The conditions were not as bad as forecast for match 3 of the KFL cross country and although there was no sun, sunglasses were required for Sally's shorts and socks! Nine 7oaks tri members ran as part of the 27 strong Sevenoaks ac team. The woods provided shelter from the wind and the mud was not as deep as expected although there were some steep climbs!
Record numbers (17!) caused some challenges for the advanced hi-tech automated timing system. Three people miscounted, two finishing a lap short and one a lap long. Despite an incompetent coach, 15 athletes beat their handicaps. 6 set new Personal Bests for the club handicap- Becca, Tim G, Sally, Keith, Darius and John. Andy Evans set a lifetime 5km PB. There may be something in this training malarky.
A special welcome to new joiners Colette and Tim who ran really well on the first outing.
by Georgie Butler:
After an enjoyable night at the awards evening, twelve 7Oaks Tri Club members managed to drag themselves up to Swanley Park for the second match of the KFL series. (Bonus points go to Cath who only got four hours sleep and still rocked up like a kickass swagmuffin to come in as Sevenoaks AC's first lady.) Despite the occasional headache and general feeling of being unwell, the sun rewarded us with a glorious bright autumn morning to complete the park's three laps in.
Below are the instructions from the first Turbo session held on 3rd November 2016:
There was a great turn out from 7Oaks Tri for the first KFL match on Sunday. In total there were over 500 participants and 15 members from 7Oaks Tri Club.
On behalf of 7oaks tri club, last Saturday evening I accepted the TESE club competition awards which we did so well in. As you can see, they were presented by the second coming of christ.
I will bring them along to our awards dinner on the 12 November for everyone to see. We need a trophy cabinet...
Also, please use the below logos in your triathlon correspondance.
and one more thing, I agreed to be the Kent representative for the south east region. Sporting regards, Andy
Sam Begg ran 1:15 for the Amsterdam Half Marathon today.
He was 14th overall out of nearly 15,000 runners.
Some excellent performances on a beautiful autumn morning.
Andy Ten Broeke retained his title for the 6th year, but by a narrow margin. New rider James Craddock pushed him close. Steve Searby just pipped Martin Brown to 3rd by 2 seconds. All four were under 7 minutes.
Val produced a very strong ride to finish first lady. Recovering Ironlady Claire was second.
Thanks to Tony, Georgie and Glenda for helping with the event.
Fantastic running by all 10 participants in tonight's 5km handicap race at the track.
We expected that it would be fast as this was the first 5km we've done on the track this year. We didn't expect everyone to smash their previous PB by over a minute.
Unfortunately Dave Lobley got a minor calf tweak and wisely decided to pull up short.
Fastest run on the night was an impressive 18:37 from George.
Next week - shorter intervals.
Will be on Sunday 7 May. Entry details to follow in due course.
Winter Turbo Sessions - Thursday evenings starting 3rd November
Cornwall Hall, The Drive, Sevenoaks
Every week until spring with a 2 week break at Christmas
Arrive at 7:30pm to set your bike up. Session starts at 7:45pm.
Bring your own turbo, bike, mat/towel, Garmin or similar, dress to keep cool (turbo is hot work).
These are run by club cycle coach, Paul Butler.
If you need to borrow a club turbo contact Martin Brown.
These are great winter training sessions when it's cold and dark outside!
The moment the front wheels crossed the border into Wales on Friday night, the precipitation tested the effectiveness of windscreen wipers. Fortunately we had ignored Sally's suggestion of camping and opted for the luxury B&B! The advance party (Baz, Al & Andy) had time to sample the Dolgellau curry house, washed down with a couple of pints. It rained all night and the following morning when we reluctantly set out to locate and navigate Charlie's eagerly anticipated natural 'Saturday route'!
Martin Brown smashed his PB on the B50/18 course up in Norfolk recording a time of 1:54:17 and finishing 13th out of over 70 riders in the provisional results. What a way to celebrate your birthday!
Report by Georgie Butler:
Last Sunday, beneath an entirely and somewhat ominous grey sky, five of us made the relatively short trek to Crawley's K2 centre for the Crawley Tri Club's Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlons.
by Stephen Searby
Olly and I decided at the last minute to grab this friendly end of season event set in the grounds of Ashburton estate. In Olly's case is was really last minute with him sauntering up to registration 15 minutes after it was due to close but he worked his charm.