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Jun 132016

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.

Apr 172016

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.


Jan 092016

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.

Annual Dinner

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Jan 092016

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

Jan 042016

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.

Dec 142015

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.

Dec 092015

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


Dec 022015

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.

Nov 252015

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


Oct 032015

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).040 058 IMG_1816