Sep 262012

After racing at Rother Valley Sprint triathlon on September 16th, club member Ellen Hemsworth (pictured) has qualified to represent GB in the 25 – 29 age group at the European Sprint Championships 2013 in Alanya, Turkey.

Congratulations and well-done to Helen on this achievement and good luck at the event next year.

Apr 202012

Many thanks to Ben Martin fior the following report:

With the weather being kind to us on the Sunday and living only a 5 minute drive away from the start line I left what I thought would be plenty of time but ended up being stuck in a queue all the way to the Sixways Stadium. After parking my car and a gentle jog /sprint to the start line with a few minutes to spare from original start time as we were delayed by 15 minutes so more people could park their cars & get to the start line in time.

With this being my first Marathon and not having run a half before a bit of nerves kicked in during the wait to start running with over 1200 other people.

Before the race I had a plan on what time I was looking for and what pace I wanted to run at for the first half & the second half of the marathon. With not as much long distance run training in me in the lead up to the race as I would have liked due to injury, illness, hockey, bike & swim training & life. I got as much as I could in and felt great as I headed off into the unknown.

The first lap I felt great – my legs were running smooth and making sure I drank at every water station & got an energy gel down me every hour I did the first 13 miles in around 1 hr 40 mins. I felt great at this point and was on target for my rough finish time of 3:45.  As I was coming up to mile 15 I decided to slow my pace down a bit as I soon realized I might have gone a bit hard for the first lap and all the hills I have just run up with ease may not be so easy on the second lap.

As I came up to the 18 mile mark and going into the unknown of distance I have run before, my early pace soon started to get the better of me as the spring in my step with fellow runners around me started to go.  My pace dropped off as the field of runners stretched out, with only just shy of 200 people completing the full distance.

As I started to climb yet another hill it seems around the 21 mile mark I felt cramp in both my legs and knew the next 5.2 miles would be a struggle.  With fellow runners who started to run past me giving support, the last few miles were a combination of slow jogging, walking to make sure cramp never set in and getting as much water & energy down me as possible.

With the end in sight I managed to spur the last ounce of what my legs could give and cross the line in a time of 4hrs 10mins and finish in the middle of the field.

The support along the route going through all the villages & helpers along the route were outstanding and definitely helped bring the event into life more.

Now knowing what the pain is like to run a Marathon and what pace and training I need to do to complete my first Ironman distance race later on this year by doing The Outlaw I feel I have more determination to cross that finish line and hopefully match or better my Marathon time on the day.

But first I will be heading off to Mallorca to complete the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on May 12th. This will be a step up for me I’m and very much looking forward to the race in my build up to The Outlaw.

Ben Martin

Apr 202012

Another clear and sunny morning for this race. We really have been lucky so far with the weather this season.

We were out in numbers today as well – Danny ‘Gorilla Hands’ Harris, Lee Oliver, Paul Scriven, Daniel Geisler, Neil Wicks and Ros Townsend-Hope and yours truly hit the start line for the 5m / 17m / 5m event. We also had Raymond Bunn in the slightly shorter event that just did 1 lap of the first run instead of two.

Although sunny it was chuffin freezing and most opted for a top under their tri suit. This low body fat lark leaves a lot to be desired in the colder months!!

I hadn’t done this race before but had heard good reviews and it didn’t disappoint. The run started off with a lap of the grass track on the school field before hitting the road. It was all right turns starting on the main road and then into a country lane before a little off-roading across the thankfully dry field and back into the school grounds to repeat again. It was a flat run apart from a very little up hill section in the country lane.

The pre-race favourite Lee Rankin set the pace. Danny and Neil went with him along with a few others and the rest of us set off at our own pace. I didn’t see them again but Danny tells me that he managed almost the first lap with Rankin before Lee stepped up a gear and ran off.

I’d started this race after a recovery week and was feeling pretty good. But it was one of those days when you set off and know you’re not firing on all cylinders and your just gonna have to suffer and beast yourself through it!

Into T1 and I believe I was in about 8th place. The team were going well with Paul, Danny, Daniel and Neil all in and out of T1.

The bike leg was surprisingly hard. There was a little headwind, which never actually seemed to become a tail wind? There were also more steady ups and fewer actual downs. Or maybe I was really suffering?!  I overtook two very early on but didn’t make any ground on the others in front. It felt like I was cycling through treacle today. Then just in the last ½ mile I was actually caught by another rider. Now I know I’m on a bad day when I get caught as I’m not too bad on the bike. I noticed Danny on the road already running and shouted words of encouragement.

Into and out of T2 with two others right on my shoulder. One lad ran past me, whilst I could hear the other on my heels. We caught the lad who had passed us and he dropped off the back but I couldn’t go with my man and he pulled away to finish ahead of me in 6th place.

Danny and others were waiting at the finish. Lee Rankin won the event by nearly two minutess and again showed his class.

A brilliant overall team effort with the following results:

3rd – Paul Scriven

4th – Danny Harris

5th – Neil Wicks

6th – Daniel Geisler

7th – Andy Day

32nd – Lee Oliver

65th – Ros Townsend-Hope (3rd lady overall)

In the shorted event Raymond Bunn finished in 39th place in just over 2hrs.

Great to see such a good team turnout and such strength in depth.

Oh and on a personal note I was slightly happier when as I removed my bike from T2 at the end of the race, I realised that my rear tub was virtually flat (Lee is my witness!) This may have had something to do with me hating the bike today.

But on a serious note I didn’t have the legs and the rest of the WTC Boys showed me the way it’s done!! Top ride lads!!


Apr 202012

Congratulations to Tom Charles, Grandson of club stalwart Les Bailey, who competed in his first aquathlon today.  Competing in Tri Star 1, (u11)  against many older boys, Tom finished in 13th place in a respectable 10:18 in the 100m swim / 1.2k run event.  Definitely a star of the future!

Meanwhile the TS3 girls were out in force again with Nixie Turner completing her second win on the trot in 10:53 (200m swim / 1.8k run).  This gives her an unassailable 20,000 points in the West Midlands 2012 Aquathlon Series with only two further events remaining and the best two out of four scores counting.

Helen Jubb made it a one-two for Worcester Tri Club Juniors in 11:53, putting her second overall in the series on 18,521 points.

Also competing again were Rachel Powell (15th in 13:41) followed closely by Jordan Prust (16th in 13:42).  Jordan and Rachel currently lie 11th and 12th respectively in the series.

The next event in the series is the Wrekin College Aquathlon on 20 May.

Apr 062012

Newent Duathlon 5k/18k/5k on Sunday 1/04/12.

It was an early start for me on Sunday morning, as I’d failed to realise that the Newent Duathlon was two hours and 95 miles away from my bed!  In the end I got there in plenty of time and had my pre-race strong coffee with me.

It was cool at the start but looked like it was going to stay dry.

There was just Lee Oliver, Michelle Parsons and me racing today, but we had two cheerleaders in the form of Phil Parsons and Iain Jennings to keep us going.

The race started on the field and as usual there was the mad rush for the first half mile before some realise that they’ve got their ambitions mixed up with their capabilities.

It then levelled off and I found myself in 5th place.  There was a chap just in and a further three running pretty evenly in a group further up the road.

I settled into my pace and entered T1 still in 5th.  Another quick T1 saw me out just behind the guy in front and I quickly passed him, and didn’t see him again!

I was in the same position as at Peopleton the other week, trying to chase down a group of three.  I could see them about 100m up the road but it didn’t seem like I was catching them on the 18k bike lap. But towards the end I noticed that I was slowly closing in and came into T2 just behind them.

The eventual winner Andrew Fisher was already out and I didn’t see him until the finish: a solid race by him.

I had two in front of me that I could see and I focused on slowly closing the gap to the third placed lad and I managed to catch him just before a short, sharp climb.  I passed him and noticed he was sliding back and couldn’t stay on my heels, so I pulled away and looked ahead to the man at number two, who was a chap who I know can run.  I found to my surprise that I was very slowly closing in on him but I just didn’t have anything else in the tank as we ran the last 100m to the finish.

So I crossed the line in 3rd place and another podium finish in a time of 1.07.30.  I was a happy chappie and a good day’s work had been done.

Michelle Parsons was a league above the other ladies and most of the men and finished first lady and 12th overall in a time of 1.12.37.

Lee Oliver also had a solid race and finished 40th in a time of 1.18.36.

Andy Day (Daysey)

Jul 182011
Michelle Parsons in Action at Upton

Michelle Parsons racing for Team Tri UK won the 5th annual Upton Standard Distanced Triathlon on Saturday finishing an impressive 21st overall out the Mens and Womens fields combined and building a winning margin of almost three minutes over second placed Christina jenkins from Ful-On Tri in a time of 2 hours 20 minutes and 46 seconds.

The event which takes place around the picturesque town of Upton on Severn starts with a 1500m swim in the River Severn before a two lap 40 km bike course taking in a circuit through Earls Croome, Kinnersley, Clifton and Severn Stoke and then finishes with a two lap 10km run around the fields and meadow next to the River.  Many athletes are attracted to the race from the South East because of the location and the fact it is one of the few races to be held on a Saturday rather than a Sunday making travelling longer distances much more convenient.  Once again the race was sold out well in advance this year.

Michelle posted her best swim time for the 1500m swim for many seasons at 25 minutes and 42 seconds but this still left her trailing most of the other females swimmers.  As usual though the Tri UK athlete soon set about overtaking those in front of her (both female and male) as she recorded a phenomenal bike course time of 1 hour and 9 minutes and 20 seconds.  This was the fastest female bike split time of the day and over five minutes quicker than the next fastest.

The long transition area on the meadow at Upton meant that the bike times were actually slightly longer than real ride time but also Michelle’s speedy transition skills put her out onto the run course quicker than most and she covered the undulating multi terrain run in 42 minutes and 58 seconds to take the victory.

Thankfully for the competitors the heavy downpours of rain didn’t arrive in Upton until after the race had finished and in fact conditions were good for fast times.  Michelle’s time was 5 minutes quicker than last year’s winner and the best time recorded on this extended course.

Michelle’s husband Phil, made it a family double by winning the male race in a time of 2 hours and 4 minutes and 55 seconds. The Worcester Tri Club athlete set up his win by producing one of the quicker swim times of the day covering the downstream course in 17 minutes and 56 seconds.  He maintained his advantage of the bike completing the 40km in 1 hour 5 minutes and 58 seconds before running a respectable 38.40 for the 10km run.

Evesham athlete Iain Jennings, and a first year member of Worcester Tri Club, came home 3rd in his age category and 5th overall in a time of 2.13.07 making up a lot of time on the quicker swimmers on the bike and run where he has undoubted strength.

Next home was Evesham Running Club’s Danny Harris in a time of 2.22.34 making him 27th overall.  Harris suffered a double whammy of a mechanical issue during the bike section and then upset stomach during the run.  The latter caused by drinking too much of the River Severn during his least favourite 1500m swim.  Chasing close behind was another Evesham athlete completing his first standard distanced triathlon, Dan Gregory.  Dan produced an excellent performance to finish in 2.23.34 including a 1.12.08 bike split time (31st overall).  Not to be outdone Evesham’s Lee Oliver knocked a great chunk of time off his result from 2010 to finish 2.45.07 (170th overall).

Worcester Tri Club veterans Mark Elliott and Les Bailey also completed the standard distance race both finishing in very good times within their respective age categories.  Elliott came home in 2.26.07, for once without any major mishap to finish 47th overall and super veteran once again showed his incredible endurance to finish in 3.04.12 making him 232nd overall out of the 265 finishers in the standard distanced race.

The sprint distance event saw a few more local athletes competing.  Worcester Tri Club’s Richard Gill finished 4th overall in 1 hour 13 minutes and 17 seconds just behind his good friend Robert Biddlecombe who recorded an excellent time of 1.09.04 to take 2nd place.  A week before tying the knot Marianne Day of teach Echelon won a very close female Sprint race in a time of 1.19.12 just 24 seconds ahead of second place.

Michelle Parsons now heads off to Europe for her next two races.  The first being a half ironman distanced triathlon in Italy in two weeks and then the full Ironman distance Triathlon in Regensburg in early August.

Jun 162011

A third place result in the 50-55 year age group at the Ellesmere Triathlon has resulted in Worcester Triathlon Club’s Rachel Ward qualifying for the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Grand Final in Beijing in September.

Ward completed the 1500 metre swim in the Mere in 29 minutes 15 seconds followed by a 40 kilometre bike-ride through the scenic Shropshire countryside in 1:15:43. The final run section which followed a hilly course of 10km through the Cremorne Gardens took 48:20 giving a total time, including transitions, of two hours, 35 minutes 14 seconds which also made Ward the third fastest West Midlands female overall.

Speaking after the event Stourport GP Ward said ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to compete with athletes from all over the world at the 2008 Olympic venue in Beijing in September’

Jun 162011

Michelle Parsons racing for Team Tri UK on Sunday clinched her first overall victory of the season in a half iron distance triathlon at the Diga in Nibbiano, Italy.

The event was being held for the first at the picturesque setting at the Nibbiano Dam and started with 1.9km swim in the lake created by the dam and then a two lap bike course totalling 82km including some significant climbs around the surrounding area before finishing with a two lap run totalling 20km.

Michelle was competing against a field of only Italian triathletes and was soon out of the swim in 12th position in an impressive time of 34 minutes and 21 seconds. Her deficit to the leader at this point was almost ten minutes but she soon started to work her way through the field and by the end of the first lap she had reduced that deficit to just 1 minute 30 seconds and almost into the overall lead. By the end of the second lap she had not only taken the overall lead but she had built a lead of almost 7 minutes. She recorded the fastest bike split of 2 hours 41 minutes and 53 seconds. Some 10 minutes quicker than the next fastest female biker of the day.

Onto the run and the warm weather turned to drizzle. This didn’t stop the Tri UK athlete from keeping her significant lead even though the chasing Italian athletes closed the gap slightly Michelle came home in an overall time of 4 hours 36 minutes and 52 seconds. Her run split was an impressive 1 hour 20 minutes 38 seconds for the 20km undulating run.

The winner of the male event was Daniel Weil from Switzerland in a total time of 4.11.53. second place was Phil Parsons from Worcester Triathlon club in 4.12.41.

Kevin May had a quite a unfortunate first puncturing at the start of the bike course and then losing a contact lens and costing him a significant amount of time. He continued on to finish strongly in a time of 4.49.10 in 44th place overall.

The day before the half iron distanced race was a shorter distanced event attracting an impressive field of over 200 hundred athletes and some of the country’s elite triathletes.

Two of Michelle’s Worcester Triathlon Club fellow members were local athletes veteran Les Bailey and Iain Jennings. Both were recovering from recent illnesses and both produced impressive performances. Jennings came home with a strong run to finish in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 32 seconds to finish 32nd overall and Bailey once again won his age category in a time of 1.49.05.

Next weekend Michelle is competing the National 50 mile time trial championships.

Cardiff Triples

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Mar 212011

A date for your diaries – Saturday 16th July 2011.
This is a great event organised by Tri Team Glos.  We have supported in the past and everyone who has done it has enjoyed it.  Let me know if you want to take part this year please? The event fills up very quickly so I need to get entries in ASAP.

Thanks Phil, Team manager (email)


The event consists of three consecutive triathlon races:

• Race 1 is a traditional SWIM, BIKE, RUN.
• Race 2 is the reverse RUN, BIKE, SWIM
• Race 3 is a mixture BIKE, SWIM, RUN

Each Adult race distance is 200m swim (8 lengths), 5km bike (10 laps) and a 1km run (laps).
Childrens races start at 75m swim, 1.5km bike, 900m swim for Tristars Start (aged 8 ) getting longer for older kids in line with BTF guidance.

There will be 5 minutes’ organisation time after the last team in the wave finishes before the next race starts. During this time you will need to re-rack your bike, organise your transition area and get to the start of the next race.

There will be six teams in each wave and there will be five waves. Waves have been ability-graded as well as possible in order to make each wave competitive.