Meet at Seal rec 9.30, Godden Green 9.35 and Chaser 10.00. Route to be decided but expected pace 15-16 mph average and out for at least 3 hours with cafe stop included.
Another fantastic day out organised by Dave Lobley…
"Great day out thank you Dave. Your organisation worked immaculately despite our attempts (and P&O's) to scupper it. Sorry for those who had to get up early this morning!"
"Yet another wonderful day organised by you. Lumbres was an excellent choice to view the tour and the late lunch by the lake was delicious and great value.It was an added bonus to arrive in time for the last train home. Many thanks indeed for all you organisation, it was a fantastic day." Debbie
15 club members were lucky enough to spend Saturday morning making use of the amazing £100million complex at the Olympic Park.
After some initial training we were all flying around above the blue line. Longer report to follow but here are some pictures to wet your appetite.
Club coach Neil leads the way
Flying lap times.
Tony Lamoury and Jon Hollidge were the only representatives from the club and duly secured 16 points for us in the inter club championship by coming 3rd. Sydenham narrowed the gap with their 2 teams coming first and second to score 38 points.
Thanks to Tony and Jon for turning out otherwise it would have been nil points.
Hopefully for the next 2up we'll have a better showing. Next 2up is on Thursday evening 7 August on A20 nr Brands Hatch.
Current points position - 7oaks 262, Sydenham 227 and GSA 165.
This is a bit of a long report because I have included additional detail for all of those who may consider having a go at the team prize next time.
OK, here goes - never done a write up before but I had to for this one in order to thank Jon Hollidge for putting up with me last weekend (when he already had rather a lot on his plate as team mechanic in Kitzbuhel.)
I managed Tonbridge tri a while back and decided that this was going to be the year of speedy transitions as I’ve never really thought about quick transitions and always wondered how (and why) on earth some people manage to put their shoes on whilst cycling.
This seemed like a good idea at the time and a real challenge.I knew I was in good hands with Debbie , the true 70.3 "pro" and Kim , not quite a virgin at this distance , but a top club athlete who has kept me company through many of the long runs and cycle rides.
A very early but smooth start on the Thursday got us into Aarhus ( the city of beautiful people , divine food and stunning countryside) and settled by 12 noon for a snooze then bike unpacking and tweaking (something "bicycle mechanic Mortleman"usually does for me in return for small favours!)
There were only 3 of us from the club on the start line – after the race had to be changed; injuries and conflicts – but this shouldn’t belie the effort made on behalf of each of the 3 of us. Ashburnham is a very pretty location but a tough course – hilly bike and hilly, windy off road run. Dave Truman started with a back injury and having been told by Doctor and coach not to do the run. Sarah Jones was doing her 3rd ever attempt at the distance after a good result in Mallorca 70.3 – and I was doing my third middle distance/half IM in 3 weeks.
A massive thank you to all those who came on the Shirkers 'Pilgrims Way' ride to Ashford last Friday. It was a fantastic day - great company, glorious weather, beautiful lanes and a good lunch stop ! I will plan to do it again next year - perhaps it will become a Shirkers pilgrimage?!
As well as the Triathlon at Ashford last Sunday there was another event going on that Charlie did despite suffering with a sore backside, here is his take on it -
"You may not be aware that there was also a “Premier League” event that day – the Brett Ashford Aquabike (aka “Crock-athon”). This gave me the opportunity to beat Neil Harris by about half an hour……
Seal Rec 9:30, Godden Green 9:35 (not calling at Chaser), Charcott, Chiddingstone Hoath, Fordcombe, Groombridge, Frant Lakes, Lamberhurst, Brenchley, Yalding, Plaxtol, Seal Rec. Expected average pace between 15 - 16 mph. Route - undulating. Distance approx 50 miles. 30 mins stop at Frant Lakes.