Compressport Ambassadors 2019
Posted: Sep 11, 2019
As we move into the 3rd quarter of 2019 we reflect on the ambassadors we support in partnership with the brands we represent. We’re always humbled by their determination and motivation and inspired by their achievements. Meet Laura Watts – an individual fuelled by self-motivation and a thirst for Ultra Marathon Running and Ironman Triathlons.
Why I enjoy my sport: Running keeps me sane. It gives me the headspace to think and it also allows me to eat, a lot! I also love the challenge of training for an event; If you are doing a spring marathon then that is my motivation for getting myself out in the winter months in all different kinds of cold, wet, windy conditions. The feeling of elation when you cross the finish line is also addictive. I love the camaraderie of Ultra Marathons – everyone is so friendly, and people look out for each other (we are all going through the same thing).
I love being outdoors and running Ultras has allowed me to see so much of our great British countryside. I also really enjoy the challenge that each event brings, especially as I push myself to run further or do something out of my comfort zone. The Ironman is a great example of this. There was a time when I had never participated in a triathlon, where I could only swim breaststroke and had never ridden a racing bike with clip-in shoes. That didn’t stop me and so I took swimming lessons, bought a bike and started cycling. I threw myself in the deep end, literally, completing my first Ironman UK in July in 14 hours 41 minutes.
Aims for the year? It’s been a busy year so far having done the Brighton Marathon, London Marathon (dressed as Wonder Woman), Three Forts Challenge, 3 Marathons in 3 days in June (Part of Sussex Trail Events Marathon Madness Series), Ironman UK and most recently the Kennet and Avon Canal Race which is a 145 Mile Ultra Marathon from Bristol to London and was the winning female and 8th overall! Next I recently took on the UTMB in August and look forward to the Tooting Bec Self-Transcendence 24-hour track race in September (along with a few other marathons which I will use as training runs).
For 2020 I have obtained the qualifying standard for the toughest footrace on earth, Badwater 135 which is a 135-mile Ultra Marathon in Death Valley, USA in July. I will be applying for that in January next year, so fingers crossed I get accepted!
Experience of Compressport products so far? I have been wearing Compressport since I started running Ultra Marathons as it is the best, most high-quality brand. When you are pushing your body to its limits you need compression clothing that is going to work with your body and not let you down. The Compressport products I’ve used so far are of outstanding quality and I love bright colours so my calf sleeves, arm guards and visor are perfect for me!
My Compressport Trisuit which I wore for Ironman UK was just perfect, just the right enough amount of padding for 112 miles on the bike but super lightweight for the run, plus it looked great with a splash of pink which is important too!
Something I would like to share: In March 2018 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Skin Cancer and had an operation to remove the melanoma and some lymph nodes in my groin. A few weeks later I got an infection in my groin and contracted cellulitis and was very ill, resulting in an emergency operation leaving a hole the size of an orange in the top of my leg. Cancer cells had also spread to my lymph nodes so now I have to have a scan (CT / Ultrasound) every three months to keep a check on this. Thankfully and so far, the melanoma has gone and there has been no further spread. 6 weeks after the operation (when I was in hospital for a week), I ran Centurion Running’s South Downs Way 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, against my surgeon’s advice!
My motto is ‘Never, never give up’.