Mar 272012
 

It was a great start for Worcester Triathlon Club’s junior girls at the first event in the West Midlands Children’s Aquathlon series at Wombourne Leisure Centre on Saturday.   Competing in the TS3 (13/14 years) age group Nixie Turner won the 300 metre swim / 3km run event, her time of 17:39 beating all but one of the boys.  Third place went to Helen Jubb in 18:51, with Jordan Prust and Rachel Powell coming in 13th and 14th.

The next event in the series is the Warwick Aquathlon on 15 April.

The series will be decided from the best two scores from four events so with a maximum 10,000 points for her win already in the bag Turner is already well placed.  The girls will also be competing in the West Midlands Triathlon Series which starts on 27 May with the Worcester Duathlon (run/bike/run) at Worcester University and which will be decided on the best three scores from five events.

Well done to all four girls for taking part and representing the club at this event.

Mar 272012
 

Michelle Parsons of Team Tri UK and Worcester Triathlon Club started the Powerman World Series for 2012 by winning the first race of the season In Alabama, USA on Sunday.

The Powerman World Series is a group of duathlon races held throughout the year across Europe, North America and Malaysia.  The Alabama race was held in the beautiful setting of the Oak Mountain State Park and this year attracted a mainly US contingent of athletes because of the USA Elite Short Course Duathlon National Championships being scheduled for the same weekend in the same venue. Michelle was invited to take part in both races being one of the few European athletes deciding to travel over to the event.  The short course Championships were run on Saturday morning over a course of 10km run, 40km bike and 5 km run and with all of eh top US Elite Short course athletes competing she knew she would have her work cut out to keep up with the speedier runners.

Michelle came through the first 10km run in 9th place almost three minutes back from the leaders but once on the bike tore through the field up to 4th position recording the fastest female bike split of the day.  Onto the second run she knew it would be a question of holding off as many of the faster runner as possible but in typically determined style she battled her way through to finish 5th overall – a fantastic result given the short nature of the race.  Michelle’s post race comment was simply ‘It would have been nice to have had a second lap of the bike!’

Post race it was a case of maximising her recovery time before the long course on Sunday morning.  Obviously it was a brave decision to double up but that decision paid off as Michelle produced yet another commanding performance of the bike leg of the long course duathlon to claim overall victory.

The first run was 10 kilometres through the forest out and back with two turn around points. It was a rolling course but did have one climb between the 5th and 5th kilometre markers.  Michelle sensibly took the first run at her own pace keeping the leaders within sight and came into transition in 4th place overall.  Americans Laura Kline and Bridget Campbell were in first and second place respectively having completed in the first run in just under 39 minutes and neither had raced the day before.  Michelle was into transition about 2 minutes behind them and after a swift transition was onto her bike and sound eating up the ground to the leaders.

The bike course was three laps of 20kms in the state park itself.  Michelle soon surpassed all three leaders on the bike and set about building a lead in readiness for the second 10km run. The weather was much warmer than in previous years but there was still some breeze on the bike hindering really quick times.

Behind Michelle, it was only Kline who was staying within touching distance but by the end of the bike Michelle still had almost a 3 minute cushion.  Her bike split was 1.48.12 for the sporting 60km course leaving her with the same 10km run to clinch victory.

The turn around points on the run were good markers of how fast the chasers were running and it was soon obvious that Kline had save something for this final run as she started to eat into the lead.  The Tri UK athlete however dug in to hold her off and came home to win in an overall time of 3 hours 15 minutes and 16 seconds with a fast finishing Kline just 40 seconds behind in the end.

The male winner was Caleb Goldkamp in an impressive time of 2.53.36.

Michelle returns straight back into action at home with a sprint distance duathlon at Newent on Sunday before taking a short break from duathlon racing before starting the European part of the Ironman and Powerman season.

Mar 272012
 

It was a great day overall for the Worcester Tri Club Team. The weather was very kind to us and the race was run in lovely sunshine. There were a few WTC team racing today including my two main rivals Danny Harris and Iain Jennings (Jenno) and also the legend that is Michelle Parsons.

The race started and Jenno, Danny and three others bounced off up the road, with me running on my own about 50 metres behind. If there’s one thing I have learned, it’s that you have to run at your own pace and I often reel ‘em in as the race goes on. I caught and passed one lad but the other four seemed quite comfortable out in front and probably had 75 metres on me going into T-one.
I have been practising my T-one and jumping on my bike whilst shoes are attached to it. This paid off and I was quicker than usual out of T-one. The four guys were still ahead up the road but within sight. I wasn’t worried and settled into my TT position. I wasn’t sure how strong the legs were as I didn’t feel like the power/speed had returned yet. I often find this is the case early season and I seem to get quicker/stronger as the season goes on.
It was a 2 lap bike leg and just as I was finishing the first lap I caught one of the four guys ahead. No disrespect but I didn’t think he was a cyclist when I saw him running so I half expected to reel him in. Setting out on lap two I saw that the three guys in front hadn’t got any further away and that I was feeling quite good and into my rhythm. About half way round I had caught them up. A quick breather and then I went past them and was surprised they didn’t stay with me.
At this point I must admit I was beginning to think I might actually win this and how much time did I need to have into T2 to hold off these young whippets for the 2nd run. But then within a quarter of that lap I suddenly noticed Danny edging up to me and then the other 2. Damn!!
Coming into T2 Ii was 2nd behind the only non WTC guy with us. Another quick change and I came out of T2 just behind Jenno. It was at this point I expected to see Jenno bounce off like Bambi into the distance to claim his first win of the season and then I’d be blown out trying to attempt to stay with the other two in an attempt to challenge for a podium position.
Imagine my slight delight but also genuine sadness for Jenno when as I caught up with him he told me that he had cramp in both his calves. “Didn’t you drink on the bike?” I asked “NO” was Jenno’s reply “JENNO YOU MUPPET!” was mine.
So there I was one and a half miles left and in the lead. Legs feeling quite good as it happens. I don’t look behind as there’s no point unless it’s near the end and then you can see if you’ve got to attempt a sprint. Before that there’s nothing you can really do if someone’s closing in on you. They’re going to be working very hard to get back to you, so you hope you have a kick at the end to pull away again.
As I’m running up to the u-turn point I can suddenly hear the sound of footsteps behind me. As I round the cones I see Danny hot on my heels with Jenno not too far behind (obviously the cramp had gone) So we’re now WTC 1,2,3 on the road and not much further behind is the stealth-like figure of Michelle. Danny comes past me and I can’t sit on his heels and he pulls away slightly. I don’t look back to see where the other two are, I just focus on my target ahead!
As we turn the corner with about 200 metres to go i hear the marshal shout “Well done its between you two now”. I decide to look back to check and realise he’s right; Jenno and the other lad are not within catching distance now. Can I kick and get up to Danny??  I make an effort and see that I’m gaining and as we turn right into the finish I’m on his heels. I generally have a good kick/sprint and can hammer it from about 150 metres out so I was slightly confident.
Danny glances behind and kicks, I kick and we’re both going for it. But then I have nothing left. Danny still powering away takes a well-deserved victory.  I raise my hands and clap him as he crosses the finish line four seconds in front of me. Jenno comes over next and it is indeed a 1,2,3 for WTC and Michelle finishes 6th overall and first lady.
The celebrations are short-lived when we hear that two WTC guys have been given a two minute penalty for drafting. I think back and know that I was only actually with the other three in the last quarter of the second lap, but did I draft at any point then?? I didn’t think so, but who knows. A short time later we hear that it was Danny and Jenno who were given the drafting penalty. Both were gutted and we raise the point that all three were together for both laps so if anything they should all have been penalised. How can that be fair??  It is a hard rule to follow, especially on the open road!!

So by default (as Michelle was amused to tell me) I had won,  The man in black promoted to 2nd, Danny 3rd and Jenno 4th. I was embarrassed to collect the prize and take the honours. But as I stated to Danny and Jenno, we all knew how the race had gone and that Danny had beaten me fair and square in the sprint!

We also won the first team prize. So £20 and 2 bottles of wine for my morning’s efforts

Andy Day

DOUBLE ENDUROMAN

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Mar 272012
 

Andy Day (aka Daysey!) hailed a “fantastic start to the year” after picking up a bronze medal in the 2012 Double Enduroman in Lanzarote in February. Daysey braved driving winds to come third in the 40-strong race in Playa Blanca, on the south coast of the Spanish Island, running, cycling and swimming for more than 24 hours.

The race incorporated a 7.6km swim, a 360km bike ride, and double marathon (84.km), and Daysey completed the gruelling course in a time of 24 hours, 10 minutes and 46 seconds, one hour ahead of fourth-placed Anthony Gerundini (25.11:16), but nearly an hour-and-a-half behind Spanish Professional athlete winner Gregorio Morales (22.33:24) and 25 minutes shy of second-placed Guy Willard (23.45:46), from Wakefield.

Daysey said: “It was a fantastic start to the season for me. However, then we came home and had our bikes stolen, so that was a bit of a dampener – I feel kicked in the teeth a little bit.”

On the race itself, Daysey said: “It was a windy island that weekend, with 35-40mph winds as we cycled through the night; the swim was cancelled at the last minute due to rough sea and under-currents. The organisers then added a half-marathon before the bike leg, this worked to my advantage but not to others. I got blown off my bike at the turnaround at the end of the island. It was the second time the race had been held after last year’s inaugural contest and I intend to go back and hopefully win it next time.”

Daysey was originally only a cyclist, doing time trials, but started trying his hand at the endurance-based multiple disciplines 5 years ago. He said: “I started doing duathlons and I thought if I’m doing that, I might as well try triathlons and push myself as far as I can.  I’m enjoying doing longer distances now and will probably attempt a Triple IM.”

Daysey, has represented Great Britain at European and World duathlon events, and has also represented the Great Britain Police team at the European Championships and other international events. He was the National Emergency Services Road Race Champion in 2010. He is currently looking for sponsorship, and anyone interested can email him at andy1day@msn.com.

WTC Swim Coach

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Mar 112012
 

As many of you will know we are pleased to announce that Arran Stevens is back as the WTC Swim Coach. Starting with regular coached sessions last Saturday of the month at our Saturday evening session at Sansome Walk Worcester, we will be adding new sessions (masterclasses, open water, video) so keep checking out the website for updates.

2012 Open Water

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Mar 112012
 
Following a successful 2011 season the Saturday open water sessions are back at Upton Warren (see swim page for more details). WE are kicking off the season on 5th May at 7am. Usual safety and great facilities.

Keep checking the website for updates and hopefully some events.

Mar 112012
 

The Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon at Castle Combe on Sunday 26 February proved to be a successful start to the 2012 duathlon season for four Evesham triathletes.

Leading the way as usual was Michelle Parsons racing for Team Tri UK and Worcester Triathlon Club, but it was also good start for club mates Iain Jennings and Lee Oliver.

The race is held at the racing circuit in Castle Combe and comprises a 2 mile run around the perimeter of the track followed by a 10 mile cycle section on the actual track itself and then finishes with the same two mile run.  Conditions were good this year and times were faster than those recorded in 2011.

Michelle once again showed that her strength has not diminished taking on all of the elite female short course athletes and although not quite keeping with them on the first two mile run she blasted her way up from 5th position after the run into first place on the bike, recording the fastest female bike split of the day of 22 minutes and 50 seconds.  On the second run Kate Robson from BRAT regained first position to finish in an overall time of 47 minutes and 58 seconds with Michelle second in 48.23 closely followed by Louise Bardsley in third in 48.30.

The men’s field also attracted some of the best short course duathletes all using the race as preparation for the British Championships in two weeks’ time.  The overall winner was Phil Mosley in an amazingly quick time of 42 minutes and 14 seconds.  He was the only person to break 21 minutes for the bike section on the day.

Iain Jennings, fresh from his maiden Half Ironman triathlon performance in Lanzarote, finished in a very respectable 10th position in the senior men’s race in a personal best time of 45.49.

Fellow Worcester Triathlon Club member Lee Oliver recorded an excellent time of 53.39, another personal best for the course and in the process managed to hold off his father-in-law, Rob Middleton, completing in his first duathlon event, who finished in 55.34 gaining him 5th place in the super vet category.

Mar 112012
 

Junior girls Jordan Prust and Rachel Powell both put in an extremely brave effort at the Burntwood Aquathlon on Sunday 4 March.  Racing in appalling weather conditions of driving rain and snow, which turned the run route in to a mudbath, the girls finished in 8th and 9th place respectively in the TS3 age group (13/14 years).  

It was Rachel’s first aquathlon and quite an experience for her – rest assured she probably wont have to race in such awful conditions again so things can only get better!  Both girls will be racing again on 24 March in the BCT junior aquathlon, the first race in the 2012 West Midlands Children’s Aquathlon Series.

Nice to see the juniors out running in club kit and raising the junior section’s profile.  A big well done to both of them fior braving the elements!

 

Mar 112012
 

Over 80 members and guests of Worcester Triathlon Club attended the Club’s annual dinner and awards ceremony at the ValeGolfClub on Saturday night to celebrate the 2011 season.

The guest speaker was current and six-time World Aquathlon Champion Richard Stannard who after an entertaining talk presented the club awards.

Firstly the club’s thriving junior section members were awarded with special effort awards for all of their hard work in training and competition throughout the year.  Individual junior awards then went to Jordan Prust – Most Improved Junior (sponsored by St John’s based technical sportswear manufacturer Scimitar Sports); Tom Charles, winner of his age group in the Worcester Duathlon – best male junior performance; and Nixie Turner, third overall in her age group in the West Midlands Junior Aquathlon and Triathlon Series – best female junior performance.

Senior club champions were Iain Jennings and Ros Towsend-Hope.  The Triathletes of the Year were Iain Jennings and Michelle Parsons, Parsons having finished 8th overall in the 2010/11 World Powerman Series. The International Award went to Henry Walker who qualified for the World Ironman Championships in Las Vegas and finished 52nd out of 107 in his age group.   The Arran Stephens award for the Most Improved Triathlete went to Kirk Denton.  The Howard Peters award for the Fun Race at Top Barn Farm went to Mike Ward and Joanne Tanner.

Commenting on the evening, Club Chairman Duncan Jenkins said ‘Worcester Triathlon Club goes from strength to strength with our members competing locally, nationally and internationally and our junior and senior members notching up significant successes.  We have developed our swimming coaching, both pool-based and open water and are looking to further improve other aspects of our training this year.  I’d like to invite anyone interested in participating in the sport in any way to join our growing membership and take advantage of all the Club can offer’