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Steyning Stinger 2018

Steyning Stinger 2018

There was a good turnout at The Steyning Stinger by members of the Mid Sussex Triathlon Club.

Six members tackled the Half Marathon with Pete Harris 1.58.51 and Rob Hoodless 1.59.17 coming 2nd & 3rd in the 55-59 age group and 27th and 28th overall. Rachael Baker 2.17.59 was 7th in her age group and 88th overall. Amanda Durrant 3.00.53 and Sam Drake 3.17.42 also competed. Simon Hodge initially started the marathon but switched to the Half.

Four members were in the marathon with Chris Dawson being the 1st member to finish in 4.46.38 followed by Doug MacTaggart 5.53.12, Jean Fish and Sarah Hinton, both in 6.43.30. 

Sam Drake commented that the event was amazing, despite the mud, with terrific volunteer marshals and a well marked route.

Photo of Doug MacTaggart, Sarah Hinton, Jean Fish & Simon Hodge.

Brighton Half Marathon 2018

Brighton Half Marathon 2018

I decided to do Brighton half 2018 to achieve a PB as I have done it several times now. My goal was to train really hard and lose some weight, so I could 'fly'…. Well this never happened. I did no training except for about 5 miles, once every 10 days since November and I gained 7lbs. So, I wasn't very hopeful for a PB!

I drove to Brighton with a friend and we were very late! We parked by the station and as we walked down towards the start, my calves were near to freezing in the arctic conditions.  I could not feel my fingers tips despite wearing gloves, so I was dreading the event. I have never once taken a bag to an event, not sure why I did this time (?), but it turns out the bag drop is practically in the marina and about 10 miles away from the start (well not that far but it felt 10 miles - both ways).

The race started at 9am and we finally got going at 9.20!! Turns out lots of other people started late too! We jogged down towards the start line, past lots of kids who were doing some sort of race after us - good for them! And eventually I got going.

The first 3 miles were pretty brutal but as I warmed up as I went up hill and started to overtake people, I felt more confident and into it. I came across the first drum band who were excellent and dressed again in their gothic black and purple attire, then another band….

I saw a few of the club elite runners whizz past me on the other side down the hill which is always nice (if a little dis-heartening!). I finally got to the top of the hill and headed back down. The run went really well, and as usual there were lots of different characters, lots of different shirts to read, a man pushing a wheelchair, a man with a prosthetic leg, and all different types of people. 

I love the encouragement and enthusiasm of the Brighton spectators it makes you feel like you are running an actual marathon.  The high fives the kids give and the random people who have bowls of jelly babies are always encouraging.  As I got to Hove and turned around to come back along the seafront at 9 miles, It was COLD, windy, brutal and a real slap in the face but I carried on; and still at my 10 min mile pace :).  When I hit 11 miles I thought "It's the home stretch now …"  and I upped my pace. Well I thought I did, it felt like it, but turns out I didn't.  Anyway, as I came through the crowds towards the end, as always, they boosted my energy and I pounded the last mile. I came in at 2hrs 15 (my average time/pace fastest is 2h06).  I was so pleased with my result, what with the lack of training, and the freezing conditions. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and never struggled.  This was my 9th half marathon and the first one I have found relatively easy and thoroughly enjoyable, and,  I wasn't a dribbling tired mess for the rest of the day either!

Next year I hope to train harder, be lighter and get under 2 hrs!

That's the plan anyway…… ;)

Event round up - 18th June

Event round up - 18th June

South Downs Marathon

Darren Bird and Douglas Mac Taggart competed in the South Downs Marathon, starting at Slindon College and then following a route up to and along the South Downs Way to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park at Petersfield. Darren completed his marathon in a very respectable 3.27.13 whilst Doug completed his 150th marathon in 4.58.37.

River Arun 3.8km swim

Twelve members competed in the 3.8 km swim from Arundel to Littlehampton on Saturday morning. Sarah Moore finished in a fantastic 11th position and was the second woman to finish on 53.07. She was followed by Katie Chatfield on 59.21 (71st), Mark Jordan 1.00.02 (77th) and Mike Jaffe 1.05.52 (135th).  Debbie Nisbet 1.08.21, David Ricketts 1.09.38, Simon Hodges 1.11.00,  Sharon Chaldek 1.11.38 and Rose Ryan 1.15.58 were not far behind.


Dambuster Olympic Distance Triathlon at Rutland Water

Eight MSTC athletes made the journey up the A1 to Rutland Water on Friday night to take part in the Dambuster, an Olympic-distance triathlon that started early on Saturday morning and was a qualifier for this summer's age-group World Championships in Mexico.

 Conditions were cold and overcast for a 1500m swim in Rutland Water, followed by a 42k bike ride on the roads around the reservoir and a 10k run that went out across the dam and back, finishing in front of a large crowd, stoked up by pumping rock music and an excitable race commentary.

 Callum Murray led the Mid Sussex contingent home in 2.54.26, just 18 seconds ahead of Matt Critchley in 2.54.54, who in turn was followed by Julienne Stuart-Colwill, the first MSTC woman home in an impressive 3.02.42.

 Cliff Wilson finished in 3.14.49, Joanne Barton in 3.19.51 and Ricci Lennon was delighted with a 3.23.13 in her first-ever Olympic-distance triathlon.

 Tracy Brownings wasn't far behind in 3.34.38 and she was followed home by Angela Murray in 3.43.17 and by Clair Hunt in 3.58.44.

 All these results were put into perspective, however, by the overall winner's time, an amazing 1.58.21, not far off the time that the winner of this summer's Olympic triathlon in Rio de Janeiro might expect to post. This was a high-quality field.

Saturday Morning swim in Ardingly Reservoir

Meanwhile 11 members did the regular 8am swim in Ardingly Reservoir, supported by 3 safety observers in kayaks and on the dock.

East Sussex Cycling Association 50 mile Time Trial Sunday 19th June

Nine members competed in the 50 mile time trial along the A22 in East Sussex. Kevin James was first member home on 2.16.04, followed by Neil Giles 2.16.32 and Phil Couch on 2.18.43. Lawrence Wintergold, Colin Chambers and Jez Fallon finished on 2.20.27, with Graham Bond 2.20.54, Steve Alden 2.21.49 and Sharon Chaldek 2.31.12 also competing.

Club news, 30th May

Club news, 30th May

Comrades Ultra Marathon

Douglas Mac Taggart competed in the Comrades Ultra marathon on Sunday 29th May running the 89 km from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in South Africa. Doug was really pleased with his time of 10hrs 36mins 55 secs which earned him a comfortable bronze medal.

James Graham's Marathon and Ironman Challenge in aid of The Alzheimer's Society

Dr James Graham of Hassocks and a Mid Sussex Triathlon Club member has set himself a big challenge of completing three marathons in under 3 hours in 22 days and then competing in four Ironman events culminating in the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii on the 8th October. James is dedicating this effort to a dear friend who has Alzheimer's Disease and every penny raised will go to the Alzheimer's Society as he is paying for all race entries, travel, accomodation etc.

Jim Marathon Man 2016

So far James has completed the three marathons in Paris 2.59.20, Brighton 2.51.49 and London 2.55.45 as well as the Ironman in Lanzarote in 13.56.48. James will compete in further preparation Ironman events in Weymouth and Tenby in September before tackling the prestigious World Ironman event in Hawaii in October.

If you would like to support Dr Graham's challenge and donate to the Alzheimer's Society please go to https://www.justgiving.com/James-Graham19.

Club News, 24th April

Club News, 24th April

London Marathon

Eight members entered the London Marathon on Sunday, with James and Helen Graham finishing in the leading positions among club members on 2.55.45 (Men) and 3.56.06 (Women).  Mike Jaffe was the second male club member home, just behind James on 2.59.15. Chris Heywood was pleased with his 3.50.17, while Matt Critchley 4.02.46 and Mike Hook 4.17.11 were not far behind. Tony Asquith 4.58.24 and Emma Smith 6.18.31 completed the club's participation.

They all enjoyed the vocal support from the large crowd and the fantastic atmosphere. Club members would also like to congratulate club member Kat Barrett (running as a Haywards Heath Harrier) on her impressive 3.27.22.


Mike Hook and Chris Heywood looking sprightly at the start.


Chris showing off his medal


Mike Jaffe showing off his medal and 1980's timer


Tony Asquith with his most hard earned medal

Shakespeare Marathon, Stratford on Avon

Doug Mac Taggart competed in the Shakespeare Marathon at Stratford on Avon. He was pleased with his time of 4.20.27 missing his target by 27 seconds. This event was a  continuation of Doug's training for the worlds largest and oldest Ultra Marathon, the 90km Comrades Marathon in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa,  on the 29th of May.