Race Reports

Vitruvian middle-distance race

The Vitruvian "half iron" middle distance triathlon was held at Rutland Water on Saturday 10 September in what could best be described as biblical conditions.  This year, the race was afforded greater significance as it had also been designated as the British Triathlon Federation middle distance national championships.

The ladies were off in the first wave of competitors in the half light of early morning and the rain that was to set the scene for the remainder of the day.  Mid Sussex Triathlon Club were ably represented by Clair Hunt and Julienne Stuart-Colwill.  Fortunately, the strong winds of the previous evening had subsided and with it calmer conditions for the majority of the 2 lap, 950-meter triangular circuit for the swim leg.  Towards the far end of the course by the first marker buoy conditions were decidedly choppy making for difficult swimming conditions until turning that first corner and heading back to shore.

Despite the challenging conditions, the first lady back to shore set an impressive time of 25 mins 39 seconds to cover the full 1,900 meters and off onto an undulating 2 lap bike course totalling 85 km before the final wave of competitors had even started their swim.  Last to go were the male 45 to 49 age group category and Mid Sussex Tri Club were again represented; this time by Matthew Critchley, setting off a full 40 minutes after the first competitors.

The weather for the day was due to deteriorate and the forecasters did not disappoint with temperatures dropping, wind picking up and the rain intensifying throughout the race.  All of which made for increasingly treacherous conditions on the road for the cyclists.

The race concluded with a 21.1 km, half-marathon run along the picturesque banks of Rutland Water.  Being 2 laps of an "out and back" course, it offered the perfect opportunity to stop club-mates and rivals as well as offering much needed support and encouragement to tiring athletes!  The race for club "line honours" was getting quite tight with Matthew having closed the 40-minute deficit at race start to 15 mins 30 seconds by the start of the run.

With Julienne determined to hold off her club mate, she duly finished in an overall time of 6 hours 11 minutes and 29 seconds, to cross the line a full 6 mins 53 seconds ahead of her team mate, Matthew, who stopped the clock at an elapsed time of 5 hours 38 mins 22 seconds; both setting new Personal Bests at this distance.  Clair completed the club trio with a very creditable 7 hours 32 minutes 47 seconds to successfully complete a middle distance race at her first attempt.


Club News, 26th June


The triathlon season is in full swing with members competing locally and further afield in Hanpshire, Somerset and Cheshire.

The Galdiator Ironman at Bucklers Hard, New Forest, Hampshire

Juliw Williams and Jean Fish competed in this event and were cheered on by a group of club supporters. This event includes a 3.8km swim from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard followed by a 180km cycle ride around the New Forest and finishing with a 42.2km run. (Results not yet posted)



Exmoor 70.3 Ironman at Wimball Reservoir

Cliff Wilson completed the event in 8.03.09.

Arundel Castle Triathlon

Gunter Eifler placed 10th overall in this Olympic Distance triathlon on 2.13.34. After many marathons and falling off his bike during the week Doug Mac Taggart finished on 2.55.47.

Swim 1st Sprint Triathlon Crawley

A large contigent competed at Crawley with Lawrence Wintergold finishing in 3rd position in 58.49. Rob Hoodless was 7th in 1.00.09 and Ben Fergie 9th in 1.02.02. Rachael Baker was 10th and 1st woman in 1.02.15. James Graham 1.07.44, Brad Williams 1.11.38, Jeremy Paine 1.17.12, Steve Birchall 1.18.21, Ricci Lennon 1.18.56, Sarah Hinton 1.19.30, Pippa Crouch 1.27.20, Helen Graham 1.32.24, and Gemma Graham 1.45.13 all put in good performances.



Boskman Half Ironman at Bucklers Hard

Simon Barton, Simon Hodges, Colin Chambers and Charlie Landhorne all competed in the event in the Beaulieu River and the New Forest. (Results not yet posted)

Cholmondeley Castle Olympic Triathlon, Cheshire

Andrew Biggs competed in this popular event finishing 46th in 2.40.10.

Event round up - 18th June


South Downs Marathon

Darren Bird and Douglas Mac Taggart competed in the South Downs Marathon, starting at Slindon College and then following a route up to and along the South Downs Way to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park at Petersfield. Darren completed his marathon in a very respectable 3.27.13 whilst Doug completed his 150th marathon in 4.58.37.

River Arun 3.8km swim

Twelve members competed in the 3.8 km swim from Arundel to Littlehampton on Saturday morning. Sarah Moore finished in a fantastic 11th position and was the second woman to finish on 53.07. She was followed by Katie Chatfield on 59.21 (71st), Mark Jordan 1.00.02 (77th) and Mike Jaffe 1.05.52 (135th).  Debbie Nisbet 1.08.21, David Ricketts 1.09.38, Simon Hodges 1.11.00,  Sharon Chaldek 1.11.38 and Rose Ryan 1.15.58 were not far behind.


Dambuster Olympic Distance Triathlon at Rutland Water

Eight MSTC athletes made the journey up the A1 to Rutland Water on Friday night to take part in the Dambuster, an Olympic-distance triathlon that started early on Saturday morning and was a qualifier for this summer's age-group World Championships in Mexico.

 Conditions were cold and overcast for a 1500m swim in Rutland Water, followed by a 42k bike ride on the roads around the reservoir and a 10k run that went out across the dam and back, finishing in front of a large crowd, stoked up by pumping rock music and an excitable race commentary.

 Callum Murray led the Mid Sussex contingent home in 2.54.26, just 18 seconds ahead of Matt Critchley in 2.54.54, who in turn was followed by Julienne Stuart-Colwill, the first MSTC woman home in an impressive 3.02.42.

 Cliff Wilson finished in 3.14.49, Joanne Barton in 3.19.51 and Ricci Lennon was delighted with a 3.23.13 in her first-ever Olympic-distance triathlon.

 Tracy Brownings wasn't far behind in 3.34.38 and she was followed home by Angela Murray in 3.43.17 and by Clair Hunt in 3.58.44.

 All these results were put into perspective, however, by the overall winner's time, an amazing 1.58.21, not far off the time that the winner of this summer's Olympic triathlon in Rio de Janeiro might expect to post. This was a high-quality field.

Saturday Morning swim in Ardingly Reservoir

Meanwhile 11 members did the regular 8am swim in Ardingly Reservoir, supported by 3 safety observers in kayaks and on the dock.

East Sussex Cycling Association 50 mile Time Trial Sunday 19th June

Nine members competed in the 50 mile time trial along the A22 in East Sussex. Kevin James was first member home on 2.16.04, followed by Neil Giles 2.16.32 and Phil Couch on 2.18.43. Lawrence Wintergold, Colin Chambers and Jez Fallon finished on 2.20.27, with Graham Bond 2.20.54, Steve Alden 2.21.49 and Sharon Chaldek 2.31.12 also competing.

Mid Sussex Triathlon & Aquabike


On Sunday 12th June the Mid Sussex Triathlon Club held its annual Sprint Triathlon and Aquabike at The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill.

The event attracted entries from all over the South East with 238 competitors in the Triathlon and 22 in the Aquabike. The Sprint Triathlon involves a pool swim of 400m, followed by a 25km bike ride around a circuit which includes Ansty, Wineham and Twineham, finishing back at the Triangle, and finally there is a 5km run.  Gary Leybourne of South London Harriers Tri Club was first home in 1hr 2mins 28 secs, with Luke Worthington of  Surrey Tri Club second in 1hr 4 mins and 04 secs. Fiona Blagg of Crawley Tri Club was the first woman home and 26th overall, in 1hr 15mins 17 secs. 

The Aquabike event entries were dominated by 10 members of the Crystal Palace Triathletes Club. Jeremy Purnell was first home in 47mins 44secs, with Cathy Cooke, also of Crystal Palace Triathletes, being the first woman home in 53 mins. In this event the 5km run is omitted.

The weather was rather wet; however most competitors appeared to enjoy the day. Feedback from past events has indicated that this is a very friendly Triathlon, which is marshalled by members of the club. Team Oathall, comprising  12 teachers from Oathall School in Haywards Heath, indicated that they all had a great race and would be back next year for sure. They congratulated the club for putting on such an enjoyable event. Two Triathlon competitors were stranded with punctures out on the far reaches of the bike course and faced a long walk back to the Triangle. However they were rescued by the MSTC roaming mechanic, who fixed their punctures so that they could complete the triathlon safely.

Klara Boarder was the first Mid Sussex Tri  Club member home, in 1hr 33mins 20 secs; she commented that she had had a blast.

Ironman 70.3 Staffs

Whilst many of the members were marshalling at the Mid Sussex Sprint Triathlon, three members were competing along with 2331 other participants at the prestigious Ironman 70.3 in Staffordshire. The event involves a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile half marathon, finishing at the historic Shugborough Estate. 

Andrew Biggs was delighted to finish in 5hrs 19 mins, with Adam Cameron-James, who was celebrating his 40th Birthday, finishing in 6hrs 15mins 48secs and Rachel Dallimore in 6hrs 35mins. Although the conditions were wet for the bike ride making the road surface slippery, the event was hugely enjoyable. Rachel mentioned a special thanks to Julie Williams of the Tri Club who had helped her with confidence in the over water swim.