Jun 282011

Hello and a quick update regarding Sunday’s races.

The Sprint results have now been published on Stuweb and we are aware there are still a couple of eroneous results. If you have a problem with your race splits (with the exception of not being quick enough on the day – we can’t help there!) please make yourself known and we will try and get it resolved by our race timers.

There are several prize winners who were not present at prize-giving and we need to send cheques to. These will be sent out in the next week and we will also publish a full list of results soon.

For those that live in and around Worcester the Evening News is running a report either today (Tuesday 28th) or tomorrow so please look out for it. Tri247 and 220 may also publish reports and we will let you know when this happens.

Lost property – there are several items which haev been reported lost. If you have any lost property or accidentally picked up something that wasn’t yours please drop me a line on gavin_j_vickers@hotmail.com and we will try and re-unite you.

Thanks to everyone for their positive (and negative feedback) about the day – it is always welcome and we need it to help improving the race each year. The biggest change this year was the longer times between the different waves so we would be interested in how you thought this went.

Thanks to everyone who followed the race count-down on Twitter@top_barn_tri – was this helpful on the lead-up to the race?

Gav Vickers, Race Director, Top Barn Triathlons

Jun 162011

A third place result in the 50-55 year age group at the Ellesmere Triathlon has resulted in Worcester Triathlon Club’s Rachel Ward qualifying for the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Grand Final in Beijing in September.

Ward completed the 1500 metre swim in the Mere in 29 minutes 15 seconds followed by a 40 kilometre bike-ride through the scenic Shropshire countryside in 1:15:43. The final run section which followed a hilly course of 10km through the Cremorne Gardens took 48:20 giving a total time, including transitions, of two hours, 35 minutes 14 seconds which also made Ward the third fastest West Midlands female overall.

Speaking after the event Stourport GP Ward said ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to compete with athletes from all over the world at the 2008 Olympic venue in Beijing in September’

Jun 162011

Michelle Parsons racing for Team Tri UK on Sunday clinched her first overall victory of the season in a half iron distance triathlon at the Diga in Nibbiano, Italy.

The event was being held for the first at the picturesque setting at the Nibbiano Dam and started with 1.9km swim in the lake created by the dam and then a two lap bike course totalling 82km including some significant climbs around the surrounding area before finishing with a two lap run totalling 20km.

Michelle was competing against a field of only Italian triathletes and was soon out of the swim in 12th position in an impressive time of 34 minutes and 21 seconds. Her deficit to the leader at this point was almost ten minutes but she soon started to work her way through the field and by the end of the first lap she had reduced that deficit to just 1 minute 30 seconds and almost into the overall lead. By the end of the second lap she had not only taken the overall lead but she had built a lead of almost 7 minutes. She recorded the fastest bike split of 2 hours 41 minutes and 53 seconds. Some 10 minutes quicker than the next fastest female biker of the day.

Onto the run and the warm weather turned to drizzle. This didn’t stop the Tri UK athlete from keeping her significant lead even though the chasing Italian athletes closed the gap slightly Michelle came home in an overall time of 4 hours 36 minutes and 52 seconds. Her run split was an impressive 1 hour 20 minutes 38 seconds for the 20km undulating run.

The winner of the male event was Daniel Weil from Switzerland in a total time of 4.11.53. second place was Phil Parsons from Worcester Triathlon club in 4.12.41.

Kevin May had a quite a unfortunate first puncturing at the start of the bike course and then losing a contact lens and costing him a significant amount of time. He continued on to finish strongly in a time of 4.49.10 in 44th place overall.

The day before the half iron distanced race was a shorter distanced event attracting an impressive field of over 200 hundred athletes and some of the country’s elite triathletes.

Two of Michelle’s Worcester Triathlon Club fellow members were local athletes veteran Les Bailey and Iain Jennings. Both were recovering from recent illnesses and both produced impressive performances. Jennings came home with a strong run to finish in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 32 seconds to finish 32nd overall and Bailey once again won his age category in a time of 1.49.05.

Next weekend Michelle is competing the National 50 mile time trial championships.

Jun 072011
Jack Raine of Worcester Tri Club in Action in TS2

Worcester Triathlon Club held it’s annual Children’s Duathlon (run-cycle-run) at Worcester University on Sunday, part of the West Midlands Children’s triathlon series. 

The youngest competitors in the Tri-Start category battled it out over a  3km course and Erin Staite of Lichfield City Cycling Club won the female event in seven minutes 29 seconds with Worcester Triathlon Club’s Tom Charles leading the boys home in 7:39.

Tri-Star 1 competitors completed 1.2km run followed by a 4km cycle and a final 400m run.  Molly Shermer of Cannock Phoenix won the girls’ event in 14:22 with William Staite emulating his sister’s earlier success in the boys’ event in 13:32.

In Tri-Star 2 Ellie Russell of Oswestry Olympians completed the 1.6km run / 6km cycle / 600m run in 18:46 Worcester’s Ella Crowley finishing seventh.  Lichfield CCC’s Harry Yates led the boys home in 17:20 with Worcester’s Jack Raine, Ethan Hunter, Jacob Withington and James Sheldon finishing 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th respectively.

Tri-Star 3 competitors faced a 2km run / 8km cycle / 800m course and in a strong girls’ field West Midlands Triathlon Academy members Sian Rainsley and Megan McDonald dominated finishing in 20:45 and 21:19 respectively.  In a close tussle for third place Worcester girls Helen Jubb and Nixie Turner finished in 21:48 and 21:50 with Jubb passing Turner in the final 100 metres.  Worcester’s Jordan Prust and Rachel Powell both competed well but sadly both were disqualified for not completing the correct number of cycle laps.  Finn Barnes of Cambridge Triathlon Club led the boys home in 21:32.

A final success for Worcester came in the Youth section with a win for Henry Ward.