Race Reports

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club W/E 4th July 2021

Stewart Conway At Bolton Ironman

Ironman Uk at Bolton

While many in the country were still in bed, the competitors of Ironman UK 2021 were setting off on a daunting physical test in Bolton. Athletes began early in the morning with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride around the town, before running a full marathon, all in the pouring train, making the bike run treacherous.

Stewart Conway and Doug MacTaggart were keen to take part as the event had to be postponed last year due to Covid. Stewart completed the course in a respectable 11hr 42 mins 10 secs giving him 12th place in his age group and  97th place overall. Doug, who specialises in Ultra Marathons and who was competing in his 16th Ironman, finished in 15.46.18 to place 1012th in this very popular event.

Outlaw Holkham Half Ironman

Outlaw Half Holkham is known as one of the UK’s most beautiful triathlon events with the 18th century Holkham Hall providing an inspiring backdrop to the swim. Luc Berthouse competing in his first Half Ironman was delighted to come 7th in his age group with a good time of 4.57.42. This also placed him 117th out of 1125 competitors.

Hever Castle Long Aquathlon

This event is part of the Festival of Endurance and comprises a lengthy 3,800m swim followed by a 21km run. Adam Bryant came 2nd in his age group for the second time, and 8th overall in what he described as probably the hardest race he’d ever done.

Ardingly Reservoir Open Water Swimming

Meanwhile the club’s open water swimming continues at Ardingly on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. This is the club’s most popular activity with 39 swimmers on Saturday.

River Arun, Pier to Pier Swim and Dartford Sprint Tri

2021 06 26 Arun Swim L R In Wetsuits Adam Bryant Liz Griffin Hind Esther Williams Liane & Barry Davids

River Arun Swim

On Saturday 26th June seven members of the club competed in the 3.8km Arun River swim. This very popular event starts from Ford Marina just after high tide, so swimmers get help from the outgoing tide. It finishes at the RNLI in Littlehampton.

John McTear was first club member to finish in 49.02, with Esther Williams 52.21, Liz Griffin-Hind 52.23, Barry Davids 54.55, and Adan Bryant 57.51, all completing the course in under an hour. Joanna Millington and Liane Davids were close behind on 1.01.36 and 1.01.46.

Brighton Pier to Pier

This is another popular event, also held on the 26th June, with a sea swim of 1km between the two piers in Brighton. The weather was kind this year with sunny conditions and hardly any wind.

Tim Bergin achieved 10th place in the wetsuit race in 22.46, and Michelle Robinson was 25th in the Challenger race in 25.27. Former member Rose Ryan was the 41st female in the Skins race in 24.42.

Dartford Bridge Sprint Triathlon

Mik Onions won the Sprint event in 1.05.27. Meanwhile Florence Wolfe finished in 14th position (female) and 5th in her age category in 1.23.25. This was Flo’s first triathlon; she commented afterwards that  it was a good start to  the Triathlon experience and a lovely event.

Michelle Robinson swims The Channel

Approaching The French Coast

In early 1979 Michelle was born 10 weeks premature. She spent 4 weeks in an incubator in the Royal Sussex in Brighton and was then moved to Cuckfield Hospital. Her mum was only allowed to stay with her there after 7 weeks.

Thirty odd years later Michelle had the opportunity to support The Alexa Trust, a charity which raises funds for families with children in neonatal care, by swimming the Channel as part of team ‘A Splash of Orange’ on Monday 14th June.

Michelle reported that the Channel Swim started at 0158am. She swam a total of 2hrs 51 mins including landing the team on a beach near Cap Griz Nez 12hrs 51 mins later. The last 51 mins were the toughest as I was told to swim hard and fast as we were at risk of getting taken back offshore by the currents. Fortunately, steady and strong is my forte. Now I am thrilled to have done it.

So far Michelle has raised £2750 for the Alexa Trust. Further donations may be made on her Just Giving page.

Club news, 24th Sept

Over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd September, and despite the poor weather, members were competing in Swim Serpentine, the 170 mile Ragnar White Cliffs relay and the Weymouth Half Ironman (70.3).

Swim Serpentine

Six members took part in the 2 mile swim with Jeremy Paine being first club member to finish in 1.11.41, followed by Ricci Lennon (1.12.25), Jim Graham (1.15.51), Julie Williams (1.16.10), Sarah Hinton (1.17.14) and Helen Graham (1.35.57). Callum and Angela Murray took part in the 1 mile swim finishing in 43.16 and 55.50.

Serpentine Swim 2018

Ragnar White Cliffs 170 mile overnight relay run

Ten MSTC athletes took part in the Ragnar Relay, a 177 mile relay from Sittingbourne to Brighton following the coast. 7 men and 3 women, along with two mini buses, took part with each team member running 3 legs varying from about 4 to 8 miles per leg.

The team took just under 24 hours to complete the course although 4 legs had to be suspended due to severe weather conditions especially on the cliff top paths.

Torrential rain and wind made it very challenging, particularly as route finding was part of the challenge. It was a real test for everyone but was incredibly satisfying to overcome all the hurdles and win their category.

The team was comprised of Graham Bond, Steve Alden, Kevin James, Clair Hunt, Emma Alden, Mike Jaffe, Kate Eifler, Paul Richardson, Jo Fleming and Mark Jordan.

MSTC Ragnar Relay Team 2018

Weymouth Half Ironman

Colin Chambers and Charlie Langhorne braved the cold and wet conditions, with temperatures as low as 8C, to finish in 5.25.49 and 6.10.32.

River Adur 5k Swim 2018

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On Saturday 1st September eight members competed in the 5km River Adur swim. This race starts opposite the Old Shoreham Cement works with competitors swimming with the outgoing tide and finishing at the Adur centre, next to the A259 roadbridge. A few sandbanks have to be avoided along the course.

Barry Davids finished in a very commendable first place in the fin swim in 1.06.41. Steve Mcmenamin was first club member to finish in standard swim in 1.17.30, followed by David Ricketts in 1.21.33  just ahead of Gareth Handley in 1.21.35.  Liane Davids was first female club member to finish in 1.25.28 followed closely by Merrin Forbes in 1.27.09, Kay Mcmenamin in 1.27.36 and Sharon Chaldek in 1.36.32.