GO TRI Ponteland

Go Tri Ponteland – 2022

Ponteland Tri will be hosting three GO-TRI events in 2022. These are very friendly, low-cost and popular events. The dates for these will be:

Wednesday 18th May, 15th June and 13th 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’s:

As with previous years the Go Tri’s for 2022 are all based at Ponteland leisure centre and will start at 19:00hrs on Wednesday evenings: Wednesday 18th May, 15th June and 13th 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 2022 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.

We are using Triconnect event entry system this year. Please follow the links to enter the events or go to Triathlon England Events page.

Book your place quickly to avoid disappointment – these are always extremely popular events and sell out in advance (usually).

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 High School to avoid congestion in the leisure centre car park. This is only approx 300m from the leisure centre.

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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Naples City Half Marathon – 2022

Our roving runner Paul has been back on his travels, this time taking part in the Naples City half on 27 February 2022.

Here is his review of the beautiful run…

Well, after the Barcelona half last October the parental controls on my internet connection still hadn’t been blocked and I found the Naples Half in March 2022 on the list of possible races. I fancied a little trip away and although I’d been injured for a few months, I was returning to a bit of fitness again and I’d fancied this race as a target since before Christmas. 

With flights having to go via Paris Naples isn’t the easiest place to get to at this time of year. But this wasn’t going to stop me and I was soon booked up and on my way, flying out on the Thursday before the race. I would travel to Positano on the Amalfi coast for a couple of nights first as I’d wanted to hike some of the Path of The Gods trail which I did in glorious sunshine and it was stunning. I recommend this if you’re down in Sorrento or on the Amalfi coast itself. 

The Expo

Then it was back on the local train to Naples on the Saturday and to the Expo to collect my bib and rather nice Azzurri blue shirt. My hotel was on the North of the bay of Naples high on one of the steep hills that surround the city. The benefit of this was superb views across the bay and to the course, with Mount Vesuvius in the background.

It was a stunning location and the race day morning was perfect – blue sky, sunny and cool

Paul’s take on the views and conditions

A short taxi to the start area and the excitement as always builds and I got myself ready. We were accompanied by some Italian opera as we crossed the start line which was a bit different and the race started. In this out and back course, the first few km’s were slightly downhill, through a long tunnel and eventually we hit the marina. The course took us along the marina with Vesuvius in front of us. From here the course was pretty flat, and led us all around the bay to the turn to head back. The route deviated a little here and ventured in to the old quarter before returning to the marina once again. From there it was back the way we came, this time running back up the slight incline to the finish. 

Running along the coast with Vesuvius in the background

Overall, this was a nice little half marathon, a good course in a stunning location. A time of 1:54 was a decent return to running this distance and it was such an enjoyable weekend of walking and running it was just  a great trip. Now, I wonder what’s next!

Job done – a great run and wonderful experience
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