On the 11th September 2011, the long awaited first Ironman Wales took place in Tenby, Wales. There had been a lot of speculation that this would be one of the testing Ironman courses to date, the course certainly lived up to the speculation, with many competitors comparing it to Lanzarote. Christine Payne and Tom Drew, both previous Ironman finishers took up the challenge and lined up at the sea swim start at 7am on the Sunday morning. Both had magnificent swims, finishing in 1.06 and 1.09 respectfully, banishing the fears of a sea swim and the tide difficulties. The tail end of hurricane Katia was determined to make the bike course even more testing, with steep hills and gale force winds. But nevertheless, both made it round, commenting that no matter how tough it was, it was incredibly beautiful scenery. And if the bike course wasn't tough enough, then Tenby was sure to throw a tough marathon at you. The town did not dissapoint, it provided a 4 lap affair, where 13 miles was up hill and the remaining 13 was down. An enormous well done to both Tom and Christine who both finished strong. Tom knocking just under 7 minutes off last years Bolton time and Christine knocking 25 minutes off her previous Sherbourne time:
Tom Drew 13:40:30
Christine Payne 15:48:47
Great performance at English Club Championships
The 11th September, saw the English Club Championships taking place for only the second year at Big Cow, Emberton Country Park. After enjoying the event so much in 2010, Spalding Tri sent along an eight person team, spanning across the age groups to compete. The team was made up of Chris Pratt, Jack Carpenter, Ryan Hart, Callum McPartlin, Steven Thompson, Martin Halifax, Kelvin O'Neill and Kelly Shields. The event saw some amazing athletes from across the UK, but none the less, the club picked up some amazing places, with Jack Carpenter and Ryan Hart (even with a mechanical) picking up first and second respectfully in their age groups and Callum McPartlin second in his age group. Chris Pratt came tenth overall at the event. Well done to the whole team, looking forward to having a larger team in 2012. Spalding Tri was placed 8th overall in the club standings. Full results can be found on the results page.
On the 4th September, Chris Pratt and Ryan Hart competed in the North Norfolk Tri. A relatively new event, in only it's forth year, based at Wells Next to Sea, Olympic Distance with a sea swim in Wells harbour, cycle in beautiful North Norfolk countryside and a challenging run, including some on the beach. Both Chris and Ryan thoroughly enjoyed the event with Ryan being placed 1st in his category and Chris, 6th overall. No doubt this event will attract many more club members for 2012.
Great weekend at the Relays
Spalding Tri entered two teams into the extremely popular National Club Relays at Holme Pierre Point, Nottingham. Saturday was host to the mixed and female teams, Spalding Tri had a mixed team made up of Jamie Graham, Aimee Stocker, Jane Gallagher and Wayne Delahoy. This event was to be Jane's first open water event, but the nerves soon gave way to her competitive spirit. A windy day played right into the hands of the fen cyclists, all putting in great cycling times. Well done to the team coming 107th in their category.
On Sunday, the Spalding Tri men had their turn. The team was made up of Chris Pratt, Callum McPartlin, Jack Carpenter and Nick Grimer, all extremely talented athletes. The swim was very 'physical' for all due to the talent in the field, the fen cyclists showed their strengths again on an even windier day than Saturday, with Spalding Tri making massive gains in the field. A summer of time trialling showed that Callum really did have no fear. Then a strong run from all, including a blistering pace from Nick, even with 2km into the wind. An amazing result for the team coming 24th in their category.
Club Awards evening
On the 14th October at Spalding Services and Social Club, Spalding Tri will be hosting it's first awards evening. All members and partners are invited to attend and vote for the awards. Awards include Clubman of the Year, Performance of the Year and Novice of the Year, including a host of awards that we are looking for your suggestions, ie. looks best in a tri suit. Tickets are £9 per person, which includes the price of a Fish and Chip supper from Linfords. For details on how to book tickets or to vote for any awards, please contact Chris Pratt.
Spalding Tri strong at Ironman UK
On the 31st July 2011, Spalding Tri made it's seasonal appearance at Ironman UK. The Bolton course is renowned for it's testing bike course. Four competitors from the club lined up at the start line, Martin Halifax and Steven Thompson; previous Ironman Finishers, Julian Beavis and Aimee Stocker; newcomers to this distance. The 2.4 mile swim was based at Penington Flash, a nature Reserve just outside of Bolton, the 112 mile cycle, was a three lap affair outside of Bolton, taking in the notorious Sheep House Lane going up into the moors and the run, a lapped marathon around Bolton centre. The distance is by no means to be tackled lightly, with all four members training hard for months running up to the event. Overall, Martin was strong recording his best Ironman time so far, only seconds off Andy McPartlin's best time from Sherbourne, Steve Thompson had an extremely fast swim and the fastest cycle in the club, even though he suffered a mechanical, unfortunately for Steve, a long standing IT band issue meant that Steve couldn't finish the marathon. Julian Beavis set an amazing first time, which he is sure to be even faster in further events, Aimee Stocker finished, in a time that she is in no doubt setting herself a target already to improve on:
Martin Halifax 12:35:30
Julian Beavis 13:08:00
Aimee Stocker 16:30:28
Chris speeds through at the Outlaw
On the 24th July 2011, Chris Pratt took on one of the newest Iron Distance events; the Outlaw. The Outlaw was voted BTF Event of the Year 2010 and is organised by the well respected One Step Beyond and is known to be a fast course. Chris a newcomer to iron distance, but no new comer to long distance events, after completing an ultra marathon in 2010. The Outlaw is set at Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham, with the 2.4 mile swim in the rowing lake at Holme Pierre Point, the 112 mile cycle in laps around Nottingham and Southwell and the 26.2 mile run a leppaed marathon around Holme Pierrepoint and Nottingham city centre. Chris had a good swim, in sub an hour, however, the cycle did not go so well, he suffered a severe mechanical in the first third of the course and had to wait for the service vehicle to come out and help him, but once away again, went strong on the bike and had a respectable marathon. Overall a very respectable first iron distance event in 11:18:22. I'm sure it's fair to say, that Chris will now be pushing hard for his next target of Ironman Lanzarote 2012.
Great show at Lincoln for Spalding Tri
On the 10th July, there were 12 members of Spalding Tri attending the final of the Midland Series Events hosted by One Step Beyond at Lincoln. The Spalding Tri field ranged from absolute first timers to accomplished athletes that had been competing for many years.
Well done, to all athletes that competed, including Jack Carpenter, who won his age group for the Midland Series.
Nick qualifies for Europe
Well done to Nick Grimer who has qualified for GBR in his age group for the European Triathlon Championships in Israel in 2012. Nick qualified at Rother Valley on the 12th June with the quickest qualifying spot of the day.
Spalding Tri complete the Spalding to Paris Challenge
Six members of Spalding Tri battled the strong winds on the 3rd May and competed in the Spalding Cycling Club 10 mile time trial. The strong winds gave a fast night for all, with the longest straight being bad wind. All other sections of the course left competitors battling strong head or side winds:
Steve Thompson 25.56
John Young 25.59
Mike Barnsdale 26.19
Tom Drew 26.47
Aimee Stocker 27.23
Callum McPartlin 28.00
Spalding Tri strong at first outing
The first outing for the club showed great prospects of the year ahead at the first outing of the season, with Adam Sellars making his debut performance and Jack taking an impressive 3 minutes off last years time. Southwell is a sprint distance course, with both an undulating cycle and run:
Jack Carpenter 58.21
Mike Staines 1.01.05
Jamie Graham 1.04.56
Adam Sellars 1.20.00
Winter training pays off
The winter training paid it's dividends for the Spalding Tri members, during a very windy night at the Spalding Cycling Club's 10 mile time trial on the 26th April. The event was well attended and impressive times recorded:
Chris Pratt 24.21
Mike Barnsdale 26.21
John Young 27.07
Tom Drew 27.34
Martin Halifax 28.01
Aimee Stocker 28.20
Spalding Tri welcome the start of the time trial season
Six members of Spalding Tri competed in the Spalding Cycling Club 5 mile Championship on the 5th April. The 5 mile was the first time trial of the season based on the Fisherman's Arms course. The Cycling Club arrange time trials for most Tuesday evenings, starting at 7pm, distances vary over 5 mile, 10 mile and 17 mile, with a 2up later in the season. Tri club members compete most weeks, as an excellent speed session opportunity. The first race saw a very windy evening making it very tough for competitors, particularly on the main straight, however, impressive results were seen by all:
Chris Pratt 12.11
Mike Barnsdale 13.21
Steve Thompson 13.32
Ryan Hart 13.33
Aimee Stocker 14.07 *club record*
Steven Allard 17.14
Three compete in Spalding Hilly
Christine Payne, Ian Lee and Aimee Stocker, headed out from Spalding to Edenham for the first time trial of the season; the Spalding Hilly. As Spalding is not known for it's hills, the 26.5 miles are on an out and back course starting in Edenham out to Old Somerby. This is a tough course, designed to test at the start of the season. All tri club members finished respectably:
Aimee Stocker 1.27.51
Christine Payne 1.29.21
Ian Lee 1.37.11
Subs are now due
Please note that subs are now due for the 2011/2012 season. New members should complete a membership form. Subs are as follows:
All subs should be given to Tomo or Aimee.
February rides to the Diner and Scotland
We have enjoyed two medium-pace rides in unseasonally mild weather, the Diner ride and the Carrot and Courgette ride.
On Sunday 20th February 8 of us cycled over to the OK American Diner on the A1 near Tickencote. It was Jane Gallagher's first ride and she came off on a steep uphill with a pretty impressive fall, leaving bike and person completely intact and onlookers amazed at how nimbly she "jumped" off. The destination was the Diner. Some of the party had visited the previous week, others had perused the menu the night before on the internet. Syrup pancakes and peanut butter toast, tea and coffee with refills, were consumed and it was rather difficult to leave for the route home. 3 of us took a similar return route, totalling 45miles, 5 took a longer and hillier route back to Spalding.
On Sunday 27th February 5 gathered down the furthest reaches of Starlode Drove, West Pinchbeck. We drank green tea and took photos. We set off along the river bank, climbed over a gate, crossed the South Forty Foot Drain, along more river bank and then onto Haconby Fen Road. The bank was very smooth and the advantage of this start point was that we were soon in Morton and starting the first hills of the morning. The roads were wet and muddy, scenery beautiful, sun shining and route undulating. Plenty to concentrate on. Jane impressed us again with an athletic and very controlled leap from her bike, but this time she ended up almost sitting in a torrent of water coming down the side of the road with a grazed knee. The route was fantastic - Bulby, Corby Glenn, Burton Coggles, Boothby Pagnal and on to Scotland (Lane) where we stopped for our picnic of courgette cake (made by Jane) and carrot cake (made by Katie Payne). The excitement almost proved too much and Ian fell off his bike and i sat on a nettle.
The second part of the ride was back wind - Ingoldsby, Lenton, Hawthorpe, Kirkby Underwood, Stainfield. Then for the timed Hill circuit. 3 mile all out effort long up and steep down, steep up, steep down, steep up and long down. It was fun and finished us all off. Confusion over the number of left turns, thick mud, a lorry and other diversions meant there was no clear winner so we all were awarded gold medals at the finish. The final part of the ride took us back across Haconby Fen to Starlode Drove. Approx.48miles.
Spalding Tri welcomes Coach Wayne
Congratulations to Wayne Delahoy who has just qualified as a Level 1 coach. Wayne joins Head Coach Martin Halifax as the coaching team. Spalding Tri is strengthening it's coaching team, with Jack Carpenter soon to take his Level 1 course. This will help to streghten both new and existing members.
The club AGM is due to take place on Tuesday 1st March at 7pm in the Castle Sports Complex Bar. All members are welcome. If you would like a copy of the agenda, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launch of Medium rides
With Spring almost upon us, many people feel that this is now the time to start their training for the summer season. So we have launched the medium ride, for those who are just getting started or equally for those that don't want to go quite as far or as fast as the main group. Headed up by Christine Payne, the first ride left the Castle Sports Complex at 8am on Sunday 21st February with a group of 8 riders of all abilities. The riders set off in the beautiful back wind across Baston Fen to the promise of pancakes waiting for them at mile 23. The ride headed west taking in hills at Essendine, Rhyll and Great Casterton, before taking a break at the OK Diner at Tickencote. All riders took in what can only be decribed as a well deserved breakfast before heading out on the second part of the ride.
At this point the ride split into two groups, group 1 returned to Spalding covering a total of 45 miles and group 2 continued on for a slightly longer ride and got lost, covering 65 miles.
Well done to all riders and a great time was had by all.
Should you wish for more details on the medium rides, please contact Christine email@example.com.
Dynamic Duo conquer France
In May 2011, the club plans a cycle ride from Spalding to Paris. Martin (pannier) Halifax and Christine our very own long distance audax star did a reccy of the French route in preparation for the big event. Here's Christine's account of the journey:
31 October - 3rd November. Martin and Christine cycling in Normandy and beyond.
After a late night at the Newick bonfire society parade and fireworks (including a tree catching fire) in Sussex, we cycled down to Newhaven to catch the day boat to Dieppe. We were on a 4 day cycling holiday with the aim to check out a low traffic route to Paris. The crossing was perfect, Dieppe welcoming, and 37 miles later after saying Bonjour to most of Normandy we arrived (in the dark) at Forges-les-Eaux, the first nights stop. The route was almost entirely along the Avenue Verte, a cycleway from near Dieppe Paris-wards along an old railway route. Martin was convinced it was uphill all the time, or that his brakes were stuck on, but in truth it was his five panniers (four his, one mine) slowing him down.
The second day we made an early start for the 80miles to Paris. We followed a route recommended by other cycling groups through quiet lanes and then up onto a plateau with miles and miles of rolling countryside. The few drivers we did see were very courteous and people wished us bonne courage! The weather was pretty reasonable, with sun at times and little wind. After lunch on the town hall steps in Marines we went up and down lots more hills and then a 2km 7% descent to the River Seine. Exhillerating. Pace slowed as we tired and extra miles were added as we looked at neither map nor Garmin and ended up lost in more than one forest. Stops were more frequent, and it got dark. Paris for 3pm turned into Paris for 8pm and it was getting a bit grim. Then we suddenly saw the Eiffel Tower brilliantly lit up as we descended to cross the Seine (again). Spirits lifted, a food stop was declared, and following this, the final push! Paris by night was beautiful and we emerged from the last park, negotiated a mile of traffic, over the Seine (again) and we were there!
Collapsed on a bench i pulled out the city map to plan a route to the Gare du Nord for the train to Lozere in the suburbs and accommadation with my cousin. It wasnt close, but we could cycle past some sites and there were plenty of cycle lanes. Perhaps it was the late hour, the dark, and the fatigue, but for me the ride next to the fast and busy traffic was terrifying and i was happy to reach the station, the train, tea, and finally sleep. Martin loved it.
Day three we took the RER trains to the edge of the suburbs and cycled back up towards the Avenue Verte, and day four up to Dieppe. After visiting the beach, cafe, supermarket, 3 bakeries and shopping for fridge magnets, we took the Transmanche evening ferry back to Newhaven. This time it was windy with "meterologique conditions" , and a "privated" deck. Hmm. We couldnt understand the French or the English announcements, but anyway the result was a rough crossing back to England.
NB. For advice on how to pack lightly for a cycle tour see Christine.
For advice on how to pack four panniers with enough socks for a round the world cruise, a washbag the size of a football and some used inner tubes and dried up puncture repair patches, see Martin.
Spalding Triathletes finish season in Style
Last minute Tri, Southwell.
September 19th 2010
Four Club members finished off their triathlon season at the Last Minute Tri, in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Mike Staines, Aimee Stocker, Alex Cobb and Julian Beavis made the trip.
Good set of results at Inaugral Event
Big Cow Team Championships, Milton Keynes.
September 19th 2010
Eight Triathletes teamed up to compete in a brand new race organised by Milton Keynes based Big Cow.
In this open water Sprint distance race, Each team member was awarded points based on finishing position in their age group.
Callum McPartlin came first in the under 20 category, while Alistaire Rudd (45-49) and Jack Carpenter (20-24) each came second. Nick Grimer was the fastest of the Spalding Athletes, his time of 1:07:40 took 3rd postion in the 40-44 age group. Steve Thompson was eigth in the 35-40 age group and Jamie Graham also came in eigth in the 40-44 category. Tom Drew took ninth in his 45-49 age group. Chris Pratt failed to finish after sustaining a puncture, courtesy of a massive Olney pothole.
The Spalding Team finished 8th from 18 teams.
Three Castles Sportive, run by the Bourne Wheelers
Sunday 5th September 2010
Five Spalding triathletes were guests of Bourne Wheelers on Sunday when they rode in the annual 'Three Castles' Sportive. There were distance options of 120k (74miles) or 85k (52miles) both started from Edenham Village Hall.
Club members Jack Carpenter, Christine Payne, Steve Kipper, Steve Thompson and Kelvin O'neal took part on a glorious day for a sportive with light winds and the sun beaming down on the many picturesque villages which puncuate the route between the Three 'castles' (Grimesthorpe, Belvoir and Belton house). It was not all fun and games however as the terrain became very hilly 35miles in, with one particular hill which would test the likes of Schleck and Contador.(or at least it seemed that way to the 100 or so riders who took part).
A very well run sportive which comes highly recommended by those who enjoyed and endured the challenging, beautiful route.
Spalding Trio Survive misty morning to excel at Vitruvian
Vitruvian Middle distance Triathlon, Rutland Water. 4th September 2010
As Aimee Stocker, Andy mcpartlin and Alistair rudd set up their bikes in the transition area, it was dark and misty,and the atmosphere was electric. For Andy and Alistair it was a familier feeling, each had raced the ever-popular Vitruvian several times before. For Aimee the unique buzzing tension was a new experience, as she was stepping up to middle distance racing for the first time.
By the time the first athletes entered the water, the sun had risen, relieving the tension somewhat, unfortunately the thick mist stayed, making it very difficult for the swimmers to see the buoys which marked out the 1900 metre swim course. Despite the unfavourable conditions, the three Spalding triathletes completed the swim in good times, (alistair; 34min 20secs, Andy; 37min 16secs, Aimee; 42min 23secs)
The mist hung around stubbenly for the first hour of the bike race, but finally cleared to allow the the sun to warm up the cyclists as they negotiated the hilly, 52 mile course. Aimee was well prepared for the tough rutland course, having made many training rides to the area throughout the summer, she completed the bike leg in 3:04:00. Andy biked round in 2:51:43 while Alistair averaged over 21mph to complete the bike leg in a remarkable 2:26:37.
The day cooled down slightly once the athletes had completed T2 and conditions were ideal for the 13.1 mile run which would conclude the race. alistair maintained his momentum and ran strongly to finish his run in a time of 1:44:40. His total race time was 4:52:45, well inside his sub 5 hour target and more than 30 minutes quicker than his previous encounter with the course.
Veteran of 4 Vitruvians, Andy completed his half marathon run in 2:00:56 which gave him a total time 5:34:40.
Aimee ran strongly for about 10 miles,but in the final few miles the distance started to take its toll and she was forced to dig really deep. Aimee reaffirmed her 'tough' credentials and finished well in 2:26:37 ( total race time 6:20:18)
Nick wins age group and Julian makes open water race debut.
Nottingham Sprint Triathlon. 22nd August 2010
Nick Grimer Finished in 1:03:14 to win the 40-44 age group and finish 8th overall. Julian Beavis came home in 1:18:11(19th in age group and 152nd overall) Julian was particularly pleased with his swim leg, as it was his first competitive venture into open water (750 metres in the National Water Sports Centre lake)
Five club members got up early to cycle over to Holme Pierrepont in support of the two competing athletes, Martin, Steve, Jack, Chris and Aimee gained a useful workout from the 100 mile+ round trip, ( for Aimee and Jack it was a milestone first 'Century' bike ride)
Kelvin Rides Great Outlaw Bike Leg
The Outlaw long distance Triathlon, Nottingham
8th August 2010
Kelvin O'Neil teamed up with 2 friends of Spalding Tri, Ray Carthy and Catherine Stone, this weekend to Complete the inaugural running of the Nottingham based long distance triathlon, The Outlaw. Catherine got the team off to a great start with a 2.4 mile swim, Kelvin kept up the momentum and completed the bike leg in a very nifty 6 hours 9 minutes, Ray must have drawn the short straw but still managed to help the team acheive an impressive sub 13 hour race, Running his marathon under the blazing afternoon sun he brought the baton home in a shade under five and a half hours.
This is Kelvins account of the race;
Ths is my experience of Sunday's Nottingham Outlaw Triathlon, I participated as a member of 'Team Carthy'
The event is organized by One Step Beyond same as woodhall - organization was excellent, loads of marshalls & helpers. The venue Holme Pierrepont is ideal for both competitors and spectators (loads of family supporters) overnight camping and caravans on-site.
The swim is a 2.4 mile loop of the regatta lake starting & finishing from the boat house end. One major comment by Cathrine was the weed - they had cleared boat lane 1 & 6 for the swimmers but best endeavors still resulted in some weed or mud if you swim wide of the lanes. (plenty of rescue boats & canoes just in case)
The bike started with a 3k loop of the lake then headed off along a coned off section of the A52 towards Lowdham 3x loops of mixed road mostly "B" roads some "A" with coned sections or closed side roads at difficult junctions plus odd short rougher bits, only a couple of tight turns but no massive hills to worry about - I think rolling is the best description - public support in the villages was very loud and welcomed, again lots of helpers and marshals and water / high 5 stations every 10 - 12 miles on the loops.
The run was again 3 loops, so the spectators could see the runners suffering up close. The flat course followed the river taking in the sights of Nottingham (Notts Forrest - Notts City - Trent Bridge) Sunscreen was provided, just as well as the temperature was high and the Sun came out to increase the challenge (Plenty of feed & water stations though)
An excellent day for all
Our team total finish time12:50:16
Catherine 2.4mile swim 1:09:50
Kelvin 112 mile Cycle 6:09:20
Ray 26.2mile Run 5:27:10
Magnicent Seven ride into Bolton
Ironman UK Bolton 1st August 2010
Spalding Tri's proud Ironman tradition was upheld on Sunday when 7 club athletes completed the tough Lancashire course.
Sam Rose, Jamie Graham, Steve Thompson and Tom Drew made their debut at the long distance event, while Clive Dodd and John Young returned to the course that they completed last year. For Martin Halifax it was his 3rd Ironman in 4 years.
Weather conditions can play a large part in an event of this distance, fortunately the weather was near- perfect for racing, low wind, slightly overcast for most of the morning, bright sunhine from mid afternoon onwards.
The mass swim start was a physical affair, with the crowd only really thinning out slightly after about 1 mile, fortunately the Spalding athletes had been swimming in the Coranation Channel twice a week since June, so were comfortable in the water and well equipt to hold their ground.
All seven were safely out of the water within about 20 minutes of each other, and were soon out on the bike course, which started with 12 miles of gradual climbing, after which the course was made up of three 33 mile laps. Each lap took the cyclist through many villages where the roadside support was patchy but very enthusiastic. There was good support around the infamous sheep house lane, a steep 2 mile climb which took the route over the moors.
Spalding Tri were well represented with families of all athletes making the journey. In addition Christine (ironman in her own right),Chris and Aimee (ironmen to be...) took their bikes to Bolton and were able to provide roving support, popping up on different parts of the course throughout the day and proudly waving the tri club standard.
Thomo was first to reach T2 after a very good bike leg (6 hours 36minutes), so he was the first to discover the cross country track that made up the first 2 miles of the marathon (uphill, muddy,downhil, tree roots....) this was followed by an eight mile section that took the runners to within touching distance of the finishing mat, only to be turned around to go back to the start, before turning for a final time to head back to that distant party that was happening at the finish line.
Sam put in a very good run (4 hours 12 minutes) and finally caught Thomo about 2 miles from the finish. John Caught Martin and these two ran together for a while until John ran ahead to finish 3rd out of the group.
Tom caught up with Jamie with about 5 miles to go and these 2 finished the race together, helping each other as the going got tough. Clive came in soon after that, finishing well after suffering badly on the bike.
Chris goes ultra-long
70mile ultra marathon Grimesthorpe July 23rd 2010
Chris Pratt continued his remarkable season by joining 34 other entrants at the start line of a 70 mile ultra marathon at Grimesthorpe castle on Friday morning. Fresh from winning his category in the Midlands sprint tri championship and being granted a place in the GB Team at the Olympic Distance age group World Championships, Chris set out to test himself in what was originally his 'A' race of the season.
The course consisted of 7 ten mile laps, on a mixture of undulating tarmac roads and rough grass tracks. Chris stuck to a race/nutrition plan that he developed during long training runs throughout the summer, and although he admitted that it was difficult to get enough food down, the plan must have been pretty good, as Chris finished in a shade over 15 hours.
Chis was visited throughout the day (and evening) by family and tri club members who offered moral support and yelled abuse in equal measure. All the participating athletes commented that the support provided a great lift during some of the darker moments of the race and Chris later thanked all those who turned out in support.
Nick unbeaten in Pactrac series
pactrac mini series #7 and #9 14th/28th july
Nick Grimer returned to Oundle and took up where he left off last month, with another overall win in the 7th sprint triathlon in the mini series. remarkably, his finish time was the same as his previous visit, 50 minutes and 55 seconds.
Nick missed race number 8, but returned for the ninth and final race of the series, sure enough he once again took the honours, winning outright with an improved time of 50 minutes and 41 seconds.
Lincoln Sprint Tri Sunday 4th July
Last weekend saw the final round of the Midland Sprint Championships. The event at Lincoln's David Lloyd health spa was a successful one for Spalding Tri's athletes, despite the strong winds and high temperatures.
Age-group wins for Michael Staines and Chris Pratt sealed championship wins for the pair, while an impressive performance by Jack Carpenter suggests he'll be a strong contender for honours next year.
The bike course was fast and flowing with the only sizeable hill appearing early on. The run consisted of four laps of a circuit on a closed road, ensuring good crowd support making it an ideal first event for both Julian Beavis and Alex Cobb, both of who impressed on debut, as did Imogen Delahoy in her second event.
Nick Represents GB in European Championships
Athlone July 3rd 2010
Nick Grimer showed that he could mix it with the big boys when he represented Team GB at the European Age Group Championships in Athlone. He finished 77th out of 387 overall, 12th in his age group.
Nick received his national call up after a qualifying race in Grendon, Northants. on May 9th. He was disappointed with his performance in that particular race, so was suprised to later learn that he had been awarded a place on the GB Team. Nicks time in Athlone was 1.10.13
Jamie's Fuertaventura Training Camp
Jamie did well this last fortnight by turning a family holiday into a full-on ironman training camp. Apparently, the swimming was a far cry from the Coronation Channel with great visibility and plenty of tropical fish. Cycling included tough mountain climbs on almost traffic free roads, with the hot temperatures periodically alleviated by fast flowing decents and strong winds.
On returning to the UK Jamie can look forward to swapping those nuisance sunrise runs by the ocean with idyllic fenland trudges...
...I think I might be jealous.
Success for Nick in Oundle
pactrac mini series #4 26th June 2010
Nick Grimer was overall winner in the 4th sprint triathlon of the Peterborough and Oundle clubs series. The Pactrac sprints consist of 400 yards of swimming, a ten mile cycle, finished off with a 3.5 mile run. This timely result comes just 1 week before Nick travels to Athlone, Republic of Ireland, to represent Team GB in the European Sprint Triathlon Age Group Championships.
Nick Grimer 50.55 1st overall
Epic Cycling Adventure for Christine
Spurn Head 404km Audax 26th June 2010
Spalding Tri's very own 'iron woman' Christine Payne re-affirmed her long distance credentials at the weekend when she embarked upon a 404km Audax. Starting and finishing at Sowerby in North Yorkshire, the cicular route took in a visit to Spurn Head. Christine finished the challenging ride in 23 hours and 15 minutes (....so this is why she insists on a 'proper' leather Brooks saddle!)
National Call-up follows Dambuster
Olympic distance triathlon 19th June 2010
Mike Staines, Jamie Graham and Steve 'Thomo' Thompson returned to this ever popular Rutland event, while Kelvin O'neil and Chris Pratt made their Olympic distance debuts. Christine Payne also represented the club, riding the bike leg in a female relay team.
The Dambuster is a qualifier event for the World Championships, so competition for every single position is always fierce. The challenging 'ripple' bike course and excellent organisation ensure that the race always commands a capacity, high quality field.
All Spalding Tri Athletes aquitted themselves brilliantly, Chris found out later that his 9th position in his age group was good enough to earn him a call up to Team GB, where he will represent his Country at the World Championships in Budapest on 12th September.
Chris 2.12.04 9th in age group
Thomo 2.30.38 52nd in age group
Jamie 2.33.19 68th in age group
Mike 2.35.27 24th in age group
Kelvin 2.54.10 41st in age group
Christine 1.30.43 (bike leg in team relay)
3.8km open water swim, Box End 6th June 2010
Three Spalding Triathletes took their wet suits for an ironman distance work-out at the Aquasphere sponsored event at Box End.
Chris Pratt, Martin Halifax and Neil Walker Faced stiff competition as there were many swim specialists among the field. Chris pushed the pace from the start and held on to finish 16th in a time of 52 minutes 36 seconds. Martin finished in 1 hour 12 minutes, a good trial run for his Bolton ironman attempt in August this Year.
Southwell Sprint Triathlon Sunday 30th May 2010
Spalding Triathletes Mike Staines, Jack Carpenter and Chris Pratt put in great performances at Southwell, the second race in the Midlands Championship series. Chris and Jack finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 20-24 age group while Mike finished 4th in the 50-54 age group. This set of results leave the trio in a great position going into the final race of the sprint series, which will be the David Lloyd Lincoln Triathlon, on 4th July.
Chris Pratt 0.55.30 22nd/500 2nd M20-24
Mike Staines 1.00.48 72nd/500 4th M50-54
Jack Carpenter 1.01.00 76th/500 3rd M20-24
Spalding Tri at Woodhall Spa Sunday 9th May 2010
Spalding Tri were out in force on Sunday, with 20 club members competing in the Woodhall Spa Sprint Triathlon. The weather stayed (mostly) dry and sunny, making for an enjoyable spectator event for the many friends and family members who traveled to Jubilee park in support of the Athletes.
There were many outstanding performances, most notably from Chris Pratt, who won the Male 20-24 age group in a time of 1:07:28. Chris, who comes from a background of competitive swimming, has worked hard on his running and cycling over the last 12 months and duly reaped the rewards on Sunday, finishing 16th overall from a field of 485 athletes.
Other ‘Podium’ Finishes came from Mike Staines 1:13:19 (2nd Male 50-54), Alistaire Rudd 1:11:38 (3rd Male 45-49) Jack Carpenter 1:14:08 (3rd Male 20-24)
Racing in their first triathlons were Aimee Stocker, Paul Linford, Sabina Dungarwalla and Callum McPartlin.
Sixteen year old Callum showed that he will be one to watch in the future, finishing 4th in the Under 20 age group.
Tom Drew had a race he would rather forget, after being involved in a head-on collision with another competitor as he reached completion of his Cycle leg. Both Athletes received medical attention at the scene of the accident before being driven back to the event in an ambulance.
Athletes, friends and families took advantage of the weather to conclude the day with a Barbeque in the Park. Many thanks to Neil for cooking for everyone, thanks also go to all those who turned out to support the athletes.
Full Club Results
Chris Pratt 1:07:28 1st M 20-24
John Young 1:11:32 8th M 35-39
Alistaire Rudd 1:11:38 3rd M 45-49
Mike Staines 1:13:19 2nd M 50-54
Jack Carpenter 1:14:08 3rd M 20-24
Jamie Graham 1:15:27 16th M 40-44
Steve Thompson 1:16:03 14th M 35-40
Andy McPartlin 1:16:29 19th M 40-44
Clive Dodds 1:17:.06 23rd M 40-44
Sam Rose 1:19:02 12th M 45-49
Callum McPartlin 1:19:28 4th M Under 20
Martin Halifax 1:20:15 9th M 50-54
Wayne Delahoy 1:24:01 22nd M 45-49
Kelvin O’Neil 1:24:59 13th M 50-54
Aimee Stocker 1:31:40 8th F 25-29
Paul Linfor 1:33:07 27th M 50-54
Sabina Dungarwalla 1:48:42 7th F Under 24
Jamie Green 1:51:53
Imogen Delahoy 1:54:27 8th F Under 24
Tom Drew DNF
Click here for the update from Woodhall Spa May 2010.
Blithfield Olympic distance Triathlon August 1st 2010
Alistaire Rudd returned to the part of the Country where he spent a lot of time as a teenager when he raced the Blithfield Triathlon on Sunday, here is his account of the occasion;
Its 7:30 on a Sunday morning - a very civilised time to have a triathlon but the bloke next to me in transition is asking about pins whilst I'm trying to catch the words of the announcer blowing about in the wind 'so which way does the swim go?' - Oh well I'm sure there will be someone to follow......
Its the Blithfield triathlon, a very relax affair, no threats of disembowelment if you don't pass on the bike within 30 seconds or wear your number inside out. For me its a return to place were I started running in my teens, 5 minutes by bike from my parents house.
The race itself is a very serious event, qualification for something very important so lots of pointy hats on the bike. The swim is over in a gulp of wetsuit black water, the bike route is great, with one hill which I remembered struggling up on my 3 geared bike, then its flat and winding. Now the run, it’s four years since my last olympic distance and I'd forgotten the intensity of the run, its not helped by my brother berating me for not digging in more, and there I was thinking this was for fun. Its all over in 2.23 ,a modest event in middle England