Thanks to Yon Marsh who managed to get everyone plus a couple of infiltrators now banished to the bin. What a cheeky chappie that Olly is and it looks to me as if Jane and Mike are in a "proper race" after all!
Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00, Godden Green 9.05 and Chaser Inn 9.30. Route to be decided but pace expected to be around 16 mph and a Cafe stop of 30 mins will probably be included. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12 - 12.30. Neil leads.
I competed in the Human Race 3k Open Water Swim at Poole Dorset. I would like to say that it was very rough but despite that I battled through and had a fantastic time. It was like a mill pond a fantastic opportunity for a good time.
Having made the decision to go out fast I received the inevitable kick in the head and the odd elbow in the ribs. It paid dividends though as once the super fast group shot off I had a bit of open water - great. 4 laps 750m per lap.
Is on. Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00. Penny leads and plans to be back by 12.00.
Penny leads from Seal Rec at 9.00
Congratulations to Dan Goscomb and Sally Mortleman who are the champions for 2014. Dan scored 58 points from his best 6 events while Sally managed 60 from her best 6.
It all hinged on this event to find out who this years Inter Club winners were as before we kicked off 7oaks only had a 10 point lead over Sydenham. With 7oaks and Sydenham both fielding 4 teams it was anyones guess as to who the eventual winners would be. As it turned out Sydenham had the fastest team on the day but couldn't score enough points to retake the lead and 7oaks retained the trophy for the fifth successive year by just 2 points.
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A misty start made for an interesting swim, with no bouy in sight it was anyones guess which way to go.
The club had 6 teams competing at Southwater on Sunday, bar the odd saddle falling off there were great performaces all round. Well done all.
7Oaks Tri Men Superstars
Marcus Smith - Dan Goscomb - Nathan Marsh
Janice Bailey - Andrew Linney - Cath Linney
We had three club members in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada – that’s 3 more than most UK clubs. The UK had 95 athletes participating – dwarfed by the USA and Canada ( back to them later). The venue was a perfect example of iconic Canadian scenery ( bleats the proud author) – tall pines, large granite mountain passes; glistening lakes and azure blue skies. It is also a ski resort ( more of that later too). Debbie, Glenda and I shared a condo/hotel which was a lot of fun.
Favourable weather on the A21 meant there were a lot of PB's. Last event is this Saturday and points situation is 7oaks - 514, Sydenham - 504 and GSA - 294.
Martin Brown had a great ride yesterday and based on the provisional results came second in this gruelling event down in the marshlands of Kent. All Martin's dedicated training paid off during his controlled race, keeping heart rate close to 130 bpm and cadence up at around 95rpm as much as possible, ensuring the early pace wasn't much higher than 20 mph and eating and drinking at the right intervals. Stopping was kept to the minimum at only around 5 minutes in total.
Marcus Smith. 6th MV40+ and 90th/1787 so not too shabby. Very windy and very humid dirty air.
Seal rec at 9.00, Godden Green 9.05 and Chaser Inn by 9.30. Flat route planned with a stop at Yalding Cafe. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12.30 at the very latest.
Katrina managed to knock 34 minutes off her previous best over this distance.
Into a headwind going out but fast coming back unless you were held up by a tractor for a couple of miles like Sydenham's Jon Coulson. Thanks to Greg Morris, Jo Stephens Smith, Sam Bennett and Alex Colvin for assisting.
Scores on the day - 7oaks Tri 23, Sydenham 19 and GS Avanti 19.
Overall points with three events to go - 7oaks Tri 452, Sydenham 450 and GS Avanti 260.
Val Place and Debbie Munton moved into new territory by participating in a 1:1;1 race in Estonia on 1st August. This was a 1K swim, 100K bike and a 10K run. The race was in Otepaai, a 2 hour drive south from Tallin and organised by the well known Estonian Ironman Triathlete Ain Alar Johansen
Race day was very civilised with an 11am start but the weather was hot and humid ( the hottest summer for 100 years)