Race Reports

Mid Susssex Triathlon Club Members adventures in England, Wales & Poland

Lawrence Wintergold At Wo.Man Dartford.

Midnight Wo/Man AquaBike Event, Dartford, 14th August

This is a friendly event, set amongst scenic lakes, formerly gravel pits, within sight of the QE2 Bridge at Dartford. It involves racing through the night to the finish line. Lawrence Wintergold finished 2nd overall and first in his 55-60 age group in the Aquabike event involving a 1.9km swm and 90km  bike ride. Lawrence commented that the bike ride was very different in the dark, with many competitors having a variety of twinkling lights. It was also challenging trying to gauge the speed of slower riders when overtaking in the gloom.


Sunday 4th September


Poznan Ironman 70.3, Poland

Paul Newsome travelled to Poland for the Ironman 70.3 in Poznan, by the side of Lake Kierskie, the site of Poland's first Ironman in 1984. The 70.3 involves a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run.

Paul was delighted to finish 6th in his 35-39 age group in 4hrs 18mins.

Shropshire Middle Distance Triathlon, Sunday 4th Sept

Stewart Conway was in Shropshire for the Middle Distance Triathlon (2000m swim, 78km cycle, 20km run) and was very pleased with his age group win in 4.18.26, as it was a good warm up for the Weymouth 70.3 event on the 18th September.


Sunday 11th September


David Turner was in Snowdonia for the Big Brutal 5km wetsuit swim in the glacially formed Llyn Padarn, the 6th deepest lake in Wales. Despite the name this is known as a friendly and relaxed swim for new and experienced swimmers. David celebrated with a beer after completing his two circuits in 2.39.22.

Susie Cowie competed in the St Neots Sprint Triathlon (750m swim, 24m bike and 5km run), her 1st with an open water swim, in the River Ouse. She said she enjoyed almost all of it, which she completed with her son, finishing in 2.07.05.

Meanwhile, along with about 2,000 other competitors, Doug MacTaggart went to Tenby for the very tough Ironman Wales. This comprises a gruelling 2.4 mile sea swim, a hilly 112 mile bike ride and an exhausting and also hilly 26.2 mile run. He started at 7.09am and finished at about 9.36pm, giving a total time of 14.27.31, which was well within the 17 hour time limit.

Thames 13km Swim Marathon, Henley on Thames

14 Aug Steve Mcmenamin At Thames Marathon Swim Henley

Thames 13km Swim Marathon, Henley on Thames

Steve McMenamin competed in the 13km Thames Swim Marathon on Sunday 14th August.

This endurance race starts at Henley on Thames and finishes in Marlow. The swim is split into four sections with swimmers required to exit the water at three locks (Hambleden, Hurley and Temple) where drinks and energy snacks are available.

Steve said, "he knew the distance was going to be tough but as a diabetic the nutrition was his big concern, however that went well".  There were 800+ swimmers but  Steve had clear water most of the way, although there was some queuing at the locks.

Steve had a very good swim time of 4hrs 2 mins and a chip time of 4.22, placing him 59th out of 116 in the 46-55 age group.

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club

3.07.22 Doug Mactaggart At Pennington Flash

Mid Sussex Triathlon Club

It has been a busy weekend for members participating in Swimming, Sprint and Ironman Triathlons and cycling Sportives.

Ironmans at Bolton & Bavaria

Doug Mac Taggart was at Pennington Flash lake on Sunday 3rd July for the Bolton Ironman (3.8km swim, 112km bike & 42.2km run. Doug finished 27th out of 60 in 14.32.08 in the M55-59 category.

Meanwhile Stewart Conway had travelled to Bavaria in Germany for the world's biggest long distance triathlon event at Roth bei Nurnberg. Stewart finished 45th out of 594 in the M50 category in 10.43.38.

JLL Property Triathlon event at Dorney Lake Friday 1st July

Tom Wade did brilliantly placing first in his M 35-39 age group in the 2.2km swim in Dorney lake. Meanwhile Florence Wolfe and David Howard Jones completed the Triathlon (750m swim, 21.2km bike & 5km run) in 1.26.30 and 1.33.23 respectively.

Hever Festival of Endurance 10km Swim

It was Adam Bryant's first time in the 10km swim and was happy with his time of 4hrs 11 mins considering the weeds a twisty course and a nice medal.

Wolfe Sportive Bike Ride, Westerham

Simon & Joanne Barton and Sam Crofts enjoyed the popular 72 mile ride through the lovely Kent countryside.

Eastbourne Triathlon 12th June

Paul Newsome had a brilliant result, placing first in the M35-39 category and 7th overall in the Eastbourne Standard Triathlon (1500m swim, 36.6km bike & 10km run) in 2.09.53. Richard Brazier also participated in the M55-59 age group, finishing in 2.46.28.

Open Water Swimming, Home and International

Ardingly Reservoir Swimming Sat 7Th May 2022

Open Water Swimming at Ardingly Reservoir

The Club's Open Water swimming has now commenced at 8.15am on Saturday mornings and 6pm on Tuesday evenings. Usually between 20 and 40 swimmers participate.

This is one of the club's most popular activities and the club is the only organisation which has an agreement for swimming in Ardingly Reservoir with the Activity Centre.

Ironman World Championships, St George, Utah, USA

Having qualified last year, Stewart Conway went all the way to Utah for the World Championships. However he suffered a stress fracture in training so could not push himself. Despite this setback, decided to go to enjoy the experience, finishing in 12hrs 37mins 30secs. Reporting after finishing he said it had been an awesome experience and he had loved every minute of it. This was despite the 33 degrees of dry heat, very strong winds and more elevation on both the bike and the run than pretty much any other Ironman.  However he said his inability to pedal to full power or run had possibly played to his advantage as he could have been knocked over by the the strong winds, as happened to so many other athletes.


Ironman 70.3, Alcudia, Mallorca 7th May

Three members went to Alcudia to compete in the Ironman 70.3 (1.9km swim, 90km bike & 21.1km run) in warm and sunny conditions.

Andy McGregor finished in 5.49.40 followed closely by Katie McGregor in 5.53.11. Kate Bradford was delighted to finish in 6.44.42, although commenting that 90km on the bike felt a long ride.

Three Forts Challenge, Sussex Downs, 1st May

Helen Graham & Douglas MacTaggart took on this tough marathon, which is mainly on the Downs between Devil's Dyke and Cissbury Ring. It has 3450ft of climb and for this reason is known as The Tough One. Helen said she ran faster with Doug than she would have without his company.

The Mid Sussex Triathlon, Sunday 12th June

Members are looking forward to hosting the popular Mid Sussex Triathlon at The Triangle, Burgess Hill on Sunday 12th June.

Member's events, 18th -19th Sept

Steve & Kay Mcmenamin With Caroline Ray & Carl Clarke At Swim Serpentine 2 Mile.

Saturday 18th September


Swim Serpentine 2 mile swim

Five members went up to Hyde Park on a lovely sunny morning to take part in this event in the Serpentine Lake. The event is very popular and is run in waves which start between 0815 and 1620. Steve McMenamin completed the 2 miles in just under an hour in 59.23, saying that he had to weave through lots of swimmers and then encountered the earlier wave. Steve was followed closely by Caroline Ray in 1.00.07 and Carl Clarke in 1.04.00. Kay McMenamin finished in 1.14.33 and Sally Gardner in 1.23.45. Sally was delighted with her time as she could hardly swim a 25m length in the pool 9 months ago.



Chiltern Wonderland Ultra Run

Doug Mac Taggart, the club's Ultra Marathon enthusiast, tackled this tough 50 mile scenic run which involves 5500ft of climb, in warm temperatures. Doug was pleased to  finish in 12.13.56.



Sunday 19th September


National Aquathlon Championships

On arrival at the Worthing Sailing Club venue Adam Bryant commented that there were some very fast looking people at the start. Despite this Adam relished competing with ITU athletes, completing a tactical roll at the buoy, which he was proud of,  finishing the 750m swim in 17.23 and the 5km run in 21.15, and placing 12th out of 13 in the 45-49 age group.


Run Reigate 10k

Zoe Deeley was very pleased to complete her 10k run in a net time of 1.11.00, placing 64th in her FV50 age group.