Club AGM – Thursday 24th November. Shoulder of Mutton, Mytholmroyd
We will announce the club annual award winners at the annual general meeting on Thursday 24 November. We have a great shortlist of nominees with some fabulous triathlon performances, and now it’s time to vote. So please let me have your votes . All paid-up club members are eligible to vote.
Do have a look at the race reports section of the club website for details of nominees’ performances to help you make your decisions.
Nominations so far are:
Best female – Sarah Vickers, Anne Johnson
Best Male – Chris Lees, Jamie Fradgley, Andy Lynex
Most Improved – Anne Johnson, Craig Barker
Fickle Finger – Fiona Christian
– Simon Fox: for excellent work in procuring a new supplier for club kit, as […]
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 swim 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 […]
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 […]
Through Someone Else’s Eyes
It was in the autumn of 2015 and, like all triathletes at this time of year, my thoughts were starting to draw towards the next years events. What race do I fancy doing? To which exciting locations might this next year take me? What can I do to challenge myself? Maybe this year I’ll do a 70.3.
Then I read a request from Chris, a blind athlete, who already enjoyed all three disciplines of bike and run and a very small bit of swim (the usual triathlete proportions) but wanted to tie it all together. He had various people who had guided him on runs or steered his tandem, but wanted to do the full tri, so he had placed a few messages around and I happened to see one of them.
Immediately it sparked my interest. Triathlon is a very […]
When did I become obsessed? (Diary of a ‘newish’ open water swimmer)
Jan 2014 – New Year’s Resolution – learn front crawl.
As I was already a fell runner and cyclist decided, along with two friends Anne (Johnson!) & Angela), to have a go at a sprint triathlon. After intensish training and a lot of discussion over coffees & cake during the summer, we committed and entered our first sprint tri.
Sept 2014 – Skipton Late Summer Tri (me on the right)
Discussion followed re future tri’s – but what if the swim wasn’t in a pool??
Jan 2015 – Filled with enthusiasm I Googled
‘Open water swimming holidays’ Result – SwimTrek!! Booked on their ‘Intro to Open water in Mallorca’
Along with further sprint tri’s with pool based swims Anne, Angela […]
Interview with Craig Barker – by Laura Wright
Interview with Dexter Wright – by Laura Wright
Interview with Fiona Christian – by Andy Lynex
The Wirral open water sprint distance triathlon was help at the marina, West Kirby and was organised by Epic Events. The weather forecast was not good for early in the day but we were were blessed with ideal conditions for racing and spectating for whole event. I’d entered this event so that Dan and I could race together during his visit on his way back to New Zealand following the Rio Olympics. We were of course accompanied by our number one supporters, Rhonda and Kate.
The c.300 competitors were set off in three waves and kicked-off at 8.00am. As we gathered on the shore of the marina lake clad in the usual open-water swim apparel the organiser ask competitors raise their arm if they had traveled more than 50 miles, then 75, then 100, then 200…at the end of […]
Embrun race report
We’re typing this from the sun drenched balcony of our rented maison in Embrun on – THE DAY AFTER. Enjoying the most scenic of Alpine views, a cloudless sky and the chink of my glass of wine from the local Cave by my side (Super U). So yes, the day after Andy and I undertook the Embrunman long distance triathlon a good time to reflect and recount. We thought we’d share a combined review. You can guess for yourselves who wrote which bit!
Billed as one of the hardest long distance events in the world, why the hell were we doing it? Well, in 2015, we undertook the Alpe d’Huez (ADH) triathlon. That was some challenge in itself, but we caught the bug for racing on the continent and making a bit of a holiday out of it too. In the week after […]
Worthing triathlon – 28thAugust 2016 – by Anne Johnson
I entered this race on an impulse after been encouraged / harassed / bullied by Hannah Mansell to have a go at a GB qualifying race!! Bill had been saying for a while I should have a go but I felt my swimming prevented me. This was the only race I could do of the 3 qualifying races so thought why not. A week before the race, after seeing results from the 2nd qualifier at Liverpool , I nearly chickened out, what was I thinking when I entered, no chance, and Worthing, about as far away as you could get!!
The day before, drove down with Bill and stayed at Brighton youth hostel. So grateful to Bill for accompanying me on such a long journey on a bank holiday weekend!! Not pleasant!! Kept thinking, can’t let him down. Not been to Brighton before […]