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Shirkers Ride 26 September

Is on. Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00. Penny leads and plans to be back by 12.00. 

Club TT Champs 2014

Congratulations to Dan Goscomb and Sally Mortleman who are the champions for 2014. Dan scored 58 points from his best 6 events while Sally managed 60 from her best 6.

4 up TTT Results - Q15/20 Leeds/Charing/Leeds

It all hinged on this event to find out who this years Inter Club winners were as before we kicked off 7oaks only had a 10 point lead over Sydenham. With 7oaks and Sydenham both fielding 4 teams it was anyones guess as to who the eventual winners would be. As it turned out Sydenham had the fastest team on the day but couldn't score enough points to retake the lead and 7oaks retained the trophy for the fifth successive year by just 2 points.

Southwater 2014

A misty start made for an interesting swim, with no bouy in sight it was anyones guess which way to go.

The club had 6 teams competing at Southwater on Sunday, bar the odd saddle falling off there were great performaces all round. Well done all.

7Oaks Tri Men Superstars

Marcus Smith - Dan Goscomb - Nathan Marsh

10th 2:47:28

Team Binney

Janice Bailey - Andrew Linney - Cath Linney

16th 2:52:05

Swiss Rolls

KCA 12 Hour 7/9/14

It seemed mad not to do the 12 hour after all the effort that went into preparing for the 24 in June. How hard could it be to pick up from the two week break at the end of June. It was almost a complete break, the only exercise being to and from the kitchen table to eat even more food to get back to a more sensible weight.

Ironman 70.3 World Championships

We had three club members in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada – that’s 3 more than most UK clubs. The UK had 95 athletes participating – dwarfed by the USA and Canada ( back to them later). The venue was a perfect example of iconic Canadian scenery ( bleats the proud author) – tall pines, large granite mountain passes; glistening lakes and azure blue skies. It is also a ski resort ( more of that later too). Debbie, Glenda and I shared a condo/hotel which was a lot of fun.

Zurich and Budapest with the Turners

Just to keep the records straight - in July Mike, Greg and Tom competed in Ironman Zurich.  The weather was dreadful 2 days before - really hot.  The day before it did nothing but rain but the morning of the race was perfect conditions.  The support crew consisted of Tom's (then) fiancée Clara, another friend Simon's girlfriend and Katrina. 

Q10/19 Tonbridge - 6 September 2014

Favourable weather on the A21 meant there were a lot of PB's. Last event is this Saturday and points situation is 7oaks - 514, Sydenham - 504 and GSA - 294.

"Triathlete" runner up in KCA 12 hour TT - 7 September

Martin Brown had a great ride yesterday and based on the provisional results came second in this gruelling event down in the marshlands of Kent. All Martin's dedicated training paid off during his controlled race, keeping heart rate close to 130 bpm and cadence up at around 95rpm as much as possible, ensuring the early pace wasn't much higher than 20 mph and eating and drinking at the right intervals. Stopping was kept to the minimum at only around 5 minutes in total.

London Triathlon

Marcus Smith. 6th MV40+ and 90th/1787 so not too shabby. Very windy and very humid dirty air.

Shirkers ride - 29 August

Seal rec at 9.00, Godden Green 9.05 and Chaser Inn by 9.30. Flat route planned with a stop at Yalding Cafe. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12.30 at the very latest. 

Ironman 70.3 Budapest - 23 August

  Div Rank Overall Swim Bike Run Finish
Katrina Turner 4 1396 49:10 3:53:34 2:39:40 7:33:14
Mike Turner 49 896 38:19 2:48:18 2:08:18 5:41:05

Katrina managed to knock 34 minutes off her previous best over this distance. 


TT results from Grain - 23 August

Into a headwind going out but fast coming back unless you were held up by a tractor for a couple of miles like Sydenham's Jon Coulson. Thanks to Greg Morris, Jo Stephens Smith, Sam Bennett and Alex Colvin for assisting.

Scores on the day - 7oaks Tri 23, Sydenham 19 and GS Avanti 19.

Overall points with three events to go - 7oaks Tri 452, Sydenham 450 and GS Avanti 260. 

Estonia 1:1:1

Val Place and Debbie Munton moved into new territory by participating in a 1:1;1 race in Estonia on 1st August. This was a 1K swim, 100K bike and a 10K run. The race was in Otepaai, a 2 hour drive south from Tallin and organised by the well known Estonian Ironman Triathlete Ain Alar Johansen

Race day was very civilised with an 11am start but the weather was hot and humid ( the hottest summer for 100 years)

Owler Triathlon

On August 3rd 2014, Julie Rose Stadium Ashford was the location of the second Owler Triathlon. This year there were several events on the same day. Three Triathlons - Full and half ironman distance and a Sprint. Two Aquabikes (swim/bike) - full and half iron distance. I was doing the half ironman triathlon as my second middle distance race this year. Clive Bradburn took on the half ironman aquabike. After competing in the world championships in Hyde Park last year, Clive has had to back off the running because of knee problems, so the aquabike was ideal for him.

Ironman Kalmar - cobbles and cannons

I was at Ironman Kalmar on Saturday to support my wife who was doing her first Ironman race but I managed to leave my four kids in the hotel and joined in too.

I managed a 10.25.02 primarily on the back of my Ironman Lanzarote training as my feet had been injured for a month after that so my running had been curtailed.

1.14 swim
5.17 bike
3.45 run

21st in M45-49 age group so relatively better performance than Lanzarote (31st) but still way off the Hawaii pace - 5 slots in M45-49 and 5th fastest was 9.41 so sadly no time off work needed in October.

Shirkers ride 22 August

Shirkers Ride - Friday 22 August

Weather look good so it's on. Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00 (NOT 9.30), Godden Green at 9.05 and via Carters Hill descent, Chaser Inn at 9.25. Route to be decided but will include traditional cafe stop. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12.30. Expected average pace - 16 mph.

Swim sets for 19, 20, 22 and 24 August

Are here.

Please note that Tom will be missing from the pool every other Sunday. His first Sunday off will be this Sunday 24 August. If you have any queries please speak to swim rep David Lawson or a member of the committee.

Tom's thoughts and aims with the swimming programme - August 2014 up to race season 2015

Aberfeldy Middle Distance - British and Scottish Championships on 17 August

I was looking forward to spectacular scenery and feared treacherous weather conditions – and got both in spades. Aberfeldy , is surrounded by the type of lakes, trees, rivers and mountains you see in Whiskey ads – because it is Whiskey country. A reason for my husband to drive us there. I’m tempted to just lift the winner’s blog to share that we all had the same fears. The swim started in rain  - Loch Tay was a cold 14 degrees – and winds caused huge swells blowing many of us off course – only to turn at a buoy and the sun teased us by coming out to block any siting.

Q10/18 TT (Polhill) results 14 August

Only thirteen riders. The heavy rain during early afternoon (which cleared up in time for the TT) probably put a few off and some I'm sure were on holiday. Only five 7oaks riders although this can also be partly explained by 7oaks providing 12 marshals/timekeepers to ensure the event was run as safely as possible for all the riders.

Scores on the night - Sydenham 38, GS Avanti 13 and 7oaks Tri 7 

Scores with just 4 more events to go - Sydenham - 431, 7oaks Tri 429 and GS Avanti 241.