Race Reports

Event round up - 18th June

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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.

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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.

Mid Sussex Triathlon & Aquabike

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On Sunday 12th June the Mid Sussex Triathlon Club held its annual Sprint Triathlon and Aquabike at The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill.

The event attracted entries from all over the South East with 238 competitors in the Triathlon and 22 in the Aquabike. The Sprint Triathlon involves a pool swim of 400m, followed by a 25km bike ride around a circuit which includes Ansty, Wineham and Twineham, finishing back at the Triangle, and finally there is a 5km run.  Gary Leybourne of South London Harriers Tri Club was first home in 1hr 2mins 28 secs, with Luke Worthington of  Surrey Tri Club second in 1hr 4 mins and 04 secs. Fiona Blagg of Crawley Tri Club was the first woman home and 26th overall, in 1hr 15mins 17 secs. 

The Aquabike event entries were dominated by 10 members of the Crystal Palace Triathletes Club. Jeremy Purnell was first home in 47mins 44secs, with Cathy Cooke, also of Crystal Palace Triathletes, being the first woman home in 53 mins. In this event the 5km run is omitted.

The weather was rather wet; however most competitors appeared to enjoy the day. Feedback from past events has indicated that this is a very friendly Triathlon, which is marshalled by members of the club. Team Oathall, comprising  12 teachers from Oathall School in Haywards Heath, indicated that they all had a great race and would be back next year for sure. They congratulated the club for putting on such an enjoyable event. Two Triathlon competitors were stranded with punctures out on the far reaches of the bike course and faced a long walk back to the Triangle. However they were rescued by the MSTC roaming mechanic, who fixed their punctures so that they could complete the triathlon safely.

Klara Boarder was the first Mid Sussex Tri  Club member home, in 1hr 33mins 20 secs; she commented that she had had a blast.

Ironman 70.3 Staffs

Whilst many of the members were marshalling at the Mid Sussex Sprint Triathlon, three members were competing along with 2331 other participants at the prestigious Ironman 70.3 in Staffordshire. The event involves a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile half marathon, finishing at the historic Shugborough Estate. 

Andrew Biggs was delighted to finish in 5hrs 19 mins, with Adam Cameron-James, who was celebrating his 40th Birthday, finishing in 6hrs 15mins 48secs and Rachel Dallimore in 6hrs 35mins. Although the conditions were wet for the bike ride making the road surface slippery, the event was hugely enjoyable. Rachel mentioned a special thanks to Julie Williams of the Tri Club who had helped her with confidence in the over water swim.

Club news, 30th May

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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.

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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, 16th May

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Mid Sussex Junior Triathlon Event Sunday 15th May

Many members and club coaches were at Great Walstead School's playing field and pool for the club's Junior Triathlon event on Sunday 15th May. About 25 juniors from 8 - 15 years participated in triathlons of varying lengths depending on their age. They were divided into 3 groups, each with a club coach, and had all received some training on previous weekends. The young ones did a 30metre swim, followed by a 700m bike ride and finished with a 700m run. The older ones did up to a 240m swim, a 2-3km bike ride and a 1.4km run. They received a full briefing and bike safety check before commencing. They were encouraged by many parents and grandparents, all cheering and ringing cow bells, which made it all very enjoyable, and much easier for the participants,  leading to some excellent performances.

Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon

Four keen members participated in the Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon event at Bucklers Hard in Hampshire on Saturday 15th May.  This involves a 1.9km swim in the chilly (16 degrees) Beaulieu River, a 90km bike ride in the New Forest and a 22km run. All recorded personal bests in glorious sunshine, with Steve Alden coming first in his M55 category on 5.04.01. Brad Williams was 6th in the same category on 5.53.50 with his wife Julie Williams placing 3rd in the F50 category on 6.22.15 and Jean Fish placing 3rd  in the F55 category on 6.38.28.

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4 Sight Charity 40 mile Bike Ride

Steve McMenamin, Jo Fleming, Lawrence Wintergold and Paul Virgo helped out at the 4 Sight Charity 40 mile Bike Ride which started at The Thatched Inn, Hassocks on Sunday 15th May. This comprised of 14 tandems and 2 triplets where the back riders (stokers) are blind or severely visually impaired. The Mayor of Haywards Heath and the Charity's Chief Executive were on the triplets.

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