Social media has received a lot of negative attention in recent years, but it isn’t all bad. One of the amazing things it can do is connect total strangers.
Only a month ago, Michael and I were total strangers who happened to live in the same area. Although we had never crossed paths in person, a Facebook page dedicated to our local town (does anyone else have these!?) connected us.
It started with a streak of angry posts from the members about a group of kids who were going around on bikes and causing problems at the local shops, schools and high street. I know, not a great way to start!
It got to the point where every post was negative, and that just didn’t sit well with a few people! They suggested posting some happy and inspiring stories onto the page, either from local people or something they had seen on Facebook/the news. My mum thought it would be good to show that not all cyclists were as disrespectful as these kids, so uploaded a short introduction to me and my life in Triathlon to join the other amazing stories that people were posting.
Michael Hayes, owner and director of Railscape, noticed my mum’s post and got in contact with me. He was interested to find out more about Triathlons and if he could help in any way.
Michael will probably agree with me on this, he loves to ask questions! But I was more than happy to answer any he had, as he was generally interested to find out more about my time in this sport – it also helps that as soon as you get me talking about sports, I cannot stop!
So a little post on a local Facebook page has led to this blog, introducing my newest sponsor, Railscape!
Railscape is one of the top 3 vegetation specialist contractors to Network Rail in the UK, along with facility maintenance, waste management and minor building work services across Great Britain as well as the Eurotunnel and High Speed 1.
I remember saying to Michael at the end of our meeting that I wish there was another word for thank you, as their help deserves a lot more than such a small phrase. Put simply, they have just taken a huge weight off my shoulders for next year’s season of racing and training.
To Michael and the team at Railscape, I cannot wait to make you all proud and show that your faith in me wasn’t misplaced!
With this cold that I have been harbouring for the last week and a half finally gone, it’s time to get back to the proper training and get ready for the 2020 season!
Make sure to follow my progress and training leading up to next year on my Instagram: @kieratippett