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Weekly News 28 May 2014

  • Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 22:00
  • Written by Big Dave
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News items this week:

Congratulations to Stuart Lotherington for completing the London2Brighton Challenge event in horrible conditions on Saturday 24th - 100km from Richmond to Brighton Racecourse with rain pretty much all the way and muddy conditions underfoot! As with all of Stuart’s extreme events, preparation was the key – so not realising the race was on Saturday and only flying back from Dublin late on Friday plus of course the lack of run training was never going to be enough to stop him! Stuart’s effort made my 50km Weald Trail Challenge on Sunday look like a stroll in the park, particularly as the sun shone and the birds sang! Actually, by the time I got to the turn point at Camp Hill on top of Ashdown Forest it was rather warm and being able to move at even a “stroll” would have been nice! Eventually I got back to Chiddingly and had to have a little lay down before I drove home! A month to go before the IoW Challenge – think I might need some more rest?

Is anyone planning to go up to Hyde Park to see the ITU Elite races on Saturday? Let me know and we can maybe form a purple corner to cheer on the Brownlee’s and others GB athletes – think they might need more than that to beat the phenomenal Javier?
Paul Hedger is looking for some help;
 
If anybody has some spare time on Sunday or is injured and can't race, I would love some help at Ardingly Triathlon this coming Sunday 1st June. 300 competitors including some club members taking part so come and cheer them on! Get coffee and bacon roll, t-shirt, goodie bag and £10 towards expenses. Please email me if you can help paul@hedgehogtri.co.uk

Entries are now open for Southwater Relays   http://resultsbase.net/ViewEvent.aspx?Id=230. If you want to be part of a great day out with the opportunity for some light-hearted racing and serious abusing then say so! There are a few teams already sorted but spaces are still available in either serious racer-mode (see James Ryan) or light-hearted not taking it seriously until the day-mode (see me) either way the KAD’s team will be history!

That’s it for this week

Train safe

Weekly News 20 May 2014

  • Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 20 May 2014 22:33
  • Written by Big Dave
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Just some quick news this week:

Open water swimming @ Weirwood Reservoir tonight (Tue 20th) for more experienced swimmers as you’ll be practising starts, bunch swimming and turns – so it’s basically “Fight Club”! Martin will be coaching and there’s no one around with more experience of fighting above their weight in the water! A beginners/novice session will follow once the water gets a bit warmer – more details to follow.

Wednesday night’s bike session will be a TT on the full triathlon course – a good test of early season fitness and mental toughness, so don’t be surprised not to see me there! Actually, I’m trying to convince our beloved Chairman that the pairs TT later in August could be our time to shine – assuming he gets back from his ride to Amsterdam – why not donate and then he’ll be forced to actually do some cycling http://www.justgiving.com/RichandMattridetothedam

Is anyone planning to go up to Hyde Park to see the ITU Elite races on Saturday 31st May? Let me know and we can maybe form a purple corner to cheer on the Brownlee’s and others GB athletes – think they might need more than that to beat the phenomenal Javier?

Entries are now open for Southwater Relays   http://resultsbase.net/ViewEvent.aspx?Id=230 and I’ve put one EGTC team entry in and some others are planning to do the same – including the Keith Roberts EGTC Brickies team, the name reflecting their swimming style apparently! If you want to be part of a great day out with the opportunity for some light-hearted racing and serious abusing then say so!

That’s it for this week

Train safe

EG Tri 2014

  • Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:55
  • Written by Chairman
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After being quick enough to bang on about how important the wellbeing of OUR race is to the club, I think it is only right that I am as quick to pass on the praise.

The smooth running of the weekend obviously depends on you guys rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in. The spirit this weekend was fantastic and the feedback from competitors was always generous with its praise for the happy smiling marshals. Thank you all for your efforts and please pass my thanks to any friends and family that you may have been able to cajole into coming along and lending a hand.

The speed and efficiency with which the field transformed for football pitch to ITU quality transition was nothing short of amazing. All headed up by our own, recently renamed, Petit General!

As Martin and his field team proved, proper preparation prevents a poor ....race!

So my thanks also to the team who have given their time over the last 6 months to ensure that the weekend ran without a hitch.

Claire and her team for the trouble free registration, sandwiches and guerrilla last minute shopping trip to secure more water. Steve, Joan and Keith for their section lead roles. Martin and his team with their amazing transition. Paul for taking on the role of commentator, a role that managed to grow larger as the day went on. Cathy for rustling you up to help and Louise for being my right hand and keeping me topped up with caffeine. Thank you all.

My biggest thanks have to go to EG Tris very own Statler and Waldof. The effort that both Mike Dieble and Mike Cowell have put in over the months leading up to the race dealing with the entries and enquiries to swap swim times, start times and competitors names right up to the day before has been tireless and always good humoured. Great effort guys.

 As I may have mentioned before the profit from the race goes a long way to secure the well being of the club. Due to Mike D’s keen negotiating skills we were able to put on as good a race as ever and still make more money than ever before. Martin already has plans for the extra funds (and I think Michael is also talking about a new bike!)

Enough from me, except my huge thanks again for making the weekend the massive success it obviously was. I look forward to doing it again on the 9th and 10th of May 2015...

Richard

Now over to the competitors.....

“it was a great race with really good support from the marshals around the course”

Just a quick word of thanks for another great race down in Sussex. Super event in every department. Without doubt the friendliest club out there, smashing marshals & so nice to see loads of kids and young people helping out, and with the best goody bag bar none eg tri still able to deliver a race at a sensible affordable price. Top marks, plus you somehow managed to keep the rain away for the morning!
One complaint - I do miss the old mug in the goody bag! I settled for a lucky cup of tea this morning before I left home in my lovely blue 22yr 'TRIAFLON' mug!!   Only joking - please pass on my thanks to all at your club “

“I think your event is most brilliantly organised and, without exception, your marshals are fantastic.”

“Another well organised event, fantastic marshals who, despite standing in the chilly wind were all fantastic. This event is always a pleasure to take part in.

An event that encourages and supports, it is a tri that we always recommend as a first time event. 
You have made several converts to the sport of triathlon!
Thank you for a great day.”

“Just a quick email to record my thanks for Sunday. It was really well organised and everyone was very friendly.  THANK YOU.”

“Thanks for a great Tri yesterday! It was my first and I loved it.”

“A big thank you to you and the team for a great event on Sunday
The 7oaks club members really appreciated having their own wave and a very
civilised start time to boot
I hope none of the marshals got hypothermia - it was pretty cold out there!”

“Yesterday I was very happy to have completed my second Triathlon and the second time I have done the EGTri.
Firstly I wanted to say a big thanks to all the organisers and the marshals around the course. It was very welcome getting a bit of much-needed encouragement, especially on the run”

Weekly News 13 May 2014

  • Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:19
  • Written by Big Dave
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Well that’s another one over for another year! Congratulations to all the competitors at the 29th East Grinstead Triathlon and in particular to our own first time racing club members; Adam Grange (1:18:59), Mike Sutton (1:25:26), Alaric Marsden (1:29:46), Nick Hay (1:57:00) and Sam Masters (2:07:42) plus not forgetting Miranda Chitty whose 52:47 was good for 7th place in the Try-a-Tri – fantastic performances all round, you did the purple army proud!

Of course you could potentially look at Mike not finding his bike in T1 and Alaric posing for photos in the High Street as schoolboy errors but maybe that’s a little harsh? In addition, Mike’s post-race shirt and hat are burned into my memory and will need some serious counselling to remove!

As for all you wonderful marshals, I trust you all enjoyed the experience and even if you didn’t remember it’s the one occasion you can stand on a street corner and shout at people without risking being sectioned! We got nothing but compliments and thanks from those leaving after the race – even from the lady whose rear axle snapped was full of praise for the help she’d had in getting back to Kings! As has already been communicated to you, it’s a team effort but even the best troops need good leadership – so if anyone wants to be Race Director in 2015 then let us know – seriously anyone, please…….

Racing did take place elsewhere over the w/end and some great performances from EGTC athlete’s @ The Marshman. In the Olympic on Saturday, Noel was 4th overall and 2nd in his AG, Chris Welch 16th OA and 4th AG whilst Kelly Jarvis was storming 2nd OA when a navigational error on lap 2 led to a dnf. On Sunday in the Middle distance race, Tim Lucas was 8th OA and 2nd AG with Richard Traynor 23rd OA but 1st in the old farts category (as reported by Tim)- good work guys.

Some exciting news about Wednesday Race Phase training sessions being led by Mark Lofting – details below (all sessions start at Kings): 

May 

7th

Brick

14th

Turbo/Sufferfest

21st

Tri route TT

28th

Brick

June 

 

4th

Turbo/Sufferfest

11th

Brick

18th

Turbo/Sufferfest

25th

Tri route TT (pairs)

July 

2nd

Tri route TT

9th

Brick

16th

Turbo/Sufferfest

23rd

Tri route TT (pairs)

30th

Brick

Run sessions start again this Saturday after a few weeks break – see Joan in the café at 9.00am for details – all welcome!

Finally, if you want to continue to give something back to this great sport then why not help out the stars of the future by going along to Kings this Sunday morning (18th) and helping out at the Kids Triathlon being run by Paul Hedger and his team? Any assistance that you can offer from 6.30am onwards would be gratefully received. The whole bike/run section takes place on the field so you are never far from the action which is fast, furious and hugely entertaining!

Think that’s it for this week?

Train safe
 

 

Weekly News 7 May 2014

  • Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:00
  • Written by Big Dave
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Beautiful morning for the final event of the 2014 WGP last Saturday and some great racing and superb entertainment for those of us watching from the side-lines – my thanks to all who took part and those who assisted throughout. Noel stormed through to take victory in a time that will take some beating this coming w/end (1:07:25) with Kat Barrett taking the ladies title (and 6th place overall). For Liz McLellan it was her first Tri and possibly Emily’s last before the baby (?) but the Chairman’s Special Prize goes to Sam Masters for sheer guts and determination! This Sunday will be a breeze now Sam and you know we’ll all be cheering you on! That’s also true for the other EGTC racers; Adam Grange, Alaric Marsden, Mike Sutton and Nick Hay plus, in the Try-a-Tri; Miranda Chitty and (honorary member) Gail Peel (Andy’s better half). Good Luck to all of them.

Full WGP results are on the club website.

Also last w/end, Kat Parkin completed her first tri @ the Steyning Standard distance event – did you wear your bike shoes Kat? And on Bank Holiday Monday, Adam Gray and Annie Sedgwick where at Tonbridge Sprint with Annie following up her podium spot at Haywards Heath with a third place this time in her AG. If I missed anyone else then you can blame the Three Forts Marathon that I did on Sunday in glorious weather with of course the company of Jackie Barker – who used it as a warm down following her 42 mile run on the Saturday! I really should have listened to the warnings about getting involved in this long distance stuff and with Mad Jack!

Finally, obviously, this weekend is the club triathlon and you’ve already received messages from both our glorious Chairman and Le petit General on the need to be involved so I’ll not bang on about it as well! Suffice to say that all help at any point over the w/end is gratefully received and if I don’t see you at some point because you are at some far flung junction on the bike/run course or sitting for hours on poolside then I’ll take this opportunity to say thank you and remember to smile and support every single person whose taking part – it’s what you’d want if it was you racing!

Train safe

Ps Don’t forget to support Richard Cooney’s charity efforts by buying (and eating) cake on Sunday!