There were about 15 or so 7oaks tri members including unofficial riders at the start of this year's KK. A damp start made some of the early descents a bit dicey but generally conditions were relatively mild. This did not make the course any less hilly though! I nearly got through a complete set of brake pads!
James Craddock put his superb climbing skills into practice, finishing in a Platinum time of 4h05m - the 15th fastest time out of the 539 riders navigating the long course. Vivian Brockwell was again the fastest F60 rider with an even quicker time than last year!
What a day! We had 12 runners out in perfect weather. This isn't a flat course. Fordcombe Hill always takes it's toll around the half way point. Paddock Wood should be better for PBs....and yet:
George, Georgie and Louise ran lifetime Half Marathon PBs. Andy and Val ran course PBs. And Sam ran 1:18 with a broken rib.
According to Strava: George and Georgie also PB'd at 10 miles, 15k and 20k. Georgie and Andy PB'd at 10k.
Thanks to coach Jane tonight.
With 4 runners tapering for Tunbridge Wells Half on Sunday, several away due to half term holidays/illness/work, numbers were down and we "only" had 4 PBs!
Newcomer Kelly crossed the line first with a strong time which is a new PB, certainly for our sessions. Sam Begg was next having paced Allan to a new best of 19:37. A full minute better than in January. Fastest run of the night was Adam, nibbling 4s off his PB down to 18:57.
Next week short intervals - 800s on the track with coach Sam.
The sixth race in the Kent Fitness League Cross Country series took place in Blean Woods, Rough Common on Sunday February 5th on a 5-mile course around the playing fields and footpaths of Blean Wood Country Park.
Running conditions were dryer than normal on the playing fields, but muddy and slippery on the twisting trails through the woods.
There were four 7oaks tri members taking part with James Baker putting in a stunning performance to come 37th overall - 3rd M50!
On Sunday 29th January it was the 5th round of the Kent cross-country Fitness League at Nurstead court in Meopham. Running conditions were good, except for the notorious water-splash, a 10 metre long pond that had ice floating on the surface. The competitors had to negotiate this twice on the two-lap course. Ouch!
Andrew Milne leading the pack!
It was cold. Really cold - hovering below zero. The track was slippery in places. Only a month ago, nearly everyone scored a Personal Best. There was no expectation of good times last night.
And yet......12 out of 14 registered new PBs. Awesome running by everyone. Really, really strong work.
Proving that even the best can go faster, Sam laced up his spikes and put in a blistering 16:14. Come the spring, we need to get him under 16, so we'll be looking for some speedy lads to run a relay against him.
Nine 7oaks tri club members were part of the record 30 strong Sevenoaks ac team at Minnis bay near Margate on Sunday. The weather was unusually mild with little wind for the muddy 6 mile course. Unfortunately the tide wasn't out quite far enough to start on the beach but quite a few runners enjoyed a stroll down the sand to wash off the mud in the sea after the race.
All of the dates for the 2017 Inter Club TT season are now in the club diary.
Please note some new rules which were agreed at the inter club meeting at the end of last season. Sorry they sound a bit formal. It's difficult to write rules in a fluffy way!
It was too icy to risk going out on the road bikes on bank holiday Monday morning, so Richard Bryant and Martin Brown kindly navigated for a local off road mountain bike tour!
It was a sunny picturesque tour of the frosty countryside from places not normally found with plenty of mud thrown in :¬)
There were tears in the car park this morning. Shaun leaves for Dubai this week. We are all going to miss him.
He had a suitable send off. A fartlek session in the park. Just an awesome day for running. Shaun was close to "winning" the last interval in his last session with 7OaksTri. Thankfully, the true spirit of the club came through as Adam out kicked him.
16 people turned out. Everyone enjoyed coffee and cakes in the Knole Park cafe afterwards.
Post Christmas blast in the park. Meet at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre at 9:00am.
5-8km run in 3 groups. 10 mins warm up, n x (2mins hard, 2mins easy).
Quick change of shirt in the car park (bring a spare) and we'll head to Nero's for a coffee and a bun.
If you don't want to do the Fartlek, you are welcome to come along, jog around the park and come for cofee. Or miss out the running altogether!
7Oaks Tri Club are pleased to announce that ten charity places are now available for their Triathlon being held on Sunday 7th May 2017.
The places have been donated by 7Oaks Tri Club to ellenor (formally known as chYps Children’s Hospice at Home), a charity for families facing terminal illness.
10 out of 12 runners ran their best 5km on the track last night. Maybe there's something in this training stuff. We should try it!
Tim Grinsted beat his previous best by over a minute. Fastest run of the night was new(ish) member Tim Wells with a 19:12.
As is often the case maths on the night was a bit iffy. The times below have been verified with excel.
Next week short intervals. Revised training paces will be issued today.
I have registered 7oaks tri club again for next year's club competition:
The TESE senior series races for next year have been confirmed as:
East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon Sunday 14th May East Grinstead Triathlon Club
Mid Sussex Sprint Triathlon Sunday 11th June Mid Sussex Tri Club
Rehill Sprint Triathlon Sunday 23rd July TriProject Events
Ocean Lake Sprint Triathlon Series Saturday 19th August Ocean Lake Triathlon Club
Southwater Relays Sunday 3rd September Horsham Amphibians Triathlon Club
We are considering adding a monthly 'special' ride. These will vary in distance and speed according to demand. They will usually be longer than the standard ride with a coffee and cake stop and might include rides to the beach (possibly home on the train). The first of these will be on 31st December at 9am. Please email cyclerep@7Oakstriclub.co.uk if you are interested in coming on 31st December.