Jun 252014
 

Those of you who swim regularly at Top Barn will be aware of the ‘swimmers itch’ problem. The owners of the lake have made big efforts to try and eliminate this problem and last week undertook a large weed clearing exercise. Whilst this has reduced the amount of weed in the lake significantly there are still reports of some people suffering from ‘swimmers itch’. Whist ‘swimmers itch’ poses no risk to public health the symptoms are not pleasant and can last for up to a week.

As a respectable club with a reputation for making the right decisions for the welfare of competitors the decision has been made to run the event as a Duathlon.

We respect that some competitors may not be happy with this decision but our immediate concern is to run a safe and enjoyable race. We recognise that people may be experiencing their second disappointment following the same issue last year. For this reason we are offering a full refund to anybody who wishes to withdraw from the event. Alternatively you could choose to defer your entry to the Droitwich Sprint Triathlon on the 27th July. If you wish to defer, or request a refund, please confirm before the 29th June.

The Race Information Pack can be downloaded from the link below,

http://www.worcestertriclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Top-Barn-Triathlon-Race-Information-Pack.pdf

The Pack contains directions to the venue and details of the course. However, the swim will be replaced with a run around the lake (1 lap for the sprint, 2 laps for the double and 3 laps for the triple). Please read the information and familiarise yourself with the bike and run routes.

Registration opens at 6am on Sunday morning but if you live locally, or intend to camp, there will be provisions to register on Saturday late afternoon. Please allow plenty of time before your race to complete the registration process. Wave times are as follows,

Triple Distance 7am
Double Distance 8am
Sprint Distance 9am

We remain committed to delivering a top quality event at a bargain price and we look forward to seeing you on the start line on Sunday morning.

Worcester Triathlon Club

Jun 192014
 

The latest update from the manager of the centre is that the water treatment process is ongoing and samples are being taken. It looks like there might be light at the end of the tunnel but will need to wait until we have the all clear from a water sample.

Chas
greentaylors@yahoo.co.uk

Jun 172014
 

Worcester Tri Club Juniors member Nixie Turner achieved her best ever result in the Youth Super Series with a fifth place finish in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon on Sunday in a time of 44.18 minutes, just under a minute behind winner Kate Waugh.

On a warm, sunny day at Blenheim Park, a strong swim saw Turner, who also swims for Worcester Swimming Club and runs for Worcester Athletic Club, emerge second from the water, covering the 400 metre course in just over five minutes.  A group of seven then took up the pace on the cycle leg and with Turner taking her turn to lead they soon opened up a significant gap on the rest of the field of 28 girls, even overtaking several of the boys who had started two minutes ahead of them, and completing the 12.4km course in 23 minutes.  Emerging in seventh place from the second transition Turner made up two places to record her fifth place finish, completing the tough 2.9km run in just over 12 minutes.

Turner now sits 5th overall in the series rankings after a 7th place finish in the British Elite Duathlon Championships at Corby on 30 March and 10th place in the PruHealth London Youth Aquathlon on 31 May.  There are two more events in the series to come, the next being the British Triathlon Championships in Liverpool on 10 August and the finale the British Triathlon U20s Festival at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, on 22 August.  The best three results in the series count towards the final score.

After the event sixteen-year old Turner commented ‘I’m really pleased with my result at Blenheim as it shows my training is paying off, particularly the work I’ve been doing with Worcester St Johns Cycling Club and the open water swimming sessions with Worcester Tri Club at Upton Warren.  The run used to be by far my strongest discipline but now I feel much more confident in the swim and bike legs.  I hope I can now do as well at Liverpool and Nottingham in August and finish in the top five in the Series’.

Chairman of Worcester Tri Club Duncan Jenkins added: ‘This is another great result for Nixie and we’re all delighted for her.  I’m sure she can go on and achieve great things in Triathlon if she keeps working hard.’

Jun 102014
 

I did this race in 2012 as my 1st ever triathlon and the event has grown exponentially! There are now 1700 competitors taking part in the Sprint and Standard distances making it one of the largest UK triathlons.

 

The Standard was a 1k/51k/11k distance with the bike route incorporating Pen-y-pass whilst the run was a torturous struggle up the slate mine and back down. If you had the energy you could also compete for the ‘Kinetica Quarryman Challenge’, the race to summit the slate mine the quickest.

 

Welsh sheep might have said the weather was being kind, but a blustery wind and muggy atmosphere sapped the energy from aching muscles later into the bike and run routes. The run promised stunning views down to Llanberis but was a feat of endurance as it climbed almost 300m out of the valley and onto the hills. First back was Ewan Brown in a new course record, whilst Suzie Richards won the women’s title.

 

Coming in 15th place (and 6th in the Quarryman Challenge despite wheezing most of the way up) was a pleasing result, though it’s difficult to understand how more than a dozen people have crossed the line in front of you when you’re straining every muscle to take off your timing chip. I’m sure others have wondered the same. Also congratulations to Tony, Mark, Danny and Lee who also finished from WTC. Hope your legs are recovering better than mine!

Jun 102014
 

The results of the water samples are back and it appears there is a form of blue green algae in the water (not the same as last year) therefore all water activities including swimming are cancelled until further notice.

We had blue green algae problems last year and a preventative solution was applied which made the water lovely and clear but hasn’t prevented algae growth. I am told that the managers of the lake are looking at a treatment for this year to remove the threat. Last year we found that the algae goes after a while so will be back swimming at some point soon

While it is disappointing to swimmers and us as a club these things happen with open water swims and swimmer safety has to come first. We will update this page as we get feedback.

Jun 052014
 

Don’t forget this Saturday we have the pool from 4-6pm for a double swim session and Arran coaching from 5-6pm.

We also have 1 place on the swim camera analysis session at 4pm if anyone is interested. £20 for 20 mins of expert stroke analysis by Arran. Members take first priority but non members welcome. Contact Chas at greentaylors@yahoo.co.uk if interested.

Jun 042014
 

We have had a call from Upton Warren alerting us to a possible issue with the water quality. They are concerned over the green blooms on the lake and are waiting for a diagnosis from Environment Agency to dismiss if it is something hazardous

Therefore on request from the management and to play safe we have decided to cancel swims until we get the all clear.

The website will be updated with progress. Any queries contact Chas at greentaylors@yahoo.co.uk

Sorry folks but you wouldnt be happy if you got poorly!