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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.

Mid Sussex Triathlon at the Maverick Terrex Races on the South Downs, Amberley Museum

Zoe Rocholl At Original Maverick West Sussex 27 Nov 8Km

Two members tackled these challenging races on the South Downs on a very cold Saturday 27th November.

Zoe Rocholl raced in the morning in the short distance event with 169m of elevation and 8km length finishing 5th in her age group and 14th female overall in 43.38.

Zoe commented that although the race had a steep climb at the start, it finished with a lovely downhill slope at the end. However she was pleased to finish because it was so cold it felt like her nose was going to freeze up.

Joan Murphy took on the challenging long distance and dark version of the event which started at 5pm in darkness and really cold conditions. This race included 357m of elevation within the 23km route. Joan finished 3rd in her age group and 10th female overall in 1.50.08.

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club Members Compete Far & Wide

Stewart Conway Ribble Cycles Documentary

Stewart Conway Training For World Ironman, Kona Hawaii

On 6th November Stewart spent a day filming with Ribble Cycles for a forthcoming mini documentary on the training required on the road to the Ironman World Championships. It is about helping 'age groupers' to get to the peak of fitness, including juggling work, family and the training required with regular 4am starts.

Abersoch Sprint Triathlon 16th October

Jacqueline Naish went all the way to Abersoch in North Wales for her first Triathlon. Despite feeling quite nervous, she completed the course in 2hours 14 minutes, coming 15th in her category. Afterwards Jacqueline commented that it was so much fun and that she is now completely hooked on triathlon.

Doug MacTaggart Ironmans & Marathons

Doug MacTaggart went off to compete in the Mallorca Ironman on the 16th October finishing in 13.21.15. He then competed in the Beachy Head Marathon on the 23rd October event, finishing in 4.55.28.

Finally, he then went thousands of miles away to compete in Ironman South Africa in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth. Doug commented that it was a fun day out, with horrific sea conditions and really bad winds on the bike and run! He said this Ironman had the worst conditions of any he had done. However he was really pleased with his time of 11:58:28.

Helen Graham

Helen also competed in the Beachy Head Marathon finishing in 5.57.19. She laughingly said that she was easily tempted by a bit of bling (medal) and a burger on offer for finishers. She then went on to complete a Midweek Marathon in Milton Keynes on the 9th November.