Apr 232012
 

Worcester Triathlon Club are very excited that XTERRA Wetsuits will again be sponsoring the 2012 Top Barn Triathlons in what promises to be the biggest and best Top Barn yet. We have increased entries this year up to 350 to try and make sure all those on the waiting list are not disappointed.

Xterra will be providing WTC member discounts as well as Race prizes in the form of wetsuits from their Vortex range either for winners of selected races or for parts of the races (i.e. first out of the water – to be confirmed by WTC nearer the time).

Xterra Wetsuits global management have kept the prices for 2012 in line with last years which we know their customers will be very pleased about. For details of the range of Xterra wetsuits check out www.xterrawetsuits.co.uk. For enquiries, sizing, orders, etc please contact enquiries@xterrawetsuits.co.uk.

We at WTC are really excited by Xterra coming on board again as it gives additional focus to the first discipline for those who are more at home in the water than on the bike or their feet!

This builds on the success of 2011 when Xterra provided two wetsuit vouchers which were awarded to the overall Male and Female winners of the Double Race, Paula and Luke Moseley, from Climb on Bikes (Hereford). Luke is very pleased with his Xterra suit and says “… I love it – best suit I’ve had.  It fits like a glove and swims brilliantly. I would recommend it.  I’m happy for you to quote me on that”. Enough said!

Just as a reminder, entries are open at Entry Central.com – click

here to enter the Top Barn Sprint

and

click here to enter the Double

See you soon, enjoy your training!

Gav Vickers, Race Director – Top Barn Triathlons, Worcester Tri Club

Apr 202012
 

Many thanks to Ben Martin fior the following report:

With the weather being kind to us on the Sunday and living only a 5 minute drive away from the start line I left what I thought would be plenty of time but ended up being stuck in a queue all the way to the Sixways Stadium. After parking my car and a gentle jog /sprint to the start line with a few minutes to spare from original start time as we were delayed by 15 minutes so more people could park their cars & get to the start line in time.

With this being my first Marathon and not having run a half before a bit of nerves kicked in during the wait to start running with over 1200 other people.

Before the race I had a plan on what time I was looking for and what pace I wanted to run at for the first half & the second half of the marathon. With not as much long distance run training in me in the lead up to the race as I would have liked due to injury, illness, hockey, bike & swim training & life. I got as much as I could in and felt great as I headed off into the unknown.

The first lap I felt great – my legs were running smooth and making sure I drank at every water station & got an energy gel down me every hour I did the first 13 miles in around 1 hr 40 mins. I felt great at this point and was on target for my rough finish time of 3:45.  As I was coming up to mile 15 I decided to slow my pace down a bit as I soon realized I might have gone a bit hard for the first lap and all the hills I have just run up with ease may not be so easy on the second lap.

As I came up to the 18 mile mark and going into the unknown of distance I have run before, my early pace soon started to get the better of me as the spring in my step with fellow runners around me started to go.  My pace dropped off as the field of runners stretched out, with only just shy of 200 people completing the full distance.

As I started to climb yet another hill it seems around the 21 mile mark I felt cramp in both my legs and knew the next 5.2 miles would be a struggle.  With fellow runners who started to run past me giving support, the last few miles were a combination of slow jogging, walking to make sure cramp never set in and getting as much water & energy down me as possible.

With the end in sight I managed to spur the last ounce of what my legs could give and cross the line in a time of 4hrs 10mins and finish in the middle of the field.

The support along the route going through all the villages & helpers along the route were outstanding and definitely helped bring the event into life more.

Now knowing what the pain is like to run a Marathon and what pace and training I need to do to complete my first Ironman distance race later on this year by doing The Outlaw I feel I have more determination to cross that finish line and hopefully match or better my Marathon time on the day.

But first I will be heading off to Mallorca to complete the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on May 12th. This will be a step up for me I’m and very much looking forward to the race in my build up to The Outlaw.

Ben Martin

Apr 202012
 

Another clear and sunny morning for this race. We really have been lucky so far with the weather this season.

We were out in numbers today as well – Danny ‘Gorilla Hands’ Harris, Lee Oliver, Paul Scriven, Daniel Geisler, Neil Wicks and Ros Townsend-Hope and yours truly hit the start line for the 5m / 17m / 5m event. We also had Raymond Bunn in the slightly shorter event that just did 1 lap of the first run instead of two.

Although sunny it was chuffin freezing and most opted for a top under their tri suit. This low body fat lark leaves a lot to be desired in the colder months!!

I hadn’t done this race before but had heard good reviews and it didn’t disappoint. The run started off with a lap of the grass track on the school field before hitting the road. It was all right turns starting on the main road and then into a country lane before a little off-roading across the thankfully dry field and back into the school grounds to repeat again. It was a flat run apart from a very little up hill section in the country lane.

The pre-race favourite Lee Rankin set the pace. Danny and Neil went with him along with a few others and the rest of us set off at our own pace. I didn’t see them again but Danny tells me that he managed almost the first lap with Rankin before Lee stepped up a gear and ran off.

I’d started this race after a recovery week and was feeling pretty good. But it was one of those days when you set off and know you’re not firing on all cylinders and your just gonna have to suffer and beast yourself through it!

Into T1 and I believe I was in about 8th place. The team were going well with Paul, Danny, Daniel and Neil all in and out of T1.

The bike leg was surprisingly hard. There was a little headwind, which never actually seemed to become a tail wind? There were also more steady ups and fewer actual downs. Or maybe I was really suffering?!  I overtook two very early on but didn’t make any ground on the others in front. It felt like I was cycling through treacle today. Then just in the last ½ mile I was actually caught by another rider. Now I know I’m on a bad day when I get caught as I’m not too bad on the bike. I noticed Danny on the road already running and shouted words of encouragement.

Into and out of T2 with two others right on my shoulder. One lad ran past me, whilst I could hear the other on my heels. We caught the lad who had passed us and he dropped off the back but I couldn’t go with my man and he pulled away to finish ahead of me in 6th place.

Danny and others were waiting at the finish. Lee Rankin won the event by nearly two minutess and again showed his class.

A brilliant overall team effort with the following results:

3rd – Paul Scriven

4th – Danny Harris

5th – Neil Wicks

6th – Daniel Geisler

7th – Andy Day

32nd – Lee Oliver

65th – Ros Townsend-Hope (3rd lady overall)

In the shorted event Raymond Bunn finished in 39th place in just over 2hrs.

Great to see such a good team turnout and such strength in depth.

Oh and on a personal note I was slightly happier when as I removed my bike from T2 at the end of the race, I realised that my rear tub was virtually flat (Lee is my witness!) This may have had something to do with me hating the bike today.

But on a serious note I didn’t have the legs and the rest of the WTC Boys showed me the way it’s done!! Top ride lads!!

Daysey!!

Apr 202012
 

Congratulations to Tom Charles, Grandson of club stalwart Les Bailey, who competed in his first aquathlon today.  Competing in Tri Star 1, (u11)  against many older boys, Tom finished in 13th place in a respectable 10:18 in the 100m swim / 1.2k run event.  Definitely a star of the future!

Meanwhile the TS3 girls were out in force again with Nixie Turner completing her second win on the trot in 10:53 (200m swim / 1.8k run).  This gives her an unassailable 20,000 points in the West Midlands 2012 Aquathlon Series with only two further events remaining and the best two out of four scores counting.

Helen Jubb made it a one-two for Worcester Tri Club Juniors in 11:53, putting her second overall in the series on 18,521 points.

Also competing again were Rachel Powell (15th in 13:41) followed closely by Jordan Prust (16th in 13:42).  Jordan and Rachel currently lie 11th and 12th respectively in the series.

The next event in the series is the Wrekin College Aquathlon on 20 May.

Apr 202012
 

This is the first of what we hope will be many member profiles illustrating the breadth and depth of our membership – many thanks to Louise for submitting this.

Louise, aged 30 of Redditch has been competing in triathlon for nearly 18 months and has been a member of Worcester Tri club since summer 2011.   Her first middle distance triathlon was the Full Boar in September 2011 completed in 6 hours 10 mins.  Then came the Stratford to Stratford Cycle challenge (London to Upon-Avon) in October 2011 – more of a challenge than a race but Louise was fastest female on both days (she got in with a good group of guys!)

At the Stratford Raceways 10k in November 2011 Louise achieved a PB of 56 mins 37 then came another PB in the Droitwich Half Marathon in March 2012 – 2 hours 9 mins.

Louise feels that she has progressed well in such a short amount of time considering that she couldn’t swim with her head under water 18 months ago and that she’s not from a cycling or running background (5k was a challenge 18 months ago).

This year Louise will be doing the Stratford Marathon on 29th April and the Cotswolds Middle Distance Triathlon on 24th June – good luck to her in both events!

Apr 062012
 

Newent Duathlon 5k/18k/5k on Sunday 1/04/12.

It was an early start for me on Sunday morning, as I’d failed to realise that the Newent Duathlon was two hours and 95 miles away from my bed!  In the end I got there in plenty of time and had my pre-race strong coffee with me.

It was cool at the start but looked like it was going to stay dry.

There was just Lee Oliver, Michelle Parsons and me racing today, but we had two cheerleaders in the form of Phil Parsons and Iain Jennings to keep us going.

The race started on the field and as usual there was the mad rush for the first half mile before some realise that they’ve got their ambitions mixed up with their capabilities.

It then levelled off and I found myself in 5th place.  There was a chap just in and a further three running pretty evenly in a group further up the road.

I settled into my pace and entered T1 still in 5th.  Another quick T1 saw me out just behind the guy in front and I quickly passed him, and didn’t see him again!

I was in the same position as at Peopleton the other week, trying to chase down a group of three.  I could see them about 100m up the road but it didn’t seem like I was catching them on the 18k bike lap. But towards the end I noticed that I was slowly closing in and came into T2 just behind them.

The eventual winner Andrew Fisher was already out and I didn’t see him until the finish: a solid race by him.

I had two in front of me that I could see and I focused on slowly closing the gap to the third placed lad and I managed to catch him just before a short, sharp climb.  I passed him and noticed he was sliding back and couldn’t stay on my heels, so I pulled away and looked ahead to the man at number two, who was a chap who I know can run.  I found to my surprise that I was very slowly closing in on him but I just didn’t have anything else in the tank as we ran the last 100m to the finish.

So I crossed the line in 3rd place and another podium finish in a time of 1.07.30.  I was a happy chappie and a good day’s work had been done.

Michelle Parsons was a league above the other ladies and most of the men and finished first lady and 12th overall in a time of 1.12.37.

Lee Oliver also had a solid race and finished 40th in a time of 1.18.36.

Andy Day (Daysey)

Easter swimming update

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Apr 052012
 

There’s no swimming at college this Friday 6th April or Monday. Back to normal for next Weds. Sansome Walk on as usual 5-6pm.