Following the cancellation of the club aquathlon in September and in order to present the Howard Peter’s Trophy at the annual dinner, there will be a running race at Bredon Hill on Sunday 31st January. The event will be a short hilly loop on Bredon Hill and providing we have enough help we will also hold a junior race on a shorter, less demanding route. Please let Phil Parsons know if you are interested in taking part.
The club’s Annual Dinner is to be held on Friday 12th February 2016 at the Vale Golf Club near Bishampton. Cost is £15 to members, £10 for juniors and £17 for non members. This year there will be a break from tradition and we will be having a live band instead of a speaker. Club rewards will also be handed out.
Tickets are available from Les Bailey. Email email@example.com
Monday – Swim session at New College Worcester. 5.30 – 6.30pm.
Wednesday – Swim session at New College. 5.30 – 6.30pm.
Wednesday – Run intervals at Nunnery Wood Athletics Track. 7 – 8pm.
Friday – Swim session at New College 5.15 – 6.15pm
Saturday – Strength and conditioning at Worcester Uni Sports Arena. 10am – 11am.
Saturday – Swim session at Sansome Walk 5 – 6pm.
Monday 14th December – Swimming at New College Worcester 5.30 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 16th December – Swimming at New College Worcester 5.30 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 16th December – Running session on the track. Nunnery Wood Sports Centre. 7 – 8pm
Friday 18th December – Swimming at New College Worcester 5.15 – 6.15pm
Saturday 19th December – Coached swim session at Sansome Walk – 5 – 6pm
Sunday 20th December – Steady run – 10am meeting at Sabrina Bridge, Worcester City Centre.
Monday 7th December – Swimming at the New College Worcester.
Wednesday 9th December – Swimming at New College Worcester. 5.30pm – 6.30pm. £2 for members. £5 for non members.
Wednesday 9th December – Interval run session – 7pm – 8pm Nunnery Wood athletics track.
Friday 11th December – Swimming at New College Worcester. 5.15 – 6.15pm. £2 for members. £5 for non members.
Saturday 12th December – Strength and conditioning. 10am at the Riverside Studio. Hylton Road WR2 5JN £3
Saturday 12th December -Swimming at Sansome Walk 5 – 6pm. £2 for members. £5 for non members.
Sunday 13th December – Steady run. 9am meet at The Royal Oak, Kindersley
Wednesday 2nd December – Swimming at New College Worcester 5.30 – 6.30pm. Club committee meeting afterwards at the Oak Apple.
Friday 4th December – Swimming at New College Worcester 5.15 – 6.15pm.
Saturday 5th December – Double swim session at Sansome Walk 4 – 6pm. Do your own thing for the first hour, the second hour is coached by Arran.
Sunday 6th December – steady run 10am, meet at the Sabrina Bridge in Worcester City Centre.
Swim sessions are £2 for members and £5 for visitors.
Please note there is no strength and conditioning this week due to a university event.
The sessions for the week beginning 23rd November are as follows:
Monday 23rd November – Swimming at New College, Worcester 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 25th November – Swimming at New College, Worcester 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Also Wednesday 25th November – Running session on the track – Nunnery Wood Sports Centre 7pm – 8pm
Friday 27th November – Swimming at New College, Worcester 5.15pm – 6.15pm
Saturday 28th November – Swimming at Sansome Walk, Worcester 5pm – 6pm
The Elbaman triathlon has built a reputation as being one of the toughest Iron distanced triathlons in the world attracting athletes from around the world to be able to say they have finished 3.8km of swimming, 180 kms of cycling (including more than 3,000m of climbing) and then running the 42.2km marathon in the blistering heat of the midday sun on the beautiful island of Elba off the West coast of Italy.
Michelle Parsons, from Evesham and representing Worcester Triathlon Club was returning to international competition for almost the first time in two years following the successful operation on her Achilles tendon earlier in the year and then recovering from a stress fracture sustained in her recovery period.
The race starts with a two lap swim in the bay at Marino di campo, the scene of Michelle’s last international victory in 2013 and not surprisingly she was apprehensive as she entered the water but the weather was kind and the choppy seas of two years ago were replaced by relatively calm conditions.
Michelle’s swim performance once again left her trailing the female leaders in 10th position overall some 20 minutes behind the then leader Kathrin Schneider from Switzerland. She completed the swim in just over 1 hour and 22 minutes and was now ready for the infamous 112 miles of cycling over 6 climbs around the west side of the island.
Also competing in the iron distance event was fellow Evesham based teammate Danny Harris (also representing Worcester Tri Club). Harris produced a superb swim time of 1.09.23 placing him in 61st position in the mens race and so was soon out onto the bike course working steadily through the field.
With no rain forecast and instead high temperatures and coastal winds the bike was going to be a tough test rain but in her customary style Michelle set about picking off the athletes between herself and the leaders. She was soon up into the top 5 and was aiming to past the Swiss and German athletes who with three Italian athletes occupied the top 4 positions. This she did in the second half of the race climbing all the way up to 3rd position literally seconds behind Schneider as they entered T2 at the end of the bike section. Michelle recorded the fastest female bike split of the day in 6 hours 42 minutes and 5 seconds.
Danny Harris steadily moved up the order in the mens race finishing the bike in 6.39.07, a very respectable time for the tough course but more importantly in good shape to start the marathon run.
The runners had not only their fellow participants to compete with but also the heat of the day as the temperatures increased in the midday and afternoon sun. With little shade available on the course it was always going to be an attritional run. But Michelle was running exceptionally well and soon in 2nd place hunting down the leader Carolin Engelke-Horn from Germany. The two had raced before in Ironman Lanzarote in 2013 when Michelle had got the better of her German counterpart and it looked as though she would do the same again.
The course is made up of 6 laps of just over 7km around the town taking in the seafront twice on every lap. The first three laps saw the gap between the two close but at the same time Italian Monica Ferrari was also running well and had moved into 3rd place before they reached the half way point. On lap 4 of 6 Michelle finally caught Engelke-Horn and edged into first place for first time in the race and built a small lead of 30 second towards the end of the lap. Unfortunately the German regathered herself and made a strong effort at the start of the 5thto retake the lead and pull away– both were running at sub 3.30 marathon pace and as the final laps unfolded it was Engelke-Horn who was stronger and managed to hold onto first place overall in a time of 11.40.03. Michelle was second with Ferrari in third place some 4 minutes behind. On the last lap Danny Harris who was still running strongly was finally caught up by Michelle and the two team ran in together to complete the course in 11.48.52 Michelle recording a 3.38 marathon split bettered only by Engelke-Horn in the female field on the day.
Harris finished with the 19th fastest male run time of the day pushing himself up into 24th position overall. A fantastic result in his first attempt at the race. The male winner for the second year in succession from Belgium, Lucky Berage, finishing in a phenomenal time of 9.26.15 with over an hour’s lead on second place.
Michelle is now in recovery mode for a week or so before she gets back into training for a late season Ironman race in Perth, Australia in December.
The Elbaman organisers also run a half distance race on the same day on basically the same course. Taking part this year (all based in Evesham) from Worcester triathlon club were 5 more triathletes. Most notably was Lee Harvey who was attempting his first ever open water triathlon. Harvey who was nervous at first soon got into the swing of the race and produced an exceptional debut finishing in an overall time of 6 hours 22 minutes and 36 seconds in 161st position overall. Other WTC finishers were Phil Parsons 5.10.51 (8th), Iain Jennings 5.37.53 (34th), Mark Ellison 6.06.15 (114th and 6th in his age group) and Phil Johnson 6.31.29 (192nd).
After having a poor race at Bredon Tri following a virus, I entered Cotswold triathlon wanting to have a good, solid performance. However, after a series of disturbed nights from my teething toddler, I wasn’t hopeful and decided to just treat the race as training.
I actually ended up having a really good race finishing the race in 1hr 11.14 mins and coming 2nd in my age category and 10th female overall in a race which included an elite wave. I completed the 750m swim in 11.12 mins which was the 5th fastest female swim and 16th fastest overall out of the men and women. I tried to stay within myself on the bike to save myself for the run as I haven’t done much bike training recently and completed the course in 37:16mins. I then had a good run, completing the 5k run in 20:52 mins.
Rosalind Townsend -Hope also raced and won her age category in a time of 1hr 20:38 mins.
Full results can be found here http://www.dbmax.co.uk/results/results-2015.html
Congratulations to Catherine Kelly who raced and won her age group at the Stratford Triathlon. Her race report is below.
‘On a sunny day in May 2009 I stood terrified at the side of the pool as I was about to take part in my first triathlon. My friend wanted to do one and asked me to join her. At the time she couldn’t put her head under water and hadn’t been on a bike in 10 years so I thought I may at least give it a go as I was unlikely to come last. The race was the Stratford sprint triathlon held twice a year at Stratford Leisure and Visitor centre and consisted of a 400 m swim, 23 km cycle and 5 km run. That day I came 202nd out of 221 in a time of 1:35:28. It wasn’t a great result but I was hooked.
This event has always remained special to me as it was my first race and the great thing about it being ran twice a year means that I can use it to track my progress. Over the last 6 years I have been slowly creeping up the results table helped mainly by joining Worcester tri 2 years ago.
6.5 years from that first race I find myself stood by the same pool again but this time with the aim of doing well rather than just survival. The swim felt tough as I went out too hard on the first length yet again but I managed to settle down and get a PB. Being a relatively fast swimmer I was one of the last in so knew I was racing those around me for position. Next was the slightly undulating bike leg through the Warwickshire countryside. I felt strong and managed to push hard to achieve another PB. Then came my worst disciple, the run. The course was two laps on grass out and back along the river. It took all my strength to keep going but I was determined to finish strong.
The results were displayed shortly after the race. My main aim of the day was to get a course PB and although I got the same time as last September the transition area was further away leading to longer transitions times than previously. The main shock came when I discovered that not only did I come 26 female out of 184 but I also won my age category.’