Mar 092014
 

Ballbuster Duathlon – 1st March (8 miles/24 miles/8 miles)
An early start saw me head down to Box Hill for my opening race of the year. I last raced here 4 years ago with a time of 3:07 and 40th place. Since being used in the Olympic road race, the climb up to Box Hill has been laid with a smooth surface decorated with the names of many a cyclist. This might have helped bike splits but also led to a constant stream of non-duathletes riding the course on what was probably the best weather we have experience so far this year.
Having pretty much trained throughout the winter (impending fatherhood means I’ll be taking a break in August), I was feeling fit and confident of breaking 3 hours. The first 8-mile loop was a steady affair running with a few guys before increasing the pace a touch after the drinks station. I’m always interested in watching the different running styles of athletes on a climb. A couple of the bigger guys were really striding out but not making much progress whilst a smallish guy seemed to glide past me up the hill. Target time for the first run was between 48 – 50 mins so satisfied with a 49:32. A relatively quick although muddy transition of 47 seconds kept me on target.
Having noticed a fair bit of traffic in the first run, the number of cars and cyclists gradually increased throughout the bike laps. I was aiming for about 24 minutes a lap and without any backmarkers, the first lap was marginally quicker. After picking up a few places early on, they were soon taken back as the stronger cyclist worked their way through. A second lap of 25 minutes was a bit stop-start with traffic but was more notable for my saddle coming loose and going vertical on me. On the final lap I got stuck behind a van that in-turn was stuck behind slower cyclists on a narrow section. With little else to do I saved my legs for the hill and final run. Bike split was 1:14:56.
Another quick transition saw me dispose of arm warmers and gloves to enjoy the sun breaking through. With 2hrs 6 minutes on the clock I knew I needed to get a good pace going to break the 3 hours. I immediately went past a couple of guys and set my sights on the next target. The last section of any multisport event can be soul-destroying if you haven’t paced it correctly. Similarly it can be quite uplifting as you pick up places with virtually everybody I passed giving me a ‘good running’ shout. Passing through the drinks station I realised I was running about the same pace as the first lap. Keeping it steady to the bottom of the climb, I then pushed as hard as I could up Box Hill for the final time. With nobody in sight to chase, it was all down to time and how much pain I could endure. I managed to keep with a cyclist on her final bike lap on one of the steeper bits before she headed off. Rounding the corner towards the finish, there were loads of cheers – unfortunately this group had mistaken me for Justin. Finally one of them realised and the cheers turned to laughter. Well it helped me over the line. I had pencilled in a final run of between 50 and 53 minutes so was well happy with a split of 49:05. This gave me an overall time of 2:55:07 and 5th place.
Difficult to know whether I could have gone much quicker but looking at the guys and girl ahead of me, the bike still needs a bit of work. The race was run by Lucy Gossage with two sub-49 runs and the second best bike split giving her a time of 2:49:28.

Mar 072014
 

Stourport Cycle track has been booked for Saturday 22nd March 11am – 12.30pm. The session is for adult and juniors and you will need to bring running shoes and bikes. Neil has kindly offered to coach the adults and will run a 45 min running session and then a 45 min bike session. Juniors will be coached as normal.

Mar 042014
 

Worcester Tri Club’s first event of the year took place on Sunday 2nd March. The Peopleton Duathlon was a great success with over 100 competitors taking part and a new shorter distance race taking place as well as the usual standard distance race. Spirits were not dampened by the wet weather and the club received lots of positive feedback from competitors and spectators.

 

The overall winner of the short distance race in the female category was Tracey Attwood and the male winner was Edward Dursley.

 

In the standard distance race, prizes were awarded for the following categories; open male and female, vet male and female, super vet male and female and ultra veteran.

 

Marianne Scott won the female open race in a time of 1hr 35mins and Ben Price won the male open race in a time of 1hr 15mins. The winners of the vet male and female categories were David Mole and Debbie Bradley. The super vet winners were Nick Brent and Nicola Turvey. Rob Reynolds won the super vet category.

 

Worcester Tri Club members were out in force and produced some great results. In particular Daniel Geisler finished a very creditable 4th  overall after only recently recovering from illness.

Club Dinner Report

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Mar 022014
 

The club dinner took place on Saturday 8th February which was fantastically organised by Les Bailey and Phil Parsons. It was the biggest turnout yet for our club dinner showing the growing number of members that have joined the club over the past few years. The Vale Golf Club were excellent hosts and guests enjoyed a lovely three course meal and an excellent talk from triathlon commentator and coach Steve Trew.

The club dinner is a chance to look back at the success of the club over the past year and to award the club trophies. The Scimitar trophy for the most improved junior went to James Sheldon and the Arran Stevens trophy for most improved triathlete went to Carl Kendall. The club points champions were Rachel Ward and Lee Oliver. Michelle Parsons won two awards for most outstanding international performance and female triathlete of the year.  Neill Crump won the male triathlete of the year award. Nixie Turner once again won the outstanding junior female award for her excellent performances at the British Triathlon Youth Super Series and Ben Harle won the outstanding junior male award. The Howard Peters trophies were awarded to Gill Jubb and Russell KingsClub Dinnerton.