Lots to celebrate
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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