After winning regional awards, Mark Fraser, Craig Dyce and Kate Bozianu went on to receive National Triathlon England awards out of more than 600 total nominations!
Mark: 2nd place for Virtual Coach of the Year
Craig: 2nd place for Coach of the Year
Kate: One of 5 winners of Key Worker of the year.
Awards were presented virtually by Kate Mason, Sky sports news presenter. This is a stunning achievement for a single club and recognition for the tremendous amount of voluntary time they give to the club and the local community.
Craig Dyce with his award and some of the juniors
Kate Bozianu, one of 5 winners of Key Worker of the year.
Inspiring read: Ivon’s 100-mile running challenge
By Ivon Richmond
This month I signed up for and completed a bit of a lockdown run challenge from the guys at Centurion Running. They are an Ultra running community that run some crazy Ultra races with a portion of funds going to charity. Check them out if you fancy something different.
The One Community event was set over 7 days and gave the option to run any distance from 5k up to 100 miles as fast as you can with the clock starting from the start of your first run and ending on your last. You could spread it out over the 7 days or do it all in one go. Having never ran an Ultra event I was sensible and signed up for the 100 miles….
As the time drew closer to the start day I worked out my plan. I set two goals depending on how I felt, 4 x marathons over 4 days or 3 x 33 mile runs over 3 days. Having never ran that many miles in a week and not really trained for it the aim was to complete the distance without getting injured and hopefully with all my toenails. A pace of around 9:30-9:45 minutes per mile was picked to keep it enjoyable and minimise the injury risk.
Monday morning started off with the school drop-off, I had to fit it around my normal Dad duties, and off I went. The run I planned was 27 miles down to Bishops Stortford and then back along fields.
All went well apart from falling off a fence trying to shimmy along it by the side of a livery yard. The path was flooded due to heavy rain but It wasn’t rain water that was in the puddle, 6” deep, freezing cold and now smelling of what can only be described as horse waste it was an epic fail to say the least. Wading through the puddle I carried on and finished the run with an average pace of 9:14 m/mile.
After getting back and having two showers and a bath to remove the smell of horse it was time for the school run then home for dinner. I then went out again to try to get a head start on the next day. I did another 3 miles but by that time it was dark and my head torch died so decided to call it a day.
The next day was another chilly but bright one so I decided I’d do a trail half marathon to keep the impact down on the knees. That one in the bag before lunch saw me out for another 10k to take me to 50 miles before the school run. My son then joined me on his bike for another quick 5 miles before dinner. After that was another 10k in the dark taking me to 61 miles.
That left me on two days with 61 miles in the bag, I was well on track to do it in 4 days but as I had plans on the Thursday it would actually be 5 days. I could do better than that but it would be a big day. Decision made, 3 days!
The third day saw me out at 6:30am to get a head start but it was going to be a broken day. I had a Wattbike engineer booked in who I needed to be home for and was going to call when he was 30 minutes away. I couldn’t go far so decided to split the runs up into shorter ones until he’d been then I could get a longer run in after the school run. That took me to 91 miles, another quick calculation and I reckoned I could do it in under 2.5 days. It was going to be close but I went for it.
100 miles completed in just under 2.5 days and a total running time of just over 16 hours with an average pace around 9:30 per mile. That gave me a top 10 in my age group but it wasn’t about the leader board, this was a mental challenge for myself.
What did I learn, well 100 miles on foot is a long way. It gives you plenty of time to think. Doing it without any support or spectators was a tough challenge but I loved it and I’ll definitely do another one once we’re in a better position to race under normal conditions and the blisters have gone.
December 10km Strava Run Challenge
After a successful 5km challenge in November, it’s all about 10km in December.
All sessions are suitable for any club member regardless of experience, fitness or age.
Mon 21st Dec: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Run coaching with Craig.
Meet at Lord Butler Leisure Centre.
Tue 22nd Dec: 11:00 – 11:30 am
Ciara’s Christmas Canter - easy social run led by Ciara Broomfield.
Meet at Lord Butler Leisure Centre.
Suitable for all - it will be at the easiest pace that anyone wants.
It's a social activity for clubmates, not a coached session or hard training.
Tue 22nd Dec: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Online group turbo training with Ben.
No special equipment needed – just a simple mechanical turbo trainer.
See www.facebook.com/groups/WaldenTRI/ for full details.
Sun 10th Jan: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Swim at Lord Butler pool.
This is an uncoached session: the club has arranged a private lane for members to use.
Book in advance: https://forms.gle/Bigxq4dwWsW8vYti7
Other important updates
As a reminder, from 1st January 2021 membership fees will be increasing to £40 per year (£20 every 6 months).
New club Treasurer: Luke Williams
New membership secretary: Emma Williams
Dates for the diary
Annual General Meeting – Date TBC. This will be held online for obvious reasons, further info coming soon.
Walden Triathlon (WT21) – provisional date: Sun 2nd May 2021
At the moment we have an important vacancy on the 'very friendly and energetic' WaldenTRI committee. We are currently 'muddling through' with several committee members doing multiple roles! However, in order to continue the current momentum and embrace a normal triathlon season which we all yearn for next year, we really need a club member to step forward as Club Secretary.
If you would like to discuss the matter please contact any member of the committee, or come along to one of our monthly zoom meetings to see if it's for you.
The Role: This role is responsible for the management and oversight of the club’s administrative well being and for ensuring the management team’s meetings are organised and efficient.
Completing the club's annual affiliation / payment to British Triathlon.
Acting as WaldenTRI's point of contact for Triathlon England and responding to enquiries arising.
Filtering the email communications received via the BTF distribution list of race / event / promotions for inclusion within the newsletter.
Organising the Management Team meetings and senior committee meetings, along with two Open Meetings per annum and the AGM (venue, dates, agendas, quorum, minutes).
Maintain key documentation (Constitution, code of conduct, liability insurance).
Input to and leadership of priorities for WaldenTRI's ongoing development.
Responding to email and phone enquiries regarding club activities.