Race Reports

Club Activities - 25/26 Sept & 2/3 Oct 2021

Julie Williams At London Marathon (2)

25th/26th September

Barns Green 10k

Flo Wolfe and Mike Hook competed at Barns Green with Flo placing 3rd Senior Lady and 5th Lady overall in her first sub 45 min 10k. Mike Hook was not far behind in 50.52.

Hever Castle

Zoe Rocholl completed the Sprint Distance Triathlon (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) in 1.54 placing 15th in her V40 age group. Steve McMenamin placed 2nd in the over 50's Standard Aquabike (1500m swim, 45km cycle).

Vicky Revis and Kirsty Perryman-Best competed in the Standard Aquathlon (1500m swim, 10km run). Vicky finished 2nd in the over 50's ladies in 1.49.55, with Kirsty close behind in 1.59.04.

They all commented that they enjoyed the swim but found the hilly run and cycle hard.

2nd/3rd October

End of season swim at Ardingly Reservoir

Saturday 2nd October marked the end of the season of swimming at Ardingly Reservoir with 30 swimmers attending, together with a few more who came for the coffee and cake afterwards.

This is the club's most popular activity, with about 1300 swims being completed by club members over the summer. Del Hastings attended every session, completing 40 swims.

London Marathon

Mike Jaffe completed his marathon in a very respectable 3.10.40, placing 122nd in the 55-59 age group. Julie Williams had to nurse a sore Achillies and was very pleased to complete her run in 5.16.16, and to raise over £2000 for the St Peter & St James Hospice in North Chailey.

Loch Ness Marathon

Helen Graham went much farther afield and had a lot of fun at wet and windy Loch Ness, completing her marathon in 6.00.57.

Member's events, 18th -19th Sept

Steve & Kay Mcmenamin With Caroline Ray & Carl Clarke At Swim Serpentine 2 Mile.

Saturday 18th September

 

Swim Serpentine 2 mile swim

Five members went up to Hyde Park on a lovely sunny morning to take part in this event in the Serpentine Lake. The event is very popular and is run in waves which start between 0815 and 1620. Steve McMenamin completed the 2 miles in just under an hour in 59.23, saying that he had to weave through lots of swimmers and then encountered the earlier wave. Steve was followed closely by Caroline Ray in 1.00.07 and Carl Clarke in 1.04.00. Kay McMenamin finished in 1.14.33 and Sally Gardner in 1.23.45. Sally was delighted with her time as she could hardly swim a 25m length in the pool 9 months ago.

 

 

Chiltern Wonderland Ultra Run

Doug Mac Taggart, the club's Ultra Marathon enthusiast, tackled this tough 50 mile scenic run which involves 5500ft of climb, in warm temperatures. Doug was pleased to  finish in 12.13.56.

 

 

Sunday 19th September

 

National Aquathlon Championships

On arrival at the Worthing Sailing Club venue Adam Bryant commented that there were some very fast looking people at the start. Despite this Adam relished competing with ITU athletes, completing a tactical roll at the buoy, which he was proud of,  finishing the 750m swim in 17.23 and the 5km run in 21.15, and placing 12th out of 13 in the 45-49 age group.

 

Run Reigate 10k

Zoe Deeley was very pleased to complete her 10k run in a net time of 1.11.00, placing 64th in her FV50 age group.

 

Member's events, 11th and 12th Sept

Jean Fish Sarah Hinton Kay Mcmenamin At Holy Is, Anglesey

Saturday 11th September

Swimrun Holy Island, Anglesey

Three members went to North Wales for this coastal event (see image above). The sprint category of this event involves four swims (total 2.1km) and five runs (total 7.9km) along the beautiful coast of Anglesey. In order to get the most enjoyment from the event, Jean Fish, Sarah Hinton and Kay McMenamin ran together, finishing in 2.46.10.

5km Adur Swim

Eight members entered this event which starts in Shoreham with a 2.5km swim upstream in the slack water at high tide. Swimmers must avoid sandbanks to have a clear route. After turning at 2.5km the second half of the swim is then aided by the outgoing tide.

Kate Bradford was the first member home in an impressive 1.15.07, followed by Barry Davids (1.17.02), Esther Clutton (1.19.31), Liane Davids (1.22.54), Vicky Von der Linden (1.28.08), Adam Bryant (1.29.22), Vicki Revis (1.31.55) and Kirsty Perryman-Best (1.32.00). Vicky Von der Linden was pleasantly surprised with her time as she had not managed much training.

 

Sunday 12th September

Half Ironman Bowood Wiltshire

Luc Berthouze enjoyed the Capability Brown parkland setting but there were some challenging hills for this very scenic half ironman event (1.2m swim, 56 mile bike, 21.1km run) on Bowood Estate, finishing in 5.05.50.

Brighton Marathon

Five members participated in the Brighton marathon this year in warm, sunny weather. Tom Haywood was the first to finish in a respectable 3.06.59. Mike Jaffe finished in 3.20.34, followed by Doug MacTaggart (4.55.10), Angela Murray in her first marathon (5.41.29) and Helen Graham (6.34.11). The organisers have apologised as the course was 568m too long!

World Long Distance Triathlon Championships Almere, Amsterdam

Stewart Conway continued in World Championship events in Amsterdam this weekend, finishing in 10.06.36 and placing 13th out of 34 in his M45 age group and 83rd out of 233 overall.

Member's Summer Activities

Carl & Caroline At Coniston

Here is some news of the range of activities of Mid Sussex Triathlon Club Members through the summer.

8th August Goodwood Ultra Triathlon

Stewart Conway placed an impressive 7th in the inaugural 255 Triathlon at Goodwood in 12.38.35. This is the world's longest single day Triathlon which involves a 5km swim, 200km bike ride and 50km run. The swim is in Westhampnett Lake whilst the bike ride and run are on the traffic free motor circuit. Competitors must complete the event in 18 hours. Despite the wind and rain, Stewart described it as a great day out.

21st/22nd August Seaford, Uckfield and Ripon

Liz Griffin Hind, who is a very experienced swimmer, completed her first triathlon at Seaford (750m sea swim, 20km bike ride, 5km run) in 1.36.51.

Carlos Castro went all the way to Ripon to compete in the Dalesman Triathlon, his first long distance ironman triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km bike ride, 42.2km run) in just over 12 hrs.

Meanwhile Zoe Deeley and Jon Clarke stayed local, competing in the Uckfield Standard Triathlon (600m swim, 22km bike ride, 5.25km run) finishing in 1.53.18 (11th woman) and 1.28.14 (22nd man), respectively.

4th September Aquasphere Chillswim 5.25 mile Lake Coniston End to End

After much training at Ardingly Reservoir through the summer Caroline Ray and Carl Clarke travelled to the Lake District on Saturday 4th September for the very popular 5.25 mile Lake Coniston swim, finishing in 3hrs 6min and 3hr 19 min respectively.

GoTri Training Day at Ardingly College

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Mid Sussex Tri Club held a well-attended and well-received GoTri! training day for local children at Ardingly College on Saturday 24 July.

Twenty six enthusiastic children aged 8 to 13, from local schools including St Joseph’s Primary School, Oathall Community College and Burgess Hill Girls, took part.

Using the Ardingly College swimming pool and sports pitches, coaches and volunteers from Mid Sussex Tri Club helped the children learn basic triathlon skills and techniques in swimming, cycling and running, plus the crucial ‘fourth discipline’, transition.

This was complemented by a ‘What is triathlon?’ session, putting the sport and its history into context, with the help of slides and video. And all delivered just a day before Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown provided further inspiration by winning silver medals for Great Britain in the men’s and women’s triathlons at the Tokyo Olympics!

Several of the children who attended the GoTri! training day then went on to compete successfully at the Billingshurst Kidstri on Sunday 25 July, despite the cancellation of the cycling element of the race, enforced by torrential rain.

Brothers Finlay and Noah Blythe finished second and fifth, respectively, in the TriStart3 and TriStart2 categories. Anya Cole was third in TriStart2 and Charlotte Mason was sixth in Novice1, while Amber Mason was sixth, Mirabelle Hogan was seventh and Isabella Jarman was 12th in TriStart1.

Congratulations to all participants at both events!