It was cold. Really cold - hovering below zero. The track was slippery in places. Only a month ago, nearly everyone scored a Personal Best. There was no expectation of good times last night.
And yet......12 out of 14 registered new PBs. Awesome running by everyone. Really, really strong work.
Proving that even the best can go faster, Sam laced up his spikes and put in a blistering 16:14. Come the spring, we need to get him under 16, so we'll be looking for some speedy lads to run a relay against him.
Nine 7oaks tri club members were part of the record 30 strong Sevenoaks ac team at Minnis bay near Margate on Sunday. The weather was unusually mild with little wind for the muddy 6 mile course. Unfortunately the tide wasn't out quite far enough to start on the beach but quite a few runners enjoyed a stroll down the sand to wash off the mud in the sea after the race.
All of the dates for the 2017 Inter Club TT season are now in the club diary.
Please note some new rules which were agreed at the inter club meeting at the end of last season. Sorry they sound a bit formal. It's difficult to write rules in a fluffy way!
It was too icy to risk going out on the road bikes on bank holiday Monday morning, so Richard Bryant and Martin Brown kindly navigated for a local off road mountain bike tour!
It was a sunny picturesque tour of the frosty countryside from places not normally found with plenty of mud thrown in :¬)
There were tears in the car park this morning. Shaun leaves for Dubai this week. We are all going to miss him.
He had a suitable send off. A fartlek session in the park. Just an awesome day for running. Shaun was close to "winning" the last interval in his last session with 7OaksTri. Thankfully, the true spirit of the club came through as Adam out kicked him.
16 people turned out. Everyone enjoyed coffee and cakes in the Knole Park cafe afterwards.
Post Christmas blast in the park. Meet at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre at 9:00am.
5-8km run in 3 groups. 10 mins warm up, n x (2mins hard, 2mins easy).
Quick change of shirt in the car park (bring a spare) and we'll head to Nero's for a coffee and a bun.
If you don't want to do the Fartlek, you are welcome to come along, jog around the park and come for cofee. Or miss out the running altogether!
7Oaks Tri Club are pleased to announce that ten charity places are now available for their Triathlon being held on Sunday 7th May 2017.
The places have been donated by 7Oaks Tri Club to ellenor (formally known as chYps Children’s Hospice at Home), a charity for families facing terminal illness.
10 out of 12 runners ran their best 5km on the track last night. Maybe there's something in this training stuff. We should try it!
Tim Grinsted beat his previous best by over a minute. Fastest run of the night was new(ish) member Tim Wells with a 19:12.
As is often the case maths on the night was a bit iffy. The times below have been verified with excel.
Next week short intervals. Revised training paces will be issued today.
I have registered 7oaks tri club again for next year's club competition:
The TESE senior series races for next year have been confirmed as:
East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon Sunday 14th May East Grinstead Triathlon Club
Mid Sussex Sprint Triathlon Sunday 11th June Mid Sussex Tri Club
Rehill Sprint Triathlon Sunday 23rd July TriProject Events
Ocean Lake Sprint Triathlon Series Saturday 19th August Ocean Lake Triathlon Club
Southwater Relays Sunday 3rd September Horsham Amphibians Triathlon Club
We are considering adding a monthly 'special' ride. These will vary in distance and speed according to demand. They will usually be longer than the standard ride with a coffee and cake stop and might include rides to the beach (possibly home on the train). The first of these will be on 31st December at 9am. Please email cyclerep@7Oakstriclub.co.uk if you are interested in coming on 31st December.
If you don't currently participate in any of the group rides but would like to make a start, we are happy to help. Please contact cyclerep@7Oakstriclub.co.uk and we will contact you to discuss how you can get involved. If there are a few people interested we can organise an introductory ride or two.
The conditions were not as bad as forecast for match 3 of the KFL cross country and although there was no sun, sunglasses were required for Sally's shorts and socks! Nine 7oaks tri members ran as part of the 27 strong Sevenoaks ac team. The woods provided shelter from the wind and the mud was not as deep as expected although there were some steep climbs!
Record numbers (17!) caused some challenges for the advanced hi-tech automated timing system. Three people miscounted, two finishing a lap short and one a lap long. Despite an incompetent coach, 15 athletes beat their handicaps. 6 set new Personal Bests for the club handicap- Becca, Tim G, Sally, Keith, Darius and John. Andy Evans set a lifetime 5km PB. There may be something in this training malarky.
A special welcome to new joiners Colette and Tim who ran really well on the first outing.
by Georgie Butler:
After an enjoyable night at the awards evening, twelve 7Oaks Tri Club members managed to drag themselves up to Swanley Park for the second match of the KFL series. (Bonus points go to Cath who only got four hours sleep and still rocked up like a kickass swagmuffin to come in as Sevenoaks AC's first lady.) Despite the occasional headache and general feeling of being unwell, the sun rewarded us with a glorious bright autumn morning to complete the park's three laps in.
Below are the instructions from the first Turbo session held on 3rd November 2016: