Race report from Vanessa Gilmartin:
Report from Vanessa Gilmartin:
Conditions were perfect for the 35th Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon on Sunday 18th February with a good turnout for the club. 10 runners took on the notorious course and the prospect of THAT hill!
Please note that for this season, all communications regarding the club turbo sessions, inter club Time Trials and Strength & Conditioning sessions will be on the 7Oaks Tri Club (Members Only) page.
If you haven't joined that yet, I'd recommend it. Otherwise you might miss out on something good. All of the TT events are already in the calendar there.
Events and updates won't be on the club webpage or here on the Club Rides page (unless someone wants to volunteer to replicate everything three times ! )
The 7Oaks Tri Club are pleased to announce that ten charity places are now available for their Triathlon being held on Sunday 29th April 2018.
The places have been donated by 7Oaks Tri Club to ellenor a charity supporting families facing terminal illness across Kent and Bexley.
Club Championship Races
The 2018 club championship races have now been decided:
Middle distance: Sunday 20th May Marshman https://www.velocity-events.co.uk/marshman-and-mini-marshman/marshman-half-iron/
Sprint: Sunday 10th June Swanley White oak http://www.dartfordandwhiteoaktri.co.uk/white-oak-triathlon/
Eleven 7oaks tri members have enjoyed excellent running conditions for the first 3 matches of the series. It has been chilly but dry and sunny for some outstanding performances in the league, comprising 18 athletics clubs and proving to be as popular as ever with around 500 runners taking part each race.
7oaks tri club has been registered to take part in the 2018 TESE Senior Series:
We are pleased to announce details for the Triathlon England South East (TESE) Region Club Senior Series for 2018, which follows the same format as the successful 2017 Senior Series.
by Charlie Mortleman:
"A bit of a damp one!"
The women's competition couldn't have been closer. Susan Freeburn's winning ride in the 4 up at Brands put her level with Val Place on 58. The tie breaker is the number of times the rider has scored points for 7OaksTri. Val has 4 more scoring rides this year so is the winner. With Susan second and Claire Edwards 3rd on 55.
Neil Harris won the mens competition scoring a perfect 60 from 7 rides. Sam Begg was second with 58. He also had perfect scores. Except for the occasions when Neil showed up! Chris Hansen was 3rd on 57 points.
Congratulations to 7oaks tri ladies for winning bronze in the South East club competition. Please could at least one of you attend the TESE AGM and presentation to receive the award at the Grasshopper in Westerham on Saturday 14th October?
From the organiser:
The Southwater Relay Triathlon served up a fitting finale to the 2017 Senior Series competition with over half of the teams representing clubs registered in the Senior Series.
Any mist had lifted and conditions were mild for the five 7oaks tri teams who made the annual pilgrimage to Southwater country park. With 120 teams of 3 entered, registration and racking was busy but 120 yellow swimming caps made it in to the small lake for an 8:05 start. Much to Steve's delight, they announced in the race briefing that the McDonald's traffic lights would be 'bagged' for the event. Our friendly BTF Technical Officials, Dick and Clare Donovan were overseeing the event.
Neil Harris, Chris Hansen and Martin Brown took the podium for the men.
Susan Freeburn, Val Place and Gillian Sanders took the podium for the women.
Neil had the fastest ride of the day with a 19:52.
Val had a significant PB - first time under 25:00 on a 10 mile.
With 5 out of the top 10 7OaksTri has extended its lead in the Inter Club Competition to 23. GS Avanti always bring a lot of teams to Brands, so it could still be rather tight.
7oaks tri smashed it with 5 in the top 10.
Neil Harris won overall with Martin Brown and Chris Hansen in 3rd and 4th.
Jane Wiley was first woman. We're checking but it must have been very close to the women's course record.
You may be aware that we haven't participated as fully as last year in the TESE club competition due to members doing other events, clashes of dates and due to the popularity, the events selling out before people have had time to enter. The series is being reviewed and should include some different venues for next year...
From the series organiser:
"I hope most who wanted to get a a place at Ocean Lake were successful, but I'm aware a number were unlucky.
As it turned out, we had four 7oaks tri men to represent the club for the 4th round of the South East club competition at Leybourne. The conditions were dry and warm but windy up on the exposed part of the cycle course across a new river Medway bridge (Peter's bridge). Olly, Ben and Rob returned from holidays the day before the event and Olly's carb loading with pork knuckles and German beer obviously worked as he set off with a fast swim! Even Ben's impressive 19 minute run wasn't quite enough to catch Olly before the line.
Temporary Traffic Lights on Course
Polhill 17/8 Results
This was an extra TT as a previous race had to be cancelled. Susan Freeburn was the fastest woman overall. Andrew Evans was 3rd, the fastest 7OaksTri rider a little ahead of Stephen Searby 6th, who thankfully avoided throwing himself at the scenery.
GS Avanti had a good turn out and will have narrowed 7OaksTri's lead in the inter club competition. It looks very likely that all will be decided in the Brands Hatch Team Time Trial on 16/9.
GS Avanti took 7 of the top 10 last night. Neil Harris and Martin Brown scoring well for 7OaksTri. Catherine Linney was second woman only 9 seconds back from 1st now.
Darius Sarshar had a bit of a 'mare going off course. Twice! Challenging Sally Mortleman's off course records...
Very windy and very difficult to tell which direction it was coming from as it seemed to constantly change - some very nervous descents on the steep bit coming back!
Great turn-out from 7oaks tri - well done to everyone!
Dry all day then rained just before the start. People sheltering under tress rather than warming up!
Astonishing time from Neil Harris as usual but on his new Canyon TT bike.
7OaksTri a bit thin for this one. There's just too much going on at this time of the season.
GSA took 5 of the top 10. Sydenham 3. Well done to the Sams taking 5th and 6th and Val for being fastest 7Oaks female.
Results now final.
Having been given the opportunity to commentate at the 7Oaks Tri in April 2013 this led to a number of opportunities at a range of races to become a race commentator / announcer (or #mikeonthemic for the social media types among you). I’ve loved the chance to be at events both large and small and usually based at the finish line where you witness the excitement and emotion that I have known myself over the years.
7OaksTri big guns out in force taking 5 of the top 10 places. Scorching ride from Neil who is in top form. Sally was first woman with a short 25.
Need to check, but I suspect there might be some PBs there.
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From now on, please look there for your weekly swim sets. I won't be posting here as well.