Ryton Tri Awards Night Click here to see who won what.
Wasdale Tri - again Just like the race itself, Madders has taken a lot longer to finish his race report than Gareth. Find out what it was like at the back of the field here.
Ryton Tri Awards Night
Saturday 16th November, Blaydon Rugby Club
We are still selling tickets for the Do, so please let us know how many you want. We do need to know in advance in order to make sure there's enough food to go around, particularly as we triathletes are known for our appetites and clearing the lot! Tickets are £15 each, which includes a hot meal, awards presentation and a disco at Blaydon Rugby Club on Saturday November 16th. All family and friends are welcome, so feel free to invite more people if you like.
Ironman UK It may be late - but it's well worth the wait - click here for Dean Swanston's race report.
Wasdale Half Ironman Billed as the world's hardest half ironman! It would seem to be a piece of cake for Gareth Huxley and Joe Horne - coming 2nd and 7th overall!! Also taking part was Big-E (of course!) who came in 36th position and Ian Maddison coming in 48th position. Here's Gareth's story of his race - he makes it sound like a walk in the park!!.
Teesdale Triathlon New member, Craig Berry, under his new colours of Ryton Tri came 10th overall in this triathlon. He tells me that he plans on doing an ironman in 2015 - mad bugger!
World Championships Rachel Walmsley qualified for the ITU World Championships this year. Click here to read the story of her race.
Ironman Japan Short version: Good swim, good first half bike, crap second half in high winds/heavy rain, got cold, didn't eat, died second half of run - but finished !! Longer versionhere
Ironman Wales 2013 Click here to read Joe Horne's report of his race.
Challenge Henley-on-Thames 2013 Click here to read Gareth Huxley's story of his race.
Newbiggin Tri This popular triathlon always seems to get windy weather. Gemma Frost came 2nd in category (1:15:32), Hedley Fletcher 41st in category (1:17:10) and Rachel Walmsley 4th in category (1:20:41). Excellent results for a blustery day and strong competition.
Lakeland Triathlon A few Ryton Tri lads went through to Bassenthwaite last weekend and braved wind and rain to take part in the Lakeland Tri. Matthew Alderson (2:32:30) came 34th overall and 16th in age group,
Hedley fletcher (2:38:03) 49th and 20th,
Dean Swanson (2:42:20) 75th and 31st and
Andrew Aplin (2:58:34) 152nd and 18th.
Our youths and juniors are doing a fantastic job - here are some recent results:
Sprint triathlon, Shropshire Congratulations to Joel Atkin on coming 4th overall and 1st in his age group (he'll be 17 in October)
Super Series Aquathlon, Birmingham Good news for the Chambers. After a season dogged by illness, Philippa was 1st in the youth category and Greg, only a 1st year junior, finished 5th in the juniors.
World Duathlon Championships Calum goes from strength to stength this season - 3rd in the world duathlon championships! What a brilliant season Calum has had and what a great credit he is to the North East - desolate that it is!! Isaac Dunn also took part and finished 3rd in the Age Group Championships - he's only 17 too!! Here's Calum's finishing efforts!
Think Calum gave it all he had!!
Hilly 21 Congratulations to Josh Teasdale (Quickvit Trainsharp) overall winner of the Hilly 21 in a time of 45:40. Fastest female was Dawn Sherrin (GS Metro) in a time of 55:58. Full results can be found here and photos will follow shortly.
Ironman UK Ryton Tri now boasts 3 new Ironmen - Dean Swanston, Dave Ellis and Mathew Alderson. Well done to all 3! Thanks to Matthew (left) for his report: Stats first..............
Swim 1.02, Bike 6.24,Run 3.47,Total 11.23
Overall position 192
I took the "Alderson" Team with me, my parents together with Danielle, who claims to be an Ironman widow. My two children were being looked after by the in laws who took them early so I could soak up all the atmosphere and make sure my preparations were correct. My bike was duly polished and all my kit in the correct bags.
The day of the race arrived.....The water at Pennington Flash was a balmy 22 degrees. It was a calm damp morning. The lake a mill pond. Perfect I thought. I entered the water early and tried to get near to the start. 1600 swimmers in the water for a mass start is quite something. All the training at Hetton paid off, I felt much more confident and actually enjoyed the swim. I completed the first lap in 30 minutes and the second in 32 minutes.
Although I didn’t know it Dean was catching me up on the bike ride. For a period we played cat and mouse. It was a grueling 112 miles with 3 laps of a circuit taking in most of the Bolton countryside. Team Alderson shouted encouragement from Adlington, in the sunshine, with the neighbourhood enjoying a really good day out.
Throughout the run I took on as much food as I could including at least 20 bananas
, countless powergels and gallons of cola. This kept me going .............and continued to keep me going for hours after the race !! The rain arrived as predicted. I was delighted, not only did it cool me down but it washed the sticky gels off my hands. The route was again over 3 laps with the finish in Bolton city centre. My brother, Andrew, (who was an Ironman 2012) said I would suffer from band envy. After each lap you get a band to indicate how many laps you have done. It is most disheartening to see runners with 3 bands when you only have 1! I was thrilled to get the third band and make my way through the cheering crowds to the finishing line to be pronounced “Matthew Alderson you are an Ironman”
I’m off now to have my tattoo done, although the man in the shop said he’d never heard of Ironman. He asked...."Can I find it on the internet" ?????
My wife doesn’t know it yet but I think she might be an Outlaw widow next year ..............
Big E smashes PB at Bamburgh half ironman distance Last Sunday (29th Jul) we awoke to a torrent of rain and gale force winds but not to be put off and accused by Madders of being a wimp off we set for the start at a heady time of 10.00 am - a sleep in by tri standards. A few strange looks from the locals as we walked down to the start in a wet suit with an umbrella up but got to keep hair dry till the last moment. Tough to rack bike with disc on and had to use some tent pegs and rope to get the bike to stay on the bike racks - hint - used quick release knots so as not to slow down transition.
The seas were huge but Big E ploughed through the waves and despite being interfered with by a large male seal turned on by anything in a black wet suit - and I'm convinced I didn't smell like a herring - completed the two lap course in 19 minutes - I'm positive in my mind I did two laps but nobody said anything - Grant Hackett eat your heart out. A protest afterwards to the race ref brought no justice as seals are not covered in the BTA manual - Dr Bob note. Then it was a 300m sprint up the beach to transition and despite the weather packed with roaring crowds of 1000s.
Out onto the bike course which was flooded in many parts not only with water but with Sunday drivers speeding along at 10 mph looking at the scenery. Then there were the walking dead 'tourists' - jay walking whist eating their fish and chips in Seahouses most requiring more turning room than the mini roundabout. Why oh why don't they get clothes that fit and keep their bits in. So it was onto Craster - funny how even if you haven't eaten any you get that taste of kippers in the mouth just at the thought of Craster - or maybe it was that new Bacon and Egg flavoured energy gel just not quite perfected yet. So two laps of the bike through numerous water jumps just nicely bringing us round to Seahouses for the second time just in case we missed the crowds the first time. Anyway a spectacular time of 2 hrs and 15 mins for the 56 miles - pretty fast by even my standards - Boardman eat yer heart out.
Now for the run of three laps along the coastal path up to the golf course mini roundabout - somebody shouted 4 but I'm sure it was only 3 laps and back around a laborious route around castle dodging the by now sated tourists but now anxious to photograph anything and everything especially if it's running straight towards them. By now the sun was out - typical just when you don't need it! But we persevered getting faster each lap and crossing the line in 1 hr and 15 mins - Gebreselassie would be proud.
So a total time of 4 hrs 5 mins - what a race BUT------------------
Please ignore all the above as its complete rubbish as the race was cancelled !!
Prince Bishops Challenge 2013 Important announcement
It is with regret that we are forced to cancel this year’s Prince Bishops Challenge that was due to take place on Sunday the 11th August 2013 at Derwent reservoir sailing club.
With just over 2 weeks to go before the race the number of entrants has not reached the required level to allow us to break even on the event and even if numbers were to pick up we would still be looking at a substantial loss on the event.
The budget for the race has steadily increased throughout the years and as the numbers have fallen it has become more difficult to stage a professional race with the entry fees received.
As the event is run by and financed by Ryton Tri club I am sure you will appreciate that any loss would need to be funded by the club finances and this is a risk that we are not prepared to take with the clubs hard earned funds.
Anybody who has entered to date will receive a full refund of their entry fees by cheque and we will look to post out all the cheques by the end of next week to allow us time to go through the necessary admin to achieve this task.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision and would like to thank everyone that has supported the Prince Bishops events in the last 15 plus years of the event.
Prince Bishops race organising committee
Age Group World Triathlon - London Congratulations to Rachel Walmsley for qualifying for her first Age Group World Triathlon Championships to be held in London.
Weardale Tri Hedley Fletcher - came 21st (1:19:18) overall and 7th vet. Caroline Murray also completed this race in 1:34:58.
Ironman Austria Read Gareth Huxley's race report here.
British Triathlon Championships - Liverpool Congratulations to Calum Johnson for his first place position in the elite junior race and 3rd overall (ie he beat ALL the adults bar 2!!).
Sun City Tri Big-E gets a PB (1:06:07) at this race despite his need to wear a blond wig to be considered for the V60 female category that he had been placed in! Ian Walton was 2nd V40 (1:00:32) followed closely by Alan Blakie (1:01:02), then Paul Robin (1:07:39). Big-E's target for the day was to beat Alan on the bike which he did in 27.36 - 7th overall fastest on bike - not too shaby for an old git !!!! [Big-E's words!]
Northumberland Tri I missed out a new name - Hedley Fletcher - who did his best sprint distance time of 1:20:53 (11th vet).
Sprint distance: Ian Walton was 1st Vet in 1.10.56 in the sprint, Peter Clark 15th SV and Rachel Walmsley 2nd V female.
Standard Distance: Big E was 1st V60 in 2.32.50 and Fred Smith 14th vet in 2.37.58 (the swim was over 2000m - they moved the bouys due to the weeds but didn't adjust the overall course - even the top swimmers came out in 30 mins and were surprised when they glanced at their watches!!)
One Life Kids Triathlon Hexham Our youngest members competed yesterday at Onelife Tri at Hexham. Well done to Daniel Dixon who was on the podium in the T2 category. Our very youngest member, Joe Swanston did the diddy duathlon (too young for the tri) and was 3rd. It was a run/bike and he had a proper Cav face as he was sprinting for the finish. Two very determined boys for the future. My Isabel did the 4/5 year olds duathlon and was '2nd lady - is it too soon to join her up too?
Congratulations to Tim Pigott who completed the ironman in a very respectible time of 11:28 at Nice!
Big-E finished 7th in his age group (60-64) in 12:56:08, Alan Blakie came 34th in his age group (30-34) in 10:33:01 [Eric must be running out of ironman races that he's not yet done.....!]
Ian Walton was 3rd Vet in a time of 1:20:07, followed by Tim Piggot in 1:26:12, then Big-E in 1:27:27 (1st Vintage!), then Hedley Fletcher in 1:38:30.
Greg Chambers 6th Senior 1.07.49, then Big E first Vintage 1.17.35, Paul Robinson 16th Senior 1.18.03, Rachel Walmsly 2nd Vet Female 1.19.53, Fred Smith 19th Vet 40 1.21.59 and finally Joel Atkins 21st senior 1.22.00.
First Ryton home and only, due to Ian Walton suffering a mechanical, - his handle bars came loose - was Big E in 1.12.13. Could mention the Batey sisters as they kind of will always be Ryton Tri - Natalie came home in 1.09.14 2nd female just ahead of Jennifer 3rd female in 1.10.49.
Thanks to Big-E for these reports
Rachel Walmsley has also being doing well in the National Age Group Sprint championships in Nottingham, finishing in the top 10. Clearly, her new aero hat has helped her! :-)
Bored of Ironman?
26th May 2013, The Fisherfield Six
The Fisherfield Six are six of the most remote and toughest Munros in the Fisherfield Wilderness near Ullapool. To complete them traditionally involves three days: first day is the 320mile drive from Newcastle, plus an 8km walk to the "base camp" of Shenavall; day two involves the 25km, 6 Munro circuit with 2500m of cumulative height gain, which most guide books recommend about 14hours for; day three you walk back out from Shenavall and enjoy a decent B&B in Ullapool!
Laura and I were lucky that conditions were excellent, but "excellent" in Scottish high mountains still means 4 seasons in one day and in the course of our route I wore everything from just T shirt and shorts to trousers, 3 layers on top + full weight Goretex jacket due to the effects of wind, height and presence (or not) of the sun. We arranged it so that I carried everything in the rucksack: spare clothes, full waterproofs, survival gear, enough food for two for expected time of around 13 hours. No water carried though as I used a filter bottle and filled from streams and small pools en route. We did a clockwise traverse and went straight up the nose of the first Munro from Shenavall. This was my choice as, although pretty tough - 2hrs 15 mins to gain the 900 odd metres from Shenavall, which is effectively at sea level - it saves an extra 3km on the flat. We reached the summits of the 6 Munros after 2:15, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 8:15, with a 3 hour walk off to complete the circuit back to Shenavall in a respectable 11hrs 15mins - about the same time as a swift Ironman! The expected challenges of severe river crossings and wild bogs didn't really materialise, but none of the reports I read previously made any mention of the scarcity of fresh water once the heights of the horseshoe are gained, however we managed fine with the filter bottle. Likewise with food, although every last scrap had been consumed by the time we finished.
Lanzarote Ironman In what was billed "the worst weather conditions in 22 years", Fred Smith completed the Lanzarote Ironman in just under his planned 13 hours. He has promised a race report for this website.....
Flat ordinary marathons are not enough of a challenge for our extra-ordinary Ruth Dance - who came 1st vet (robbed of 3rd overall position) in the recent Scafell Marathon. Also taking part in this Keswick Mountain festival weekend was Mathew Alderton in the long race - which is part of his prep for his Ironman attempt later.
Saturday afternoon swimming – moaning and complaining to anyone who’ll listen that I don’t like racing, I’m tired, I’m out of form, I’ve only ran these 2 miles down to swimming in the last 10 days, I don’t like racing, I’m tired .....
Sunday morning, 7am Meadowfields, Co Durham. 7°C, wind at least 20mph (ie 10mph more than forecast), grey, cold, blowing drizzle cue more chanting to myself, “I don’t like racing ....”.
I get my act together though, get organised and get out on my bike for 30 mins sussing out the wind strength and wind direction, knowing that there’s no substitute for putting your nose in it to truly feel the conditions. And knowing that no-one else is going to be as obsessive (or as stupid!) to be doing this at this time of the day. The recce is worth it: the wind is actually ok-ish and the first drag up from the roundabout is still do-able on the big ring, same as it was when I won 2 years ago, so this is one positive thing.
I carry on with the signing on and warm up ritual, inbetween nearly reaching double figures and a personal record for my number of pre-race wees. I run around the run lap and suss out the wind there too and am pleasantly surprised to feel my legs actually feel ok running. I wouldn’t go so far as to say, "game on", but I’m mildly more positive than I was an hour ago.
Before I know it, it’s start time and I’m the lone Ryton Tri athlete on Coalfields Racing Team heavy front row of the start line.
The gun goes off and eventual winner Daniel Jenkin of Durham Uni pelts off at 5 ½ minute mile pace never to be seen again, while the rest of us stay fairly compact running around 6 minute mile. I come out of the run in about 6th place and within one mile of the bike and with the help of the first uphill drag I move into second place, ahead of Elliot and Gary from Coalfields. On the run in to Esh Winning, Elliot and I tussle a bit but his raw power on the flat allows him to open up about 50m on me by the foot of the climb, where I come by him again and open up a reasonable gap. But I know that he’ll ride the tailwind descent back to the finish more strongly than me and, sure enough, I’m spinning out top gear just try to keep him within 100m when he inevitably re-passes me on the run-in. Can’t tell how fast I’m going but it must be around 40mph. No computer on the aero bike as Haydn Maughan told me to take it off and, "use the force, Master Luke". One last drag up to Meadowfields allows me to close the gap to Elliot again and we come in to T2 very closely matched.
Elliot bounds out of T2 more quickly than I and it takes me half a lap to get back on terms. I’m still feeling good and take the lead, feeling strong enough to surge up the back-straight hill and into the headwind, trying to snap the elastic between us. I keep pushing on the second lap, then finally on the last half of the third and final run lap, I surge again and get away and open a little gap that keeps growing. Anything to avoid a sprint finish! So I do it: I don’t repeat my 2011 win, but I put in an excellent race to finish second. I congratulate Elliot at the finish and get myself dressed.
After the race I meet up with my teammate, Isaac Dunn. He’s a real rising star for Ryton, just 17 but an incredible runner and I’m sure he’ll improve further as a cyclist. As well as winning the Junior prize at Durham, Isaac was 10th overall , which complements his fine performances in the Stokesley and Morpeth duathlons this year. We make quite a team: a slightly dis-gruntled 40 something and a fresh-faced teenager, but between us we ain't done too bad this spring! Results courtesy of Durham Triathlon Club. Photos courtesy of Jason Conrad Photography & Design.
Ryton Tri 2-Up TT
Congratulations to Harry Armstrong and Christopher Isats of Berwick Wheelers who were the overall male winners of the 2-up TT in a time of 38:34 (ave pace 28 m/hr) and to Bev Blakeman and Dawn Sherrin of Infinty Cycles RT who were the overall female winners in a time of 45:38 (ave pace 23.7 m/hr). We also had a strong junior contingent racing and the overall junior winners were Jack Willis and Jordon Hull of Border City Wheelers in a tine of 43.52 (ave pace 24.6 m/hr). First mixed team was won by Kerry Gowland and Michael Proud in a time of 44:55 (ave pace 24.0 m/hr). Full results can found here and by category here. And here's a picture of Ryton's newest mascot and marshal:
Allendale Challenge Race report by Mark Sowerby Allendale Challenge in the bag. Loads of fun but very hard despite the good weather on the day.
The run had been shortened to 23.3 miles, (according to my GPS watch), to avoid the deep snow which had fallen earlier in the week.
I bumped into Madders before the race who is recovering from illness and said it was his first long run for some time.
I was running with one of my mates from Greenside who has done the Challenge before. We kept a good pace and were probably placed in the top 35-40 runners by main checkpoint at the road before the ascent to Killhope Law, (see pic). Once we turned off road again to head up towards Killhope the track was packed with walkers, (who set-off 2 hrs before us), and it was hard to make any progress past them.
On the long decent Ian caught us for the first time, which was a surprise as I had assumed he was ahead from the start. We pushed on a little after a while and Ian fell behind a couple of hundred metres.
The organisers took out the Long Drag this year to avoid some lambing fields which had been hit hard by the recent weather and bad winter. The alternative route was shorter but a lot steeper and all the competitors walked up a hill reminiscent of the Struggle.
At about mile 19 my mate bonked big time. We had to walk until mile 22 by which time Madders had already passed us again along with a few other runners. With an injection of Energy Gel, Kendal Mint Cake and Gummy Bears my pal managed to pull himself back to the living and we ran the last mile and a half down into Allendale and we finished 4hr 50min. 61st & 62nd out of 110 finishers and 4 mins behind Madders.
Morpeth Duathlon, Monday 1st April: Report by Philip Addyman Crazy little thing called ... Power! Finally, after spending Spring 2013 in Duathlon Mediocre-land, I managed to answer a question that has been baffling my local vet to a considerable degree these last few weeks – yes, there is indeed some life in the old dog. Whilst my form may have taken a bit of an upturn, that’s not to say the weather did: it was slightly warmer than Stokesley last week, but still only around 6°C. There was a more moderate wind from the East that would aid the outward bike leg. This event was extremely well organised by Tri Northumberland – they’re clearly not just very good at organising open water swims for the benefit of all NE triathletes. The town centre of Morpeth was all closed off to traffic and this makes a great difference to your feeling of safety and security when you race. The rest of the bike was on quiet lanes to Netherwitton and, apart from a couple of potholes, there were no hazards here either.
With this being a qualifying event for yet another of Boxing’s – whoops, sorry, Triathlon’s - highly prestigious “World Championships”, I expected a lot of top class athletes from outside the region and so I anticipated a slide even further outside the top ten that I scraped at Stokesley the week before. And so it seemed as the run set off up Morpeth’s high street for three swift laps, with me quickly down in 20th or something and the field disappearing in the distance. With three fast laps of just over a mile completed I moved up a little bit, but setting the world on fire I clearly wasn’t and I think I still had at least 15 guys ahead of me.
For the second week running though I did a very sleeky T1 and got myself out sharp on the bike and down and aero for the first drag out of Morpeth towards the Fair Moor turn. And just then I thought I felt it: speed, power, motion, but I wasn’t too sure. I was very glad I had recced the course on Friday and so knew that there was just over 300 cumulative metres of climbing on the circuit but all the climbs were big ring drags that you could power up without blowing up – if you had power. And all of a sudden I did! Five riders passed on the drag to Pigdon and all of a sudden I’m not so Mr-Legs-Can-Barely-Move-Dodgy-Runner, but I’m doing the old Zoom Zoom Speed of Light routine on the bike, passing them fast and hard like I used to. Welcome back Leonard Cohen; bye-bye Howard Jones.
This is cool. I power on. Elliot tussles with me a bit but I know the route’s principal climb up The Trench from Netherwitton is coming up really quickly and I’m psyched and ready to hit it in the big ring. From here I turn back heading East and, in theory, I’m into a headwind but my form’s so good I can’t really feel it. Almost un giorno di grazia as they say in Italian. Apart from the dodgy running, that is. I approach Morpeth, power up Dogger Bank on the now obligatory big ring and enjoy racing towards a large crowd in the centre of Morpeth on closed roads. Cool. I hit T2 and can’t believe it when they say I’m third. I knew I took about 10 places on the bike but I still thought I was just scraping the top ten, so atrocious was my first run.
I head out on the second run feeling good and hearing the shouts of Laura and her sister’s family. I manage my run speed pretty well but get caught by Paul Brown from Godley’s Cycles team. I think I’m still in with a chance of holding him as he doesn’t go straight by, but then he pulls away from me at the start of the second and last lap and, despite making a good surge to get back on terms I realise he’s gone. I dig in and race hard, hoping to hold 4th, but, just pulling into the final, long finishing straight up the high street I feel someone on my shoulder. I resort to the only tactic I can and bluff a really long 300m sprint and for a couple of seconds I think it’s working, but then Daryl from the NE Fire Service pulls level and then pulls past, leaving me with 5th.
But, I’m really happy and relieved to finally be riding the bike well and to have been competitive at a decent level. The race was fantastic and definitely the safest and best-organised duathlon I’ve ever taken part in. I was 5th overall, 1st V40 and 3rd fastest bike split.
Stokesley Duathlon Wrap up warm before you read Philip's report on this race!!
On Sunday I got up just after 6 o' clock in the morning and headed down to Stokesley in North Yorkshire, the car temperature not rising above 2 degrees C all the way down the A19. The conditions were no warmer in Stokesley and the East wind was blowing at 20mph, but thankfully the roads were dry and there were even some patches of blue in the sky and a little bit of brightness. Over 300 competitors were present for this traditional NE season opener. In the long race, 5km run, 30km bike, 5km run the competition was high and I was not able to repeat my 3rd overall and 2nd V40 result from 2 years ago. There were some many V40s doing the event that we had a separate start and then our times were mixed with the Senior men at the end to give up an overall race position. I came out the first run and T1 very strongly, but my tactics for the bike backfired a bit as I don't have the form or confidence to go "full gas" at the moment and so tried to pace myself over the wind-assisted part of each of the two bike laps so that I'd have something left for the very hard headwind return part of each of lap. As it turned out this tactic was not particularly effective and I got passed by a two or three other cyclists on the second lap, however I came into T2 still reasonably placed. I started running and immediately felt good, despte not having ran for a week and never doing "brick runs" off the bike. I got a tiny bit of stitch on the outward part of the run, but once this cleared I really powered it on the last half of the 5km run and took back 3 places - the same guys who had passed me on the bike, so I was happy with this, especially as it brought me into the top 10 overall. In the end I was 3rd V40 and 10th overall. Results here.
Big-E declares himself too old to keep up with son Alan Blakie after Alan's 1 hr 20 min half marathon time at Alloa last weekend!
Grizedale MTB Duathlon 10th March Congratulations to Philip Addyman for surviving the extreme cold to finish a respectable 10th place! Read his race report here.
National Cross Country races Another good result for the juniors: Philippa came 16th out of 208 in the national cross country under 15 girls and Calum came 11th out of 142 junior men. An excellent start to the year for them!
To start the year off with news of Ryton Tri-ers - Calum Johnson represented GB in a 5K cross country event in Spain recently and came 2nd. The prize was pasta and biscuits! Which is kind of similar to the Newcastle Brown Ale and stotty that you get when you complete the Blaydon race.