Race Reports

European Championships Eilat Israel

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Where do i begin? When i first got the email informing me that i had been selected to represent GB i just could not believe it! So i sent the BTF an email asking if they had made a mistake!! NO they said we haven't!!

I arrived in Eilat via Tel Aviv on Weds. 18.4.12. On the coach between airports in Tel Aviv i saw a sign for Jerusalem, it made me think of all those thousands of years of biblical history.

Wednesday was basically a free day after putting my bike together and setting it up. There was a swim recce at 17.00 and most people swam without a wetsuit as the water temperature was 21c. Most people after the swim were discussing the pros and cons of wearing a wetsuit.

Thursday and it's my BIRTHDAY!! Up early and out on the road at 06.00 to recce the bike course. Good road surface but very windy and open, lots of steep inclines on the way out. On the way back the traffic was starting to build up, luckily on race day the roads will be closed. Once back at the hotel it was out again to walk and jog 1 x lap of the run course. Only one incline which was on the way out of T2 against the wind, otherwise a flat course mainly on tarmac surface and gravel track. Then it was back to the hotel again for breakfast. At 09.00 it was registration time, then at 16.00 it was the race briefing and team photo. 17.00 it was bike, helmet and race kit check and racking of the bike in T1. I let some air out the tyres so that they didn't explode in the heat overnight!

It was all sinking in now, the enormity of what 1 would be taking part in. It was time then for the evening meal, plenty of pasta!!

It's Friday RACE DAY!!! Up at 05.00 and had two pots of porridge that i had taken out with me [good old Tesco ] At 06.00 i made my way to transition, luckily i was staying in the Team Hotel which was only 5 mins. walk.

Once in T1 pumped up my tyres and laid out my kit. By now i had made the decision to wear a wetsuit for the swim. Obviously NOT for the BIKE and RUN!!!! 
The majority of the age groupers had also decided on a wetsuit as the water temperature had dropped a few degrees. The organisers were very strict about what you could leave in transition, any excess clothes, track pump etc. had to be placed in a bag in an adjacent hotel. We had to leave transition by 07.00 with our wetsuits half on and make our way to the swim area approximately 400m away.

At the swim start there were huge crowds and music playing over the loud speakers, great atmosphere. At 07.50 our wave was called forward and you had to line up on this long matting that was laid out on the beach. Suddenly the music stopped and all you could hear was this really LOUD heartbeat over the speakers. As if i wasn't nervous enough!! Then on your MARKS and then the claxon. We're off!!!

We had been advised before the swim that there was a strong current moving from left to right so kept to the left side of the pack. I managed to keep a pretty good line out to the turn around buoys even though the water was a bit choppy and then it was back to the beach and the swim exit. The run from there to T1 was hard on the feet even though they had put matting down covering most of the tarmac surface.

My T1 time was a bit slow due to the run from swim exit and taking off the wetsuit. It was another 50m run with the bike to the mount line, then it was down on the tri-bars and go!!!

The ride out to the turnround point was extremely hard against a very strong wind and undulating inclines, average speed out was between 14 and 16 mph!!! The return leg was fantastic with the wind behind and averaging 30mph. Heading towards the finish of the bike i removed my feet from my shoes and performed a good dismount!!  [ i had been practising at home in the local school playground !!! ]

Into T2 a quick turnaround and out on the run, the first 500m was up an incline against the wind and then settled into my pace.The run was 4 x laps and by now the it was pretty hot but i dug in and even managed a faster last lap. 
What an amazing feeling as you run up the blue carpet towards the finish gantry and you hear your name called out over the loud speakers and the crowds are cheering!! I've got a lump in my throat just writing about it!!!

I may not have won a medal but i did bust a gut trying!!!

Swim  : 1500m              39 mins 42secs [ a PB my previous time was 47mins 23 sec !!]

T1      :   4 mins 42secs

Bike    :  40k                    1 hr. 22mins 50secs

T2      :   1 min

Run    : 10k                     57 minsOverall:  3hrs 4mins 14secs

Overall Position : 10th

Dambuster Duathlon Race Report

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The Dambuster Duathlon is a qualification event for the Short Course Duathlon World Championships 2012 - Nancy, France.


Dambuster Duathlon took place in perfect conditions on 10 March 2012 at Rutland Water, Leicestershire 10k run - 42k bike - 5k run



Margaret put in a fantastic performance and was runner up in her age group to last year's World Champion.


Steve did terrific race times and transitions but his effort was messed-up by a puncture towards the end of the cycle. However, he completed the cycle on the wheel rim rather than waste further time fixing the puncture. His form seems superb, so he is certainly capable of achieving a GB age group qualifying time on another day.


Jim thoroughly enjoyed an exhilarating event but was out-classed on this occasion by a fiercely competitive field in his age group. However, Jim has been selected for his GB age group to compete at the World Long Course Duathlon World Championships 2012 in Zofingen, Switzerland.





Margaret Hollamby  2:44:48 overall....45:30 10k....1:32:14 cycle.....23:51 5k

Steve Crocker         2:27:02 overall....39:34 10k....1:25:10 cycle.....19:46 5k

Jim Graham            2:19:12 overall....39:24 10k....1:17:03 cycle.....20:02 5k

Free local Triathlon series - yep free and local


This is lited in the forum:





After a successful 2011 The Brighton Tri Race Series are ready to offer more fantastic training and challenges throughout 2012

A group for all those interested in Triathlon events, both in and around Brighton, the BTRS Training Series has been set up to offer a set of FREE 'race conditioned' sessions to help you with your training. There are absolutely no costs for these events.

2011 was a successful season for all involved with the series and we would like to thank you all for being part of a fantastic Journey. With many new strengths discovered, new limits passed and new friends made it was a fantastic year that culminated in Novembers half Ironman challenge. The event was a tough day for all involved and for those who had the courage to take it on we would like to congratulate you for what you have achieved.

Our '2011 end of series' award night was also a great success, with recognition and awards handed out to our athletes for some exceptional performances. The evening raffle helped raised funds to support our local athlete, Sophia Warner who will be representing Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.

We're excited about taking things forward in 2012, so with this in mind may I wish you all an awesome start to the new year race season. We're looking forward to welcoming new athletes into our ranks and also seeing familiar faces return from last year where we hope to help you reach some new personal bests.

Yours in good health and happy racing,

Kimi Kann & Kurt Charnock

For more information call 07878 259 255 (Kimi) or 07429 230 803 (Kurt), email kimikann@brightontriraceseries.com or kurtcharnock@brightontriraceseries.com or find us on Facebook by searching for Brighton Triathlon Race Series

To register just pop an e-mail over with your preferred race dates, and initially, a bit about yourselves to help me gauge experience ability etc.

I'm organizing handicapped triathlons this year as part of the series, as well as fixie only bikes for one of the races.

Available events for the South East in 2012:

- Wed 30th May - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Wed 13th June - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Wed 27th June - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Wed 11th July - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Wed 25th July - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Wed 8th Aug - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Thurs 16th Aug - 100mile bike ride. Westminster - Dover (In support of Josie Dade on her 1700mile London to Portugal ride. Giving one of our athletes a good 'send off!')

- Wed 22nd Aug - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Wed 5th Sept - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Wed 19th Sept - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Wed 3rd Oct - Sprint Tri - 7pm (800m Sea swim/ 20k Bike/ 5k Run) from Madiera Drive

- Sun 30th Sept - Half Ironman Distance Tri (1900m Sea Swim/90k Bike/21k Run)

**These are free but they ask that each participant volunteers to Marshall a particular point on the bike or run course for at least one of the series, that way we can maintain a FREE Tri series.

Daily training is available each morning at Brighton Marina. Please call Kurt Charnock to arrange timings. If you would like to hold your place for any of the above sessions please notify Kimi or Kurt.

Chilly Duathlon Series - Race 1

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A perfect morning, bright sunshine, 12 degrees, 5 knots of wind, no rain for two days, and a midday start to allow for a lie in. It all seemed so civilised.


I arrived at the Castle Coombe race track nice and early to rack my bike in a good position and sensed a change in the air from the November race. The average value of bikes seemed to be around the £3,000 mark with some very slick looking machines whose wheels alone probably cost that. Something was very different. A van pulled up next to me, and out jumped last years winner who kindly informed me that with the national championships looming, every serious duathlete in the area was using this as a warm-up event - my hopes of finishing in the top half were rapidly diminishing.


Time for some positive thinking - I still had a PB to beat, and a sneaky look around the paddock confirmed that the guy who beat me by 6 seconds last time was here again..


My pre race plan had me starting in the middle of the pack (rather than at the back), in the hope I would pick a faster pace for the first 2 miles. Off goes the gun and my plan is working well with only one tiny flaw. The pack last time did not include 200 duathletes wanting to compete in the national championships. Lungs burning, vision blurring I manage half a mile before backing off to a more sensible pace. My rival comes past me at the mile mark - but I keep the gap to 20 metres as we go into T1.


Out onto the track and I start reeling in some of those quick runners. The bike feels great on the road after a winter on the turbo trainer and my pace feels good. I go past my rival on lap 2, and in I go after lap 5 (10 miles) for T2. The ##*# next to me has kicked my running shoes out of position when he racked his bike - but transition practice works a treat and we are off on the final 2 mile run.


My legs are really wobbly and I'm not feeling good, throwing up or throwing in the towel both feel like attractive options. Just when it can't get any worse my rival cruises past me looking fresh.


Sheer bloody mindedness kicks in and I set about reeling him in.


With a half mile to go I realise that I need to get past him or he will control the finish. My stride lengthens and at 500m I go past him and another runner. I can see the 200m mark coming up, and suspect that they will kick on at that point. I kick at 210m, and then again at 100m. Through the finish line I go - VICTORY IS MINE!!! Oh, and I took 5mins off my PB.


156th overall - not too shabby considering the field.




Andrew Lennox


Brighton Half Marathon - AKA - Pee Bee City with an orange hue

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As usual there were a couple of pantomime horses at the front which must have taken at least 2-3 minutes of every ones times as the runners attempted to get past and skidded on the manure, another PB slips away in the first few minutes.

There was a strange orange lady running that looked like she had drunk some special Orange fizzy drink from Willy Wonkers chocolate factory, expanded in strange places and changed colour

Jade (who was not orange) lavished in the sun shine, it was a beautiful day, and she really enjoyed 'racing' a fast course. 

Steve Mac also had a great race and felt very comfortable all the way round until about mile 10 when allegedly Saturdays bike ride came back to pay a visit, a quick stretch (he did not say where) and by mile 11 it was all ok again.

Jade set off steadily increasing her pace and surprised herself when she smashed her previous best time (that was previously well over 2 hours!) and even managed a negative split

Steve was running in his new MSTC running vest and  appeared to be missing 2 nipples at the end and has customised his vest with red go faster streaks

Well done to Andy who was quite surprised at his result with a stupendous 1.21.53 and third in his age group he says that despite being 53, it just goes to show that by laying off the alcohol, abstaining from sex and only eating fruit, it really can turn a man from being a cart horse plodder, who in previous years has only achieved a PB of 1:39, into a testosterone crazed athlete capable of dramatically improving his performance by 18 minutes.

Colin tried to hide from all the MSTC runners to save being taken down in the final minutes fortunately Steve Mac did not spot him but Martin did a sterling effort to chase him to the line crossing  just a few places behind. Colin would have gone faster but slipped on Steve's nipples (not for the first time) as they rolled across the road in search of the orange lady (in a kind of cathodic way)

The general consensus from the throng of disgruntled sweaty athletes moaning as as they crossed the line is that ½ mile was added on to the course (700m by my and others Garmins), which meant most had run slower than they thought they should have. The organisers have amended the race results to try and reflect this but not correctly and most agree that the calculations are wrong and additional time should be taken off the final results.

Colin (in his very boring nerdy way) believes that at least 3min 40secs should have been deducted from his original time as he was running an average of just under 7.20min miles, where only 2m 20 was deducted, so he is going to take of an additional 1:20 it all helps so all should give themselves a proper adjusted time by deducting half of a one mile pace from the original time.

Jim and Martin would benefit from the Colin rule of taking of extra time time to give exceptional PBs as will Helen who did a stonking PB, Jade, Jean and Steve also PB'd which were most deserved with Jim doing  a spectacular 1.25.01 which should be amended to sub 1.25 and Martin about 1.36

Steve Mac smashed his PB by nearly 7 mins to show that level pacing and steady Heart Rate really do work and for the first time felt like he could have carried on for a few more miles. If there was a prize for the biggest PB smash then maybe Steve and Jade are in the running.

Jade reckons it is a great course, great day, fun atmosphere and great results all round, terrible organisation but won't dwell on any negatives, no  bumping into the boobtastic Miss Price so an all round good day!

And a big cheer for the support from MSTC spectators inc Claire and Tim who have had their loyalty cards stamped - five more spectator sightings and they get a big sweaty club hug.

After a very short millisecond Andy honourably fessed up that he was not a turbo charged whippet capable of creaming the opposition and smashing younger club runners into the middle of next week, he was ill on the day and one of Steve Macs new pace makers had taken his place. Although if its there in print it's hard for the 'race time denialist' to argue as Colin knows with his 2.03 London Triathlon certificate which takes pride of place on his wall.

So it was all a bit Pee Bee City on the seafront with about eight noted and sorry if your PB has not been mentioned especially as they may be more PB's with the statutory Colin adjustment



Chip time

Adjusted time

Proper adjusted time

Andrew Miles




1.20 something

Jim Graham




1.23 something

Colin Chambers





Martin Sanwell





Tamsin Clarke





Jade Overy




1.44 something

Steve Mac




1.49. something

Derek Hastings




1.55. something

Nancy Doyle




1.59.58 ish

Jean fish




2.05 ish

Helen Graham





Kay Mac




2.08. something



 Authors: Colin and various others