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Team Relays

TVT members were out in force at the Team Relay event at Dorney Lake on Saturday 29 September.  With 10 teams of 3 triathletes competing and a good team of supporters, TVT’s red, white and blue were the dominant colours around the transition and finish line.  The event promised to be fast and furious with over 90 teams of three and each member of the team completing the 400m swim, before heading for 3 laps (15k) each on the bike and rounding off with a one lap 5k (and a bit!) run.  The weather came good on the day, with blue skies and only a moderate breeze (practically calm by Dorney Lake standards!). 

As we entered the Dorney site ready to race at one of the fastest venues around, we were really disappointed to see the normally pristine venue looking somewhat like a building site!  Over-running work to remove the grandstands and other structures put up for the Olympics had left parts of the road thick with mud and debris and defiantly not fit to race on.  Road sweepers were promised but failed to turn up in time to make it race ready (in fact they were still cleaning the roads when we left at 1pm!).  So after the 9am start became 10am, the event was declared an aquathlon.  That was possibly a blessing in disguise as the event organisers had made a real pig’s ear of the bike transition area with far too little space between the rows of racking to walk through let alone run with your bike!  (Last year was fabulously well organised so I’m sure that this was just a one-off post-Olympic glitch).

The careful TVT team selection by Jamie, creating four ‘fast’ teams to compete for the event’s medals and a league of six aggregated teams competing for club honours was completely blown apart by the cancellation of the bike leg!

The team time and individual swim and run splits are shown below. 

TVT Brownlee Fan Club 1:17:51
Sharkie Jaggard 5:37 20:19
David Weir 6:58 19:17
John Darwent 7:02 18:35
TVT Jess Fan Club 1:30:14
Vicky Frith 5:36 21:15
Denys Miranda * 9:25 28:09
Louise Bardsley 7.05 18:20
TVT Wiggo Fan Club 1:28:24
Daryl Robbins 6:39 20:47
Brendon Drummond 9:25 21:49
Jamie Rossiter 8:26 21:15
TVT Mo Fan Club 1:32:26
Neil Cooper 5:41 25:11
Chris Aitken 8:24 22:11
Chris Mackay 9:03 21:54
TVT Clancy Fan Club 1:42:53
Sam Counterman 5:40 21:48
Debbie Wilson 9:13 32:23
Len Picott 9:22 24:26
TVT Hoy Fan Club 1:32:31
Paul Gittings 6:35 21:06
George Haynes 9:48 24:58
Mike Williams 9:16 20:46
TVT Kenny Fan Club 1:36:28
Mauricio Giraldo 10:24 25:35
Sean Green 8:40 21:30
Joshua Green 9:22 20:55
TVT Pendleton Fan Club 1:40:22
Mark Gower 7:16 20:52
Natalie Jones 8:51 31:43
Steve Wilson 9:30 22:08
TVT Trott Fan Club 1:29:48
Andy Clarke 7:41 20:39
Delyth Draper 8:47 21:10
Tony Bailey 8:50 22:38
TVT Grainger Fan Club 1:47:24
Angela Beckwith 6:48 29:08
Tessa Minnis 12:46 24:49
Wayne Jones 8:49 25:01
* On the day substitute for me as I was too full of cold to get in that lake! Thanks Denys!
Well done to Vicky Frith for the fastest swim of day, just 1 second ahead of Sharkie and followed closely by Sam and Neil, and to Louise Bardsley for the run of the day.  The TVT Brownlee Fan Club came 3rd overall with 3 very strong swims and runs.  TVT Trott Fan Club took the club prize.

It was great to see a good number of new club members – and some returning members - competing alongside some of our regulars.  A special mention goes to Joshua Green who at just aged 14 was taking part in his first competitive event –well done on a great swim and run!

Despite the challenges it was a really good way to close out the race season and we had a great day out followed by a well attended social evening in Reading (well, I stayed home to nurse my cold but I’m told the evening out was good!).

Kathryn Rossiter

Apologies to the following members whose results weren't picked up following their events:

Jim Collingbourne

Outlaw 2012 Full Distance 12h54.03 (1.25/6.05/5.12)
Challenge Henley 2012 Full Distance 13h27.12 (1.25/6.38/5.15)

Tim Seddon
Cotswold 4.23.30
Challenge Henley 4.38.02

The Barcelona Triathlon

What a great event and in a great city too. With an early Sunday morning start, it forces you to arrive on Friday or Saturday and after registering you simply have to ramble through Las Ramblas, del Mar, Plaza Catalunya and eat wonderful tapas in the evening. Prior to the event, I was initially concerned at how I'd deal with the hordes of participants. Almost 3,500 people completed the Olympic race, with 500 people in each wave and only 10 minutes between starting intervals. The masses did not provide any hindrance at all. During the swim people lined out quickly and I took a start from the left wing to avoid the aqua snake-pit which worked well.

As for the bike route, the circuit consisted of four loops through the city, road surfaces were of excellent quality and barring one small hill the course was completely flat. Yet equally important, the roads were not of the narrow and tight corners of "Box Hill" but effectively wide boulevards. This made overtaking easy as riders also maintained good discipline with the slower paced entrants keeping to the right. Cornering on numerous tight bends was not an issue and I did not come across any crashes.

The run consisted of one loop that started and ended on the beach but not before taking us through the city and main park.

As for the event organisation - the hosts did their city proud. The process from registration, support, transitions etc were all clear and organised. Virtually all marshals spoke some level of English and if they didn't, there was someone within arms reach who did. They only thing I would suggest improving for next year: the buoys should be much larger as they were small and not easily seen, and, try to start the event an hour earlier. They final part of the run was in 25 degree celsius heat. The only other comment - the distance to T1 was quite long.

As for my own result, I was disappointed with a slow swim however my cycle kicked ass (1.06.12, a record for me). I am pleased with my overall time of 2h41m - a PB! For my complete splits see The other highlight, later on Sunday evening I went to Camp Nou to see El Classico. Another incredible experience.

I will definitely come back next year and I would highly recommend this event to my TVT team members.

Hasta Luego.

Al Dempsey


Thames Valley Cross Country League

Results from Datchet 11th November 2012

There was a huge turnout on a beautifully sunny Sunday morning with over 400 runners meeting on the banks of the Thames for the first TVXC event of the winter.
Results in bold contribute towards the team score.    
Position Time Name Cat Male Female
Score Score
4 00:32:37 Richard Kinnersley MS 3 -
36 00:36:29 Dominic Moszkal MS 33 -
38 00:36:33 Louise Bardsley FS - 1
70 00:38:41 David Weir MS 62 -
88 00:39:49 Alex Scott MS 77 -
129 00:41:23 Graham Perkins MV 113 -
132 00:41:27 Daryl Robins MV 115 -
139 00:41:42 Barry Hopkins MS 122 -
140 00:41:48 Steve Wilson MV 123 -
151 00:42:06 Justin Malin MV 129 -
168 00:42:45 Jamie Rossiter MV 143 -
197 00:44:10 Alistair Weir MV 161 -
198 00:44:11 Brent Clarke-Whittle MV 162 -
230 00:45:46 James Ralphes MS 187 -
258 00:46:56 Tony Bailey MS 202 -
290 00:48:57 Kathryn Rossiter FV - 66
295 00:49:03 James Crosbie MS 215 -
326 00:51:10 Angela Beckwith FS - 83
336 00:52:10 Wayne Jones MV 235 -
372 00:56:50 Helen Tilsley FS - 115
382 00:59:06 Winnie Pawg FS - 123
394 01:04:50 Natalie Jones FS - 130


Congratulations to Tessa Minnis who won her category at the Hillingdon Duathlon, pictured here on the top step, wearing her TVT T-shirt with pride!

1st run   14:57
Bike       29:54
2nd run  07:06
Total      51:57

Don't forget TVT hoodies are available to purchase to keep you warm after your Winter training sessions! A bargain at £18!

Contact Tony Bailey on 07766 020 329 to place your order.

Congratulations Louise!

As many of you may already know, Louise Bardsley has been in New Zealand, competing in both the Aquathon and Triathlon World Championships. Not only did she qualify for the World Championships, but she has also been nominated for the Female Age Grouper of the Year in the British Triathlon Awards 2012. What a year! Here are her race reports.

I entered the World Aquathlon Championship primarily as a warmup for the World Triathlon, which took place 5 days later. It would be a good chance to check out the course and conditions, as well as some of the opposition. I was not expecting to be on the podium, especially as the distances were weighted too much towards the swim for my liking!

The race was less than 48 hours after landing from my 30-hour flight from London. I had no idea how my body would respond to such a journey, but in the worst case I hoped at least it would shock the jet lag out of my system in time for the triathlon!

All women were set off across just 2 waves, meaning a very crowded and ‘physical’ swim. I managed to get a good start off the pontoon, and had clear water until close to the first buoy. However at this point the field converged; I was being swum into – sometimes over- from all angles, and lost ground a couple of times when people pulled me back by the ankles. Frustrating when others decide to play unfair, but you just have to keep calm and keep going!

Soon we left the shelter of the harbour for the open sea - which was unexpectedly rough, much tougher conditions than the practise swim the day before. The bow waves of passing ships didn’t help either, plus the salt becomes a problem if you swallow too much. A number of athletes were sick during the swim or later on the run. It was too much for some who had to be picked up by rescue boats. Thankfully for me, the challenging conditions broke up the pack and I could finally relax with clear water again.

The swim was a relatively long 1km compared to the standard 750m in UK aquathlons. Sadly the run was still only 5k; since running is my stronger event, the longer the run, the more people I have chance to catch and pass. Unfortunately I started off by passing my shoes in transition - not as easy to spot as a bright orange bike! I probably only lost 10 seconds but it always feels like more.

Once out on the run though, this is where I started properly enjoying myself and overtaking better swimmers by the dozen. I would have happily carried on for a second 5k! From 57th position on the swim, I managed to move up into 11th place overall, with the fastest run in my category by over a minute!

Most significantly, I was the fastest Brit overall. It was the first time I have managed this in an international championship! I had no idea where I was in the field until I crossed the line, so I was delighted to be announced as silver medallist in the 30-34 category. I found out later I had beaten some of the elite athletes as well, and my 17:30 run split was 2nd fastest overall - significantly faster than all of the elite women.

After my silver medal in the Aquathon, I came into the World Triathlon Championship full of confidence. I had exceeded my expectations, and am normally likely to do better in a triathlon- with both bike and run to catch up any ground lost in the swim! However I also knew the competition would be tougher. This was the main event, after all, and not everyone had raced the aquathlon only 5 days beforehand. I would have to see if I had recovered enough!

Auckland had enjoyed gale force winds and rain ever since the Aquathlon, which made recce-ing the bike course quite a challenge just to stay upright. It was a relief to wake up on race day to sunshine, and though the wind was still strong at least it had died down.

The pre-start was a lot more stressful, being held in waiting pens until it was time for our wave, just wanting to get on with it! Once in the water, I had another good start and avoided being swum over- so far, so good. However once out of the shelter of the harbour, we had the waves and tide to contend with, and sighting became a real issue. The organisers choice of small red buoys about 400m apart was not ideal. I literally couldn't see anything to head towards and no choice but to follow the swimmers in front... Who seemed to be heading towards any floating objects (which later turned out to be safety canoes) and in completely the wrong direction. I kept looking up but couldn't see anything, and started to worry. Minutes passed before I saw the buoy- about 90 degrees from the direction I was heading! I felt sick at that point about how much extra I must have swum and how much time lost, but I certainly wasn't the only one. Spectators later said the tide had turned during our wave and swept a lot of people off the course.
Nothing I could do at that point but see what I could catch up on the bike and run!

The bike course had a bit of everything - a few hills and descents, a few technical corners and dead turns. The main part of the course was a long, flat TT section along exposed coastal roads. I’m pretty happy on most bike courses and this one was no different- except that at race speed, the wind was so strong I was battling just to stay upright on the aero Twinfoil, with only 49kg of me to hold it down!

While my power:weight ratio is not bad, I am not a pure power athlete, it was hard going into the 25kmph headwind. This type of condition is not to my advantage against much bigger and stronger girls on a mainly flat course. I had no choice but to give it everything on the bike and try and regain ground lost on the swim. I was rewarded with one of the best bike splits and picked up a lot of places, but the top girls were still extending their lead…

I may be a good runner, but catching up more than about 5 minutes over 10k was probably not going to be possible - especially as the run course was fast and flat. It would not slow the weaker runners down too much... I also wondered how much my own legs had suffered after the effort put in on the bike...

I still had no idea what position I was in or how many minutes behind I was - no information was available. So it was just the usual strategy of overtaking as many people as I could. I was aware my legs were starting to cramp though; I’d just have to concentrate on keeping good form…

I managed the first 5k in a reasonable 18:25, however cramp really struck on the second lap and I felt like I was hobbling in places. Amazingly I was still passing people all the way, although not at the rate I hoped. I was reduced to almost 20 minutes for the second 5k, and was just looking forward to the finish chute now, even though I suspected I hadn’t quite run into the podium places.

I crossed the line to be announced as 7th place in 30-34 category, although I was a bit disappointed I had to accept on the day I couldn’t have done more. The British girls had a fantastic day in 30-34 age group, with the Gold medal going to Laura Siddall and Bronze to Anna Turvey (plus Stacey Penn winning the sprint distance in our category earlier that morning). With the Kiwis and Aussies dominating most of the other categories, I was happy to finish 3rd Brit overall across all age groups.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Run and Social
December 4th - At this evening we are going to have an Emergency awareness talk .This one is very important to attend if you either run or cycle with TVT.

Annual Awards Dinner
November 24th - Leander Club, Henley

Winter Cross Country Races
This Sunday sees the start of the TVXC race season. All racesare between 5 and 6 miles in distance and start at 11am. Competitors must arrive 20 mins before the start and tea and cakes are provided afterwards. Please wear TVT kit or T-Shirt.

11th November 2012 Datchett, at the Broccas, Eton

25th November 2012 Sandhurst, Hawley Lakes

9th December 2012 Handy Cross, Bradenham Woods

16th December 2012 Metros, Mad Bess Woods

23rd December 2012 Reading Roadrunners, Bearwood College

13th January 2013 Tadley Runners, Hurst Community Centre

20th January 2013 Bracknell Forest Runners, Lightwater Country Park

Please remember to send in your race reports and photos, or simply recommend an event for TVT members to try!

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