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Weekly News 30 September 2015

  • Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 18:56
  • Written by Big Dave
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Congratulations to those who took part in, and thanks to those who helped at, the recent EG10k. A gloriously sunny morning which is, I feel, always the best kind for shouting encouraging words at those who have misjudged the temperature and are sweating their way around the course with way too much clothing on!  I was positioned at the 8km mark and can report that by then Andrew Drake had given up on catching the three very fast guys ahead of him and just wanted to know if the 5th place runner was in sight! Bizarrely I answered this in the negative and he happily jogged off to cement his place just off the podium! Great to see ex-member (and founder of the Serious Crash Club) Vince Golding taking part just ahead of Pete Holley – well done all!

Meanwhile of course last weekend was the triathlon behemoth that is Hever! Nearly seven thousand athletes, 16 races to choose from, plenty of parking issues, very cold water to swim in and, according to Roger Taylor, a finisher’s buffet that is second to none! Clearly the buffet was the best part of Roger’s race – although he is boasting that he was 3rd MV40 age group for his T2 time! Rich Traynor was top 10 in the MV50 AG in the Gauntlet middle distance event. Big congrats to Jane Roberts who completed her first middle distance race despite having the added burden of dragging Keith around the whole thing! My spies tell me he was the one drafting on the bike – what a guy! Chapeau also to Sachio Shimizu for whom this was also a first try at the distance.  Rob Bream led the EGTC athletes home in the Sprint Plus event which also included; Alaric Marsden, Ben Houston, Mark Francis and Phillip Twiddy. Rob should have been in the Olympic event on Sunday but switched so he could take up a late ticket to England v Wales at Twickenham…….should have stuck with your original plan Rob! The aforementioned Roger Taylor, Kat Parkin, Neil Clark, Tony Caccavone, Seb Archer-Cox and Mick Norrington were all part of the thousand strong entries in the Olympic distance race. This was Seb’s first attempt at the distance after four years of training with the club and a fitting finale as he’s off to work in Kuwait – best of luck and come back and see us when you can?

If I’ve missed mentioning you then I apologise – putting Eat Grinstead Tri Club or similar on the entry form helps, but then so would better eyesight when perusing the results!

Another bit of news that came out of last weekend is that we appear to have another Crash of the Year contender? Kevan Burns has been spotted sporting a sling and the story is that he and his bike argued with the tarmac and his collarbone lost! Which of course brings me neatly to the “King of the Collarbone” our very own Simon Powell who has, once again, been comparing his injuries to those of Tony Martin? Apparently its not age, the skill of the Etixx Quickstep medical team or talent that has allowed Tony to come 7th in the World TT Champs recently only 8 weeks after his break, but that his was only one break whilst Simon’s was five? Clearly the recovery runs that Simon has been doing in the USA (private healthcare is a wonderful thing) and the child labour he is still employing to help him with his turbo sessions is not sufficient! Sadly we won’t be seeing him swimming for a while as we don’t have a “Tin Man” section in Oktoberfest!

And talking of Oktoberfest! This Saturday sees the start of both the specialised swim sessions and the weekly lectures/demonstrations all geared at improving your tri training by concentrating on techniques rather than brute force and ignorance! Martin will re-issue the swim rota for October shortly but this Saturday its Bambinos and Overgliders at 6.30am and Arnies, Smoothies, Swingers and Kicktastics at 7.25am. At 9.00am in the Pavilion there’s all you need to know about the whole Swim Smooth thing in a session led by Martin and Emily – if you want to get the most out of October’s swims then be there! The following Saturday you get to Tri Yoga with Alex Langridge, something which, along with core, I know I really need to be encouraged to do! Also, if you’ve not done so already please let Fran know if you want to go on the mountain bike skills session on Sunday 11th as we need to confirm places with Deers Leap.

Finally, there is still time to either enter or volunteer to help at the EG Aquathon on Sun 25th October – website for entry, Pete Holley to help out. And no News is complete without a Party update and, in his own words; this has come in from Stuart “The Party Animal” Lotherington;

The Tri Club’s biggest social event is finally upon us, the Christmas Dinner being held at the Ravenswood, Sharpthorne on the 5th Dec. This year we are looking to make this the largest Christmas event ever and the Tri Club is sponsoring the dinner to the tune of £10 per person for the first 50 people booked and paid. SO it is only £26 per person instead of £36. In addition to that you will also get a couple of glasses of wine per person.

Webmaster Mike Cowell has finalised the on-line booking and payment system – so log onto our site, order your place and choose your meal now to take advantage of the £10 discount.

Wow, that as they say was a long one!

Train safe

Big Dave

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Wed Jan 24th 2018 - 7:15pm-8:30pm
Pump House, Kings Centre
Sat Jan 27th 2018 - 6:30am-7:30am
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