"you are not a true triathlete until you have done an ironman " I was told by the iron ladies in the club. So as I went up into the next age group this year it seemed like a good time to press the button! That done I was then told "well you had better do a half ironman in preparation for the full one"! So Debbie and I (Thelma and Louise) entered the new ironman 70.3 uk with a promise that it was flat and fast.... Not.
by Clive Bradburn
by Jane Wiley
I'd heard of the Vatterunden, the largest bike ride in the world, around Lake Vattern, Sweden and had a disastrous long distance champs ( dehydrated in Perth, Australia ) in my memory bank so put my name forward for the GB contingent at this year's ITU long distance world champs in Motala, Sweden..... To visit Sweden, be part of a team and lance that demon.
Two teams took part from 7Oaks Tri. Fastest team on the day - Brown/McInerney
It may be rightly billed as "the loveliest castle in the world" but as a group of 7oaks club members discovered at the weekend it has world's the muddiest moat. Allied to zero vision was the challenge of getting 350 competitors swimming under a castle arch - at least you could stand up if you needed to as long as you didnt mind the feel of a couple of hundred years of mud on your feet...
Results from Thursday evening TT, the always lovely Hubbards & Baileys TT.
Overall points - Sydenham 210, 7Oaks 172 and GSA 156
(This was back in May – not got round to a write up until now).
by Clive Bradburn
Another good turnout and some great times from 7Oaks members.
The third and final 10 on this course is on Thursday week.
Next Thursday it's the hilly 21!
Sydenham - 32, 7Oaks 31 and GS Avanti 15
Overall 157, 133 and 103.
We were yet again blessed with glorious weather for the 26th White oak triathlon in Swanley on Sunday. For the first time they were running a double distance ‘standard’ event which 40 people completed. Cath Linney finished 3rd overall, Comfortably winning the Female category by some 14 mins! In the 200 strong sprint event Jo Stephens-Smith was first F50 (2nd female) and Andy Evans 22nd overall (5th M40). Steve Searby’s bike unfortunately let him down with a mechanical failure.
Some sprint results:
This year the Kent County ASA Open Water Championships are again being run in conjunction with London Swimming.
Kent swimmers just need to enter the London event on the London entry forms and then the results will be extracted from the London event and Kent medals presented on the day by Scott Walker President of Kent County ASA.
Fourteen+ members, as appearing in the splendid photo below, took part in the clubs sprint championship at the Ocean Lake sprint tri on Saturday 30th May.
With Cath and Sam in their current form, the result of club champs, barring a puncture, were going to be a forgone conclusion. Nevertheless in near perfect conditions there were some excellent performances and age group wins with some quiet personal competitions being fought.
A great turn out with thirty nine riders taking part and well done to the seventeen 7Oaks riders for securing top points on the night. Good to see some new faces, those doing their first inter club event for 7Oaks - Sam Begg, Milt Ives and John Davie. Yon Marsh and Matt Bee look like they're becoming regulars and good to see some old regulars again - Dave Truman and James Bulley. Val just pipped Susan for first lady and as ever Janice could be relied on to be on the starting line.
By Charlie Mortleman
Bit different this. In the new style of MTB Enduro, it comprised 4 timed, predominantly downhill stages, and untimed liaison stages, by definition, predominantly uphill – you just need to make sure you make the start of your timed stages on time. The event was held in Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, and the QECP Trail Collective did a great job of setting out a challenging course and generating a fun atmosphere, with free camping and a bunch of trade stands.
Sydenham Wheelers - 38
GS Avanti - 21
7Oaks Tri - 13
Total after 3 events -
Sydenham Wheelers - 102, 7Oaks Tri - 66 and GS Avanti - 65.
Sydenham - 36
GSA - 29
7Oaks Tri - 18
Regrettably we have had to cancel this event.
I entered this race knowing little about it as it is a new IM event and a new course. A few of us did a bike recce the day before the race (better late than never) ... all of us on the bus fell silent after about 10mins....steep climbs that went on and on. The bus was too big to get down the other side – so we had to back down to turnaround. I saw the descent on race day... for those of you frequently are caught behind me on a descent, you can imagine the hundreds behind me at the top of this descent and the start of a 1.5 kms of hair pin bends – they all whizzed past me.
Andy Ten-Broeke, Andy Evans, Chris Hansen & Dave Lobley completed the stage 4 accreditation at the Lee Valley Velopark on Sunday 17th May.
They are now qualified to attend 'Structured Quality Training' sessions and enter races! Licenced to thrill!
It was a very enjoyable evening where 12 riders (Keith Brown was also there) had to accurately perform five different disciplines including 'stacking' (not that type) and sprinting to the line!