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Full Round up of all the Summer News!

David Robbins competed in the Bournemouth International Sprint Triathlon on the 9th September coming 3rd in his age category (over 50) He also did the Race New Forest Standard Triathlon on the 2nd finishing 25th in 2hr 14.

Renaye Hawes competed in her first triathlon at Eton Dorney Lake, near Windsor on the 16th September after only 3 months of training and was 1st in her age category and 6th lady overall. It was a beginners race comprising a 200m swim, 5.5km bike and a 2.5km run.

Rachel Hampson completed the River Dart 10k swim in 2 hours 43 minutes.

Rose Beddington completed the Brighton and Hove Triathlon on the 16th September and won her age category.

Emily Lillywhite Iredale completed the Hever Castle Gauntlet 70.3 Half Iron Man Triathlon in tough conditions on the 23rd September, she was the 2nd lady and 17th overall.

Toby Clay, Josh Lahiri and Lucy Mitchell completed a British cycling 1 mile hill climb time trial up Knights Hill near Goodwood, Lucy was the 2nd lady. It is now the season for hill climbs, the next one is on the 14th October up Old Winchester Hill!

We have had a fantastic summer as a club, training weekly in the sea and at the open air pool, fabulous pub runs with Liss Runners and weekend bike rides that cover all abilities. As we move into the winter the muddy cross country running starts and the weekend club bike rides continue - both on road and off when weather isn’t so good. Swimming training has resumed at Churchers College and we also offer a weekly core session. We have seen so much success from all abilities this year, this is with thanks to our fantastic coaches as well as support from team members who are always so supportive to each other. 

Nottingham Ironman

The 29th July saw PTCs very own Tony Baker take part in the Nottingham Ironman (The Outlaw). He came 3rd in his age category (age 65-69) with an amazing time of 15 hours 31.02 for a 2.4km swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 marathon run. Conditions were atrocious with driving rain and cruel winds, so a massive well done to Tony!

And the begining of August saw Rich Roberts, Josh Lahiri and Rowena Rogers taking part in the Arundel standard distance triathlon (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run). Josh came 8th in his age category despite a buoy mistake by the organisers (meant he had to swim a little extra!) and a puncture for Rowena.

We are looking forward to seeing Josh and Julie Gadsden compete in Glasgow at the European Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships - good luck to them both! Julie has also just qualified for the GB age group team in the 2019 World Championships in Lausanne.

News from Buckler's Standard Triathlon, Worthing Triathlon and European Qualifier and Eton Dorney Triathlon...

At the stunning Bucklers Hard in the New Forest Kim King and Kate Smith both came 2nd in their respective age categories for the standard distance comprising a 1500m open water swim, 40km bike and 10km run.

Race report from Kim King, PTC chairwoman - "Only 2 of us from Petersfield Triathlon Cub braved the Buckler's Standard triathlon this year but it was a hard fought competition between us - we both decided to ditch our wetsuits the water temperature was a balmy 25degrees for the 1.2km swim in the Beaulieu river, Kate exited the water first with Kim hot on her tail, with a quick run up hill to transition the race was on, Kim left transition first with Kate following swiftly behind. This was the time for Kim to put some distance between her and Kate, since she favoured the bike and knew Kate was much quicker on the run. Two laps of a mainly flat course of 35km quickly sped by hampered by cattle (with huge horns) & of course New Forest ponies littering the road. A quick turn around in transition and Kim jogged off onto the 10km run - two laps of a 5km out and back course - how far would she get before she saw Kate ... it was only 9am and the gravel track was mottled shade but boy was it hot. Kim got to the turn around point and started the first return loop .... where was Kate .... unfortunately only a couple of minutes behind - she was going faster as Kim was going slower .... on the last kilometre Kate raced into the lead to finish in 72 place 1 minute ahead of Kim who finished 75 - both finishing 2nd in their age categories."

Worthing Triathlon and European Qualifier 2019 - Linda Robbins came 5th in her age category, David Robbins 11th in his and Jenny Phillips 4th in hers. They completed the sprint distance comprising a 750m sea swim, 21km undulating bike and a 5km promenade run.

Rachel Jarvis, Chris Turner and Julie Gadsden competed at the Eton Dorney Triathlon completing the Sprint distance of a 750m swim, 21.2km bike and 5km run.

Petersfield Open Air Pool Aquathlon

Petersfield Triathlon Club members took podium positions on Sunday 1st July at the Open Air Pool Aquathlon which consisted of a 400m swim and a 5km run in extremely hot conditions. Toby Clay and Jessica Oecken came 1st, Kate Parker was the 2nd lady and Josh Lahiri was 3rd (winning his age category). Leighton Jones was fourth (2nd in his age category), David Robbins won his age category and Rich Roberts was 2nd in his.

It was lovely to see lots of children taking part in the Tri-Star categories aged 9 upwards, especially those of the PTC members. Toby Clay's son William came in 10th in the TS1 (age 9-10) and Tilly Hutchins won the TS2 (age 11-12) over shorter distances. 

River Arun swim  

Kim King our chairwoman has very kindly written us a report from the Arun long distance swim which a number of the club took part in. The River Arun swim 3.8km from Ford to Littlehampton

"The alarm rings at 6 o’clock on a Saturday morning …. I must be off to an event ! This weekend it’s the 3.8 km River Arun swim – that may sound a long way to swim, but we jump into the river after the tide has turned and you can almost float down the river like Baloo – but of course we don’t, as the horn blows there’s a rush of white water as arms flail and swimmers propel themselves down the river. It’s a struggle to find space & I’m smacked on the head several times as 500 swimmers fight for a space in the water. However, very quickly the swimmers spread out, the red caps of the faster swimmers disappearing into the distance. I relax into a steady pace & before I know it I’m swimming under the first bridge, I can tell the river is speeding me along as I watch the moored boats as I flash past – I look up & there is a canoe & the slipway for the finish. Disappointment & happiness run through my veins, I’m pleased at how well I’ve swum but it was all over too quick and I would like to get in at the beginning and do it all again. Notable positions were Mary Jackson 7/63 super veteran women & Rich Roberts who had a cracking swim and finished 32/83 super veteran males. The morning was made all the more fun, because of the number of familiar faces who appeared as we queued up to register greeting more & more club members & then cheering them all in as they finished. It is certainly a lovely swim and I definitely recommend it if you want to try a distance swim for the first time, put the date in your diary for next year – you won’t be disappointed."

New Forest Triathlon result for Kim

On Sunday Kim King our club Chairwoman took part in the New Forest Triathlon completing the Olympic distance comprising a 1.1km lake swim, a 1km transition run, a 33km cycle and a 9km run and she came 2nd in her age category. 

Race New Forest run a number of events over the summer in stunning locations, they are very well run and organised and welcoming to newcomers, the next are on the 8th July and 2nd September. On Sunday Kim King our club Chairwoman took part in the New Forest Triathlon completing the Olympic distance comprising a 1.1km lake swim, a 1km transition run, a 33km cycle and a 9km run and she came 2nd in her age category. Race New Forest run a number of events over the summer in stunning locations, they are very well run and organised and welcoming to newcomers, the next are on the 8th July and 2nd September.  

Another successful weekend for the club…

David Reid WON the Haslemere bumpy triathlon on Sun 10th June which comprised a 400m pool swim, 20km road cycle and a 5km run. Located on the edge of the south downs this is a gloriously scenic location to compete. 

And in other news several members of the team took part in the Chichester Lake Triathlon on Sunday 10th, another stunning location. Richard Roberts who did the sprint distance (750m swim, 23km bike and 5km run) won his age category and was 12th male. For Jessica Oecken and Kate Parker this was their first Olympic distance event (1500m swim, 38km bike and 10km run), Jessica was 8th lady and Kate 6th. William Galvin won his age category over the Olympic course and Tony Baker came 3rd in his.

Chichester Triathlon News

Members of the club took part in the Chichester Triathlon on Sunday 3rd June. Emily Iredale won the Olympic distance race (600m pool swim, 40km bike and 10km run). In the sprint distance (400m pool swim, 33km bike and 5km run), Josh Lahiri won his age category and came 5th overall and Chris Turner won her age category.

David and Lou Robbins flew the PTC flag at Thorpe Park Triathlon, with a very competitive field they finished with 13th and 14th in their age categories.

Isle of Wight Randonee

What a beautiful day! The weather couldn’t have been better as we boarded the 8 o’clock ferry (the car one not the passenger one which caused a few of us a last minute panic and dash round the corner to ‘the other’ ferry terminal) for the Isle of Wight. Whilst there were about 25 of us from PTC, there were at a rough guess a few hundred or more cyclists on the ferry, it wasn’t the day to take your car to the island! Bikes were stacked against bikes on the car deck, and we took over an aisle of seating upstairs for the team photos, with black and red predominating.

On arrival in Fishbourne we naturally split into the Saturday and Sunday riders, with Fred and Matt as a kind of late Saturday night in-between duo. The Saturday riders got into the drops whilst in the Sunday gang we had important decisions to consider like whether to bother stamping in at the check points and where the next coffee and cake was coming from.

The route was clockwise round the permanent no 67 national cycle route, with the option at Freshwater to stay on road compared to the route’s gravel track. There were checkpoints at Wooten, Bembridge, Alverstoke, Whitwell, Yarmouth and East Cowes, staffed by volunteers selling coffee and (mostly home baked) cakes for charity, so no disappointments there. The terrain is best described as undulating, with no South Harting-like killer hills but some steady and occasionally prolonged climbs - Compton Chine on the South West of the Island just before Freshwater being the best example but providing a stunning photo opportunity with a view towards the Needles. There are some great sweeping descents and the road condition was generally good, smoother than we’re used to on some of the roads around Petersfield and with less potholes.

The Sunday riders stopped at the Red Lion in Freshwater for a pub lunch and to test the theory that shandy is the new energy drink (well if it’s good enough for a Torq gel to be made out of Adnams bitter then its good enough for me). Energy drink or not, after relaxing in the beer garden the next leg to Cowes seemed a long way.

After a quick break on the Cowes chain ferry and a cheeky climb out of East Cowes - nicely timed at the end of the ride, on tired legs - we made it back to the ferry, which was running an hour late. To be fair the ferry company had texted us in advance so some riders rode to Ryde (extra points for double alliteration?) and we managed to get on an earlier ferry.

Looking back as we sailed for Portsmouth, we all agreed it was a great day. We were blessed with perfect weather (the ride could become a trial of endurance if it’s wet and windy), but taken at a reasonable pace, with a good break or two it’s an easily achievable day ride, along good roads amongst some great scenery - I don’t think next year’s date has been set yet, but its pencilled in for next year’s calendar.

Triathlon Season Kicks Off - May 18

The triathlon season has kicked off and we have had some great results on the first main weekend. The Fareham Sprint Triathlon is a fun and friendly Sprint Triathlon consisting of a 400m pool based swim, 19.2km bike and a 5.5km run. Of the Petersfield Triathlon Club, Jessica Oecken and Chris Turner won their age categories, Kate Parker came 3rd in hers and Richard Roberts got a PB on his run. 

There was also the Lezyne Arundel Lido Triathlon, and our very own Jenny Phillips also won her age category for the Sprint triathlon course. Well done Jenny!

Petersfield Triathlon Club at the Portsmouth Duathlon Series

This was a series of 3 Duathlons in Feb March and April, and our team were blessed with good conditions (at least dry) at the finale on Sun 15th April. There were two courses, the long involved a 10k run, 24km bike and 5k run and the short a 5k run, 24k bike and 5k run.

Our very own club chairwoman Kim King was the FIRST lady home and Ben Willis 4th (1st in his age category) on the short course. Sandra Sellis was 4th in her age category on the long course, and having completed all three events in the series came third overall - a great achievement. Kate Parker and Ciani Foulkes came 12th and 19th in their age categories on the long course.

Well done all!

Goodwood Triathlon News

Members of Petersfield Triathlon Club took part in the Goodwood Triathlon on Sunday (8th April) around the historic motor circuit amid the wet and blustery conditions with some fantastic results. Roy Matthews came 3rd overall and 1st in his age category on the short course which comprised a 3.8km run, 22.8km bike and a 3.8km run. Julie Gadsden won the 65-69 age category and Ciani Foulkes came 3rd in her age category. Sandra Sellis won her age category for the longer course which involved an 7.6km run, 38km bike and a 3.8km run, with Kate Parker and Leighton Jones also taking part. 

Southern Cross Country League

Members of the club have been busy competing locally in the Southern Cross Country league against 22 other clubs. There are 6 events between October and March each covering around 5 muddy miles. There are some 300 runners at each race and a team comprises 5 men and 3 ladies. The last race was held at Manor Farm Country park near Southampton on Sunday 21st January which was a particularly cold and wet day, overall PTC came 12th with the ladies 8th and the mens team 17th. Below - smiles all round despite the weather!

Members also took part in the Chilly Hilly Cross Country race at QE park on Sunday 28th January taking in nearly 1000ft of climbing over 10km of muddy slippy trails. Strong performances were put in all round with Lucy Mitchell placing 2nd overall female. The team below enjoying their bowls of chilli provided by the event!

Petersfield 6th Annual Sprint Triathlon

Petersfield Triathlon Club hosted its 6th sprint triathlon event at Churcher’s College on Sunday. Around 300 athletes entered the event and completed a course of a 400m swim; a 20km cycle and a 5km run all in the beautiful surroundings of Petersfield. The winning male was Andrew Syrett with a time of 58mins and 32 seconds and the winning lady was Emily Iredale in a time of 1 hour 10mins and 4 seconds.

Congratulations to all the Petersfield Triathlon athletes who took part and a special mention to David Reid (2nd overall), Peter Younghusband (3rd overall), Summer Black (1st ladies Youth), David Robbins (2nd over 50), Nick Thorpe (1st over 60), Chris Turner (2nd lady over 60) and the winning relay team Manage a Tri. Well done too to everyone who completed his or her first triathlon.

The event once again lived up to its reputation for being well run and professional but with a warm and friendly atmosphere. This would not be possible without the support from the club members and their friends and families who marshalled and cleared up after the event. Special thanks too to Simon Russell the race director, Kim King the club Chairwoman and Dave and Linda Robbins.

Once again the club raised money for Fitzroy, a Petersfield based charity working with people with disabilities, in excess of £5000 is raised.

The date has already been set for next years sprint triathlon event, which will be held on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam on 17 September  

Petersfield Triathlon Club member Julie Gadsden finished 16th out of 24 in her age group in her debut appearance at the Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam on 17 September. Weather in the days leading up to the event had been problematic, with high winds and torrential rain making the technical bike course very dangerous. But the day of the Age Group races dawned dry and bright and provided perfect conditions for the race. Julie was competing in the Sprint distance event which consists of a 750 metre swim in the harbour, a 20 km bike followed by a 5 km run. Julie was 9th out of the water, a great result in her first season of open-water swimming. The bike course had dried out and so the tight turns and cobble stones were technically challenging but safe. The final 5 km run was a flat course around one of the city's parks and it was just a matter of digging in until the final sprint down the blue carpet to the finish line.

Also we are pleased to report that Rachel Clay, another club member competed in a sprint triathlon at Thorpe Park, she won her age category and has qualified for the European Triathlon Championships in Glasgow next year.                      

UCI Grand Fondo Worlds Time Trial

Big congratulations to Sarah Matthews (right below) from our club who took part in the UCI Grand Fondo Worlds Time Trial at Albi, France. She placed 3rd in her age group, a fantastic achievement.


Some words from Sarah…

The course started and finished at the Speedway Track in Albi was just as friends who rode the qualifier on the course described it - very technical. Rode it twice in the days leading up to the race to work out the best line on the multiple sharp bends/turns and finding the best surface on the parts of the course with West Sussex-style lumps and bumps. Nice to feel at home! Initially I thought it was a mistake to check out the competition beforehand as there were at least 5 women in an age group of 14 riders had been placed in this event in previous years or clocked good times in the qualifier. Jeannie Longo was favourite to win my age group and was fastest lady in the qualifier on the same course. My plan was to ride as hard as I could and finish in the top half of the field. Eventually I was riding down the start ramp. 

After the first 2 minutes I ignored my power plan and instead focused on riding hard out of every corner and turn, not burying myself too deeply on the ascent to Florentin and avoiding risks that would put me in a ditch. I realised that watching average power when you have to ease back for turns then power on wasn’t going to work. As long as I could feel pain and the power meter wasn’t glowing red I was about right.Overtook my 30 sec rider within the first 3kms which ignited the fire in my inner race dragon. Passed a few more riders then at 10 miles my power dropped a bit as my legs were really screaming but with glimpses of another rider ahead persuaded me to dig in a bit longer. Arrived back of the track and had to dig even deeper and crossed the finish in 0:37:03. 

Allegedly results were available live but nothing forthcoming so eventually found the results posted on the side of the finish van - 3rd in age group! Totally astounded…. and absolutely thrilled. I think having no expectations other than to ride a strong race had paid off. Not having any GB cycle kit for the podium, and it being in the high twenties, I decided to shower in my skin suit and watch the remains of the racing while I dried off before heading off to the presentation.

Petersfield Triathletes on the International Stage

Petersfield Triathlon Club is going from strength to strength, with three club members qualifying for international competition this year to represent Great Britain in their age groups. Two qualified for the Standard distance event (1500 metre open-water swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run) at the European Triathlon Age Group Championships, and one for the Sprint distance event (750 metre open-water swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run) at the World Triathlon Age Group Championships.

Jenny Philips and David Robbins both qualified for the European Triathlon Championships which were held in Kitzbuhel in the Austrian Alps. Jenny qualified for the Standard distance event at the Worthing Triathlon on a very blustery day in August 2016; the sea was so rough that day that some athletes didn’t even start the race. The weather was somewhat better when Jenny got to the European Championships in June: “… a 1500 metre swim in a lovely warm, calm lake, 40 km of cycling in the mountains and a surprisingly hilly 10 km run (complete with cows and cowbells)”. Jenny came 19th out of the 45 in her age group and was 8th out of the 19 GBR women in her age group.

David gained his qualification for the European Championships by finishing 8th at the 2016 Age Group European Championship in Lisbon. Unfortunately, David was unable to compete at Kitzbuhel due to injury. But he hopes to be fit for the 2018 season when he will be targeting a GB place at the European and World Championship events.

Julie Gadsden completed the trio by qualifying for the Sprint distance event at the World Triathlon Championships. Julie qualified for the GB team at her first-ever open-water Sprint competition at Eton Dorney in May this year. She will be travelling to Rotterdam for the World Championships in September, where she hopes to enjoy her first international competition.

Another busy weekend for Petersfield Triathletes

Athletes from Petersfield Triathlon club were out in force over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of July.At the Chichester Triathlon on Sunday the 9th July, our very own David Reid took poll position winning the event, and Peter Younghusband was second behind him. Chris Turner won her age category.Elsewhere our Chairwoman Kim King celebrated her birthday with PTC friends at the Velathon Wales, a tough but stunning 140km on the road. Others and some with their younger family members took part in the fantastically run Petersfield ups and downs event. Jess Oecken, Lucy Noe and Julie Gadsden were at the ladies only Eton Dorney Sprint Triathlon and Richard Roberts was at the Henley Mile Swim.

Summer Cross Country at QE Park  

Petersfield Triathlon club members took part in the Summer cross country at QE park on the 28th June which was run by Portsmouth Joggers. It was a very well run and friendly event with about 350 runners in total. Our ladies team comprising Rachel Clay, Lucy Mitchell and Liz Avery came first and were individually placed 1st, 2nd and 10th.

(Image shows from left Rachel, Lucy and Liz)

Petersfield triathlon Club competing in the Austria Ironman

On Sunday 2nd July we had three members of the club competing at the Ironman in Austria Nick Anderson, Roy Matthews and Barry Bridges finishing with their fantastic times of 11.41, 11.36 and 13.47 hours respectively.

The race had 120,000 spectators on a beautifully Austrian course. The swim is utterly incredible in the Worthersee Lake... water so clean the locals claim you can drink it... interesting the final 1km funnels all 3500 competitors down a canal to the first transition. 2 laps of the 90km bike course with 1650m of climbing, taking in the most beautiful scenery. Fortunately the roads are glass smooth so allowed for some terrific speed on the bike. The run course was flat and ideal, although sadly all three of us had to battle adversity of some kind to get through it, blisters, gastric issues and fatigue were all setting in by then! This made for steady guns for us all but we were delighted to get to the end and complete the race. The day was finished off with hours of partying waiting for final finishers to arrive at midnight.

Petersfield Triathletes shine at the Open-air pool Aquathlon

Petersfield open-air pool hosted another fabulous Aquathlon on Sunday 11th June. 47 sons, daughters, mums and dads from across Hampshire competed for top spots on the gloriously sunny evening on the 11th June.

In the open adult event PTC’s David Reid took 1st place and Toby Clay 2nd, while Kate Smith was the 2nd lady in. In the Tri-Star races Eddie Jordan was 3rd boy, Lotta Jordan 1st girl, Oliver Clay 2nd boy, Lara Foulkes 2nd girl and Oliver Foulkes 2nd boy in their respective age categories.

A big thank you to the organisers and marshals who volunteered their time to make this such an enjoyable event for all.

Six members of the Petersfield triathlon club were also in action at the Jubilee River swim, which involved a massive 10km swim from Taplow to Eton. Mary Jane Ashby and Rachel Clay were the 2nd ladies team to finish.

Pic: Mark Henrick with Rachel Clay and Mary Jane Ashby

Meanwhile across the pond fellow triathlete David Bence was in action at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco on Sunday and Rob Hall, the ex chair and founder of the Triathlon Club completed the South Downs Way Ultra marathon on Saturday. 

Rob was running in aid of the Princes trust and if you want to support him please find his just giving page and dig deep in aid of this great cause!

Pic: Rob Hall

Petersfield Triathlon Club’s big weekend out!

Swashbuckler 21 May 2017

On the 21st May 2017, 20 athletes from Petersfield Triathlon Club headed to the New Forest to take on the Swashbuckler Triathlon. The venue was the beautiful Bucklers Hard historic village, the swim was in the river Beaulieu, a road bike around the scenic open roads of the New Forest dodging herds of ponies and cows and a partially off road and surprisingly hilly run route.

After registering and attending briefings on the Saturday we all met up for a carb loading supper in Lyndhurst before an early night all round. It was an early start on the Sunday congregating on site at around 5am. We arrived to clear blue skies and a very still looking river - a balmy 16°C water temperature, a very slight tide and some non-stinging jellyfish to keep us company! 

The 10 members of the standard distance team set off first at 6.15am undertaking a 1.3km swim, 33km road bike and an 11km run. 

All finished with strong performances, and our prize-winners were Jenny Phillips with first super vet and Toby Clay picking up first vet. 

Next to set off were the 10 members of the Middle or Half Iron Man distance team taking on a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 22km run. Again some strong performances all round, and our prize winners were Kim King, the club’s chair woman with 2nd super vet and Lucy Mitchell 3rd vet. There was also an Aquabike with the same distances as the Middle for Swim and Bike without the run which Rachel Hampson took part in.                       

It was a fantastically well-run event, the organisers and marshals could not have been any more welcoming, and there was certainly something for everyone with the inclusion of the Aquabike and we hope to do a similar thing next year. Big thanks to all those who were not participating who came along to support the team (especially Gayle Vickers), and to those who after finishing stayed on to support the later finishers, there was an amazing feeling of team spirit. Well done everyone!


Others:

PTC athletes were also in action elsewhere in the country, well done to Sandra Sellis placing 1st vet at the Arundel Sprint Triathlon and Chris Turner for picking up 1st in his age category at Fareham’s Sprint Triathlon.