2014 started in a similar fashion to 2013, the usual Team JMC mountain bike racers made the long journey north for the Strathpuffer 24 Hour race and won both the solo and pairs categories.

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In February, Peter Wilson battled the darkness and driving rain in the Dark Mountains Marathon event in the Peak District. In spite of his headtorch giving him grief he completed the course in 9 or so hours. Meanwhile, Budge and Alex were running then riding then running again in an offroad duathlon – the Fearless Duathlon in North Wales. Budge finished 5th in his category and Alex won the whole thing.

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Throughout the spring bikes and running shoes were dug out of sheds and more Team JMC members ventured out of hibernation. Mike Sudder rode his bike in an offroad cycle sportive somewhere near Leeds. Over 50 members of staff took part in our Sport Relief challenge and ran, cycled and rowed their way to raise over £2,000 by clocking up over 2,500 km during work and travelling to and from the office. Dave Powell and Jason Miles went to South Wales to race in the inaugural Battle On The Beach MTB race and a few staff members decorated chocolate eggs for prizes.

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May saw Martin MacDonald complete a 10k run, the first of many 10k events that he’d participate in throughout the year. Jason Miles had another crack at the 3 Peaks Fell Race. Alex Lawton carried on his 2013 winning streak by claiming the national duathlon championship win. Andy Baron achieved a personal best in the Edinburgh Marathon.#

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A crack team of JMC eggheads finished 11th out of 40 teams in June’s annual Booth Ainsworth Quiz competition while the running and cycling activities were looked after by Mike Wilson in the Manchester 10k, Mike Sudder’s PB in the Halifax MTB Challenge, Jacqui Simcock who won the Cannock Chase Summer Classic MTB race, Jason and Dave narrowly missed the podium at the Bristol Bikefest 12 hour pairs race and Phil Simcock won the Highland Trail 550 race. The annual pilgrimage to Mountain Mayhem saw Team JMC come 3rd in the mixed team race and Jason Miles took the win in the men’s 24 hour solo race.

Meanwhile, Alex carried on winning triathlons.

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We had 10 riders reach podium spots at the National MTB Cross Country event at Sherwood Pines while Becky Payne completed her first-ever 10K running event.

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Budge went up to the Tyne Valley for an old-fashioned (quite fast) day out in the hills in the North Pennine MTB event. Paul, Steve, Dan and Neil did their first Tough Mudder event and seemingly became addicted to it, competing a further two Tough Mudders in 2014. Unsurprisingly Nikki won the Team JMC darts completion.

DartCompetitionWinnerIn the autumn Jacqui Simcock recorded a brilliant 5th place category result in the Isle of Man ‘End to End’ race and Jason and Budge both finished at the sharp end of the local Mary Townley Challenge. Phil Simcock and Jason took part in the Ruthin MTB Marathon – Jason survived, Phil ended up in hospital.

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Meanwhile, Alex carried on winning triathlons.

Team JMC invited British Military Fitness to our front lawn to put some willing volunteers through their paces. Some enjoyed it, some vomited.

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Martin carried on ruuning and you guessed it, Alex won some more triathlons, including the prestigious and insanely-difficult Helvellyn Triathlon.

October was the World 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Championship in Fort William. Three Team JMC riders took part – Jason Miles finished 6th in the elite category. Dave Powell was 18th in the elite category. Andrew Burgess finished runner-up in his age group category. All three riders were somewhat tired at the end.

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October also saw Jason Miles achieve a world record along with Guy Martin, riding a tandem, on the television.

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Bonfire Night was celebrated with a Guy Fawkes competition and then it was Christmas (with a visit from Santa!).

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What a year!