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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

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