A very strong start to the Inter Club Time Trial Season for 7OaksTri.
Chris won the overall. We had 4 in the top 5 and Val was second lady.
Overall standings: Sydenham 22, 7OaksTri 37, GS Avanti 11
We were treated to a beautiful sunny Sunday morning run through the country lanes around paddock wood and a few without sun cream got a sun tan! Congratulations to 'double L' Allan for setting an excellent new pb, Matt Wall for taking some 17 minutes off his TW time from just over a month ago and to Jane Wiley for coming 2nd in her category!
Sevenoaks Sports Clubs join forces to fight cardiac risk in the young, to provide heart screenings for 14 to 35 year olds across Sevenoaks in conjunction with Cardiac Risk in the Young.
You may have heard about the tragic death of Tonbridge Angels player Jack Maddams whose life was sadly cut short due to a heart condition he was unaware of - I am sure you have some similar very sad story in your sport as well. There are at least twelve unnecessary deaths of young people in the UK each and every week due to undetected heart conditions, just £35 could save a life.
Saturday April 2nd will see the start of the Inter Club Time Trial series with a special April Fools 10 organized by Sydenham Wheelers. The start time is 0900. It is over the Sundridge Course. You can see the route description in the club diary. The start is on Chevening Road (B221) north of junction with A25, approximately half way between A25 junction and M25 bridge.
7OaksTri has done very well in this series in previous years. It would be good to continue that record. Everyone scores points so the more people who race the better. And it's free!
In January Tom published the Annual Swimming Plan for the club. We all have different race schedules, different constraints and different levels of interest in structuring our training. It would not be practical to create 150+ individual training plans to meet everyone's individual needs. The In Season Maintenance phase is intended to keep a good level and to provide a baseline for members to adapt for their own race schedule.
I must admit that when I was scraping the ice off the car in the dark at 05:30 on Sunday morning I was wondering 'why on earth am I doing this?' It was actually a bright morning once the sun had come up and wearing plenty of long cycling kit (not skin suit!) it was only the nose and ears that felt it.
Jon Hollidge arrived with a stinking cold and Charlie looked less than enthusiastic but once we were out on the road, we were working together well as a team which was enjoyable, especially when the sun was shining on the return leg.
After much deliberation, the 7oaks tri club committee has selected the following triathlon races as the club championship races:
We would like to update you on plans for Lake Swimming at Haysden for this year.
After the tragic events at Leybourne last year, and subsequent requests from the Council regarding our procedures, it became clear we could no longer continue to run swimming at Haysden as we had done for many years.
Waiting in the pen ready to start, it was bitterly cold, blowing a gale as it always does up at Brands hatch and it started snowing! An interesting introduction to my first KK! At least pushing up the hills generated some heat, although I was envious of those spinning past me with compact chainsets. It was sunny on the long drag up into the Ashdown forest before turning into a fierce headwind for the return.
Route for Saturday is on the Cycling Facebook Page. Dave
We now have the British Triathlon permit for our event, a copy of the 2016 British Triathlon Competition Rules and some key rule changes highlighted which are applicable to our event. Please go the the Competitor Information section of 7Oaks Triathlon.
For those who don't know me, I have just taken over the role of club cycle rep from Tony Lamoury. They are difficult bike shoes to fill as we have a great history in the 7 Oaks Tri Club of excellent cycling but I thought I would do a quick update on where we are and a few thoughts on what we are planning. Dave Truman is organising the TT series and is also leading the new, slower Saturday ride so he and I will be working closely together on all things cycling related. There is a note from Dave below on the TT programme.
By Tim Roff
I ran my first ultra event this last weekend. The Pilgrim Challenge Ultra, 66 miles over 2 days. The route follows the North Downs Way from Farnham to Merstham, 33 undulating miles! You then run back the next day.
We were very lucky with the weather, warm with hardly any rain, and apart from a lot of mud in places, running conditions were good. It was well organised and there was a great sense of camaraderie between all runners.
Five 7oaks tri members made the journey to Rough Common near Canterbury to join 350 runners from the 18 Kent clubs on the muddy 6-mile course through Blean Woods. It was the last round of the series.
James Mason from SAC won the race and it was his 4th win in the 7 race series making him the 2015-16 Kent Fitness League Champion - the first Sevenoaks AC athlete to win the KFL for at least 15 years.
From next Saturday February 13th, there will be a second ride starting from Sevenoaks Post Office at 8:00am which will go at a slower pace than the current "intermediates" ride. The target pace will be somewhere around 21-23 kph (13-14mph) depending on the route. Duration around 2 hours. Anyone planning to join this ride should be confident to ride on the road for that duration at that average speed. That said, no-one will be left behind. Please keep an eye on the club cycling Facebook page for updates if the weather is especially bad or there are other alterations.