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Compare & Contrast – BTF National Middle Distance Champs vs IM UK 70.3

Grafman BTF National Champs - June 8th V IM UK 70.3 – Wimbleball  June 15th 

Interesting experience to do back to back middles ( half Ironman for the pumped up name) – one in sunny Cambridgeshire (Grafman) and the other in sunny Exmoor (Wimbleball). The former was rolling and fast and the latter was all hills ( except the water which was over populated as 1700 competitors).

'Grafman' - National Middle Distance Champs 8th June

A few club members were in action at the ‘Grafman’ National Middle distance champs (1.9km/90km/21km) including our very own swim coach Tom Macklin. Amazing performance by Jane who won her AG with an incredible time of 5hrs 10 and also to Tom for showing real grit to complete the full distance with little training and carrying a very painful knee injury. The event was made even more difficult by the relentless heat on the run. Respect to everyone who finished. A really well organised event held in a beautiful location.  Steve    

Brett Ashford Standard Tri - 15 June (Club Champs)

4th Neil Harris 2-08-09 1st M30-34
5th Sam Begg 2-08-57 1st M20-24
12th Cath Linney 2-20-15 2nd lady/1st F45-49
16th Olly Hatfield 2-23-37 4th M40-44
19th Sam Bennett 2-25-54 6th M40-44
26th Mike Turner 2-29-37 2nd M50-54
36th

Inter Club TT Results at East Peckham on 12 June

Another top turn out from 7oaks with 16 out of 31 riders.

A special mention to Janice Bailey for going under 30 mins for the first time for 10 miles. An excellent ride from Martin Brown in his build up to the 24 hour TT while Anthony Sizer continues to produce fast times on his road bike while his TT bike is temporarily out of action.

Next Thursday it's a completely different type of course - hilly and 21 miles. 

7oaks Tri - 195, Sydenham Wheelers - 160 and GS Avanti - 91

City to Summit Triathlon 31st May 2014

Swim 3.8K/ Cycle 180K/ Run 44K (yes not 42K)

This Rat Race event was widely advertised in the Tri press with claims to be one of the hardest triathlons; surely just hype? The race comprised of 3 different event options: a full triathlon as 1 day (117 starters) or 2 day (13 starters) options and a duathlon (32 starters).  After competing in the Helvellyn Triathlon last September this seemed a logical step up and it couldn’t be that hard could it?

British Sprint Triathlon Championships held at Dorney Lake on 17 May 2014.

Great to see a select band of club members go to the British Sprint Championships in May to pit their skills against some of the best age-group short course specialists in the country and come away with some medals. Cath Linney continues to show the speed in the water, and on the bike with a quick pair of feet to gain a bronze medal in what is a very competitive age-group amongst the women. Ben Cockburn who often mixes with the elites in Duathlon produced an excellent performance but couldn’t quite make the podium despite using his bike and run strengths.

Inter Club TT Results - Cudham 5 June

We struggled a bit for points tonight and Sydenham have closed the gap to just 32 points. Let's have a bumper 7Oaks turn out this Thursday down at East Peckham to widen the gap again.

Current points - 7Oaks Tri 169, Sydenham Wheelers 137 and GS Avanti 65.

European Cross Triathlon Championship in Sardinia

Last Sunday was the European Cross Triathlon Championship in Sardinia. My first ever Xterra triathlon! 1,500m swim, 30k mountain bike and 10k run.

Wow! What an experience.

25 degrees heat, the water was 16 degrees. A beach start (~300 men and women together) and two laps with a 50m run on the beach before returning to the water for the second lap. I have never swam in such clear water. Super choppy so it was about 200m before I saw the first (piddly) bouy. The bouy turns were super busy and a bit weird to look down and see a frog-person underneath taking photos!

The Surrey Half Marathon- Sunday 9th March 2014

This was a brand new race and impecably well organised with over 6,000 entrants.Having entered a few months ago , I immediately discovered that Sunday 9th was the day of the 3uptt and was very miffed. However , the half was great training for our 70.3 Aaghus (Denmark) race in June (so Kim and I kept saying)

We were reminded of our mission with weekly chirpy emails, then daily even chirpier messages by the race organisers , and received our time chipped numbers and tear off bag label by post.

The race start was at the Guildford Stadium.

King of the South Downs sportive-Sunday 1st June

If you're getting into longer distance cycling this is certainly a ride to pencil in your diaries for next year. Stunning route and brilliantly organised by Evans cycles ; it sets off from their headquarters in Crawley and you have a single loop 55m or double 110m choice , with an opt out clause half way if not feeling good or too slow to make the 2nd lap cut off time of 12 noon.

Shirkers Ride - 6 June

Meet at Seal Rec - 9.30, Godden Green - 9.35 and Chaser Inn - 10.00. Expected pace +15 mph average and total cycling time around 2:30 plus 30 mins Cafe stop. Neil leads.

Clive kicks off the open water season with a win

Clive Bradburn registered the Club's first Open Water success of the season in the Windsor 3K on 1st June, coming first in age group and finishing the top third overall. Clive's take on the swim - "Water temperature 15 degrees but a strong current flowing. A lot of congestion in a narrow channel with a large entry, so “washing machine” battles throughout. Great fun but no injuries".

The Club diary lists lots of open water events. Now that the lake season is well under way, why not give one a try?

Three Trophies for 7Oaks at Cranbrook 2014

235 entranrs at Cranbrook sprint this year despite a 17 strong contingent from Weald Tri four of us from 7oaks picked up 3 trophies.
 
Sam Begg stormed to win overall by quite a margin recording the fastest swim and run splits of the day.
 
Val Place was 2nd lady.
Myself 1st 50/54
Tony Hammond 3rd 55/59
 
 
Full results here.
 

Inter Club TT Results at East Peckham on 29 May

Twenty one riders turned up on a decent evening to do a couple of laps on the A228. 

Thanks to Katrina and Mike Turner, Chris Hansen, Peter Conway and Tony LaMoury for their assistance. 

Current Inter Club points after 5 events - 7Oaks Tri 158, Sydenham Wheelers 108 and GS Avanti 42.

At a quick glance, the current leaders in the Club Championship are Dan Goscomb - 36, Chris Hansen - 27.

Sally Mortleman - 40, Janice Bailey - 33. Your best 6 results count at the end of the season.

Shirkers Ride - Friday 30 May

Meet Seal Rec 9.30, Godden Green 9.35, Chaser Inn 10.00 then head to Leigh, Chiddingstone Causeway, Crockham Hill, Limpsfield then back along Pilgrims Way to Seal after a cafe stop in Westerham. Total distance from Seal is approx 40 miles. Expected average pace +15 mph. Penny leads.

Hounslow & District Wheelers 100 mile Time Trial

Martin Brown was in action on A31 in Surrey last Sunday hoping to dip under 4:11. The wind blew up considerably during the second 50 miles and this meant he just finished outside his target time with 4:11:33. Martin was racing this as part of his training for the National 24 hour TT Champs next month and was 30th out of 116 finishers.  

Inter Club TT at Grain (Q10/24) on Saturday 24 May

Well done to Janice, Steve and the other five riders for turning out on Saturday afternoon in terrible conditions for racing on the bike. As "ever present in 2014" Janice says "We started to a darkening sky and for me the finish was in a hail storm and several inches of water with streaks of lightning, I was unable to hear the thunder and don't think I'll get a PB on that one". She didn't get a PB unfortunately but it's bound to happen later in the year!

Next inter club 10 is this Thursday on A228 at East Peckham. 7.15 start.

Ironman Lanzarote, Alastair Moffatt

Survived but it was tough...11h 18m..my slowest ironman but heat and hills are a brutal combination

Swim of 1h 15m was the same time that I swim 3.8k in the pool so hoped for benefits of wetsuit buoyancy and drafting were counteracted by beach start, collisions and going off course on the first loop.

The bike was suitably hard, as expected (6h exactly averaging 200 watts). Wind wasn't too strong so could have been even worse.

2nd in my age group for T2 so at least a PB for a transition!

Marshals Meal - Please RSVP by Sat 23rd May

Marshals Meal
Sunday 1st June 7.30 till 11.00 - St Julians Club, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RX
 
Informal buffet style meal
In order to celebrate the club organising another fantastic race last month and give all of those who were involved in the event a well deserved pat on the back the cmt have as in previous years arranged a special heavily subsidised/marshals meal. This will include a buffet and a welcome drink." all for a fiver collected on night - Any further drinks can be purchased on the night at the bar".

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