Christie Doran is finding out first-hand what it takes to be in
with a chance of becoming the one of the UK's top female racing
Christie, from Falkirk, has been given free access to Macdonald Inchyra Hotel
& Spa's gym to push her fitness training into
top gear using a programme designed by Formula One test driver and
fellow Scot Susie Wolff and handed down to Christie.
The twenty-year-old is training for the VAG Trophy which sees a
typically all-male line-up of petrol heads race at tracks across
the UK, starting with Oulton Park in Cheshire. In 2014, Christie
was the first female to win silverware in the series when she
clinched third place in her class, again at Oulton.
Strength to compete
To compete at this level it is essential that Christie stays in
top physical condition. She needs a strong neck, stomach and legs
so that she can withstand the g-forces created when racing at high
speeds, meaning training at Macdonald Inchyra
Hotel's gym is an occupational obligation. She trains five days
a week on top of driving training with British GT champion Ross
Wylie, her coach.
By working out Christie is looking to both keep her weight down,
so that she is light enough to race, and build muscle so that her
body can cope with the high speed pressures.
To build up muscle Christie focuses on core exercises and weight
training, specifically targeting her arms, necks, back, shoulders,
stomach and legs. Her training schedule consists of small bursts of
focused cardio, as well as roughly 15 minutes cycling and ten
minutes on the rowing machine.
Talking about what it takes to make it, Christie commented:
"Racing is a very competitive sport, to be successful you need to
be at your best. Training at the gym in Inchyra has given me the
strength I need to perform as well as I can and get the best
"You need to be physically fit enough to withstand the g-forces
and stay mentally alert. The state-of-the-art facilities at Inchyra
help me achieve this goal and stay one step ahead of the
competition. There's everything from a rowing machine, to weights
and resistance machines to a full length pool and spa area I can
use to cool down or relax after a race."
Regional General Manager Stuart Maxwell, said: "Supporting local
talent is something in which we take great pride. It is great to
know that we can help Christie achieve her dreams, and the team at
Inchyra will definitely be keeping an eye on her career as she
"Our leisure centre benefited from a huge investment back in
2011 and it is fantastic to see it being used by professional
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts celebrates its 25th anniversary
this year and operates over 45 hotels across the UK and ten resorts
in both the UK and Spain.