Jul 292013
 

A hugely successful day for everyone involved, the club raising nearly £900 for St Richards Hospice,.

Geoff Twinning from TTG took the overall victory in 58.41,closely followed by Dan Geisler of Worcester Tri in 59.57  and 17s behind Dan Jason Harland in 1.00.14..First placed lady was Emma Hornby from  Triks in 1.05.21 followed by Cathrine Coley also from Triks in 1.10.51 with Alison Carr taking third in 1.11.34…The fastest team prize went to Worcester Tri with Dan Geisler,Richard Gourlay,and Jason Taylor.

A Full list of race times is available at  stuweb.co.uk

Other Worcester Tri Results:-

Jason Taylor 1.07.53

Sam Black 1.11.13

Nixie Turner 1st (Female youth)1.12.29

Amy Brooker 1.13.48

Ros Townsend -Hope 1,17.48

Toby Alliband 2nd( male youth)1.23.52

Les Bailey 1st UU-Vet 1.31.09

Joanne Tanner 1.34.15

A very busy day and a big thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help make the event..

And thank you to St Richards Hospice marshalls

Cheers Mark

 

Jul 212013
 
I raced the long course weekend in Tenby, the weekend just gone.
It is an ironman distance over 3 days.
The swim course is the same as ironman Wales and Friday was a perfect day. The sea was as calm as a mill pond, the water warm and crystal clear.
Saturday saw us tackle the hilly 112 mile bike course, a 72 mile lap followed by a 40 mile lap, which again I believe is the same route used by ironman Wales.
Finally on Sunday we ran a marathon. The hilliest I have ever run and with temperatures approaching 30 degrees I knew it was going to be a slow one. I set off at 10 minute mile pace and decided to walk up the hills. I was feeling good at halfway, but decided to carry on with my plan until 20 miles, then upped the pace. I managed a negative split (just) and still felt strong at the end.
All in all it was a great weekend and good preparation for Ironman Wales on the 8th September.
My results and also Kevin May and Gary Jarvis did it to.
First name Last name Race number Gender Finish status Age category Team name Finish time Net time Pos Gender Pos Category Pos Swim Leg Time Bike Leg Time Run Leg Time
Mark Tanner 179 Male Finished MO Worcester Triathlon Club 12:26:55 12:26:55 33 32 32 1:03:47 7:05:04 4:18:03
Kevin May 122 Male Finished MO Worcester Triathlon Club 12:11:29 12:11:29 24 24 24 1:09:00 6:59:59 4:02:30
Gary Jarvis 97 Male Finished MO Worcester Triathlon Club 12:50:19 12:50:19 50 47 47 0:52:15 7:07:26 4:50:38

Upton Triathlon

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Jul 212013
 

Worcester triathlon club members were out in force at a very hot Upton Triathlon on Saturday 13th July. The event consisted of either a sprint or standard distance race and all athletes did very well considering the blistering heat.

In the standard distance race WTC did very well with Dan and Henry finishing in 4th and 5th place. Dan showed great determination to finish the race after a nasty crash on the bike leg. Rachel Ward also had a great race finishing first in her age category.

Standard Distance Results:
Dan Geisler – 4th overall – 2:18:34
Henry Walker – 5th overall – 2:19:04
Iain Jennings – 14th overall – 2:27:24
Steve Poulton – 2:42:37
Kirk Denton – 2:43:21
Rachel Ward – 2:53:40 and winner of her age group!
Jon Sarriegui – 2:56:16
Paul Davies – 3:03:27
David Want – 3:24
Jason Bloomer – 3:35:55
Huw Williams – 3:38:06

Congratulations to all WTC members that competed in the sprint distance race.
Sprint Distance Results:
Stephen Lewis – 28th overall – 1:29
Polly Arnold – 49th overall – 1:33:48
David Hunter – 1:38:48

Jul 212013
 

The club is full of really talented athletes and I love to read the reports of their exploits winning age groups or completing Middle/Iron distance events.
This is a view from the other end of the field for those who just want to get round and enjoy the day at their own pace.

I completed the Upton Sprint in 2010 with the aim of continuing to train and doing the OD the following year. For health reasons this didn’t happen and 2011/12 were pretty much a write-off so on 1st January 2013, weighing 19st, I entered this years OD as an incentive to get back into training and lose weight.

Race day came around as the hottest day of the year and whilst 3st lighter I’m still a fair sized lump and knew the heat would be an issue so came up with a race plan to start steadily and slow down.

My swim wave got underway at 1pm and whilst everyone headed for the centre of the river I stayed left and had plenty of space to myself. Despite a minor altercation with a fallen tree I exited the water after about 25mins for the trot back up the bank to transition, official time 26:23.

Transition went smoothly before exiting on the bike for the 2x20km laps. I knew Paul Davies would be close behind after the swim so set off expecting him to pass at any time which he did with a few words of encouragement as he went. I would describe the course as undulating with a couple of tougher climbs (for me anyway) around Kinnersley and Severn Stoke which were praying on mind, knowing I had to make sure I could do them twice. With that in mind I settled into my pace and didn’t worry about all the people with pointed heads passing me, finishing the bike in 1:39:16 with a pretty even split between the 2 laps.

After what felt like an extra run leg pushing my bike back to transition, I started the run proper carrying a bottle of energy drink and taking full advantage of the water stations on each lap. The overriding impression immediately was the heat and almost everyone had adopted a walk/run policy. The first lap wasn’t too bad and took 36mins which I was happy enough with given that 5km takes me the best part of 30mins anyway. The heat really started to tell on the second lap and I was reduced to short jogs interspersed with increasingly longer walks to get my temperature/heart rate/blurred vision back under control. As such the 2nd lap took me a slightly disappointing 46mins for a total time of 3:35:55.

In hindsight maybe I should have entered the sprint again this year and the OD next year, with a full year’s training behind me, but I got round in challenging conditions and I now have a target to improve on next year, when hopefully it will be a little cooler. Did I mention it was hot?

Droitwich Sprint

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Jul 052013
 

With only 30 places left & 3 weeks to go to the Droitwich Triathlon this year is looking like a sellout!

 

Jul 022013
 

Hi Top-Barners, marshalls, racers and club members,

Well the 6th Top Barn event has finished and I can not thank all of you enough for your efforts. The last three or four years have gone relatively smoothly so I suppose we were due a difficult race sooner or later! Removing the swim due to safety reasons was not an easy decision, especially given what a lovely day it ended up as but in hindsight it was the right call for the right reasons.

Can I just say a huge thank you to the club and St Richards marshalls for their efforts in assisting the athletes on the day and to Nick for co-0rdinating them so professionally. Everyone who volunteers their time plays a big part in making the event a success, whether you were putting up transition, erecting signs, manning reception or parking cars, each task is essential to giving everyone who attends a well-organised race.

Athletes and racers, can I also say a big thank you for turning up and racing with the revised format. Everyone really attacked the course with vigour and enthusiasm and we thank you for your support.

Can I also say a big thank you to Henry Walker and the junior members for their efforts in helping putting the goodie bags together Saturday morning. This literally saved us hours based on previous years – your help was invaluable.

Thanks to Lisa, Phil, Duncan and Les for assisting with the organisation and arrangements of the cancellation arrangements. They got through well over 200 emails between them in just over 24 hours. Thanks to Chas Jnr, Carl, Kirk and Russ for working with Rob at Top Barn and Karl at USN to help get the venue looking great. All that whilst maintaining jobs, families, training, exams and Mud-runners!

The results are up on Stuweb if you want to check how you got on.  It was a great day’s racing with lots of amazing efforts in all three races. A more detailed race report will appear later on so please check back later.

If you lost anything on the day we haev a few items of lost property. If you raised it on the day but we did not have it – we might now, so please contact us and we will try and re-unite you with your belongings.

On the negative side, we had a report from a local resident on Hallow Lane of a racer who may have shouted some vulgar verbal abuse at a driver when overtaking some pedestrians. If this was you, or you have any information regarding this, we would be really keen to hear from you. We pride ourselves in working with our local stakeholders and if this sort of behaviour is associated with the race, is not acceptable and will not aid us using the route in future years.

If you have had time to reflect on this or just want to give us some feedback on what you enjoyed or ways we can improve, please drop us an email to topbarntri@gmail.com.

Many thanks and we really look forward to next year’s race, hopefully involving some swimming as well!

The Race Committee, Worcester Tri Club

Jul 022013
 

The sun was shining for Worcester Triathlon’s Club annual Top Barn Triathlon on Sunday 30th June. The event had to be changed to a duathlon last minute due to problems with the water and therefore the competitors had to run before embarking on the bike leg, instead of swimming.

The triple sprint competitors set off first doing 3 laps of each distance. Worcester Triathlon Club’s relay team of Andy Day, Neill Crump and Carl Kendall completed the 6.5km run, 75km cycle, 15km run course first in a time of 3 hrs 58 mins. Andy Norris was the first individual athlete home in a time of 4hrs 5mins and the first female home was Yvonne Brindley in a time of 5hrs 37 mins.

Next off were the double sprint athletes.  Adam Thomson was the first male to complete the 5km run, 50km cycle, 10km run in a time of 2 hrs 34 mins and new Worcester Tri Club member Adam Jackson finished 2nd overall. The first female finisher was Jennie Spillane who completed the course in 3 hrs 9 mins.

Finally, the single sprint athletes set off on a lung busting 1500m run, 25km bike and 5km run. A fast run pace was set from the start by Aled Jones. He maintained his lead throughout the race and finished first in a time of 1 hr 11 mins. Worcester Triathlon Club member Richard Gourlay was 3rd in a very creditable 1hr 16 mins after having mechanical problems on the bike. The women’s race was won by Petra Vymetalova who also finished 17th overall in a time of 1hr 23 mins. Worcester Triathlon Club also had a win in the women’s category; Rosalind Townsend – Hope won the Super Vet category.