Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Weekly News 19 August 2015

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  • Published: Wednesday, 19 August 2015 20:44
  • Written by Martin Darlison
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Dave has left me to summarise the week events and very grateful to those who have passed me snippets of news so that I didn’t have to make it all up!  As it happens, some big news this week…
First, I’m sorry to hear that two of our members are heading to pastures new with their respective families; Nigel Gibson is off to Suffolk (it’s a bit flat there…) and Seb Archer-Cox is moving to Kuwait (it’s a bit hot there…).  We wish you both a big EGTC farewell, the very best of luck in your new ventures.  Both have been with us many years now and whilst we will miss them, I’m delighted that we have had the chance to share our great sport with them.  Please drop by whenever you are in town and Good Luck!
The qualifiers are all wrapped up now for the 2016 European Champs in Lisbon and happy to say that Team EG will have 3 of our finest on the start line representing GBR!  Kat Parkin has qualified for the Standard distance and both Annie Sidgwick and Michael Diebel will be racing the Sprint distance.  Fantastic achievement by all three and good luck with training – following a good Oktoberfest break.
Speaking of which, Oktoberfest is fast approaching (see what I did there with the link…?).  Dave and I would like to hear from you about the sessions you would like to see / hear / participate in?  For those who don’t know, Oktoberfest is our end of season holiday - a crucial time to take a break from any hard training before the winter build-up.  We run some ‘alternative’ sessions such as rounders which has become very popular and competitive!  If you have a desire to hear about training structures, bike maintenance, rolling over car bonnets, or any other chosen topics, please get in touch.     
On the event front and following Helen’s swimming success at Henley, Annie was taking her turn in the neoprene this past week in Plymouth.  In her own words… “Well ! Managed to do the swim yesterday. An amazing event. Lots of local hype as it was being staged for the chestnut appeal cancer charity. 220 swimmers all taken out to the Plymouth breakwater. We jumped off the ferry boats and then swam back to shore. Just over 2 miles. Long old swim , but the waters were fairly calm. There was a fantastic welcome at the beach when I arrived. Lots of locals all shouting and clapping! A medal, bread roll and a big mug of soup. All well this morning, just a bit of chaffing at back of neck from wet suit. Another lesson learnt!  My time was 1 hour 15 mins”.  Some people will do anything for a bit of free grub!  Very well done Annie on a great performance and good ‘warm up’ for the Worlds next month.
The only one other result I’ve heard this week is another Worlds warm up race for Fran, who won the Vets AG at Redhill and 6th female overall.  I gather there was some confusion between Gel shoes and energy Gels - just ask Fran to explain!!
I previously advertised a couple of training sessions and like all good plans, they change…  However I can confirm that the Open Water Race Skills session at Weir Wood will now be on Thursday 27 August (not this Thursday as first advertised).  We will develop open water sighting, navigating, drafting, group swimming and mass start skills.  Pay at the Sailing Club and find me.  You must wear a wetsuit and bright coloured swim cap and be ready to start by 6:30pm latest and please contact me beforehand on martindarlison@sky.com so I can look out for you.  Changing rooms, toilets and showers are available.
The other session is Transition Skills at 9:00am Saturday 29 August at the Kings Centre to develop transition efficiency for those late season events and will benefit all ability levels – believe me!  Again, please let me know on martindarlison@sky.com if you intend to come along.  It will be a practical session, so bring everything you would for a race including trisuit / race clothing, swim cap, goggles, old race number & number belt, race bike, helmet, sunglasses, bike shoes, drink, run shoes, towel, talc, suitable clothing for weather plus anything else you use on race day.
The East Grinstead 10km fast approaching on Sunday 27 September.  There is always a big field because this is the best 10k race in the land.  Entries are still open and please contact timbest1066@hotmail.com if you can help with marshalling.
And finally, don’t forget the Club Xmas Party on Sat 5th December – I forgot to mention it in my last newsletter, so will be in the dog house for a while yet.
Phew, another page filled.  Baton back to Big Dave for next week
Have fun out there
Big Martin

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