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Newsletter 4th -11th December 2014

Problems with emails this week so the newsletter is here.

THE NEWS(a very brief round-up of last week’s events)

Check out the fun at the Velodrome (here)

NOTICE BOARD (stuff you need to know)

Swimming 6-7pm this Sunday 7th

Christmas Ride Saturday 22 December

More details to follow.

Garmin and other technology

KFL Round 2 – Swanley Park

The second race of this season’s Kent Fitness League cross-country series took place in Swanley Park on Sunday Nov 9th, with another big contingent of club Triathletes making up over a quarter of the 7Oaks AC team.

 A 2-minute silence was observed at 11.00 a.m. before field of 495 the runners set off to tackle three laps of the park, made slow and muddy by the heavy overnight rain.

Core Stability Workshop - 26th November

This is the first of Four interactive workshops from Paul Butler and will be taking place at the Large turbo hall (The Drive, Sevenoaks) for everyone to actively take part in. Paul will be delivering a workshop on core strength/stability and stretching.  Please come in suitable clothing such as a tracksuit and wear training shoes.  Please also bring a drink. Floor mats will be provided.

Inter Club TT dates for 2015

Are here courtesy of Sydenham Wheelers website. In due course the club diary will be updated accordingly. This year there are two events on the Q10/19 Tonbridge by-pass instead of just one and as for 2014, three team time trials, the last being a 4 - up at the end of the season. 

We'll be running our open event on Saturday 6 June over 15 miles for a change on the Leeds/Charing/Leeds course - Q15/20. 

Kent Fitness League Round 1 – Knole Park

Almost perfect weather together with “good to soft” conditions underfoot greeted over 400 runners for the first round of the  Kent Fitness League cross country on Sunday in Knole park on Sunday,

Glenda does Kona

I was lucky enough to qualify for the World Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii by winning my age group in Ironman Nice back in June. This is the race that every long distance triathlete has on their bucket list as it's where it all started and is legendary for the experience they give all the participants. I always said I would never go as it's everything I hate - a no wetsuit sea swim, hot and windy on the bike and hot and humid on the run.

Swim The Island Series Spotorno Italy

This swim event was held in the town of Spotorno 25 miles East of Genoa close to the French border. The 6k swim involved swimming around a small island ( unsurprisingly ) and then a long swim parallel with the shore and back. The start was the usual washing machine scenario 245 swimmers running into the sea aiming for the first buoy. The water was very clear and is in fact part of a marine park. 21 degrees C water temperature so no issues there.

Catford Hill Climb 2014

Cath and Andrew Linney, Bethan Jones and myself took on this most amazing event.  This year the weather was kind, warm and dry so perfect conditions for a 3 minute lung bursting, leg burning sprint up Yorks Hill.  It was my second time doing this race and my only goal was to beat last year's time. I'm still considering whether a 0.2 second improvement is a valid pb. (Sam Bennett)

Bethan Jones was the fastest lady vet. up the hill in 2.54.8. Well done! 

Awards Dinner Tickets Available NOW!

Awards Dinner 2014

 What - Hoedown/Barn Dance.

When - November 15th from 7pm

Why - Awards and Xmas celebration.

Wear - cowboy boots /jeans /country and western clothing/Stetson /chaps anything cowboy/girl

How much - £20 per person.
Including all food and drinks!!!

Barcelona triathlon

Raced sprint distance today and represents a big improvement (by 9 minutes!) over last year and an improvement of health during the last year. Not sure about position overall but will update as soon as possible. Finishing time was 1 hour 11 minutes. Swim was hilarious with a good size swell. Bike felt strong and draft legal tri bars definately helped on the bike on the straights (would recommend these if anyone doing sprint worlds next year in Chicago - I believe it may be draft legal). Early morning storm blown away which left very sunny, warm race conditions.

Marcus Smith

Shirkers Ride 10 October

Penny leads from Seal Rec at 9.00 and will be back by 12.00.