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Every week the plan is to keep you up to date with some of the amazing things this club achieves throughout the season. So train hard, rest well, and race even harder; the results are in your hands.

News Round Up - Friday 9th September

Some nice things to report this week, with several club members having achieved good results in interesting events.

Gold medal for Pete Thompson
Pete won a gold medal in the 3,000 metres at the East of England Track and Field Championships last Saturday, by a very narrow margin of only 3 seconds. The second place finisher was the same runner who was second to Pete in the British Masters 30k Championships earlier this year. Luckily it remains a friendly rivalry!

Coniston swim
Well done to Clare Thompson, Issy Wardle, Debbie Ives and Kate Bozianu, who completed the 5.5 mile swim in Coniston last weekend. Below is a photograph of them all, enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Coniston swim

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News Round-up Sept. 2nd

It's less than a week until the Paralympics begin. There are high hopes for Team GB in many sports including, of course, the triathlons and Channel 4 has planned extensive coverage of the games, both on TV and on line. This morning (2nd September) former WaldenJNR George Peasgood has set-off for Rio to contest the PT4 tri and of course we wish him the best very of luck for the big day, which is Saturday 10th September. George's race starts at 2pm UK time. Channel 4 says there should be recorded highlights broadcast at some stage, but didn’t say whether that was TV or in one of their web channels, but in the event of a Team GB medal this will go up their priority list.

Worthing Tri
Phil Doel had a great result in last weekend's Worthing tri, finishing 10th in AG, in 2hrs 15 min. Despite tough conditions for the sea swim, in a force 6 south-westerly wind, Phil's swim time was just 22m 41s for 1500m! Phil is planning a race report which we will hopefully publish in the next edition on Transition.

Forthcoming races
There are still several races remaining that qualify for points in the club championships:

  • 11 Sep, St Neots sprint and standard
  • 18 Sep, Newmarket tri (WT sign-ups: Francesca Giordano, Steve Kidman, Jess Hudson)
  • 25 Sep, Dunmow tri (sign-ups: myself, Harry Pearce, Mark McGiddy; Ben Bely)
  • 02 Oct, Tri Crazy, Bedford

Other near-by races this autumn include:

  • 02 Oct, Gt. Notley duathlon
  • 16 Oct, Bedford autodrome duathlon (ETU qualifier)
  • 11 Sep, Takely 10k
  • 11 Sep, Flitch 10k
  • 11 Sep, Redricks lake tri
  • 25 Sep, Huntingdon duathlon, Abbots Ripton.
  • 02 Oct, Haverhill tri
  • 03 Dec, Santa Dash (5k) in aid of Grove Cottage: £10 including a free Santa suit to wear for the run! Location: Grange Paddocks, Bishop's Stortford

End of season party, 26th November: the Annual Dinner
Tickets are available via the club kit shop on the website at £20. There will be lovely food and great live music, plus the award presentations. This event is open to club members and their partners and we would love to see as many of you as possible. Please support this event by reserving your tickets asap.

Any suggestions for training or events?
I hate to say it, but have you noticed the evenings drawing in? ... but we can start to make our plans for indoor off-season training. Please get in touch to tell us what you would like us to organise. Core training? Turbo? Circuit training? Spinning?

Thursday run
We are hoping to organise an evening run on Thursday 8th September: details will appear on Facebook.

WT16 WaldenTRI Member Results

NameOver-all posCategory posTime
Zac Deller11 01:03:49.55
Ross Broomfield83 01:08:58.70
HobNobs relay243 01:15:59.65
Leon Bozianu255 01:16:23.45
Howard Williams393 01:19:58.90
Simon Green437 01:20:19.30
Three Chairs relay455 01:20:48.85
Benoit Bely667 01:25:07.10
Mael Bely712 01:25:34.00
Simon Leach759 01:26:49.85
Samantha Hughes842 01:29:08.25
Annabel Hunt1051 01:32:33.85
Brodie Knibbs1103 01:32:41.60
Sarah Steer1116 01:32:46.10
Christopher King11914 01:33:47.85
John Stirling12315 01:34:26.40
Julia Robson13811 01:38:00.10
Tujan Sari15215 01:39:40.80

Lots to celebrate

London Marathon
Sarah Switzer led the WT team, finishing in 3h:21m followed closely by Jess Hudson at 3h:25, Teresa Peasgood at 3h:44 and, in his second marathon in eight days, David Ives 4h:09. Congratulations to all of you on your achievements - all that training must now feel very worthwhile. What's more, Teresa and Sarah raised a lot of money for the charity Beat Bowel Cancer. This race is so special for its atmosphere, landmarks, history.... it must be wonderful to be part of it. Paula Radcliffe's record still stands and she was my inspiration to start running.

Sarah Switzer and Teresa Peasgood - London marathon

Sarah Switzer and Teresa Peasgood

David Ives London marathon

David Ives

Gold medal for George
Fantastic news from the world ITU para tri championships in Penrith, Australia, George Peasgood took the gold medal! Very good news for his current campaign for a place in Rio.
Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/36125336

Gold medal for George Peasgood

WT16
It's here at last: after many months of planning our Walden May day triathlon takes place TODAY. Preparation starts at 5.30pm on Saturday as we set up the transition area, then again at 5.30am on Sunday .... and you are all welcome to come and give us a hand setting up - it would be greatly appreciated by the organising committee. If you are competing, good luck! If you're marshalling - thanks very much for your help, and have a great day. Some exciting news - we are proud to welcome to our race a Team GB relay: George Peasgood estimates his swim time at 4min 20sec (!) then he will hand-over to Alison Patrick guided by George's brother Jack, for the cycle and run. Alison has already qualified for Rio, so this is your chance to meet an Olympian! The team will be racing under the name "Road To Rio" and they will start in the final wave of the race, and then will present the trophies. Let's all get together at the finish line to welcome them in.

Club championships
The list of races forming this year's club championships can be found on our website: http://www.waldentri.co.uk/index.php/club-info/club-championships/club-champships-races-2016.As usual the list has been compiled for us by Howard Williams - Thanks Howard! I would like to encourage you to enter these races and compete against your fellow club members for the coveted club trophy. Please report your results to Howard (email: clubchamps@waldentri.co.uk) to be recorded, and try to remember to include the club name in this format: "WaldenTRI" when you enter the race, as that makes the research easier.

Open water swim season has begun!
Redricks lake is now open for swimming, although with the water temperature having only just reached 12 degrees you'll have to be brave if you fancy a lap or two ...

Team GB kit Rio unveiled
It was great to see Johnny Brownlee and Lauren Steadman among the Team GB athletes launching the new Rio 2016 kit at the televised press conference earlier in the week.

Race report - Gt. Notley Spring Duathlon
I usually take part in this as it's a nice season-opener with a great atmosphere. This year's question was what to wear: Sunday morning was 3 degrees, which is OK for the run, but I was very cold and shivering at registration and like most people I left an extra layer and a windproof jacket in transition for the bike leg. Definitely not a day for shorts although one brave person was just wearing a tri suit. Georgina Dunlop and Harry Pearce started in the first wave while we male vets had a further ten minutes wait to try to get some warmth into the legs for the start of wave two. Just before wave one started there was a huge bang as someone's tyre exploded in transition - talk about rotten luck! On the first run I had to hold back as I was nursing a sore foot, so I was disappointingly low down the field by the time we got to T1, but on my new Dolan I passed a lot of people on the first bike lap. Entering lap two I began to get painful cramp in both legs, which worsened when entering T2 but thankfully eased-off a couple of hundred metres into the second run. I was happy just to have finished even though I was slower than previous years as I had been thinking all week of withdrawing due to my foot problem. Harry finished with a good time of 1h 23 in his first race and Georgina did a great job, finishing in 1h 18, which bodes well for her world champs race in a few weeks' time.

The autumn version of the race takes place on 2nd October and I would encourage you to enter - it's a friendly race with nice runs around the Discovery Park and a good cycle route through Rayne and other villages, with a fast flat section on the by-pass where you can maintain a speed above 25mph.

Graham,Harry and Georgina at Gt Notley duathlon

Graham,Harry and Georgina at Gt Notley Duathlon

News round up

WT's Facebook group
Many of us are members of the 'closed group' on Facebook and this is an easy and convenient way to communicate with other members, either by posts or by creating events. I have been adding events recently such as the friendly duathlon, races, cafe ride, bike TTs etc. If you're not in the closed group you might like to visit the page and request to join, then you can receive notifications when another club member posts. Visit WT's Closed Facebook Group

WT16
If you are in the Facebook group then you may have heard that all 220 places in WT16 have sold out, and there is already a waiting list. This is great news and with just week to go the race organising committee is looking forward to such a huge race. There's a lot of work for us to do between now and the first wave setting-off, including a novice's briefing tomorrow (Saturday 23rd) at the LBLC including some transition training. It is particularly exciting that many first-timers have chosen our race as their first triathlon.

Stop press ... there's a rumour that a Team GB relay team might be taking part.

Marshals needed
We need at least 7 more marshals for the tri. With so many participants it is really important that we put-on a great race and marshals are essential to the success. Please offer to help if you haven't already. You get a free burger and t-shirt ... and the satisfaction of representing the club to our competing guests and their supporters.

This weekend the Gt Notley duathlon takes place, and I look forward to joining Eddie Bowers and Gerorgina Dunlop on the start line. My son, Harry, will also be there in his first multi-sport race. As a 'vet' I start in wave two which is ten minutes later than wave one. Naturally, a week before a race, I somehow managed to pick-up a freak injury so my hope of catching-up with wave one seems rather optimistic.

Swim coaching
Phil and Andy put us through a tough swim session on Wednesday: almost 2km by my counting, but after the drills of swimming without moving the legs, then with a pull-buoy, I could really feel the difference afterwards swimming with a normal stroke. Good for the core muscles apparently. There is plenty of space available in the sessions and I would encourage you to come along, as every session helps improve technique and endurance. The session plans are written for us by a professional coach and are paid-for by the club.

London marathon
A huge 'good luck' to those taking part in the London Marathon: Teresa, Jess and Sarah, and also David Ives who won the lucky draw for the club's allocated England Athletics place: (I haven't heard of any others taking part but apologies if I have missed you out) Please send a race report and photo for next week's Transition.

David Ives also ran a marathon last weekend in Brighton, in well under four hours.

David Ives Brighton marathon