There was a great turn-out from 7oaks tri with 14 members completing the third round of the Ocean lake sprint races. This was also the 3rd round of the BTF south east club competition for which I think we scored very well but I'll wait for the results from the BTF official before uploading them here.
The weather mostly held off and conditions were pretty good at Polhill last night.
Sydenham and GS Avanti were out in force and scored very well. The 8 7OaksTri riders performed very well. Providing 10 marshals/starters/timers meant we were a bit down on point scoring.
Latest interclub standings:
GS Avanti - 362
7OaksTri - 325
Sydenham - 285
Another strong showing from 7OaksTri.
Due to high tide not being until 10:45am it was a late start for five 7oaks tri members swimming in between the yachts in the estuary. It was breezy, creating some chop in the water. The sun was out, adding to the seaside holiday atmosphere and I was glad I took the offer of some factor 50 before we set out on the undulating and windy cycle route. The heat was taking it's toll and the last few miles of the bike seemed to drag.
The threatened roadworks didn't appear and conditions were good. This new Brands course is significantly harder so times are down from previous years. Sam struggled with tired legs after his awesome 6th overall at the Outlaw Half at the weekend. He said his average power was down 30 watts. Well he still won by over 20 seconds and set the 3rd fastest time ever on this course on Strava!
The Peak District Triathlon was the final GBR qualifying event for the 2017 ETU Sprint Distance European Championships in Dusseldorf.
The planned Roadworks on the A20 were not there this morning or early afternoon.
On that basis we'll go ahead. If they do spring up, we'll proceed with the event, but it won't score in the competitions as some people will be held up.
The JLL Property Triathlon just grows and grows and is now the second largest in the UK - the events include a 2.2km swim a duathlon and a sprint triathlon all at Dorney Lake nr Eton. 7Oaks Tri Club members dominated the over 50 categories - with a win in the 20 -25 yr age group category as well ( phew).
20 - 25 yrs
James Manning - 29.28 and 3rd overall
50 yrs +
Peter Manning - 36.11
by Richard Evans
The Castle Triathlon are looking for a couple of marshals for their Festival of Endurance on Sunday 10th July at Hever Castle. They are looking for bike marshals from 10.00am to 5.00pm. You would meet at Hever at 10.00am and will be provided with lunch.
In return you get a free entry for either the Olympic / Sprint distance race or 50% off the Gauntlet (half iron distance) at the Hever triathlon in September. The free entry can be passed on to someone else if needed.
Some really strong running this evening. The first four all beat their handicaps.
Back to intervals next week with longer hill reps.
Catching up on a busy week with TTs. Here's last night's result and a summary of the inter club and club points competitions.
Sam Begg broke his streak of bad luck with a very good 23:12. However 7OaksTri's Annus Horribilis continued with Martin Brown and Neil Harris both puncturing before the start.
In the inter club competition, GS Avanti retain their lead established with their whitewash on Saturday, they have 286 points, 7OaksTri is in second with 255 ahead of Sydenham Wheelers who have 217.
The weather was very bad I'm told.
Only four GS Avanti pairs made the trip to Grain resulting in a whitewash.
That made the inter club competition more interesting.
Sixteen club members got up early on Sunday to head down past maidstone to compete in the picturesque and well organised Leeds castle standard (Olympic) triathlon. The first wave was for the women and teams, with Cath Linney clearly first out of the water and going on to comfortably win the female race by 12 minutes over 2nd place lady, Jane Wiley who also won the F50 category! Val Place was 4th lady home and 2nd F50!
As mentioned in the write-up, the mid-sussex triathlon was the second round of the BTF south east club competition.
With a good 7oaks turn-out, we are still winning the 'mob' competition.
Congratulations to Sally, Val & Gabi for being the winning female team, we are now winning the female competition.
Congratulations to Tom, Andy & Sally for being the winning mixed team, making it two wins in a row.
and congratulations to Tom, Andy & James for coming second to a fast Epsom male team. With two 2nd's in a row we are 2nd to Epsom in the standings.
Tom Roff gave a virtuoso performance at Burgess hill, finishing 18th in only his third sprint triathlon! Sally Mortleman was the 2nd lady home and Val Place won the F50 category.
Conditions were good again at the East Peckham course on Thursday night, helping a few of our girls and the rapidly improving Shaun Mullen to attain pb's. Sam Begg's run of bad luck continued for a third week in a row, picking up a puncture.
After 8 (of 22) Rounds in the Club Competition Neil Mac and Andy Evans are in equal 1st with ATB in 3rd. Val still leads the women chased by Susan and Ella.