Ponteland Tri Go-Tri #1 Wed 22nd June

The first Go-Tri in 2016 for Ponteland Tri went off really well. We had 49 entrants, although we only got 42 on the day due to late work committments, illnesses and injuries. The marshalling from the club volunteers was brilliant and the weather couldn’t have been better.

Great to see a nice mix from experienced triathletes to beginners all enjoying the event, and this year we had a very competitive team competition between some club member families, a re-match may be required once we see the results!!

Although a low cost Go-Tri we did manage to manually log T1 and T2 times to give the participants as much of the triathlon experience as we could. This along with having race numbers written on their arms worked well in giving the full “tri” experience.

Swimmers started at 30 second intervals in the pool and in no time we had swimmers along with people in transition and bikes flying out to the mount line. With the short distances in a go-tri the event is soon in full swing and then very quickly over.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and we will upload as many photos as we can to our facebook page so look there for additional photos.

Anyway, here are the results. Well done to all and hope to see you again on Wed July 13th.

All the best from Ponteland Tri Volunteers.

Leeds WTS Triathlon

“I’m just going to go and enjoy it and make sure I don’t do anything stupid before IronMan Canada”

Now then, where’s my bike?

My famous last words before this weekend’s Leeds Triathlon. As some of you may have seen on BBC2, the annual UK round of the World Triathlon Series was held in Leeds this year and gave “age groupers” like me the chance to swim, bike and run the same course (well almost) as the elite athletes. Logistics for the event were a bit cumbersome as you’d expect with well over 5000 entrants but an early start in Wave 10 meant I was away without too much trouble. The water was downright warm so I was pleased to take it steady and still be out of the 1500m swim in just under 28 minutes. Unlike the elites, our transition involved a 600m run and packing our wetsuits into bags which we then had to carry to the bike mount line so my normally slow T1 transition was for a good reason this time. Then it was out onto a great bike course with some fast downhill sections as well as tough(ish) climbs.

Need to work on my IronMan shuffle

After a fairly good 40km bike leg I managed to somehow do a somersault over my handlebars at the dismount line. Having paused for a few seconds to count up my arms and legs (all still attached) I set off on the run – adrenaline clearly masking the damage to my wrist and the various other cuts and bruises.

The 10k run was a great experience as even though it was only 9:30 am, the route was already lined with noisy spectators cheering us on. Each lap took us through the grandstand area and we finished under the same clock as the elites (albeit with a much higher time on it). Thoroughly recommended event to all club members if it returns to Leeds next year especially as there are beginner and sprint distance races too.

Medal and also my special prize of genuine Leeds gravel rash


Club Championship Latest – June 12 2016

Here’s the latest table. We have a new leader, James Leiper, well done and well run!

I have attached the spreadsheet so you see how the scores are made up-CC CALCULATOR 2016

Any queries/errors please email clubchampionship@pontelandrunners.org.uk

best short #1 medium #2 medium best long TOTAL SCORE
1 James Leiper 75.1 76.4 71.1 67.6 290.2
2 Paul O’Neil 69.0 68.3 64.8 66.2 268.5
3 Elliott Ward 67.7 68.2 66.7 62.9 265.5
4 John McGargill 78.5 80.1 79.5 0.0 238.1
5 David Buffham 74.3 74.4 74.3 0.0 223.0
6 Helen O’Neil 59.9 57.7 52.1 52.2 221.9
7 Neil Ward 71.2 73.5 0.0 70.5 215.2
8 Nicola Conlon 58.7 73.4 0.0 67.4 199.4
9 Fiona McGargill 63.0 63.1 61.1 0.0 187.3
10 Kathyrn Lawson 56.0 53.9 0.0 50.3 160.2
11 Nick Wild 0.0 74.9 73.5 0.0 148.4
12 Mark Lyon 70.7 70.8 0.0 0.0 141.4
13 David Levison 0.0 71.9 0.0 67.4 139.3
14 Paul Holborow 68.4 66.9 0.0 0.0 135.4
15 Elaine Stroud 0.0 69.1 0.0 65.7 134.8
16 Mary Quigley 0.0 68.8 0.0 64.8 133.6
17 Abby Dobani 66.0 65.9 0.0 0.0 131.8
18 Daniel Barry 0.0 65.9 0.0 65.0 130.9
19 Nick Winslow 65.8 0.0 0.0 62.4 128.1
20 Dario Neri 63.9 64.0 0.0 0.0 127.9
21 Matthew Bell 66.0 0.0 0.0 61.0 127.0
22 Chris Kenyon 66.2 0.0 0.0 60.5 126.7
23 Laura Choake 0.0 66.6 0.0 58.4 125.1
24 Mark Kelly 0.0 63.1 0.0 59.7 122.8
25 Nicola Matthews 0.0 61.0 0.0 57.9 118.9
26 Miv Chahal 0.0 61.1 0.0 54.5 115.7
27 Nikki Renton 0.0 57.9 0.0 57.4 115.3
28 Richard Lowe 57.9 56.4 0.0 0.0 114.4
29 Paul Quigley 0.0 58.1 0.0 55.2 113.3
30 Aaron Hoyle 69.9 41.5 0.0 0.0 111.4
31 Kelly Hymer 57.4 53.1 0.0 0.0 110.5
32 Sue Baylis 0.0 76.7 0.0 0.0 76.7
33 Hannah Martin 0.0 74.5 0.0 0.0 74.5
34 Mick Meaney 0.0 72.4 0.0 0.0 72.4
35 Stefania Williams 0.0 0.0 0.0 71.5 71.5
36 Paul Doney 0.0 0.0 0.0 68.5 68.5
37 Mark Reynolds 0.0 66.0 0.0 0.0 66.0
38 Finlay Ward 65.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 65.2
39 David Legg 0.0 65.1 0.0 0.0 65.1
40 Grace Leiper 64.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 64.2
41 Roland Brown 0.0 0.0 0.0 62.3 62.3
42 Peter Bartholomew 0.0 0.0 0.0 61.0 61.0
43 David Stroud 0.0 0.0 0.0 58.7 58.7
44 Laura Rosby 57.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 57.8
45 Victoria Grace 0.0 57.0 0.0 0.0 57.0
46 Richard Winter 0.0 0.0 0.0 56.7 56.7
47 Gavin Townsend 0.0 56.7 0.0 0.0 56.7
48 Sarah Levison 0.0 0.0 0.0 56.5 56.5
49 Lesley Bennett 56.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 56.1
50 Kelly Graham 55.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 55.7
51 Rachel Grant 55.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 55.2
52 Chris Dodd 0.0 53.4 0.0 0.0 53.4
53 Colin Coulthard 0.0 53.4 0.0 0.0 53.4
54 Tina Kelly 0.0 0.0 0.0 50.9 50.9
55 Danni Jepson 0.0 49.4 0.0 0.0 49.4

 

Northumberlland Tri – Sunday 5th June

Druridge Bay, Northumberland is an ideal place for a triathlon, provided the weather is good. This year, unlike last year, nobody could complain about the weather. Today held many challenges for Ponteland Tri members, it was the last event before tapering for Ironman for David Stroud and Duncan, it was the first standard distance for Mark, John and Tina, and it was the first open water for myself doing the sprint distance along with Richard, David Legg and Danny.

As a nervous open water swimmer I kept out of the way at the mass start and this proved a good plan, it was very crowded cornering at the buoys even after the main field had gone. I managed a steady swim but struggled with removing the wetsuit in T1, lesson is I must learn from others on how to better manage T1. Although given it was my first attempt then maybe a 3 minute T1 isn’t all that bad???

The Sprint started at 08:00 with the standard following quickly at 08:05. With just a 5 minute gap I had the great experience at the end of the swim lap of having the leaders from the standard wave swim straight over the top of me, not fun!! Anyway I survived.

The bike leg was great, conditions were a little breezy by then but nothing to complain about, and the run was a lovely reverse lap of the park run route. Although we had also all found out that the new run route has added a little distance to the 5km on the sprint and the 10km n the standard making them 5.6km and 11.2km respectively.

Sprint results below, fantastic swim times from both Richard and Danny. I have to say I’m really pleased with my swim, it was all about getting round and “ticking the box” of having done open water. I’m encouraged by the performances of many of the other club members and really want to try and crack open water now……

Now the standard, great to see David and Duncan in with such strong performances, obviously ready for the challenge ahead in three weeks. Now I must mention John’s swim time which just shows how well John is swimming now, absolutely brilliant time, and also John’s first standard distance tri. Mark and Tina took their first standard in their stride and both finished looking comfortable and very happy. Well done all.

Picture to the left shows John flying into the finish looking happy and very pleased with his first completed standard distance.

Best finish photo has to go to Tina, see below. Next tri race report will probably be QE, watch out for the details. Hopefully with weather as good as Northumberland.