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Captains Blog

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.

Success for the Brits at IM-NZ

There was exciting news last weekend from Ironman New Zealand, in which Joe Skipper (8 hrs 9 mins including a 2:45 marathon!) and Lucy Gossage (9h 5 min) each took second place. Lucy's result was all the more remarkable given that due to an injury she hadn't been able to run until a couple of weeks before the race; and she managed to set a bike course record despite suffering a puncture!

For some inspiration you can read Lucy's race report on lucygossage.com and she has become a columnist for 220 Triathlon magazine in which she writes some interesting and thought provoking articles on all aspects of being a professional athlete.

Club results
Last Saturday, as the sleet and snow hammered against the windows in Saffron Walden, Georgina Dunlop, Phil Doel and Michael Buchallet took part in the Dambuster duathlon at Rutland Water, with distances of 10k, 42k and 5k. Well done to all of you: Georgina finished in AG 11th place, Phil AG 17th and Michael AG 6th. Some of you may have seen the photo in the local press.

Dambuster duathlon

Friendly duathlon next weekend
Join us in Great Chesterford at 2pm on Sunday 20th for a friendly duathlon. Please email me, or send me a facebook message if you'd like to take part. If this is to go ahead I need some names ASAP.

May day triathlon
Entries are still coming in for our race: 158 individuals plus 8 relays teams so far. This year the cycle route has changed to one lap of a course going through Debden to Thaxted then back through Wimbish, which is a lovely scenic loop of just over 14 miles with some nice gentle climbs, which we think will be enjoyable for all the athletes.

Let's hope for some dry, warmer weather, as parts of the run route are very muddy indeed at present.

Douglas Bowen is taking part in this weekend's Bedford autodrome duathlon: good luck Doug, and to anyone else who is racing this weekend. Please send me a photo for next week's Transition, or post it on the club facebook page.

Success from the outset for WaldenTRI

Finally the 2016 racing season has begun, and already there are two significant achievements for club members. Last weekend Michael Buchallet battled through windy conditions to finish third in the Anglian Water sprint duathlon (see photo) and Craig Dyce took first place in the Velopark duathlon. Congratulations to you both: what a great start to the season, and an inspiration to us all.

Meanwhile, I waded my way around the mud-fest that was the Hatfield forest park run on Saturday morning - a really nice venue and great fun. The race ends by running half way around the beautiful lake which is a lovely sight in the early morning spring sunshine.

Club kit
Now is a good time to order your club kit for the forthcoming season. We have items in stock but some will need to be made to order, so you'll need to order asap to receive your kit in time for your races. Click here to view and order.

Social duathlon
We are arranging a mini duathlon on Sunday 20th March at 11 am, based at the Gt Chesterford community centre. This will take the form of a practice event at a social level, uncoached (not a formal race) and will be a great opportunity to prepare for your season. Plus maybe a quick beer afterwards before your Sunday lunch. A donation of £2 per participant is requested, to cover the cost of using the community centre land for parking and transition. Places will be limited, so if you'd like to take part please email me as soon as possible to book your place. clubcaptain@waldentri.co.uk

Time Trials
Here are the dates of this year's bike TT races. They were a great success in 2015 and I think we're all really looking forward to these. As usual we need volunteers to lead and help at the TTs to enable them to take place (3 per event at least) so please contact me asap with the dates if you are available to help: email clubcaptain@waldentri.co.uk

  • 12 May at 19.30
  • 26 May at 19.30
  • 9 June at 19.30
  • 23 June at 19.30
  • 7 July at 19.30
  • 21 July at 19.30
  • 4 Aug at the earlier time of 19.15
  • 18 Aug at the earlier time of at 19.00

5k / 10k race at Carver barracks airfield
We have been notified of a race on 3rd April which is a fund-raiser for Alzheimer's research. It would be nice to support this local event with a good turn-out from the club. You can enter online at www.RunnersWorld.co.uk. £10 in advance, £15 on the day, and the organisers have told us that all proceeds go to the charity.

Cambridge half marathon
Good luck if you are taking part in this huge race: 7000 entrants I believe. Have great race.

Signing-up to a few races certainly focusses the mind

It's that time of year when I start to realise that my winter training has been far less than planned - mainly a lack of cycling - (time in the garage on the turbo just isn't the same as going out and enjoying the countryside) - but it is noticeable that the days are getting longer which gives us more time to train outdoors in daylight. Signing-up to a few races certainly focusses the mind though, and I had a nice 11 mile run on Saturday, which was chilly but sunny, and then on Sunday afternoon do 25 freezing miles on the bike, after which I needed a pint of hot chocolate to warm up. However, this weekend looks like being milder, so I'm hoping to make the most of it and get a longer bike ride.

This Saturday (20th) is our next group park run in Hatfield forest, near Stansted airport. If you are planning to go please let me know and we can meet at the shell house car park at around 8.30, or of you'd like a lift I will be leaving Saffron Walden around 8.00. Last time there were almost 180 runners and that made for a really good atmosphere - it's a great way to start the weekend.

You can now email me on clubcaptain@waldentri.co.uk

May Day Tri update: 139 individuals plus 7 relays teams have signed-up so far.

The race season will soon be here, and below are some local races in first half of the year that might interest you. If you have entered any of these (or intend to) let me know, as it would be good to make them club outings:

  • Sunday, February 21 Anglian water duathlon
  • Sunday, February 21,Velopark duathlon
  • Saturday, March 5, Dambuster duathlon
  • Sunday, March 13, Bedford autodrome duathlon
  • Sunday, April 10, Haverhill festival of running
  • Sunday, April 10, Flitch Way 10k
  • Sunday, April 24, Gt Notley Duathlon
  • Sunday, May 1, Walden Triathlon
  • Monday 2nd May, Ashdon 10k
  • Saturday, May 7, Infinity aquathlon Chelmsford
  • Sunday, May 8, St Neots tri
  • Saturday, May 14, Waterbeach running festival
  • Sunday, May 15, Flitch marathon
  • Sunday, May 15, Newmarket triathlon
  • Sunday, May 22, Grafman
  • Saturday, June 18, Bury St Eds aquathlon
  • Saturday, June 18, Harwich triathlon
  • Sunday, June 19, Bury St Eds triathlon
  • Sunday, June 19, Sudbury tri
  • Sunday, June 26, St Neots tri

Congratulations to our two Dambusters

A short blog this week to say congratulations to the two members who took part in Dambuster Triathlon last Sunday.

Brad Morris finished in 2:26 with a fantastic swim time of 23:44. Jeremy Lovell finished 11th in his age group of M50-54 and has secured a qualifying place at the World Championships held in Chicago later this year. Congratulations Jeremy!

Press
Please be aware that Vince Legg will NOT be doing any press pieces between 3rd Jul and 3rd August. If you would like to have anything submitted, please send it to me (lourolfe@live.co.uk).

TT
We have had a gap created where a volunteer is no longer able to help on a date. Is anyone able to help out as a Marshall on the 9th July for the TT? If so, it would be much appreciated if you could drop me a line. Thank you.

Good luck with training and racing and lets hope the sun keeps shining.

Race updates & the 10 mile TT

Race Updates

I actually have some race news...my painful venture at the Tour of Cambridgeshire actually paid off with a qualifying place at the Amateur World Road Championships in Denmark. Well done to everyone I know who also qualified, including Hazel Turton, Claire Powell and Marietta Zang. Claire and Marietta were not taking it overly seriously at the start of the race with a very sensible 'just for fun attitude' and they still absolutely smashed it! Super work ladies!

A couple of weekends ago, St Neots Tri club held race 1 of their first sprint series. A big thumbs up to Jess Hudson and Steve Kidman who made the transition into competing in open water beautifully. Jess (no surprise here!) smashed the 5k run in a time of 19:35 and finished 2nd in category and 6th overall. This is a super venue and for those fairly new into the sport, it has a river swim which is generally more forgiving than other venues. Their next race in the series is on 12th July.

Howard Williams tackled Windsor Tri last Sunday, which is a tradition for Howard and Sue. According to Howard, it is a quick jaunt down to the river for an early start, whip around the course and be back in time for breakfast. No, really...back in time for breakfast at the hotel. Well done Howard, you certainly earned a full English.

Good luck to Andy Bryant for this coming Sunday as he tackles one of his main races of the year. Andy, no stranger to giving himself a challenge, will be pitching himself against the Wasdale X. This is a 3.8k swim in the cold, Cumbrian waters of Wastwater Tarn, followed by 181km of biking (climbing 3,300m) and finishing with a marathon up and down Scafell! Andy, you are an inspiration! Best of luck on Sunday.

Good luck to those tackling Dambusters on Sunday! This is a World Champ Qualifier in standard distance so it will be a fierce field and a tough race. Enjoy those Rutland ripples on the bike.

TT Update

Finally, we have another bike TT coming up on the 25th June which will be led by David P, with Jess, Vince and Marietta assisting. Thank you for your help guys!

If you are taking part, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time (by 7pm) for a 7:30pm prompt start. You must have a rear light on your bike and wear plain or club colours.

We have had permission from the Landlord of the Fighting Cocks to kindly use his pub but please be considerate. Please only use the toilet facilities if you are actually purchasing from them. Thank you.

I also would appreciate any offers of help for the TTs on the 6th and 20th August so if you are around on these dates, please let me know (lourolfe@live.co.uk).

Best of luck!