Race Reports

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club Junior GoTri Training Day, Saturday 23rd July

Go Tri At Ardingly College 23Rd July

On Saturday 23rd July the Mid Sussex Triathlon Club held a Junior Training Day for budding young triathletes at Ardingly College.

Twenty two children aged between 7 and 13 took part.  They were split into 3 groups based on their age, and each took part in a swimming, cycling and running training session as well as a transition session. 

The kids were super engaged, enthusiastic and entertaining! A great day was definitely had by both the coaches and the kids.

Recent Mid Sussex Triathlon Club activities

Paul Newsome At Jonkoping 70.3 Ironman

Jonkoping, Sweden, Ironman 70.3, 9th July

Paul Newsome went to Jonkoping in Sweden for this event centered around crystal clear Lake Vattern, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Paul was delighted to place 5th in his age group and 32nd overall in 4.26.57. This placing means that Paul has qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Finland in 2023.

Hereford Sprint Triathlon Sunday 10th July

Sarah Summerskill did really well by going back to her home county to do the Hereford Sprint Triathlon, placing 4th female and 1st in her age group in a quick 1.10.32.


Hedgehog Tri Swim the Lake at Ardingly Reservoir, Wednesday 20th July

Eleven members from Mid Sussex Triathlon Club  turned out for the popular Swim the Lake event . Paul Newsome placed 5th in the 3km event in 46.30 with Gareth Handley close behind in 48.57, placing 6th. Joan Murphy placed 3rd in 25 mins with Katie MacGregor 5th in 26.27. The event attracted about 70 swimmers with participants coming from Eastbourne, Littlehampton, Chichester, Horsham, South London and Twickenham. The options included 3km, 1.5km and 750m swim distances. The entry fees allowed Hedgehogtri to make a donation of £130 to a childrens Cancer Charity.

Outlaw Ironman, Nottingham, 24th July

Luc Berthouze and Sam Crofts went to the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham for the popular Outlaw Ironman Triathlon on Sunday 24th July. Luc finished 105th and an impressive 7th in his M50-54 age group in 11.12.45. Sam Crofts finished close behind in 11.29.09, placing him 25th in the M40-44 age group.

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club

3.07.22 Doug Mactaggart At Pennington Flash

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club

It has been a busy weekend for members participating in Swimming, Sprint and Ironman Triathlons and cycling Sportives.

Ironmans at Bolton & Bavaria

Doug Mac Taggart was at Pennington Flash lake on Sunday 3rd July for the Bolton Ironman (3.8km swim, 112km bike & 42.2km run. Doug finished 27th out of 60 in 14.32.08 in the M55-59 category.

Meanwhile Stewart Conway had travelled to Bavaria in Germany for the world's biggest long distance triathlon event at Roth bei Nurnberg. Stewart finished 45th out of 594 in the M50 category in 10.43.38.

JLL Property Triathlon event at Dorney Lake Friday 1st July

Tom Wade did brilliantly placing first in his M 35-39 age group in the 2.2km swim in Dorney lake. Meanwhile Florence Wolfe and David Howard Jones completed the Triathlon (750m swim, 21.2km bike & 5km run) in 1.26.30 and 1.33.23 respectively.

Hever Festival of Endurance 10km Swim

It was Adam Bryant's first time in the 10km swim and was happy with his time of 4hrs 11 mins considering the weeds a twisty course and a nice medal.

Wolfe Sportive Bike Ride, Westerham

Simon & Joanne Barton and Sam Crofts enjoyed the popular 72 mile ride through the lovely Kent countryside.

Eastbourne Triathlon 12th June

Paul Newsome had a brilliant result, placing first in the M35-39 category and 7th overall in the Eastbourne Standard Triathlon (1500m swim, 36.6km bike & 10km run) in 2.09.53. Richard Brazier also participated in the M55-59 age group, finishing in 2.46.28.

Mid Sussex Triathlon 12th June

Thomas Percy & Vicky Lee
Mid Sussex Triathlon 12th June

The annual and very popular Mid Sussex Sprint Triathlon was held on Sunday 12th June in fine sunny weather at The Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill.

The event has been running for over 20 years and mainly attracts entrants from the RH and BN postcode areas and South London. However some entrants come from further afield, particularly if they have friends or family in the local area.

It is a really sociable event run by the club members who set up and marshall the course. It is known as a very friendly event suitable for beginners and experienced triathletes and involves a 400m pool swim, a 25km bike ride and a 5km run. It attracted nearly 200 participants this year.
The event was won by couple Thomas Percy (1.07.04) and Vicky Lee (1.16.17), with excellent times to take home the overall male and female winners’ trophies. Chris Turner was 2nd in 1.12.04 and Emily Lillywhite Iredale 2nd lady in 1.18.38.

The club were delighted to receive some very enthusiastic feedback including this from one from one entrant:

It was my first time doing a triathlon and I was absolutely terrified but every marshal and competitor that I came across was so lovely and helpful. I had
 a really great time and really appreciated all the support from the marshals and that it was such an inclusive event. I didn't for a second feel like I didn't belong despite not having a clue what I was doing!
The well posted bike route was also incredible - I had nightmares of getting lost but it was practically impossible (even for the navigationally challenged people like myself!)

The British Triathlon Federation's report on the event scored it as excellent, commenting that all aspects of the organisation of the event, eg participant information, registration, safety, signing and marshalling etc were well organised. Furthermore competitors gave only positive feedback with everyone enjoying their race with plenty of smiley faces seen. Even though quite a few competitors were novices, there were plenty of friendly marshalls available to answer questions, and competitors commented that that they felt well supported throughout the event, despite feeling as if they didn't know what they were doing!

One of the main sponsors is Hurstpierpoint College. Their student rock band also provided a particularly enjoyable atmosphere at the finish line like a summer morning athletic party.

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club Ladies do 10km Time Trial

Crawley Wheelers 10Km TT 2Nd June Horne GC
10km Time Trial

On Thursday evening seven women from Mid Sussex Triathlon Club took part in a 10km Time Trial organised by Crawley Wheelers Cycling Club.

The event which was free, started at Horne Golf Club, near South Godstone in Surrey. The route comprised a two lap course on quiet lanes, never being more than 1.6 miles from the golf club.

The results for the MSTC girls were: 2nd Katie McGregor 27.34, 4th Sarah Summerskill 28.29, 8th Sally Gardener 31.31, 10th Flo Wolfe 31.37, 18th Samantha Whitehead 33.20, 20th Zoe Rocholl 33.45, 21st Clarissa Walton 34.00.

The feedback from those who took part was very positive. They loved the course, the atmosphere, organisation, and an opportunity to mix with other women riders.
The question of the night was when is the next one?

Mid Sussex Triathlon Sunday 12th June at the Triangle, Burgess Hill

Meanwhile the Club will hold its major event of the year on Sunday. This is a very friendly Sprint Triathlon (400m swim, 25km Bike & 5km run) suitable for beginners and experienced triathletes.
Most club members will be marshalling the event and cheering participants on. Entry available on website.