Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Weekly News 17 May 2017

I’ll start this week's News with some feedback from competitors at last Sunday’s East Grinstead Triathlon:

“I thoroughly enjoyed race on Sunday. Was my second time and will be back again next year. Really well organised thank you.”

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at East Grinstead tri club for such a well organised event yesterday. I took part in the ladies try a tri and all the organisers and marshals around the course couldn't have been nicer or more supportive. They coped with the mass of anxious and nervous women well!”

“I'd like to say thank you to the race director and her team of Marshall. What a great race loved it today, even though road was wet it didn't dampen spirits.”

“Just a note to say thanks from competitor 411, I had a fantastic day as a virgin triathlete, your marshals were wonderful cheering us all on by name. Whilst my own particular time was average it was a fantastic experience expertly organized and certainly a must for next year, just need to convince myself I'm not 20 but a little older but no wiser. Thank you to all who played a part staging the event.”

And follow that up with some thanks and feedback from Race Director and Club Chairman, Richard Merry:

The above are just a few examples of the feedback I have received after last weekend’s efforts, and a fantastic summary of what was another amazing race weekend.

As may have been mentioned before, the Race provides the club with the financial well being to be able to invest in equipment and ongoing coach education as well as a few other areas of club activity.

It always fills me with a huge sense of pride when the “field” turns into a world class transition area, over 400 athletes pass through it and it is returned to a “field” again, all in the space of 36 hours. Thank you all for your hard work, it really wouldn’t happen without all your help.

My special thanks to Michael Diebel and Mike Cowell for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Martin D, le Petit General, for the Saturday set up - a new record this year, we were all set up by 10:15! To Clare Collett for the work in Registration, Catherine Walsh and her able deputy Jane Roberts for keeping us all organised (and filled with coffee & rather good cake) and last but by no means least the Big Fella for his organisation of the Race Recce.

A hugely successful 32nd race just leaves me time to remind you to keep the weekend of the 12th and 13th May 2018 free so that Jane doesn’t have to try too hard to rustle up volunteers!!! You know you want to?

Of course some of us weren’t there for various reasons and a couple of Race Reports from those lucky enough to have that as an excuse!

Dave Cullen provided the following and I’d recommend watching the video as this is awesome!

Just to let you know that I completed the Sani2C (from Sani Pass in the Drakensberg Mountains to the Sea at Scottburgh Beach on the Indian Ocean) mountain bike event in South Africa last week. Total distance is 264k over 3 days and all off road. It was a great event and very tough. It is the largest staged mountain bike event in the world with 4,500 riders.

See the website and youtube videos. address is: http://www.sani2c.co.za
Day 1 was 82 km with 1,295m of climbing even though ultimately going downhill towards the sea. Temp was 28c, Day 2 was 99km with 1,544m of climbing where you descend for 40km into the Umkomaas valley and then have to cycle out of it for the next 40 km's. Temp was 35c. It was an awesome day with great views and cycling next to shear drops to the depths below. Day 3 was a nice easy day with only 883m of ascent and 82 km of cycling. Temp was 28c.

I highly recommend the event to members of the EGTRI club as it is very well organised and the scenery is spectacular. Of course it is also very challenging.

And this from Kat & Rich:
Sorry we weren't there as Rich was flying the flag for EG Tri in sunny Provence - Pay D' Aix 70.3. He did really well - 7th in Age group with 5.14 which included a 36 min swim, 2.51 bike and 1.36 run. Both bike and run very bumpy so great times on a tough course!

Finally, this plea from Paul Hedger regarding the East Grinstead Childrens Triathlon on Sun 21st May at Kings:

Dave please can you mention in your dispatch this week the need for help for the children's triathlon. Set up briefing from 6.30am or/and marshal briefing for the race at 10am. Event finish about 1.30pm. We have 250 children entered and there is a food goodie bag for each helper!

This is a real chance to put something back and encourage future generations of triathletes to enjoy our sport - I’ll be there so see you on the field?

Train safe

Upcoming Events

Wed Feb 21st 2018 - 7:15pm-8:30pm
Pump House, Kings Centre
Sat Feb 24th 2018 - 6:30am-7:30am
Swim (All In) Session 1
King's Centre
Sat Feb 24th 2018 - 7:30am-8:30am
Swim (All In) Session 2
King's Centre
Sat Feb 24th 2018 - 7:45am-8:15am
Core Session
Sat Feb 24th 2018 - 9:00am-10:00am
Saturday Run
Kings Centre
Wed Feb 28th 2018 - 7:15pm-8:30pm
Pump House, Kings Centre
Sat Mar 3rd 2018 - 6:30am-7:30am
Swim (All In) Session 1
King's Centre
Sat Mar 3rd 2018 - 7:30am-8:30am
Swim (All In) Session 2
King's Centre