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Open Water Swim Skills Coached Session

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  • Published: Saturday, 27 June 2015 14:56
  • Written by Martin Darlison
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I am planning a coached session to develop OWS race skills, for club members who have got OWS Triathlons coming up soon.  The details are: 
Open Water Swim Coached Session – Develop Swim Race Skills
18:30-19:30 Thursday 2 July 2015
Weir Wood Reservoir
Lead Coach – Martin Darlison
To benefit from this session, you must be comfortable and confident swimming in close proximity in a group as there is a chance of getting knocked about, as many of the drills will involve swimming as close as possible to others and treading deep water between drills.  We will cover a range of skills e.g. stroke considerations, sighting, tight group swimming, drafting, mass starts and turns.  The weather is warming up nicely so expect the water temperature to be around 18-20C.
You will need to pay on arrival, just outside the Sailing Club House (£8 if you are a first time swimmer at Weir Wood this season or £5 for regular swimmers) and you MUST wear a wetsuit and bright coloured swim cap.  I will cover a safety briefing at the start and explain the session outline.  Please be changed and ready by 18:30 latest for the safety briefing as you won’t be able to join in after that point and give yourself plenty of time to register.  Changing rooms, toilets and hot showers are available.
Please let me know on as soon as possible if you would like to join the session and I will look out for you on the day.
I look forward to hearing from you
Martin Darlison

Weekly News 26 June 2015

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  • Published: Saturday, 27 June 2015 09:14
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Some missing bits from last weeks News;

Derek Blackall and Simon Weston had a long day out on their bikes at the Velothon Wales which included dodging the tacks thrown on the road by some local who didn't like the closed roads!

At IM70.3 Staffordshire, several EGTC members gave chase to World Champion Javier Gomez with Tim Lucas coming closest – or at least he was on the same discipline when Javier finished! Congrats also to Rich Traynor, Andrew Drake, Darren Holman and Mark Lofting. Mark reports that the race organisation wasn't up to much – indeed only his pre-race training regime was as badly organised!

Seb Donjon asked me to mention the St Catherine's Big Ride taking place on 19th July with distances including a 10 mile family ride as well as 40 and 60 mile versions for those who want to go further?

And so for this week;

Kim is on holiday so there will be no Core session for the next three weeks – 27 June, 4 July and 11 July

Simon Powell wanted to thank you all for your messages of interest and to let you all know that his bike is in relatively good condition following his accident and even his Garmin, which had stopped at the point of impact with a speed of 47kph showing on it still works! He has decided to retire his TT helmet which did its job perfectly but is somewhat scratched! His injuries won't apparently prevent him from some serious Wiggle-therapy as he recovers at home and Mr Chairman and I will continue to monitor that recovery on your behalf with our usual level of compassion!

News that Bognor Regis Tri on 9th August has received its Tri England Race Permit so if you fancy a very fast, flat race then go to for details

That's it for this week – see you at the Xmas Party on 5th December?

Train safe

2nd Sunday Ride 14 June 2015

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  • Published: Monday, 08 June 2015 14:13
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So, anyone planning to join me at the SRS event in Burgess Hill who wants to take advantage of the group entry discount then I need the following details BY LUNCHTIME MONDAY 8th JUNE LATEST!

Date of Birth, e-mail address, postal address and post code plus mobile number please. The entry wil be for the Tour version @ 47 miles and we aim to meet at Registration at 8.00/8.15am on the morning - reply to this mail and I'll get the entries sorted and confirm price back to you.

If you want to do either of the longer rides then i understand that Mike Diebel and others are doing the 60 mile event and, surprise, surprise, Jackie Barker is on the 87 mile one! You'll have to enter solo for either of those and then contact them if you want to ride together?

Plenty of parking locally in Burgess Hill - I'd suggest behind the cinema?

Weekly News 15 June 2015

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  • Published: Monday, 15 June 2015 21:49
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First the very good news that Simon Powell is out of hospital and at home on the road to recovery. Simon was hit whilst out training on his TT bike on the A264 near Horsham on Sun 7 June. Sadly I have no news on the damage to his bike but his injuries include; a broken left wrist, right collarbone (in 3 places) and two broken ribs plus deep lacerations to his left knee and all the usual bruises and road rash you'd expect from a 45kph crash! However, his TT helmet did its job and his Road ID was extremely useful to the driver who stopped to help and the emergency services! He's likely to be off work for a few weeks but wants it to be known that he's still available to club members who may have welfare issues they want to discuss – the man is a star! I'm sure you'd like to join me in wishing him a speedy and full recovery and we'll keep you posted on his progress.

In other news, at the Mid Sussex Tri, Adam Grange took 7th OA and 3rd in his AG with Andy Peel in 27th and Fran Davis 54th (2nd AG). In the Aqua-bike event, Simon Neave had an excellent 2nd OA with Steve Boyne 16th – great work all of you.

At the same time in another part of Mid Sussex the Magnificent Seven where tackling the Tour edition of the Etape du Sussex! Keith, Jane and Sally together with Mick Norrington, Gary Vickers, Tom Lees and myself had a pleasant ride around the countryside that included a descent of Kidds Hill and an ascent of Cob Lane! Congratulations to Jane and Mick who got up it on their first attempt whilst myself, Gary and Sally where forced to walk after another rider fell off bringing Gary down and forcing the rest of us off our bikes to help! Fortunately no one was hurt in this incident nor in the two unprovoked attacks that Keith carried out on his fellow team members during the ride! The first was a Cavendish-like shoulder barge on his good lady wife whilst the later was literally within yards of the finish as he brought Mick down in a heap on the tarmac! Mick was unhurt but is certain that the fall cost him a Gold Award in his age group!

Think that's it? Apart of course from the usual reminder of the Xmas Party on 5th December!

Train safe (never felt those words where more pertinent?)

Weekly News 3 June 2015

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  • Published: Wednesday, 03 June 2015 21:35
  • Written by Big Dave
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Results first this week – or at least those I know about?

Neil Clark was 19th at the Mini Marshman a couple of weeks ago – sorry I missed it first time around Neil!Meanwhile at Ardingly on Sunday a very damp crew of purple warriors were taking part in the various races put on by Paul Hedger and his brave team at Hedgehog Tri – chapeau to all who competed and stood out in the weather to marshal! In the Standard event (for big boys) Tom Lees won his AG and was 19th overall whilst Mike Sutton was 24th and 4th in his AG – well done guys! At roughly the same time in the Sprint race (for those who couldn't manage an open water swim) Adam Grange was flying round for 2nd overall and a win in his age group, which was unlucky for Andy Peel who had to settle for 2nd in the same AG and 9th overall – not bad lads but man up next time! As always, if you've been racing and want my completely unbiased and ill informed verdict on your efforts then let me know where and when and I'll publish for all to see?

Last weeks news of course contained the sensational story of the erection of the EGTC shed and Mr Chairman is now looking for assistance in moving the race gear from Cathy's garage to its new home, forthwith to be known as Lilliput Town Hall. If you own a large vehicle, or are a very small person with a normal sized vehicle, and can help with this move then please let him know on Saturday? One or two trips should be sufficient with enough willing hands?

For those of you who have been working with me on the A4A grant application I have to tell you that sadly we've not been successful. I'll not go into the detail here but can fill you in when I see you and we can maybe discuss if we wish to apply again in a different format? My thanks to all of you who contributed to the exercise and the information gleaned won't be wasted as we will use it to assist with some future proposals for club activities and development.

Next Sunday (14 June) is 2nd Sunday Bike Ride and I'm thinking maybe one of the events at the Etape du Sussex might be fun to do? If you fancy either the Tour (47 miles) or Challenge (60 miles) then let me know asap and we'll sign up? Discounts for group bookings!

Think that's it for this week – did I mention the Xmas Party on 5th December?

Train safe