This was a rematch for myself and Sally, having done this a couple of years ago. If you want a truly bonkers day out, this is the one for you, and takes not taking itself seriously very seriously indeed.
The dark clouds and rain weren't particularly inviting whilst loading the car early on Sunday morning! The upside was that at least the temperature had risen a bit and there was blue sky on the horizon when racking the bikes.
The queue for the swim snaked up, down and through the changing rooms so that everyone started late meaning that the sun had come out for the bike. However the roads were still wet and it was windy, making life a bit twitchy descending the fast corners out of the town. The traffic coming back into town was a bit of a lottery.
Sam and Chris scorched the fast Grain course on a very windy day. Surprising, it's never windy there !?
Together with Sam Glover they kept the 7OaksTri score high, despite us losing riders as we were organising the event. Latest totals are 7Oaks 108, GSA, 97, Sydenham 75.
Thanks Tony and the marshals for running the event.
Next event is on Thursday 18 May at Brands Hatch Q10/26 starting at 19:15. You'll need to be there 30 mins early to register, get warmed up and be ready. Don't forget, rear lights are compulsory. No light, no ride.
On a gusty day 7OaksTri members took 6 out of the top 10 in the inter club TT race on the fast Q10/19 Tonbridge by pass course. Sam Begg won overall posting 21:01 which is extremely impressive as the conditions meant most were at least 30s off their best.
There were some timing difficulties on the day. These are now final. Some inconsistencies in the timing have been resolved.
The strong showing means 7OaksTri has moved into a narrow lead in the Inter Club Competition:
7OaksTri 88, GSA 80, Sydenham 48.
Please note that the swim entry/exit point has changed at Chipstead. It is now 150 m further down the lake, past the sailing clubhouse.
We had a great turnout of 20 7oaks tri athletes including a lot of new members at Tonbridge on bank holiday Monday in cold and wet conditions. This did not dampen spirits though as team members were cheered on each lap of the run. The sun was threatening to break through as 7oaks tri collected a respectable haul of results:
Cath Linney won the women's standard race again by about 18 minutes!
Chris Palmer came 2nd overall in the standard race.
Andy Evans won the MV40 category and came 4th overall in the standard race.
Dave Lobley was 3rd MV50.
Some good riding on a damp evening with a good turn out from our club.
Congratulations to Chris and Andy, 1st and 3rd overall and Val and Claire sharing 2nd place lady.
Steve started 3 mins late. Without that handicap he would have finished 4th.
The strong showing from 7Oaks Tri moved us into 2nd place in the inter club competition: GS Avanti extended their lead slightly with 61 points, 7Oaks Tri have 47 and Sydenham now have 36.
Next race is Saturday 6 May 0715 on the fast Tonbridge A21 course.
by Jane Wiley:
First 5km handicap race of the summer in the park and time to see whether a good winter of training has made a difference. Answer.....YES. Every single person set a new best for the park.
Notable runs - a very swift 20:40 from young Finlay and a 17:36 from Sam. Andy E and Gabi have both improved by over a minute since last summer.
Next week, something a bit different - a multi brick with transition practice. Bring a bike. We'll try to use smooth tarmac in the park, but you can use a mountain bike if you prefer.
As usual we are organising 7 events this year and we need marshals. The first three are on 13 May at Grain (5 marshals), 25 May East Peckham (3 marshals), 22 June (5 marshals). You will remember that a condition of taking part in these events is that you will marshal one (or more). 3 people have already come forward. Please could the rest of you let me know when you want to help? Please e-mail me at club firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
There were 30 April fools tackling the tough G10/38 Sundridge course including 9 7oaks tri riders. Conditions were difficult with a stiff head wind on parts of the course. Martin Brown had a good start to the season with a 2nd best time for this course. Steve Searby's aspirations were deflated when he punctured on the way up Polehill. Sam Glover's hard training through the winter rewarded him with a PB. I think this was Darius' first TT so it must be a PB for him too!
The conditions were beautiful, catching some rays whilst running through some picturesque garden of England villages. There were some stunning performances from the 11 7oaks tri members who took part and particularly Vanessa Gilmartin who backed up her recent Surrey half marathan PB by smashing it again with an outstanding 1h34m! David Lobley also posted an excellent time for his first HM in eight years. Richard Evans also posted a PB and Gabi took 6 minutes off her Tunbridge Wells time!
2017 Inter Club Time Trial Series
The first event in the Inter Club Time Trial Series will be held on Saturday 1st April on the Sundridge Course starting at 9.00am. The details are in the club diary and in the “Upcoming Events” section on the Home page.
The last 5km on the track before we move back to the park for the summer. 11 PBs at 5km.
Georgie crossed the line first smashing her PB by over 1:30. George had the fastest run of the night in 18:05.
Excellent running by everyone. Thanks to coach Sam for organizing.
Next week, short intervals at the track 18:45.
There were about 15 or so 7oaks tri members including unofficial riders at the start of this year's KK. A damp start made some of the early descents a bit dicey but generally conditions were relatively mild. This did not make the course any less hilly though! I nearly got through a complete set of brake pads!
James Craddock put his superb climbing skills into practice, finishing in a Platinum time of 4h05m - the 15th fastest time out of the 539 riders navigating the long course. Vivian Brockwell was again the fastest F60 rider with an even quicker time than last year!