GO TRI Ponteland

Go Tri Ponteland – 2023

Following the success of last year’s events, Ponteland Tri will once again be hosting three GO-TRI events in 2023. These are very friendly, low-cost and popular events. The dates for these will be:

Wednesday 24th May, 21st June and 19th July @7pm.

GO TRI is an initiative launched by Triathlon England to provide people with the opportunity to take part in multisport events regularly and at a minimal cost. The events will be low key and therefore perfect for those wanting to give triathlon a go without the pressure of a full race event.

The aim of the events is for people to discover the sport and enjoying the achievement of finishing an event and believing that triathlon and its multi related distances is for them. For many who take part this will be there first entry into the sport and from there they will go onto standard club and commercial events already established on the calendar. The events will be short, easy to access and regular.

Wednesday Evening Go Tri events:

As with previous years the Go Tri’s for 2023 are all based at Ponteland leisure centre and will start at 19:00hrs on Wednesday evenings: Wednesday 24th May, 21st June and 19th July.

The cost per entry will remain at only £10. Team entries are allowed.

The minimum age for participants is 15 however, competitors who are currently 14 but will be 15 by 31st December 2023 can enter. The places available for each event are limited to 70 and therefore, pre-entry is required to avoid disappointment. Entry is available on the day unless sold out before hand.

Entries to all 3 events are now open and can be booked via the British Triathlon website here. Book your place quickly to avoid disappointment – these are always extremely popular events and usually sell out in advance. 

Event detail

Swim – 200m (8 lengths)

The swim participants will be set off at individual times and swim 2 lengths in each of the 4 lanes making in total an 8 length (200m) swim. Swimmers will start in lane 1, swim 2 lengths then duck under the lane ropes to lane 2. In lane 2 they will swim 2 lengths then duck under the lane ropes to lane 3. This is then repeated in lane 3 and 4 as illustrated below.

Bike route

The route will be sign posted with large yellow signs with black direction arrows.

Run Route

Please ensure you are familiar with the route and follow the red and white Go Tri signs placed around the route. Please follow the highway code at all times.

A copy of the event rules can be found here.

Parking will be at Ponteland Leisure Centre, please arrive no later than 6.30pm to listen to the pre-event briefing.

Marshals will be present to make sure the entrance to the leisure centre is kept clear of traffic for the safety of the participants.

We are always keen to enlist the help of volunteers for these events as without their help, these events would not take place. If you would like to help volunteer, please contact Mick at gotri@pontelandtri.org.uk.

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Lake Maggiore 10k race report (5 November 2023)

Ciao tutti!

Yep, you’ve guessed already, I’ve been to Italy for yet another run. Back to Lake Maggiore again but this time doing the 10k with my son, Tom, our first race together. The races consisted of 10k/21k/33k and 42k – a smorgasbord of distances for everyone!

Flying out to Milan Bergamo first thing on Saturday morning, we headed for the bus that would take us to Milan Centrale train station for the train to Arona. Here we crossed the street from the station to the Expo and picked up our bib and race shirt, which is actually a good one this time! It was raining and quite cool, but the forecast was for sun and fine conditions for the race the next day so we hoped for the best. Then it was back on the train again north to Stresa where we’d booked a funky air bnb at the upper end of this quaint village.

That evening the heavens opened and it rained very heavily, but we woke up the following morning to beautiful sunny skies and ideal running conditions. I have been here twice before and been very lucky with the weather and this time it was once again perfect. Again, back on the train north for a couple of stops and then a short walk to the start line of the 10k. This is the last 10k of the marathon so as we joined other runners we knew they were on the full marathon course to the finish at Verbania.

The course takes you north along the western shore of the lake to the village of Verbania. Not a long course I grant you, but it is a very scenic – quite flat, picturesque villages to run through and the lake constantly on your right-hand side with stunning views. With the right weather and running with Tom, it was just perfect and I was on a massive high. Having discussed whether we would run together or separately, and not actually reaching a firm plan on either, we ended up running very close together for most of the way and we finished across the line together which was great. Considering this was Tom’s first race and first time he’s run 10k, he did brilliantly, even if he complained of sore feet and tight calfs at the finish! Mind you, so did I ha ha!!

And so there you have it. My third time to that area and I will be back. I feel very at home when I go there, and keen next time to explore nearby Lake Orta and hike a few trails and do a little trail running too. If only I had more time…well, we’ll have to see about that and what I can fit in. I’ll keep you posted.

Paul Holborow Club Treasurer

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