19 08, 2016

Review of the Beastie triathlon, Loch Lomond – by Sarah Farnell

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The Beastie triathlon – by Sarah Farnell

I picked this event because I have family nearby and I know this beautiful area well. I looked forward to it greatly and was not disappointed! It was very well organised and friendly, a great starter tri. First the ‘Wee Beastie’ triathletes set off-mostly people doing their first tri. There was quite a wait then before the ‘Big Beastie’ sprint event-transition closed at 10 and the second Beastie wave (the one I was in) didn’t set off until 11.sarah farnell130…

I was very cold waiting around even in my wetsuit! This would be my only niggle about the event…which I immediately forgot as soon as we got into the water to warm up! The swim was lovely, 750 m along the shallow edge of Loch […]

19 08, 2016

Liverpool tri – by Laura Wright

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Dexter wanted to do this event as the bike course promised to be very flat.  When we entered at the start of 2016, it didn’t occur to us that it was a British Triathlon Age-Group Championships event, so the field in the Olympic distance would be distinctly lacking in mountain bikes, fancy dress and newbies.

 Having opted to make a weekend of it, we went to register on the Saturday and were surprised to learn that the transition area was inside the Echo Arena on Albert Dock, with no public information about whether there was to be a bag drop anywhere nearby (although later it turned out there was one and it seemed secure).  The swim start also seemed to be quite a walk away and we encountered a few triathletes who, like us, were trying to figure out how the swim could possibly end […]

16 08, 2016

Colin Brooke – reporting on Alpe d’Huez 28 July 2016

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Colin Brooke – reporting on Alpe d’Huez 28 July 2016

The thoughts passing through my mind could be summed up from verses taken from the book of Ecclesiastes ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven’ ………..’a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away’. I recollected the words spoken some years ago by our own prophet Chris Jones when he hinted that I might consider joining the Autumn Tints cycling group. Was that time now upon me? I was peering at a closed barrier, those within proceeding with their run to personal glory, those without left to dwell on their own thoughts of rejection and failure.

Although the Alpe d’ Huez sounds tough and looks tough the organisers seem to treat it as quite ‘run of the mill’. There can’t be many […]

16 08, 2016

Lakesman – by Stuart Blagborough

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The Lakesman – June 2016

About twelve months ago I was told about a Long (Ironman) distance race in the Lake District. “What a stupid idea!!” Previous experiences in the area, such as ‘Day in the Lakes’ and ‘Coniston Tri’ were brutal courses taking some of the infamous passes, climbs with fell runs up mountains. So to go long was not going to be considered. (Although I did look into the details of the event.)

Then during the summer, I visited the area, in particular Keswick and Derwent Water. It was while standing on the water side looking out to the islands and the still water I wanted to get in so knew the event was going to be entered. There were other appealing factors of the event with the promise of a FLAT?? Course and that for a long distance event you could […]

18 07, 2016

Conwy middle distance tri turns into long distance duathlon – by Gary Williamson

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Quick’ish report from North Wales Conway Middle distance on Saturday 16/7.
Arrived registration on Friday to be warned about infestation of jelly fish and severe weather in Snowdon area, fortunately our accommodation had not been set ablaze – welcome to Wales!.
Sat Morning, good news, no jelly fish as they had been killed off by a sewerage overflow just down to coast so sea unfit to swim (great I went because I have never done a sea swim tri). Event changes to a long distance duathlon. Lots of grumbles and moans with some withdrawals or swapping into standard distance race (wimps), especially among those in GB age group kit or riding TT bikes.. Oh,weather warnings are now being reinforced, it will rain very very hard, plus windy gusts, for all the race and the roads in the mountains are very dangerous […]

12 07, 2016

Ripon tri – 1st olympic distance – by Chris Vaughan

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Ripon Triathlon race report

Ripon triathlon was an Olympic distance triathlon so this is double the distance of the two  triathlons already completed this year. The distance was 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run. I was the only para triathlete with Andy as my guide. As the only para triathlete on the race course this meant that we didn’t just have to compete to the best of our abilities but that we were competing against all able bodied competitors.

The swim was an open water swim in Ripon Racecourse Lake. To get to the swim we had to run to the start of our pack as we were running a little late. Once there we had to jump into the water and swim about 20 meters to catch our race pack for the start. Once we were there we only had less than ten seconds before […]

11 07, 2016

Ironman 70:3 Haugesund, Norway

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Race Report – by Caroline Fox

A couple of years ago Simon and I embarked on an exciting new hobby called ‘Triathlon’.  It all started with a fun triathlon in Nantwich and we both did OK – I certainly got off to quite a confident start and have enthusiastically been entering all sorts of events since.  However, I don’t think I always pay enough attention to the differences between the races we are now entering and the original ‘fun’ triathlon (with people running in fancy dress around a 2.5k route….).  For Simon though, Norway had received a lot of attention as this was his 2016 ‘A’ race after training hard all season….

So, Norway – 70.3 Ironman!  We were  both keen to try a branded ‘Ironman’ event and saw it as a great excuse for […]

22 06, 2016

A light hearted review of Leeds – by Fiona Christian

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Sometime,  way back in the midst of 2015, we heard that the WTS was coming to Leeds.  Hurrah, we thought.  Let’s get our entries in early – which we did and then thought no more about it.  At the risk of sounding like I’m getting the excuses in early, it’s not really my sort of race.  The city centre races tend to have quite technical bike courses with 180 degree turns and a lot of testosterone fuelled men with disc wheels who are hoping for a PB on flat courses.  There are not often many hills on these courses and again, whilst I haven’t quite worked out the weight to power ratio that most climbers have (or stopped drinking wine),  we do most of our training in the hills and ‘undulating’ courses tend to suit me best.   The best thing about Leeds would be the atmosphere and having […]

17 06, 2016

Back to Fitness physiotherapy – Club discount

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Back to Fitness, who are based in Ripponden, were recommended to me 5 years ago and I can’t praise them highly enough. I have been a runner all my life and am forever battling injuries. Charlotte Murray, who owns the practice, and Joe Washington, are superb at diagnosing injuries and looking at your biomechanics to find the root cause of the problem.

Back to Fitness  have offered club members a discount for  an initial consultation of £40 instead of £50,then  half hour sessions at £30 instead of £35. They also offer sports massages which are excellent (can be painful!)

If anyone has an injury and  wants some advice, Charlotte has offered to try and answer any questions on our facebook page.  Start your post with ‘ Charlotte Murray’.
Click here for the link to ‘Back to Fitness’.



13 06, 2016

Leeds ITU standard distance – analysis of results

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Bill Johnson has done a quick analysis of the tri standard distance results for people to wrangle over.  
For each person it shows:
  • time for each discipline
  • rank, i.e. how your time for that discipline ranks compared with all the other finishers in your category
  • “expected” – this is a calculation of how long the average person in your category would have taken at that discipline if their finish time was the same as your overall finish time. i.e. it shows what time you would be expected to do in that discipline based on your finish time.
  • “gain”/”loss” – this shows how much time you gained or lost compared to that expected time.
  • “run fade” – this shows how much you slowed up over the final couple of laps on the run compared to the first […]