Congratulations to club member Jonathan Gray who competed in the Lakeland 100 on July 29th. He finished in 29hours and in 67th place. Jonathan also competed in another ultra run this weekend in which he managed to finish in 11th place even though it was only a trot to support his friend who was coming back from injury. I think Jonathan has done more ultra runs than I have had hot dinners! If you are interested in doing an ultra run then Jonathan recommends ‘beyond marathon’ events as they are great value for money.
Cotswold Sprint Triathlon took place on Sunday 4th September. It is a race that I always go back to as it is well organised and a nice course. I was pleased with my result today, winning my age category and finishing 10th female overall. New club member and my husband Steven Hemsworth also competed. It was his 3rd ever triathlon and he had a great race. He had a very strong swim and bike, leading his wave for most of the race. However he was just pipped on the run and finished 2nd in his category by 10 seconds and was 16th male overall.
We had three teams racing at the National Relay Champs last weekend. All three teams did fantastically but a special mention to the women’s team of Ros, Gill, Kim and Rachel who won gold in their category! Below is Jason Bloomer’s race review.
National Relay Champs – 2016
This is not so much a race report as an over view of the event for those that (like me) didn’t know much about it and might like to take part in the future.
It takes place at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham (about 90mins from Worcester) and races are spread over 2 days with a variety of relay formats to choose from.
All relays are for teams of 4 and each team member completes a whole triathlon of 5oom swim, 15km bike and 5km run, all within the confines of the Centre on a closed course.
Saturday – No1 swims, tags No2 who swims and so on until all 4 have swum before No4 tags No1 to start their cycle. Each member then cycles in sequence and then runs in sequence with No4 finishing the race with their run.
Sunday – No1 completes the whole triathlon before tagging No2 who does their whole race and so on. On Sunday afternoon there is a team trial (all 4 members race at the same time together) Only the fastest teams form Sunday morning qualifying for this.
Worcester had 3 teams entered on Saturday, a ladies team on Saturday morning where National Titles could be won and 2 teams in the afternoon which is an open event for any combination of males/females, BTF members/non-members etc.
Worcester Warriors – Ros, Rachel, Kim & Jill. (The Old Birds or when they see this, The Angry Birds)
Team Snail’s Pace – Jason, Catherine, Jo & Susan. (Setting our stall out from the start, only goal not to be last)
Team JJGC – Gary, Jon, Carl & Jonathon. (Team Creativity – how did they think of that name?)
Gary & I were the first to go for our teams so entered the water ready for the start at 1:45pm. There was no countdown so when the hooter sounded I was caught on the hop and got swamped at the beginning but regained my composure and completed the swim in 8:51 (Gary was long gone in 6:15!)
As I ran out of the water I started looking for Catherine but she had already spotted me, the handover was completed smoothly and she was off down the ramp for a flying start to her swim. Catherine, Jo and Susan all had good swims while I changed into bike gear ready for Susan to tag me.
I spotted Susan as she exited the water and again the handover was smooth before I set off on the bike. The bike leg is 3 laps of the rectangular lake (imagine a 2km long swimming pool) with 90 degree bends at each corner. The track was dry and almost completely flat so apart from a stiff headwind on the outward side it was set up for a good pace. 3 of us completed the bike leg in these conditions before the heavens opened for Susan’s ride but she knuckled down and posted another good time. Whilst this was going on Jonathon from the boys’ team had punctured near the start of his ride and ridden 2 laps with a flat before swapping to Jon’s bike for the last lap.
Susan came in from the bike, completely soaked, and handed over to me for the run. I started off too fast but settled down and got about halfway round the lake before Jon passed me with some encouragement as he went by. Despite the puncture the boys’ team were now more than one leg ahead. We completed the rest of the run legs, in the rain, without incident then the remaining 3 members waited for Susan in a designated area near the finish so that we could all cross the line together as a team. (Although we forgot Sid the Snail, our mascot, doh!)
We finished the event in 4:32 (we weren’t last 144/163), the boys’ team in a superb 3:44 (28/163 including a puncture!) and the ladies team finished in 4:11 in the morning event to take the gold medal in their category.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend this event to everyone. It’s something different, great fun and a chance to compete with club mates and friends in what is normally a fairly individual sport. It would be really great if we could put even more teams in next year and make it an (early) end of season club event with a big turnout.
Open water swimming cancelled Weds 20th July due to algae. You will still be able to get a swim in at New College Worcester Wednesday evening 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
On Saturday 11th June I raced at the National Aquathlon Championships in Leeds. The race was enjoyable, especially getting to swim the same course as the elite ITU racers would do on the Sunday. However, I have to say the event organisation was very poor. Receiving a phone call at 9.30pm telling me I had been put in the wrong wave and been given the wrong colour swim hat is not what you want on the night before your key race of the season.
Anyway, the race was a 750m swim followed by a 5km hilly run. Having won my age group last year I was hoping to medal again but I knew this would be harder than last year as the competition would be much better being as the race was in Leeds and running alongside the ITU world cup race. I wasn’t wrong. The girl that won is an elite athlete from New Zealand who won the U23 aquathlon champs in 2013 and has raced at a number of ITU races. I was just pleased to be on the same results page as her! Anyway, having been in bronze medal position for most of the race, I was overtaken in the last quarter of the race and finished 4th in my age group and 24th overall out of 75 women. I am disappointed to have just missed out on a age group medal but also hopeful that I could have done a bit better if I hadn’t been injured leading up to the race.
Tewkesbury Tri Club put on another great value aquathlon series this year. The event consists of 4 aquathlons spread out from January to April. The race is a 400m pool swim followed by a very muddy 5k run around a field. It has always been a regular on my race calendar to break up the winter training boredom and I last raced and won the series in 2013. However, I was back racing it for the first time since having my son Eddie and was pleased that with two 1st place finishes and a 2nd place finish, I won the series again.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.