Santa Cruz-Tenerife- Standard Distance – by Tony Pilkington



Santa Cruz-Tenerife- Standard Distance

Date 04\03\2018

Not the best starts just getting to this race, due to the beast from the east, causing mayhem. The plan was go to my mates house (Michael Birtwhistle) over in Bolton on Thursday evening, then off to Manchester airport early on Friday for the flight. 1st problem trying to get the bike box from Matthew Boon house (Very kindly donated by the club) on the Wednesday night, this was impassable, then I managed to collect it on Thursday evening, and that was a challenge through the snow. I Came back home loaded up bike, bags & everything else, all checked at least 10 times, then off over to Bolton, or so i thought, got to junction 22 which had been closed due to the weather and all surrounding roads which lead over to the dark side of the Pennines, so back home with a view to […]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Kinloch ‘Erin Baker’ OD triathlon, New Zealand – by Graham Plews

VERY brief race report to get the 2018 ball rolling. Yesterday I did the Kinloch ‘Erin Baker’ OD triathlon. Kinloch is on Lake Taupo and, given the early start, we were fortunate to be able to camp on site in our new VW campervan in the marina. The two lap swim in the beautiful clear waters of the lake was a real pleasure, even for me! The bike leg was also two laps and was almost as soggy as the swim. It was a very hilly course so, I was happy! The final run leg consisted of four laps around the town (?) and due to the heavy rain was a little boggy in parts so my best trainers took a bit if a battering. There were lots of other races later in the day the main one being the National Sprint Champs so competition was diluted somewhat. So far […]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

New Zealand triathlon series – race 3 by Graham Plews

19th Feb

Another brief race report from down here in New Zealand. Last weekend saw the third race at in a four race series at Maraetai Beach run by Panasonic. I did the Olympic Distance race which consisted of a three lap sea swim, two lap bike and a three lap run. Most of the race followed the coast with the bike section heading south on the coast road before turning in land whereas the run section headed north where the iconic backdrop of Auckland Tower could be seen in the distance. The sea was warm but wet-suits were allowed. Drafting was permitted on the bike and after chasing hard on the first lap to get on the back of a pack I ended up towing them round for most of the second lap! The mercury was rising rapidly by the time we hit the run and I was hanging […]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Race debate – Fri 2nd Feb

Fri 2nd Feb, Shoulder of Mutton, Mytholmroyd, 7pm

A chance to see what races everyone has planned for the year.  Everyone welcome, whether or not you are competing.

By | January 31st, 2018|Events, Posts, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Club AGM – 17th December


Club AGM  –  Sunday 17 December   Venuethe function room at the Stubbing wharf, Hebden Bridge    Time –   6.30pm

By | November 24th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Epicman – 11 June 2017 – by Fiona Christian



Epicman – 11 June 2017 – by Fiona Christian

Note to self #435: If you have to have a Lemsip an hour before racing, you should probably bail.


This was my supposed ‘A’ race for the season. With one’s training partner out of action in the first quarter of the year, I was considering my race options carefully. On the one hand, I could do a nice easy (flat bike) race or I could sign up for something that has a stupid amount of climbing. So, having reviewed the options, I decided that on the 11th June, every man and his dog (in triathlon terms) would be in Leeds….and therefore, any alternative races on the aforementioned date would be low in numbers and therefore high in propensity for high age group rankings….

So I happened upon Epicman. Run by Epic events, […]

By | June 29th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Maraitai Beach (Near Auckland – New Zealand) TRIATHLON 26th February 2017 – By Graham Plews.

RACE REPORT – Maraitai Beach (Near Auckland – New Zealand) TRIATHLON

26th February 2017 – By Graham Plews.

It’s only February and this is my second race report of the year! This time the race was at Maraitai Beach, just down the east coast from Auckland. It’s another fabulous location to relax and enjoy the sea, sun and sand with the family and when we arrived on the Saturday that’s just what many Auckland folk had decided to do. My number one supporter (Rhonda) and I were again able to camp very close to the transition area overlooking the sea and surrounding islands so no complaints on that front! I did the Olympic Distance race, which again was the longest race on offer. The weather conditions were perfect again with the heat building nicely through the morning.

My race was the second to get underway at the respectable time of 8.05, five minutes […]

By | March 9th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments



RACE REPORT – KINLOCH (Lake Taupo – New Zealand) TRIATHLON –  12th February 2017 – By Graham Plews.

Living in the southern hemisphere for the UK winter means I get to race before anyone else! I did the Kinloch Olympic Distance Triathlon yesterday so this should be the first CTC race report for 2017. Kinloch is a lovely small town on a beautiful inlet on the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo less than two drive from our house in Cambridge. The event included a number of races over different distances but the main races were Sprint and OD distances both on the same course. Rhonda and I camped in our little campervan on site at the Kinloch Marina and we were blessed with perfect weather for the entire weekend. Our friends, Martin and Justine, who also […]

By | February 13th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Kielder Water Swim and Kielder Reiver Tri – by Andy Wright

Kielder Water Swim and Kielder Reiver Tri


What is the difference between a swimmer and a triathlete?  The answer, I found out this weekend, is to do with how much they whimper.

This was the third year that Vital Events have put on the Kielder Water Swim, and the second year of the Kielder Reiver Triathlon.  Against my better judgement I had decided to enter both events; on Saturday acting as guide for Chris in the 1 mile sw20160917_134104im and then on Sunday alone in my first solo tri this season.

On both days I had the luxury of being down there nice and early to watch the earlier waves setting off.  The swimmers in the 10k category impressed me no end, wading out into the cold body of water that is Kielder Water I didn’t hear a peep out of any of them, even […]

By | October 1st, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Colin Brooke – reporting on the Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon 17 September 2016

Colin Brooke – reporting on the Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon 17 September 2016

Sustenance and support on the longer distance events

(Warning; the elite racers amongst us might find some parts of this report disturbing)

Obviously the greater the distance or time out on an event the greater will be the amount of fuel we need. I have my own my simplistic way of working out what food to take and calculating how much, which probably boils down to ‘varied and plenty’. As the distance events usually start very early in the morning, often having to prepare before sunrise when our appetites are unlikely to be good, I try to eat a substantial meal during the evening before.

I did try the pasta party type approach at the Kalmar ironman in Sweden but found the polystyrene dish of pasta strips, with no more flavour […]

By | September 25th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments