but more importantly prepare us in the best way possible ahead of Glasgow later this month.

For now, we have a week at home to spend with family and friends before we head into holding camp on the 15th July, and then the real fun starts when we arrive in Glasgow on the 19th, absolutely raring to go! Helping me through my workout and preparation has been my comfy and stylish kit from Moving Comfort and Brooks, it's great to look and feel good when i train and this kit definitely allows me to give it my all.

 

Jo Harten

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