At this time of year, some of our athletes are travelling far and wide to take part in qualifying events for the GB team. Report from Ian Atherton.
Six Alnwick Tri athletes today raced the World Champs qualifier, Deva Olympic distance tri in Chester. A brilliantly well organised event with registration open on Saturday and each of the 8 swim waves starting on time to the second.
This Roman city is a brilliant venue for triathlon. It has fine historic architecture and, from observing on the streets and listening until the wee hours, is much favoured by stag and hen parties. A bit like Newcastle, but there the similarity ends.
The river is clean, and was reasonably warm today at 17 degrees, the bike ride is undulating and fast with a skirmish into the Welsh Borders. The run crossed the river 6 times and was flat, largely across open pasture and river bank and totally traffic free.
There were over 1000 entrants with many cheering supporters lining the side of race, none more vocal than Geoff and Emma Givens daughters Erin and Chloe. Our names were on our race numbers so we were cheered by name the whole way round the run route by many very generous people.
Fastest home from Alnwick was Ed Hillier in 2:21:22 in a very strong group.
Heading for Rotterdam in 6th place was Vee in 2:23:42.
Denise Drummond came home in 9th place with a time of 2:36:38, Lisa Williams in 17th place in 2:40:32. Ian Ath in his first standard distance race finished in 2:47:43 and Geoff Givens in 2:58:36.
We missed Angie Doughty who had to pull out last week because of injury.
Alnwick ladies cool off after the race at Strathclyde.
Glasgow’s Strathclyde Country Park was the host venue for the British Sprint Triathlon Championships over the bank holiday weekend, attracting top triathletes from all over the UK including some of Alnwick’s finest multi sport competitors.
First up were the veteran men with Phill Hall and Steve Carragher battling through a large field in the 750m loch swim. Steve settled into a comfortable pace to exit in 5th position whilst Phil swam a PB to come out of the water in 38th. Phil’s bike strength showed as he blasted through the field on the undulating 20km bike leg, clocking the second fastest time to start the run in 16th whilst Steve dropped to 10th. With temperatures over 24degrees, fast run times were unlikely however Steve worked hard to make up a few places to finish in seventh place and Phil ran a good 5km to complete the British championships in 18th position.
The Female veterans were next into the loch including a strong quartet of Denise Drummond, Victoria Curry, Tracey Sample and Lisa Williams from Alnwick. ‘Coach D’ demonstrated her fantastic swim background by exiting the water in 2nd position. ‘Coach T’ was not far behind in 6th and then Victoria and Lisa closely followed into T1 in 10th and 12th. Denise held her position throughout the 4 lap bike leg, entering transition 2 in second position. Meanwhile Lisa moved up to 9th, Victoria to 10th and Tracey dropped to 12th. This made for exciting viewing for the final run leg as Denise held on for the bronze medal in her age group, a fantastic achievement which will no doubt inspire her students at the Duchess high school when she returns after half term. Another battle was continuing behind as Lisa stormed through the run to finish in 9th. Victoria had a great run to hold on to 10th and Tracey was happy to be competing at the highest level again following hip surgery, finishing in 12th.
Next up for Alnwick were Stephen Cowell and Ian Atherton in the over 50’s men’s race. Both men had strong swims and consolidated their positions on the bike with Stephen entering T2 in 42nd and Ian 12th in their age groups. Ian and Stephen ran great final legs to finish in 14th and 34th respectively in their age groups.
Audrey Stewart and Lynne Bannister were competing in the over 50’s female race and both acquitted themselves well in tough fields. Audrey swam, biked and ran consistently to finish a strong 12th in her age group and Lynne competed well to come 10th in hers.
Four Alnwick Tri Juniors travelled up to Scotland for the British Championships to be held on exactly the same course as the adults. Millie Breese, competing in the Tristar 2 race (aged 11 to 12) made a great start, swimming in contention with the leaders and then rode a great bike leg to enable her to capitalise on her strong running style. She Breezed home in a fantastic 6th position in a very strong field.
In Tristar 3 (13 to 14 years) Max Breese and James Carragher were joined at the hip throughout the swim and bike legs and came into T2 alongside each other having biked themselves into the top 10. Max ran well to finish in 12th position and James dropped to 16th.
Maddy Hall was Alnwick’s sole representative in Tristar 3 girls and performed well. Her bike leg was one of the fastest and she ran strongly to finish in 13th.
Some great performances at Alnwick Sprint Tri this morning, the early morning light rain would have affected the first wave or two out on the bike but stopped for the majority of competitors flying around a fantastic bike course and a great hilly out and back run.
Well done to everyone who took apart – you are all winners now that you have your finisher’s medal!
Perfect performances from our top 3 men and women
- Graham Crammond
- Lewis Timmins
- Matt Collsion
- Christine Burns
- Lyndsey Curry
- Alicia Lauckner
The rest of the results can be found here
Finally a huge thank you to all of our marshals for getting up really early to cheer everyone on. Without you we wouldn’t be able to hold such a fantastic race.
We plan to start adult open water swim training in Ladyburn lake, Druridge bay Country Park on Thursday the 18th May 2017 at 7pm. Junior sessions will commence at a later date (notification will be placed on the Junior facebook page).
The lake water needs to be tested and a clear test certificate received before any Alnwick tri club events take place.
Please print off the file attached and bring a signed copy to the lakeside on the first session you attend. This will speed up the process for the lakeside marshal who will be giving up their swim time so that others can participate.
Open Water Safety Rules and Code of Conduct 2017
British Triathlon are running a training course on open water swimming in Doncaster on the 14th May. We would love to send some members down as we feel this would be a great benefit to the club and the individuals.
The one day workshop is designed to help inform and educate individuals wishing to support safe open water swimming.
If interested, go to the thread on the Facebook members page or contact the committee secretary at stubruce66 [at] gmail [dot] com
An amazing day of racing in GoTri Northumberland at Amble
It was great to see some grudge matches with friends and family racing each other all adding to the atmosphere.
Amazing shout out to Heather Dickinson who is in the Super Vintage Age group (70+) who was up there mixing it with the youngsters.
The Senior winners were Steve Cowell, beating Chris Davison by 4 sec & a convincing win by Adele Armatige.
The Junior winners were James Carragher by only 6 seconds over Finlay Wilde & Hannah Johnson, who was only 2 sec quicker than Maddy Hall.
I also thought the Juniors were amazing. As the are too young to go out on the open road, they had to cycle three times round the 500m loop of hilly, slipperly, grass whilst avoiding the potholes. I’m sure that was much harder than the pan flat 3 miles of road the adults had to use.
Photos will be posted on our FB site soon.
Results are attached below and I hope we see you aging soon at another event
GoTri Northumberland 2017 Results working copy
Go Tri Northumberland will have an adult and a junior race this year.
The events will take place at Amble Health and Leisure Club on Sunday 9th April with first swimmers in the water at 8am.
Adult race (aged 14+)
200m pool swim, 3 mile bike along the quiet links road, 1km run on grass
Junior race (aged 9-13)
80m pool swim, 1km bike on grass, 500m run on grass
for entry and more information click link below
GoTri Northumberland Entry
25th June 2017
Based around the Druridge Bay Country Park on the beautiful Northumberland coast approximately 3 miles south Amble.
The Alnwick Junior Tri @ Druridge is an openwater triathlon for TS1, TS2, TS3 and Youth age groups.
For the TriStars the event counts towards the North East Junior Grand Prix Series.
The openwater swim takes place in the freshwater Ladyburn lake within the park (wetsuit mandatory). The bike course will take you out along a scenic traffic free tarmac route between the park and the dunes, before you return back to the park to complete the run course around the footpaths and meadow tracks on the south side of the lake.
Your entry of £20 (£21 non-BTF member) includes an event medal and printed T-shirt.
The park offers cafe and toilet facilities, a kids play area to keep the little ones entertained, as well as free parking and easy access to the beautiful beach, perfect for a fun family day out.
Alnwick Sprint tri will happen on 7th May 2017
Alnwick Sprint Tri is now SOLD OUT
to put your name on the reserve list please contact the race organisers on
alnwicktri2017 [at] gmail [dot] com
Other forms of communication are not regularly monitored so please do not attempt to use the ‘contact us’ forms.
We look forward to welcoming you all on the day
Thanks to Northumbrian Water for providing bottled water for drinks stations on the day:
The annual club A.G.M. will be held on Friday 2nd December at Alnwick Rugby Club. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm and will be followed by a buffet.
Please come along and support your club and committee. If you feel you could contribute to the club by joining the committee please contact Stu Bruce. stubruce66 [at] gmail [dot] com
We look forward to seeing you there.