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!


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.