Race Reports

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.

Open Water Swimming, Home and International

Ardingly Reservoir Swimming Sat 7Th May 2022

Open Water Swimming at Ardingly Reservoir

The Club's Open Water swimming has now commenced at 8.15am on Saturday mornings and 6pm on Tuesday evenings. Usually between 20 and 40 swimmers participate.

This is one of the club's most popular activities and the club is the only organisation which has an agreement for swimming in Ardingly Reservoir with the Activity Centre.

Ironman World Championships, St George, Utah, USA

Having qualified last year, Stewart Conway went all the way to Utah for the World Championships. However he suffered a stress fracture in training so could not push himself. Despite this setback, decided to go to enjoy the experience, finishing in 12hrs 37mins 30secs. Reporting after finishing he said it had been an awesome experience and he had loved every minute of it. This was despite the 33 degrees of dry heat, very strong winds and more elevation on both the bike and the run than pretty much any other Ironman.  However he said his inability to pedal to full power or run had possibly played to his advantage as he could have been knocked over by the the strong winds, as happened to so many other athletes.


Ironman 70.3, Alcudia, Mallorca 7th May

Three members went to Alcudia to compete in the Ironman 70.3 (1.9km swim, 90km bike & 21.1km run) in warm and sunny conditions.

Andy McGregor finished in 5.49.40 followed closely by Katie McGregor in 5.53.11. Kate Bradford was delighted to finish in 6.44.42, although commenting that 90km on the bike felt a long ride.

Three Forts Challenge, Sussex Downs, 1st May

Helen Graham & Douglas MacTaggart took on this tough marathon, which is mainly on the Downs between Devil's Dyke and Cissbury Ring. It has 3450ft of climb and for this reason is known as The Tough One. Helen said she ran faster with Doug than she would have without his company.

The Mid Sussex Triathlon, Sunday 12th June

Members are looking forward to hosting the popular Mid Sussex Triathlon at The Triangle, Burgess Hill on Sunday 12th June.

Hampton Pool Chilly Sprint Triathlon Sunday 27th March

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Mid Sussex Tri Club member Kieren Millar entered his first Triathlon on Sunday, choosing the Hampton Pool Chilly event, which is a beginner friendly event with a 6am start. It comprises
a 432m swim in a heated pool, followed by a 20km bike ride on local mainly flat and quiet roads, and finishing with a 5km run on pavements.
Kieren was pleased to finish in 27th place overall and 4th in his 35-39 age group with a time of 1.16.08, achieving a personal best of 22.30 on the 5km run.

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club March 2022

Balcombe Bull Run
Sunday 20th March


Balcombe Bull Run 
Four members joined this popular event involving a 7km cross country run around the Balcombe Estate, starting at Balcombe School.  Tom Haywood was the first Mid Sussex Triathlon Club member to finish in 4th place (30.25), followed by Jo Fleming in 10th place (32.44), Jon Clark (40.30) & Esther Clutton (40.43). The event is run by Matt & Michelle Record and this year it attracted nearly 130 runners. The proceeds from the entry fees raise funds for Balcombe School, St Catherine's Hospice and Heads On.


Hastings Half Marathon
Gareth Handley and Adam Bryant competed in this tough event known for its large number of hills and strong headwinds. Gareth finished in 1.35  and Adam in 1.50. The event is run by The Hastings Lions Club in aid of needy causes.


Moyleman Marathon, Lewes
This is a tough multi terrain off-road marathon on the Downs near Lewes. It attracted club member Helen Graham who was competing in her 8th marathon so far this year. Helen commented that it was very hilly but she was delighted with the Harvey's Pint glass prize at the finish, which was immediately filled with Harvey's beer.


Sunday 6th March


Steyning Stinger
 This is a hilly cross-country run through the South Downs between Steyning, Storrington and Shoreham-by-Sea. Mike Hook, Sharon Chladek, Helen Graham and Douglas Mac Taggart all competed in this event this year. Mike and Sharon ran the Half Marathon in 2.15.25  and 2.49.29 respectively, with Mike coming 22nd in his age group and Sharon 8th in her age group. Mike's young children were delighted to greet him at the finish. Doug and Helen were in the full marathon with Doug finishing in 4.55.09 and Helen in 5.35.19 in her 7th Marathon of the year.


Frosty Aquathlon
The Frosty Aquathlon is a well established and popular swim/run race comprising an 800m swim in the 25m pool at Littlehampton Wave, followed by a 10km run around Mewsbrook Park and the seafront promenade. Phil Couch placed 5th overall and 1st in the MSV category in 54.53.08. In the MV Category Gareth Handley was 4th in 57.54.09, and Jo Fleming was 8th in 1.00.59. Flo Wolfe was 8th Female and 5th in her FS category in 1.02.00. The four were delighted to place 2nd in the team competition.