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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

Dart swim
Geoff Jones, Elaine Bramley and Chris King took part in the River Dart 10km swim at the weekend. They all posted really good time, especially Geoff who took 9th place overall on Saturday with an amazing time of 2:02. Elaine & Chris swam on Sunday at 2:59 and 2:30 respectively.

Dart swim

The French Connection
Michael and Lewis Buchallet had terrific races at the beautiful château in Chantilly, France. Lewis (WaldenJNR) won in the 8-10 year age group (out of 107) and Michael took second 40-50 year age group (7th overall out of 486) You may have seen the photo in the Walden Local. Félicitations le deux!

The French Connection

Cross Country league
We are approaching the time of year when the cross-country league begins. We haven't entered a team in the last couple of years but it would be really nice if we could. Please contact me if you are interested in taking part in these Sunday morning runs and we can co-ordinate transport etc. clubcaptain@waldentri.co.uk

Social run
Thank you to Sam Hughes for organising this week's Thursday evening social run. Although the nights are drawing in, maybe we can continue these into the winter even if we have to run on lit pavements.

Monday and Wednesday swim sessions
Can I please encourage you to take advantage of the excellent swim coaching organised by the club? We have dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaches but the support from club members has not been good lately. On the last couple of Wednesdays there have been just two swimmers, which is a real shame. In the news items above, and in the last few weeks, you will recognise that many of the high-achieving club members are also coaches, so their own race results speak for themselves. So do come along to the coaching, as there is so much to learn, and you can really improve your swim in just a few sessions. The price is pretty much the same as what you pay for a public swim, but with the advantage of lane swimming without getting stuck behind someone doing breast-stroke!

Club Championships
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:

  • 11 Sep, Takely 10k
  • 11 Sep, Flitch 10k
  • 11 Sep, Redricks lake tri
  • 25 Sep, Huntingdon duathlon, Abbots Ripton.
  • 02 Oct, Haverhill tri
  • 02 Oct, Gt. Notley duathlon
  • 16 Oct, Bedford autodrome duathlon (ETU qualifier)
  • 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

Entries Open for Cambridge Aquathlon - 25th Sept 2016
Entries for this fun low key team event are open, but close on 15th Sept, so you need to move quickly to get a team together and enter. The teams are made up of 3 to 5 members which must include an over 18 and and under 16. There are shorter distances and prizes for novices who can race individually. Click here to enter.

The race is only for members of Cambridge Tri and WaldenTRI and it would be good to get a few teams entered again. The entry fee is only £7.50 per person. Full details are on the entry link. It would be good to have some adult members taking part and they can contact Geoff at headcoach@waldenjnr.co.uk so he can help team them up with at least one junior member if needed.

Roar n' race like Wallace

To finish, a massive "good luck" to George Peasgood who races on Saturday in Rio, 2pm British time, and of course to everyone else in Team GB.