Ponteland Tri Go-Tri Wed 13th July

The second go-tri this year saw a great turnout, we had all 60 places sold-out prior to the event although only 47 participating on the day. It was a fine evening with a good range of experience and first timers taking part.  Picture to the left shows the ladies from the club who were taking part, some in their first triathlon so well done all. Results below,  club members highlighted in grey.


Good to see so many of the club members out, both volunteering to run the event and participating.  Hope everyone enjoyed the evening and is looking forward to the final go-tri this year on Wed 3rd August.

Club Championship latest – 4 July 2016

Well done to James who leads the Club Championship at the moment

best short #1 medium #2 medium best long TOTAL SCORE
1 James Leiper 75.1 76.4 72.5 67.6 291.6
2 Neil Ward 72.1 73.5 72.3 70.5 288.4
3 Nicola Conlon 58.7 73.4 72.7 67.4 272.2
4 Paul O’Neil 69.0 68.3 64.8 66.2 268.5
5 Elliott Ward 67.7 68.2 66.7 62.9 265.5
6 John McGargill 78.5 80.1 79.5 0.0 238.1
7 Nicola Matthews 52.2 61.0 57.8 57.9 228.9
8 David Buffham 74.3 74.4 74.3 0.0 223.0
9 Helen O’Neil 59.9 57.7 52.1 52.2 221.9
10 David Levison 0.0 71.9 70.0 67.4 209.3
11 Paul Holborow 68.4 66.9 66.0 0.0 201.3
12 Abby Dorani 66.0 65.9 62.8 0.0 194.7
13 Nick Winslow 65.8 65.4 0.0 62.4 193.6
14 Dario Neri 63.9 64.0 61.7 0.0 189.6
15 Fiona McGargill 63.0 63.1 61.1 0.0 187.3
16 Mark Kelly 0.0 63.1 63.1 59.7 185.9
17 Peter Bartholomew 0.0 64.1 58.9 61.0 184.0
18 Miv Chahal 0.0 61.7 61.1 54.5 177.4
19 Kathyrn Lawson 56.0 53.9 0.0 50.3 160.2
20 Sue Baylis 0.0 81.3 76.7 0.0 158.0
21 Nick Wild 0.0 74.9 73.5 0.0 148.4
22 Mark Lyon 70.7 70.8 0.0 0.0 141.4
23 Paul Doney 0.0 68.0 0.0 68.5 136.5
24 Elaine Stroud 0.0 69.1 0.0 65.7 134.8
25 Mary Quigley 0.0 68.8 0.0 64.8 133.6
26 Chris Wright 0.0 69.1 64.1 0.0 133.1
27 Daniel Barry 0.0 65.9 0.0 65.0 130.9
28 Mark Reynolds 0.0 66.0 63.5 0.0 129.6
29 Matthew Bell 66.0 0.0 0.0 61.0 127.0
30 Chris Kenyon 66.2 0.0 0.0 60.5 126.7
31 Sarah Levison 0.0 68.7 0.0 56.5 125.2
32 Laura Choake 0.0 66.6 0.0 58.4 125.1
33 Nikki Renton 0.0 57.9 0.0 57.4 115.3
34 Richard Lowe 57.9 56.4 0.0 0.0 114.4
35 Paul Quigley 0.0 58.1 0.0 55.2 113.3
36 Aaron Hoyle 69.9 41.5 0.0 0.0 111.4
37 Kelly Hymer 57.4 53.1 0.0 0.0 110.5
38 Hannah Martin 0.0 74.5 0.0 0.0 74.5
39 Mick Meaney 0.0 72.4 0.0 0.0 72.4
40 Stefania Williams 0.0 0.0 0.0 71.5 71.5
41 Finlay Ward 65.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 65.2
42 David Legg 0.0 65.1 0.0 0.0 65.1
43 Grace Leiper 64.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 64.2
44 Viv Ferrier 0.0 63.4 0.0 0.0 63.4
45 Roland Brown 0.0 0.0 0.0 62.3 62.3
46 David Stroud 0.0 0.0 0.0 58.7 58.7
47 Laura Rosby 57.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 57.8
48 Heidi Finlay 0.0 57.8 0.0 0.0 57.8
49 Victoria Grace 0.0 57.0 0.0 0.0 57.0
50 Richard Winter 0.0 0.0 0.0 56.7 56.7
51 Gavin Townsend 0.0 56.7 0.0 0.0 56.7
52 Lesley Bennett 56.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 56.1
53 Kelly Graham 55.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 55.7
54 Rachel Grant 55.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 55.2
55 Chris Dodd 0.0 53.4 0.0 0.0 53.4
56 Colin Coulthard 0.0 53.4 0.0 0.0 53.4
57 Matthias Schmid 52.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 52.4
58 Tina Kelly 0.0 0.0 0.0 50.9 50.9
59 Danni Jepson 0.0 49.4 0.0 0.0 49.4

Here’s the full spreadsheet for those interested - CC CALCULATOR 2016 Mac

Kirkley 10k, Wed 29th June

Driving home from work in the torrential rain did not exactly fill me with enthusiasm for an evening 10K.  This was also combined with memories of the Kirkley half marathon which reminded me that the route wasn’t exactly flat!!

Upon arrival I was relieved that the rain had stopped and to everyone’s amazement the sun began to make an appearance!  I looked around for familiar faces and was surprised that I couldn’t see any club colours considering it was such a local event and part of the club championship.

The start of the race was rather odd. We all gathered at the registration point where we were told that the race marshal would lead us to the start line in his car and that we should follow behind in an orderly fashion…. so off we went!  To begin with, we all wandered slowly up the road clearly trying to conserve energy.  Then the race marshal shouted out of his car window that we needed to get a move on!! Everyone was quite bemused by this but we did as we were told and upped the pace to a brisk march.  I definitely wasn’t the only one who was wondering where we were going!

The reason for the rush soon became apparent. A pop up start line had been dispatched from the back of a van onto the road (which was not closed) and those drivers who were out for an evening jaunt were definitely not expecting to come across a crowd of runners stood in the middle of the road!!  On the plus side, the mile(ish) march that we did was probably the best warm up I have ever done before a race!

Just before the start, the race marshal made an announcement “Hope everyone enjoys the race, the first 5km is uphill (massive sigh) have fun… 3, 2, 1 go.”  And we were off.

Everyone knows my race tactic is to go off far too fast and then hang on for dear life.  So true to form, this is what I did.  I managed to make good progress at the start despite the hills and when we got onto a section of straight road I could only see one woman ahead.  Wow – I could actually come second I thought… just need to make sure I don’t let any ladies past.  We headed up towards Shilvington before turning off onto quieter roads.  At this point the sun was shining and it was actually quite blinding so I begin wishing for the rain to return.

Somehow I managed to maintain the starting pace and by 5k I had caught up with the woman in front. Oh my goodness – I could actually win something I thought!!! From this point on I was determined not to let her get away so I tucked in behind her and hung on.  For the next couple of kilometres the only thing on my mind was Ogle.  I absolutely love Ogle.  Not just for its pretty little cottages and quirky name, but every time I see the sign for Ogle I always know I’m nearly home, whether that be the end of a torturous half marathon or the end of one of my bike rides.  It’s like the little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Eventually Ogle arrived and with it came some extra energy!  I could feel that the other woman was starting to tire.  Did I dare make a break or was it too early??  I felt like I was in a proper race – I’d never been in this situation before, it was stressful!   I knew there was roughly a mile left from this point, I decided that I could probably kill myself for the last mile if I just thought of ice cream or cakes or anything other than my legs.  So I decided to make a break.  My technique can only be described as absolutely legging it.  I had no idea if she tried to keep up or not, I didn’t look back.

To say I was happy to cross the finish line was an understatement.  The race marshal told me I was first lady home and asked if that was my plan?!  I just burst out laughing, then realised I couldn’t actually breathe and nearly choked.

After the race I found out that that I wasn’t the only Pont representative and that Nick Winslow wasn’t far behind winning 1st place for his age category!  So although there were only two of us, I think it’s fair to say we had a winning night for Pont!

 

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.