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Triathlon England Award Winners!
Huge congratulations to Kate Bozianu, Craig Dyce and Mark Fraser who have won regional Triathlon England awards, which recognise and celebrate the hard work that they put in to make the sport what it is and to keep our club going!
Kate Bozianu - ‘Key worker of the year’
Craig Dyce - ‘Coach of the year’
Mark Fraser - ‘Virtual Coach of the year’
More details about their awards can be found here. They will each be automatically put forward for the national awards, which will be announced on 14th Nov.
Lots of racing activity in the past month!
Outlaw X middle distance (70.3) – Sun 27th September
Four WaldenTRI members, Ivon Richmond (1st triathlon for him), Richard (Lem) Lawrence, Georgina Dunlop and Chris Outtersides, tackled the Outlaw X middle distance (70.3) Triathlon, at Thoresby Park, Notts.
“It’s fair to say that conditions were less than ideal – an email came through late the night before we raced telling us the swim was reduced to 750metres due to concerns about the cold and wind. The swim began with a diving start from a pontoon (Well, a jump for me!) and after the shock of the 12 degree water temp, and waves in the lake from the strong winds, I think everyone was just happy to get round – and then a 400m run to get into the huge transition area for T1 (1595 entries). Transitions were less about speed and more about wrapping up well for the tough 57.2 mile bike ride, which was very exposed and featured a few pretty tasty climbs. More challenging than the hills was the relentless headwind. At times just hanging onto the bike was the priority, filling even water bottles and fuelling on the bike was tricky. The last 5 miles or so had a good tailwind so we could arrive back in beautiful Thoresby Park slightly refreshed before tackling the half marathon.
The run was around Thoresby Park, on a mixture of gravel tracks, grassy fields, through woods and had a few hills to boot too.
All of us completed the course, and despite the shortened swim we consider it a real 70.3 as the bike was longer than usual so it did cover the distance. Ivon Richmond came in at 5:27:36, despite nursing a dodgy calf muscle in his first ever tri! Georgina 'Angry Gloves' Dunlop finished in 5:29:43 in her first go at this distance, Lem 'Trap2 destroyer' Lawrence returned with a time of 5:08:50, and fastest club member of the day was Chris 'Sprinkler' Outtersides, ducking under the magic 5 hours with an impressive time of 4:59:39 including a ridiculous run split of 1:35:11.
It was a brilliantly run event, and I would really recommend it to anyone considering that distance next year. Now we can say “We are Outlaws”.
Massive thanks to Andy Dunlop for supporting and putting up with our constant whittering on about watts per kilo, negative splits, and benefits of a power meter”. By Lem Lawrence
New WaldenTRI members Harry Martin, Toby Hayward and Hannah Reynolds competed in their first triathlon at Eton Dorney.
“Windy conditions gave us an additional challenge in the swim and bike sections. The rolling starts worked surprisingly well, 30 second gaps between competitor starts allowed for social distancing potentially at the cost of race day mentality. But the 2 metre gap between the bikes in the transition area made transitions far less hectic than the training.
As a beginner this was a great introduction to triathlon due to the clear water and a flat bike/run route. Thank you to everyone at WaldenTRI, especially the coaches for welcoming us and preparing us for our first event. No crashes, no one drowned and PBs all round!” By Harry Martin
Arkesden Hill Climb Championship – Sun 27th Sept
On a very windy and cool Sunday morning, the annual Col du Long Lane hill climb, organized by Craig Dyce and supported by Mark Fraser, took place. Almost 100 competitors took part, including several from WaldenTRI: Derek Jones, Mike Passfield, Jeremy Buss, Emma Williams, Luke Williams, Claire Hall, Dave Pulford, Ben Bely, and Mael Bely.
Under special Covid-19 guidelines, competitors were set off every 30secs to tackle the approx. 0.7mile climb. Despite no spectators being allowed this year the event still had a great vibe!
The club hill climb champions were Mael Bely and Claire Hall, with runners-up Luke Williams and Emma Williams. Claire was also overall womens’ champion! Huge thanks to the many volunteers on the day that made it possible!
Virtual London Marathon 2020 – Sun 4th Oct
WaldenTRIs’ Teresa Peasgood completed her 16th London Marathon, albeit this year in a ‘virtual’ way. Along with her brother, they ran laps around Rowney woods near Carver Barracks to complete the 26.2 miles. They were raising money for Alzheimers Research UK, a cause very close to their hearts. Conditions were not ideal, with quite a lot of rain and wind, but that didn’t stop them or their many supporters. Family and friends cheered them on, baked homemade cakes to raise additional funds for the charity, and some joined them for a few miles on their run, including some past and present WaldenTRI club mates. They have currently raised more than £2600! An inspirational achievement, congratulations!
If you’d like to read about their story and/or donate, please go to the just giving page.
Norwich 10-mile cycling time-trial
A few inspirational words from Derek:
“ I did it! Thanks to encouragement from many of you and solid coaching and persuasion from Mark on Zwift over the past few months, I completed my first 10 mile road based TT at Norwich yesterday. Apart from past triathlon events this was my very first solo bike competition. It was hard, but I enjoyed it and felt a great sense of accomplishment. Apart from sharing this news with you all, I also wanted to use it to encourage as many of you as possible to grasp the opportunity that time trials offer. There is no doubt that they have improved my endurance and cardio fitness substantially over these past few uncertain months when initially it has been difficult to fit in the training schedules that we have been used to. Looking ahead, it seems we are in for more of the same restrictions for some time to come and whilst our coaches are doing their utmost to get you training safely again, the choices are still limited. So take heart, grab your bike, get out in the fresh air and get some time trialling experience…..set your sights on next seasons goals, now. Remember, it’s never too late to start! Stay safe, stay fit”.
100 mile Cycling National Championships - Sun 16th August
This event was originally a preparation for the Aquabike Age Group World Championship of Ben, Mael and Luhan Bely. But with the cancellation of the Aquabike, this 100 miles became THE COMPETITION of the year, the only one in fact.
Early morning start for Luhan opening the event at 6:11am, closely followed by Ben at 6:22am. A better estimated time for Mael gave him a start at 7:34am.
With a fairly flat course and no wind at all, conditions were ideal to achieve good times.
The only issue was the damp atmosphere, the helmet visor was catching so much humidity that it felt like riding in thick fog. It obliged Ben, who nearly missed the u-turn at one of numerous roundabout. Ben stopped 3min at the HQ to drop the helmet visor and back full gas.
The 3 u-turns on the course allowed Ben, Mael and Luhan to pass and cheer each other. It also allowed Celine (official family photograph) to do very nice shots.
The course was very fast and all went well until the 80th miles, it is when legs started to get tired and what keeps you going is positive thoughts. The last 10km were just endless.
Finish times were fantastic and very close for the 3 of us, Ben 4:18:36, Luhan 4:20:08 and Mael 4:25:59.
A great experience, already on our calendar for next year, 13th June 2021 (same course), the National Championship 100 will be in South Wales on 4th July 2021.
Cowman Duathlon - Sunday 18th Oct
Georgina Dunlop, Claire Hall and Lem Lawrence competed in the Cowman Duathlon near Milton Keynes, which consisted of several events of various distances.
Claire Hall completed the gruelling Cowman (21k run/90k bike/10k run) in an incredible time of 5:13:26, making her first lady and 10th overall!
Georgina completed the standard distance Calfman (10k run/45k bike/5k run) in a fantastic time of 2:31:39, making her also first lady! Georgina was closely followed across the finish line by Lem in a time of 2:32:50, which made him 18th male (6th in age-group). Very well done to you all, great racing!
Reminder on the payment approach for membership & sessions
Currently transitioning to take all session payments via Direct Debit.
Leftover stamp cards are still accepted as payment for any sessions. Please show your card to the coach on arrival and self mark 2 stamps for any session. Coaches will mark that you have paid via stamps in the register ensuring no direct debit payment is taken.
If no stamps - payment taken via direct debit on the 15th of the following month for any sessions you attend (will show up as ‘go cardless’ on bank statements).
All coached session costs are £4, excluding the Monday evening running which is FREE.