7Oaks - 115
Sydenham - 64
GSA - 21
Guaranteed to be a scorcher. Stop for late breakfast at the Coffee Shop at Hartfield. Expected pace average approx +15 mph and distance approx 40 - 45 miles. Meet at Seal rec at 9.30/Godden Green at 9.35/The Chaser Inn at 10.00.
The speed merchants were out in force for the Club Sprint Championship on Sunday at East Grinstead.
The cold and very windy conditions added to the tension before the race, with much talk about what to wear on the bike. However once we had had our group start in the warm pool most of us agreed it did not feel too cold out on the road but the gusting wind did make for some precarious riding.
Neil Harris was the first man home in the club coming a third overall and Cath Linney was the first club lady home and coming second overall in FV40.
A plan of devilish audacity, and cunning - a veritable schlieffen movement in its simplicity.
Saturday 0720 hrs Saturday hostilities commence. Red corps ('err indoors) drops Private Mort (Mischa) at Riverhead roundabout to be picked up for pre-emptive strike on Southampton (athletics match); and cadet Mort (Xinny) in Weald for training manoeuvres (cub camp)
There are now lots of swimming events in the Club Diary, so have a browse and see if anything takes your fancy. There are events all the year round, and whether you want to test your swimming in a mass participation sea, lake (including a women only race at Dorney Lake) or river swim, with or without wetsuits and over distances from 750m to 5km, or in a Masters pool race with races from 50m to 1500m and age groups from 25-29 to 90+, there's bound to be something for you.
Conditions were almost perfect for the Tonbridge Triathlon on Monday. The club was out in force and many members bagging a PB.
In the Standard event Neil Harris took top spot with a comfortable margin despite having to stop on the bike course to retrieve his race number. Richard Westover was a few minutes behind to take second place. Our top lady was Cath Linney and the first FV40.
In the Sprint race Andrew Linney came second overall and our first lady in was Louisa Bryant.
Great performances from everyone.
I am now a sub-12 minute 800m swimmer! It’s official!
Prompted by Neil Colvin to put trotters to keyboard, here’s the abridged ‘journey’ from clocking a 15:05 750m swim at the World Championships on the Gold Coast 5 years ago to a 800m PB last Sunday of 11:53.
At the Gold Coast, the medallists’ swim times were 11:39, 10:49 and 13:37 respectively. I was in awe.
About 40 miles starting at Seal rec at 9.30 passing Godden Green at 9.35, the Chaser at Shipbourne at 10 onto Leigh, Penshurst, Fordcombe and Langton Green. Planning to stop in Tunbridge Wells at Velohouse - the new bike cafe and check it out (hand in your helmet and you get given a hefty bike lock - so secure for bikes). Back via Speldhust, Barden road, Haysden lane and Ensfield Road to Leigh across Riding lane up past Ightham Mote and back in via Stone street
Weather looks reasonable are you free to shirk? Penny
18 April. Meet at the slightly earlier time of 9.00 at Seal Rec. Kim will be leading.
25 April. Meet at Seal Rec at 9.30/Bucks Head Pub-Godden Green at 9.35 and Chaser Inn-Shipbourne at 9.55. Venue Knoxbridge Cafe for a late breakfast. Round trip of about 50 miles with 30 min stop. Be prepared to be back in the Sevenoaks area at 1.00 - 1.30. This is a fairly flat ride. Estimated average speed - approx 16mph.
Please go to the 7Oaks Triathlon Tab - COMPETITOR INFORMATION for the link
Ben Cockburn and Nathan Marsh who are competing in the Elite Britis Trathlon Championships (men and youth categories) did a bit of training at the back to back duathlon (Run (2.5k) / Bike (10k) / Run (2.5k) / Bike (10k) / Run (2.5k)) at cyclopark by bridgetriathlon, and came first and and second respectively. Ben came in with a time of 1.04.42 and Nathan 1.06.06
Please go to the 7OAKS TRIATHLON tab above - COMPETITOR INFORMATION
It started with Seb, an epically moustachioed Frenchman and erstwhile chef at the Plough in Ivy Hatch, and a Facebook / MTB group, the “Trace de Frein Collective” (trans – skid mark, of the brake dragging variety, although judging by the look on a few faces, the other, cruder translation could just as well apply) who have been busy creating some sneaky technical trails around the woods around Ightham and Oldbury Woods. Group member big Chris from the bike shop in Sevenoaks had offered to guide tri clubbers around........