May 292012

Budding young triathletes from across the West Midlands flocked to Worcester University on Sunday to take part in Worcester Triathlon Club’s annual Children’s Duathlon (run-cycle-run) at Worcester University, the first event of the 2012 West Midlands Children’s triathlon series.

On a gloriously sunny day, the youngest competitors in the Tri-Start category (7/8 years) battled it out over a 3.1km (400m run / 1.5k cycle / 200m run) course and Ella-Mae Fereday of Rugby Tri Club won the girls’ event in 8 mins 40 secs with Harry Cockcroft (unattached) leading the boys home in an impressive 6:16.

Tri-Star 1 (9/10 years) competitors completed a 1.2km run followed by a 4km cycle and a final 400m run.  Jade Phillips of Oswestry Olympians won the girls’ event in 14:40 with Skip Snelson of Rugby Tri Club leading the boys home in 13:00.   Worcester tri Club’s Tom Charles and Brad Law finished 7th and 11th.

In a strong girls’ Tri-Star 2 (11/12 years) line-up Ellie Russell of Wrekin College Tri Club took the honours for the second year running, improving on last year’s time by almost a minute with a time of 17:49 over the 1.6km run / 6km cycle / 600m run course. Worcester Tri Club’s Lucy Baxter in her first competitive event came 9th.   Daniel Wilkinson of Stratford Sharks comfortably won the boys’ event in 16:48 with Jack Raine giving Worcester Tri club’s boys their best result of the morning by finishing third in 18:39 with team-mate James Sheldon coming 10th.

Tri-Star 3 competitors (13/14) faced a 2km run / 8km cycle / 800m run course and Worcester Tri Club’s Nixie Turner, who has already won the 2012 West Midlands Aquathlon (swim / run) series with four wins out of four, got her triathlon campaign off to a perfect start with victory in  21:42.  Worcester Athletic Club member Maia Hawkins was second in 22:09 and Worcester Tri Club’s Helen Jubb made it a local clean sweep by, for the second year running, putting in a strong finish to come in third by one second in 22:20.   Team mates Jordan Prust,  Rachel Powell and Meg Baxter (like sister Lucy also competing for the first time) followed one another home in 10th,11th and 12th with Emma Law 16th.   The boys were led home by the impressive Joel Roura of Wrekin College Tri Club in 19:35, Ethan Hunter of Worcester Tri Club coming in 10th

May 292012

Saturday saw the 21st running of the Lanzarote Ironman Triathlon.  The event has become recognised as the toughest Ironman Triathlon in the World with the competitors having to battle against not only the 140.6 miles of total distance but also the well known winds and heat and mountains.

This year’s event was no different with 1,553 competitors from all over the world toeing the start line at 7am on the beach at Puerto del Carmen on the island of Lanzarote all trying to produce their best performance of the season in an attempt to qualify for the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii in October each year.

Michelle Parsons, racing for Team Tri UK, had decided that the race would be a good test of her early season fitness and managed to get a last minute entry in the women’s field.  It would be her second time racing in the Ironman in Lanzarote and she was joined by fellow Worcester Tri member Andy Day making his debut in Lanzarote following on from his very successful double Ironman race on the island earlier in the year.

Neither Andy nor Michelle are particularly strong swimmers and both use their undoubted strengths on the bike and run sections to recoup time lost on the 2.4 mile swim.  The two lap swim is usually a fairly rude awakening for the 1,553 swimmers all trying to find space to swim and this year was no different with the added dimension of a choppy sea to add to the washing machine effect.

Michelle finally exited the swim in 1 hour 19 minutes and 57 seconds putting her in 72nd position in the female race almost 30 minutes behind the leader Michelle Vesterby from Denmark.  Andy managed 1.30.46 putting him in 1226 place overall in the Mens race.

On to the bike course and Michelle knew that the hardest part of the 112 miles was also exactly half way through where the two biggest climbs of the course are taken in quick succession.  Once these were negotiated Michelle knew her time trialling ability would carry her back from the far side of island to the race centre in Puerto Del Carmen in good style and she proved that by increasing her pace over the second half of the ride finishing it in 6 hours 2 minutes and 9 seconds.  This was the 11th quickest female bike split of the day and although it hadn’t reduced her gap to the overall leader it did move her up dramatically in the female field from 72nd to 16th overall and more importantly second place in her age group category.  Vesterby was still leading the race and in fact had extended her lead to almost 15 minutes before starting the final marathon run to finish the race.

Day was ploughing his way through the field as well and record a similar negative split bike time of 5.52.40 almost catching up with his Worcester Tri Club team mate starting the run just 4 minutes behind her.

The 26.2 mile run which completes the triathlon is run over three laps alongside the sea front on an out and back course in the warmest part of the day.  Michelle once again showed her amazing strength of endurance by running an incredible 3 hours 31 minutes and 15 seconds for the marathon after all that had gone before.  That time had taken her past the leader in her age group category and also up to 12th place overall.  Her overall time was 11 hours 4 minutes and 50 seconds.  That time was 25 minutes quicker than she recorded 3 years ago and smashed the existing age group record by over 35 minutes.  Having won her age group she automatically earnt a place at the Ironman World Championships which on this occasion she declined with other races already scheduled for that part of the season.  The Danish athlete Michelle Vesterby won the female race by over 8 minutes from second placed Bella Bayliss from Great Britain in a terrific time of 9.58.07.  As a professional triathlete that should give Vesterby sufficient points to qualify for the world Championships.  Michelle was the second placed GB female athlete to cross the line.

Meanwhile Andy Day was trying his best to catch up with Michelle but without success. Day recorded an equally impressive 3.41.19 marathon split time but overall his 11.18.23 left him trailing Michelle to the finish.  He had however moved himself up to 330th overall in the Mens race and placed 69th in the age group category of 40-44.

The pair can now look forward to a recovery period before racing starts in earnest for the rest of the season in June.

May 292012

Thanks to Ben Martin for the following report:

With the weather in England constantly raining for 2 weeks in a row I couldn’t wait to head off to Mallorca to the sunshine and compete in my first Ironman 70.3 race in what was a build up to the Outlaw later on in July.

With arriving a few days earlier than the race so I could acclimatize to the weather and do a couple of reky bike rides, runs & swims of the course I felt ready to take on the longest distance so far I have raced in Triathlon. I can also see why so many triathletes head out for training camps in Mallorca as the views on the bike were amazing.

This being the second edition of Ironman 70.3 Mallorca it had the most nationalities racing which I believe was 63 with the majority being from the UK.

With all my training done & with my bags & bike all racked up on the Friday afternoon before the race I headed over to the race brief meeting down by the beach & half way through being told to deflate your tyres before you rack your bike other wise they will burst in the heat. (Every bloke & women from the UK soon had a quick stare at each other & headed over to their bikes to deflate there tyres before the race in the morning).

Come race morning I suited up & headed down to transition to make final preparations to my kit (including re-pumping up my tyres) and headed over to the start line for my first beach start.

With not a mass start but waves I was in the 3rd group to set off after the pros & ladies.  I found my spot near the back of the wave group as I didn’t want to get caught up in the mad dash to the sea and when the gun went off I headed off into the 1.9km 18 deg sea temp swim with the masses.  I was confident that I could pick off the swimmers who gone out too hard at the start & after about 300m into the swim I finally managed to get round a couple of people who were splashing around holding me up and set off into a comfortable rhythm & started to make my way through the field. The way back to the beach was a bit of a struggle with the sun being low & directly in my eye line when I breathed I managed to just see the buoys to the beach.  I managed to exit the water in around 39 mins and did the 300m dash over to transition to collect my bike gear.

Once I was all set for the ride I collected my bike & made the over 500m (longest transition in the world, even longer running in bike shoes) to start the 90.1km bike ride. After doing some of the ride a couple of days before I knew the first 20kms would be fairly flat before you hit the the 10km climb up the mountain to Inca & its double peak. A quick toilet break at the first aid station, which I was holding in since the start and was ready to tackle the climb. After doing it a few days before I knew that I could keep quite a highish pace up the climb & pick off a few riders who were caught out or not great climbers. To my surprise I managed to start passing a number of people on the climb some looking a bit shocked on their 2/3 grand TT bikes & aero helmets as I started passing them on my £550 road bike who a few km’s before had passed me. The views on the climb definitely took your mind off the fact you were climbing and once I got to the second peak & got some much needed fresh water bottles on board I started to make my descent down. Descending the mountain was the only part of the course I was a bit nervous about as I have never really done much switchback descending before & with there being a sheer drop if you went over the edge I took a bit morecare going down the long descent with a few more experienced athletes passing me as we went down.  Once the climb & descent were out of the way the rest of the course around the count side on closed roads was fairly flat with the odd little sneaky hill to catch you out. Once I got back to transition I managed to finish the bike course in 3hrs 8mins, which is better than I expected with a mountain climb.  I made the long dash through transition, racked my bike & got my running shoes on ready for the half marathon.

Once I started the run I checked my watch & was about to start the run course just under 4hrs from starting & was on course for a sub 6hr finish. I started off at a steady pace with a plan of running to each aid station, walking through getting enough water & fluid on board & run to the next one.  This was working well for the first lap & a half of the 3 course run loop but by this point with the unseasonable hot spell Mallorca had over the fri & sat temperatures were hitting 36 degs on the run instead of the normal 24 degs in season. With little or no shade on the complete run course & only one splash of sun cream put on at the start of the race the heat started to get the better of a lot of athletes including myself, it was then a case of making it to the finish. With not running it that heat before especially with the cold & wet weather we have been having in England recently my aim of a 5:30-40hrs finish soon went away & it was a case of run/walk lots of water on board, lots of cups of water over your head & body to try & cool down & sponges stuffed in your tri top to keep cool as well to make it to the finish. Once I finished the final lap & made my way down the finish shoot to cross the finish line I managed to do a slow 2hrs 20min run when in better conditions I could do around 1hr 40/45mins.

I crossed the line in 6hrs 18mins 35 secs. Considering the conditions & being my first Half Ironman distance race I was pleased with end result & even with the struggle on the run I never felt tired throughout the day which has given me confidence as I aim to complete the Outlaw in 6 weeks’ time in much cooler conditions. The support throughout the whole course & event was amazing especially on the run when you needed that extra boost. I will definitely be looking to head back next year and look to improve my time in hopefully not as hot conditions.

Swim: 00:39:11

T1: 00:06:48

Bike: 03:08:21

T2: 00:03:46

Run: 02:20:27

Overall: 06:18:35

Overall rank: 1285 / 1834

Division position M25-29: 128 / 172

May 292012

Thanks to Rachel Ward for the following report:

Quite a few of Worcs TriClub members turned out for this afternoon’s race. The weather was very kind and the race went off very smoothly.  The run has change0  ,so the start and finish all happens at the Leisure Centre.  First home for the men was Daniel Geisler coming 7th in 1:05:12 closely followed by Paul Scriven in 1:05:25 .  Richard Gourlay was next in  13th place in 1:10:25 managing a good race despite his goggles falling apart and having to borrow someone else’s that leaked !  Gavin Vickers was 15th in 1:11:36 and Lee Oliver was 27th in 1:15:22

For the girls, Rachel Ward was 4th lady and 1st >50 in a time of 1:19:23 and Traci Alder was 3rd lady > 50 in a time of 1:36:55

Phil + Michelle Parsons, Ian Jennings + Danny came down to support wearing their Worcs tri kit

All in all a good day was had by all.

May 292012

This race had been described as being ‘relentless’ in the lead up to race weekend.  Somebody had forgotten to mention it was going to include relentless rain!  The preceding week had been beautifully sunny and warm but the race was certainly going to be a lot wetter.

Once racked and sorted out in transition this race involves a swim before the race has even started.  The start line is on a small island a few hundred metres across from the mainland.  Once at the start line I felt surprisingly relaxed and did have to do a double take when a certain Mr. Armstrong wandered past me.  We started off in our age groups with a short sprint into the water before taking on the 1.2 mile non-wetsuit swim around the bay – unfortunately the water wasn’t as clear as it had been for the training swim when you could see stingrays swimming about underneath you.  Slightly choppy water didn’t make for any super fast times but it was a good swim course that was reasonably easy to sight.  I came out of the swim in 34:48.

Once out of the water and the rain was in full flow.  A technical bike course with many freshly surfaced roads did not make for an easy wet ride with many people taking falls on the course.  One thing that was missing was the wind that usually makes this race even tougher, but unfortunately The Beast still remained ever present to sap our legs (a 0.7 mile climb averaging 14% with a maximum of 21% incline).  Certainly a testing bike course, but very scenic, and was amazing how much resurfacing was done specifically for this race (I had gone out the week before and blown both tyres on a large gaping trench that ran across one of the roads – luckily this was resurfaced, they’d also resurfaced speed bumps to make them smoother).  A few mechanical issues with my gears didn’t help out on the course but I came in with a reasonable time (2:51:18 – including T1) ready to take on the run.

Once on to the run the rain finally stopped and the course started to heat up.  The run consisted of a road run down to a local resort where you did a 2 mile lap around the outskirts of their golf club, you then ran back along the road to transition before repeating it all again and finally finishing off with a short stretch through the town to finish.  A fairly testing run with the road sections being undulating and the golf course being a reasonably tough off road run with some steep inclines.  I was running strong and was pleased to only be passed by Frederik Van Lierde (him being on his second lap whilst I was still on my first!).  Felt strong throughout the run but the final kilometre through the town certainly felt like it went on forever, I was certainly pleased to have someone ready to help me stay standing when I reached the finish line!  Run time clocked at 1:32:04 (including T2).

I finished in 4:58:10 coming 5th in my age group and 76th overall.  A great race and very well organised.  The atmosphere on St. Croix really gets you into race spirit and I highly recommend the race because it is a race that truly needs to be experienced to see how great it is.

May 292012

Congratulations  to Ellen Winter who won cat E (25 – 29) on Sunday 6 May at the Cotswold super sprint tri (400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run).

Ellen was 8th female overall and 133rd out of 328 men + women.

Ellen’s time was 1:09:59

Ellen commented  ‘It was freezing that day!  Water temp 12 degrees and wind chill on bike meant that I had no feeling in feet and hands for entire race. Good fun though! ‘

Well done Ellen!

May 282012

Worcester Triathlon Club – Childrens’ Duathlon results 27th May 2012

Tristart Girls Time Club
1 Ella-Mae Fereday 8.40 Rugby Triathlon Club

Tristart Boys Time Club
1 Harry Cockroft 6.16
2 Daniel Evans 8.02 Stratford Cycling Club

Alex Barker DNS Black Country Triathletes

Tristar 1 Girls Time Club
1 Jade Phillips 14.40 OO Tri (Oswestry Olympians)
2 Lydia Silk 15.13 Black Country Triathletes
3 Ellie Willis 15.21 Black Country Triathletes
4 Erin Staite 16.04 Lichfield CCC
5 Kate Pugh 16.56 Welshpool Sharks
6 Ellie Barfield 18.06 Solihull Tri

Aurora Carter DNS Welshpool Sharks

Emily Yates DNS Lichfield ccc

Tori Powell DNS Worcester Triathlon Club

Tristar 1 Boys Time Club
1 Skip Snelson 13.00 Rugby Triathlon Club
2 Matthew Collins 13.36 OOTri
3 Rory Bowen 13.56 Oldbury Swimming & Triathlon Club
4 Alex Barfield 14.14 Solihull Tri
5 Thomson Alex 14.22 Black Country Triathletes
6 Kieran Speechly 15.01 Stratford Sharks
7 Tom Charles 15.19 Worcester Triathlon Club
8 Nicholas Evans 15.30 Stratford Athletics Club
9 Callum Jennings 17.04 Worcester Triathlon Club
10 Amren Stephenson 18.17 Maldwyn Harriers
11 Brad Law 20.12 Worcester Triathlon Club

Tristar 2 Girls Time Club
1 Ellie Russell 17.49 Wrekin College Triathlon Club
2 Molly Shermer 18.30 Cannock Phoenix SC
3 Abigail Saker 18.47 Birmingham Running And Triathlon (BRAT) Club
4 Jessica Humphreys 19.22 Wrekin College Triathlon Club
5 Emelia Reynolds 20.40 BCT
6 Georgina Rowlinson 21.30 Wrekin College Triathlon Club
7 Finlay Hellowell 22.27 Wrekin College Triathlon Club
8 Sophie Biddulph 24.05
9 Alex Green 25.58
9 Lucy Baxter 25.58 Worcester Triathlon Club

Alexandra Keays DNS Stratford Sharks

Lorna Sharples DNS BCT

Tristar 2 Boys Time Club
1 Daniel Wilkinson 16.48 Stratford Sharks
2 William Staite 18.21 Lichfield CCC
3 Jack Raine 18.39 Worcester Triathlon Club
4 Adam Barr 18.47 Newcastle (Staffs) Tri Club
5 Haydn Ricketts 18.55 Black Country Triathletes
6 Harry Coley-Smith 19.01 Stratford Sharks
7 Jasper Robinson 19.20 Ludlow junior triathlon club
8 Alexander Harper 20.43 Rugby Triathlon Club
9 Dominic Furey 20.46 Stratford Sharks
10 James Sheldon 21.00 Worcester Triathlon Club
11 Owen Taplin 21.16 Stratford Sharks
12 Reece Fletcher 21.36
13 Ben Careless 22.26 Black Country Triathletes
14 Aidan Tombs 22.40 Rugby Triathlon Club
15 Ambrose Morris 22.49 Newcastle (Staffs) Tri Club

Archie Haines DNS Stratford Sharks

Tristar 3 Girls Time Club
1 Nixie Turner 21.42 Worcester Triathlon Club
2 Maia Hawkins 22.09
3 Helen Jubb 22.20 Worcester Tri Club
4 Phoebe Hughes 22.21 Oswestry Tri Club
5 Gemma Evans 23.08 Black Country Triathletes
6 Amelia Silk 23.39 Black Country Triathletes
7 Annie Cox 23.57 Stratford Sharks
8 Katie Clements 24.04 Rugby Triathlon Club
9 Connie Hudson 24.20 Black Country Triathletes
10 Jordan Prust 25.18 Worcester Triathlon Club
11 Rachel Powell 25.26 Worcester Triathlon Club
12 Meg Baxter 27.05 Worcester Triathlon Club
13 Jordan Sharples 28.38 BCT
14 Ella Crowley 28.45
15 Jessie Prentice 31.25 Ludlow Junior Triathlon Club
16 Emma Law 33.35 Worcester Triathlon Club

Katerina Jackson DNS

Tristar 3 Boys Time Club
1 Joel Roura 19.35 Wrekin College Triathlon Club
2 Connor Harrison 19.45 Stafford Triathlon Club
3 Oliver Evans 20.54 Stratford Athletics Club
4 Oliver Dighton 21.04 Birmingham Running And Triathlon (BRAT) Club
5 Johnathan Furey 21.09 Stratford Sharks
6 Gregor Kelling 21.23 Stratford Sharks
7 Harry Machin 24.08 Rugby junior triathlon
8 Harvey Myatt-Winterton 24.55 Newcastle(Staffs)TriClub
9 Jacob Gollings 25.49 Birmingham Running And Triathlon (BRAT) Club
10 Ethan Hunter 26.15 Worcester Triathlon Club
11 Ben Lawer 27.01
11 Ollie Robinson 27.01 Ludlow junior triathlon club
13 Sam Owen 27.10
14 Jon Gilbert 29.50 Ludlow Junior Triathlon Club

Youth Girls Time Club
1 Caroline Furey 31.53 Stratford Sharks


May 092012

The lake is now around 13 degrees and so is warm enough to swim. Join us at Upton Warren this Saturday (12th May) from 7 to 9am. Wetsuits compulsory (until water is warmer) and bring a bright swim cap.

May 022012

Due to the continued cold weather, the lake at Upton Warren is still a tad too cool (11 degrees) for us to swim this Saturday (5th May) and the forecast is is getting colder. We have therefore no option but to postpone the start of these sessions until the lake warms up a bit. Please keep an eye on website or tweets for an update. We now hope to start on 12th May.