Welcome to TVT's latest newsletter, please let Dave Bennett know if you want anything included in future issues.

June highlights

We have many people racing during June this year, over all distances ranging from Super Sprints up to Iron-Man distance.  It's brilliant to see everyone, from first-timers to veterans, representing the club.

After your race, please remember to mail your races results and race reports into Ian.  We love a good story here at TVT, and we know all our members would love to hear all about it.

If you do have any content, news or information that you want to share with the club, then please feel free to contact Dave.

National Relays

Saturday 24th August 2013
is the National Relay Championships at Holme Pierpont in Nottingham.  If you haven't ever raced at the Relays, you really have missed out.  One of the most exhilarating and fun events on the UK calendar, the Relays revolves around teams of four using a tagging format where everyone swims, everyone bikes and everyone runs in race that looks like a mixture between competition and chaos.

It’s a sprint distance triathlon – but with a rest between each discipline while your team mates race.  It’s a 500m open water swim, a 15K bike and a 5K run.  It is held on completely closed course over which you can see the whole of all three disciplines.  Ever fancied racing a triathlon in an arena?  Well this is as close as it gets.

I will be coordinating teams.  We are only planning on racing on the Saturday, so the categories are mixed in the morning, and female in the afternoon, there are also open categories in both morning and afternoon.  There are male teams racing on the Sunday, but we have decided not to put any TVT teams in for this so that we can have a 'proper' social on the Saturday night.

All abilities are encouraged, and no one in our club is too inexperienced or "slow" to represent our club at this event.  The primary purpose is for people to have fun.  There will be teams that are looking to be competitive and place well, and there will teams just there for the crack.

The only stipulation is that you are a paid up Member of TVT for 2013, and that you have a BTA Membership card with TVT on it as your club.

This is a great event - and a great day/night out.  Come along and join in. And if for any reason you do not want to race - come along, support, and cheer on the club.

Please note this is on a Saturday.  There is a campsite across the road - so we are planning on camping - getting a BBQ going, and celebrating with some beers after the event.

A number of us will be camping both Friday night and Saturday night.  This means finishing work on Friday early – may be worth booking the afternoon off now!

The details of the event are on the following website:

If you are interested, please could you do the following things:

1.  Please can you let me have the following details by Friday 5thJuly (either let me know at training or email me at


Mobile number:

Email address:

BTF number:

Time for 500m swim:

Time for 15K bike:

Time for 5K run:

Total time for all 3

2.  The entry price for a team of 4 is now £160.  TVT will subsidise the entry to approximately 50%, but you will need to pay £20 each towards the entry fee.

Please can I have a cheque, made payable to Thames Valley Triathletes (TVT) to confirm you wish to race.

You can give me a cheque at swimming, or send it to me at:

14 Woodfield Way, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 5AB



Report from Louise on her first Elite races.
I have completed my first couple of elite races at Blenheim and Windsor.
Blenheim was a shock to the system as I was not really race fit after a couple weeks off for myself and Simon's wedding! I was not expecting the sprint pace of the swim, and got left behind as one of the last out of the water, quite a change from being one of the first out in AG races! I inadvertently ended up in a swim start pen with just Vicky Holland and Gillian Sanders (South African Olympian) so that was a bit too ambitious for me to be able to draft! The bike was quite hilly which is good for breaking up the bike packs, so it was fun overtaking a lot of people- I managed to catch up to midfield by the end of the bike and run.
Windsor was even tougher, being the British Elite Champs, even though the Olympic distance suits me better. But with only 12 entered, the chances of there being anyone on the swim I would be able to draft were looking slim!  At least this time I knew what pace to expect, and I did manage to draft for a short while, before swimming into a boat, and then the pack was gone!  So it was a rather lonely rest of swim, followed by the 42km bike all on my own! Well not quite on my own, as I had my own personal motorbike escort for company :-) I was confident if anyone else got dropped from the bike pack I'd be able to catch them, but sadly the Windsor course is very flat and the 2 packs both managed to stay together. I managed to only lose 2 minutes to the pack on the bike, but I had obviously been working much harder on the bike and taken a lot out of my running legs!

The run was the most fun part, largely due to the enthusiastic TVT contingent- whose cheering was much appreciated both by me and the TV cameras! And being my strongest discipline, I managed to make up 4 minutes back to the pack on the run. Not quite enough to overtake anyone, but at least to feel like my performance belonged in the Elite race. I finished 11th which I should be happy with, although there is a lot more room for improvement if I could improve my swim enough to get in a bike pack!
Outlaw weekend
We arrived bright and early at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham the day before our event.  The British Sprint Championships & ITU World Sprint qualifiers were being held on the Saturday and there were good representation from TVT with 10 members racing for GBR slots. The sun was out so watching the sprint races was even more of a pleasure than usual, as the racing was fast and furious.
When it was time, we attended the most comprehensive race briefing I have ever been to and this just reinforced how professional race organisers One Step Beyond were.
Our alarms went off about 04:30 and we all met in the hotel car park for the short drive to the centre. The early start was compensated by the glorious weather as we racked our bikes and generally worried about what we had forgotten. Looking down the lake, it was fairly daunting, as we could barely see the orange buoys that marked the turning point.

Swim (Dave)
06:30 soon came around and the first wave, with Brendan in it, started promptly.  It seemed like only moments later that it was myself and Wayne’s turn, with our scheduled start at 06:38.  
The water was surprising warm compared to the cold of Pingewood Lake in Reading and the “special wave” was performed much to the amusement of the TVT supporters (please ask Wayne, Natalie or Brendan for a demonstration).
Swimming the first half was a challenge with the bright sun directly in your eyes but there was loads of room, so we didn’t experience any rough and tumble.
The exit was nice and simple, up a gradual gradient and off into T1 trying desperately to find my zipper cord.  Thanks to the guy who grabbed it for me to save my embarrassment. Great times from everyone (Brendan 40:51, Wayne 38:55 and Dave 37:05).
Bike (Brendan)
Coming out of the water, I didn’t feel too bad and was pretty sure that I was still in front of Dave and Wayne. Although it helped having an 8 minute lead from the start however I knew I’d be way less than 8 minutes ahead by now.
After shedding my neoprene outer skin, putting on my trusty TVT cycle top,  eating a banana and having a quick drink, I grabbed my trusty steed and headed out for the 92km bike section.
The first 5km of the bike was once around the rowing lake, saying farewell to the TVT support crew who were going back to the hotel for a nice breakfast whilst the three of us resorted to energy bars and gels for the next few hours.  I would say that it wasn’t fair but getting up at 5am just to watch us was a fantastic effort and was much appreciated.
We were told in our race briefing to watch out for the swans and geese whilst cycling around the lake. A very good piece of advice as I’m sure a few of them had devious thoughts when I cycled past them.
Out on the roads and what a fantastic route it was. Nice and flat with only 1 real hill but it was no Streatley. Before then though, the fantastic conditions were helping with a very favourable average speed.  However the wind picked up and the legs started to tire a bit in the second half of the ride so average speeds started to come down.
I thought I was going pretty well until 2 guys on a tandem came cruising past. It took me a while to realize that 2 are probably faster than 1 so I decided not to kill myself by trying to keep up.
All in all, a fantastic bike leg with well stocked feed stations and superb marshalling. Another big thumbs up for the crew at One Step Beyond.
Good bike times for the 3 of us, to back up the swim leg (Brendan 2:46.17, Wayne 2:58.37 & Dave 3:02.36)
Now just the 13.1 miles to go…….
Run (Wayne)
Yes, the simple of job of completing a half marathon after what we’d just been through. Brendan was already well on his way by the time Dave and I headed out of T2 a couple of minutes separating us. Many of you will know the feeling of jelly legs going from bike to run but this was something else.
The run course itself is very flat, out of T2 for a small part of the rowing lake, then head off along the river Trent for an out and back 8k section and then complete the lake loop. Do all that twice, job done.  You run close to Trent Bridge cricket ground for the river section on paths and then for the lake loop think Dorney.  Naturally high fives were exchanged on the out and back section. Drinks/feed stations were plentiful, every 1.5-2k, which mentally helped to break the run up in to small chunks.
The lake side is also great spot of spectators, team TVT were ensconced on the bank near the river / lake split section which meant they saw each of us four times, moral boosting for all concerned.
Brendan was on good form as he extended his lead and completed his second ever fastest half marathon time @ 1h:39m.
Meanwhile Dave had a target ahead and was closing me down with the catch made at 7k to go.  At that stage I was expecting Dave to push on but he was happy to join me in completing the remainder of the run crossing the line together (although being humble I gave him the 1 second advantage).  Our run splits were Dave @ 2h:05m and Wayne @ 2h:09m.  The finish itself is in front of a stand, great for spectators cheering home their friends and family.
Flying the flag of TVT all three of us finished well within the total field of 1046 competitors with respective times/positions as follows:
Brendan 5:13:04 (187th)
Dave 5:53:24 (562nd)
Wayne 5:53:25 (563rd)
And that was it, Outlaw Half completed, medals and finishers tee shirts collected (both high quality products), stretching completed, kit collected, support camp taken down and we were off home.
Would I recommend this race? yes definitely. The organisation is fantastic, the course challenging but fair, the nutrition and drink stations regular and well stocked, and a perfect spot for spectators to set up camp and cheer you on.  Would I do it again? – well there is the full distance Outlaw. Watch this space for 2014…….   ;-)

July Social

Just a reminder that the next social is linked to Tuesday Night's Power Hour.

Everyone is welcome to attend the social even if you are not riding the Power Hour.  The social is a great chance to catch up with fellow club members and also various members of the coaching team .


If you and your friends would like to join the social, we will be in the Bell & Bottle from 8pm until 10pm.  We have ordered a vegetarian and a meat curry that will cost £4, or a Swim Ticket, on the night.  Please let Jamie know if you want to eat as we need to confirm numbers by 12 noon on Monday 1st July.

Jamie’s contact details are Mobile 07880 780486 or email

Concorde Triathlon

As the days tick by, Concorde Triathlon looms over the horizon.  This event raises funds that help the club subsidise our training sessions.  We need at least 70 members from the club to help out on the day doing various tasks.  No experience is needed as you will be guided by an experienced person.

Anyone willing to help out please mail Derek Bowley <>.  Please do encourage workmates, friends and family to enter here
Carried over from May  
Junior Hart  
Philip Burke won the Under 16 category  
Grendon Sprint Triathlon (European Qualifier 2014) 26th May  
David Weir           1h 11m 20s (second in age group)
Sharkie Jaggard   1h 18m 29s
Chris Aitken         1h 24m 52s
Alistair Weir         1h 25m 24s
Gatorade SuperSprint Eton Dorney   
James Lockhart 1h 15m 36s
Darren Lynch 1h 16m 23s
Dan Barrett 1h 20m 03s
Ian Starkey 1h 31m 33s
Nottingham Triathlon - 1st June  
David Weir  1h 01m 34s
Jon Darwent  1h 02m 45s
Sean Stewart 1h 02m 48s
Sharkie Jaggard  1h 05m 59s
Alex Scott  1h 06m 00s
Alisdair Oakley 1h 07m 36s
Paul Gittings  1h 07m 48s
Andy Sharpe  1h 10m 08s
Alex Golding  1h 11m 31s
Natalie Jones    (Junior)  1h 41m 32s
Deva Triathlon 2nd June  
Vikki Frith 2h 24m 10s
Darrell Robins 2h 25m 36s
Barry Hopkins 2h 41m 29s
Kathryn Rossiter 2h 44m 48s
Delyth Draper 2h 45m 57s
Katie Hopkins 3h 11m 08s
Severn Bridges Sportive - 168k - 2nd June  
James Lockhart 6h 19m 47s
Outlaw 70.3 - 2nd June  
Brendan Drummond 5h 13m 04s
Dave Bennett 5h 53m 24s
Wayne Jones 5h 53m 25s
Jubilee 10k swim - 2nd June  
Nick Maria 2h 48m 20s
Debbie Wilson 3h 08m 34s
Steve Wilson 3h 13m 40s
Endure 24hr team relay - 8th and 9th June  
Alice Wilkinson did 6 of the 33 x 5mile laps, best lap 44m 54s  
Blenheim Triathlon - 8th and 9th June  
Louise Fox 1h 14m 26s (Elite)
Charles Haworth 1h 23m 12s
Dave Bennett 1h 35m 13s
Ride UK 24hr Manchester to London  
James Lockhart 21h 28m 48s
Wargrave 10k - 9th June  
Jim Shields 47m 42s
Cotswold Womens Only Sprint - 9th June  
Tessa Minnis 1h 25m 22s
South Cerney Standard Triathlon  
Darren Lynch 2h 51m 48s
Ian Starkey 3h 14m 59s
Wargrave Sprint Triathlon - 16th June  
Jim Shields 1h 33m 55s
Cotswold 70.3 Middle Distance Triathlon - 16th June  
Sean Green 4h 55m 54s
Matthew Collins 5h 05m 59s
Craig Mackay 5h 11m 42s
Nick Maria 5h 53m 19s (first triathlon)
Wellington Triathlon - 16th June  
Dave Thomas  1h 0m 51s
Isobel Jenkin 1h 15m
Windsor Standard Triathlon - 16th June  
Julian Sansum 2h 19m 12s
Louise Fox 2h 19m 34s (Elite)
Brendan Drummond 2h 31m 34s
Andrew Smith 2h 32m 15s
Tony Bailey 2h 38m 58s
Jim Collingbourne 2h 48m 54s
Wayne Jones 2h 49m 20s
Angela Beckwith 2h 58m 21s
Windsor Sprint Triathlon - 16th June  
Mike Williams 1h 38m 21s
Natalie Jones (Junior) 2h 39m 51s
Henley  Sprint Triathlon - 23rd   June  
Zoltan Markella 1h 16m 31s
James Lockhart 1h 22m 32s

Is this a new dress code for transition at the Windsor or is it just a case of trying to keep up with the Joneses?????

Another from the Jones order going in early at Windsor
The organisers at Challenge Henley have offered our members a discount on the entry for the Full & Relay Races.

With just over three months left until Challenge Henley and the Henley Half 2013, it's time to ask yourself: are you up for the Challenge?

One of the undoubted highlights of the UK triathlon calendar, Challenge Henley and the Henley Half attracts some of the fastest, toughest athletes from around the UK and Europe. This year, you could be one of them. With just three months to go there are still places available on the start line of both the Full and Half Distance race on Sunday 8th September.

What’s more, we are giving Thames Valley Triathletes Members a special discount of £60 off both the Full and Relay races. That means instead of £370 for the Full you can enter for £310 and instead of £470 for the Relay you can enter for £410. All you need to do is enter the promo code CLUB0613 when you enter.

Showcasing the best of it's quintessentially British surrounds, this year's Challenge Henley promises to be the fastest yet (and the 2012 race has already been proven to be the fastest pound-for-pound long distance event in the UK). The lightning-quick out-and-back swim takes place on the prestigious Thames' Royal Regatta course, before the 180km rolling bike leg (on closed roads) winds its way through the picturesque Chiltern Hills. Back in town for the run, expect thousands of spectators on a riverside course that is perfect for athletes and supporters alike.

Stephen Bayliss will be back on the start line to defend the crown he won in such impressive fashion in 2012, while Bella Bayliss will be looking to go one place better than her second at last year's race. But it won't be easy. With a stellar pro field assembling (not to mention some lightning-quick Age Groupers), it should be a fantastic day of racing.
So what are you waiting for? With entry spots available you can still be part of the crown jewel of long distance racing in the UK. Simply click here to register for the race and use the Promo Code CLUB0613 when you enter. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Any questions about the race please contact

Map My Ride

Barry has created a TVT Map My Ride Account to enable you to view and download popular bike routes used by the club and members.
Attached are instructions on how to add TVT as a friend on Map My Ride.
TVT accepts no responsibility for any of the routes and their use is at your own risk.
Also if you want to share any routes you have directly with Barry , please sent them in a GPX or other appropriate file format and he will load them directly to the TVT page.

Open water swimming update

We have been informed that there is new Open Water Swimming at Dinton Pastures

The session is on Thursday evenings from 17:30-20:30

If you area member of Dinton the cost of the swim is £2.50

Non Members cost £5

Please note that this is an activity operated and run by Dinton activity centre not TVT

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