Despite mysterious appearing and disappearing roadworks, threatened thunderstorms and errant gas vans, we managed to get the event off last night. Great to see such a good turn out particularly from our partner clubs.
Sam Bennett was the fastest 7Oaks Rider. Sally Mortleman (visible from the space station in her super safe bright kit) fastest 7Oaks lady. Big thanks to the marshals helping us run the event on the night: Darius, Stephen, Dave, Peter, Susan, Tony and Martin.
Storming rides saw six 7Oaks riders in the top 10 with Chris Hansen taking joint 1st place. Steve Searby put in a scorching performance to finish 4th with the first 9 all going under 24 minutes. Susan Freeburn was fastest 7Oaks female again.
Conditions looked perfect, but actually it was a bit too windy for super times. Still it was a fast evening with a short 23 required to score above 1 point.
7OaksTri turned out in force with over half the riders. PBs for Andy Evans and Ben Bridges.
Big thanks to all riders for keeping the farmer's entrances clear and for remembering their rear lights. Also to Tony La, Dave Lobley, Simon Truitt and Sam Begg for marshalling.
Neil Harris was fastest rider. 2 seconds separated 2nd and 4th. Sam's 10 mile run warm up may have had something to do with that....
Some great running in the park on Tuesday evening. Some PBs as always although many were tired from the weekend efforts whether 50 mile TT or sprint tri. Ben Bulley, Rob, James and Darius all had great runs. Ben's time is around his PB from Tonbridge Park Run, which is a much flatter course.
Thanks to Coaches Sam and Jane for organising. Next week fartlek - long intervals. Meet SLC at 6:45pm as usual.
Sam and Chris scorched the fast Grain course on a very windy day. Surprising, it's never windy there !?
Together with Sam Glover they kept the 7OaksTri score high, despite us losing riders as we were organising the event. Latest totals are 7Oaks 108, GSA, 97, Sydenham 75.
Thanks Tony and the marshals for running the event.
Next event is on Thursday 18 May at Brands Hatch Q10/26 starting at 19:15. You'll need to be there 30 mins early to register, get warmed up and be ready. Don't forget, rear lights are compulsory. No light, no ride.
On a gusty day 7OaksTri members took 6 out of the top 10 in the inter club TT race on the fast Q10/19 Tonbridge by pass course. Sam Begg won overall posting 21:01 which is extremely impressive as the conditions meant most were at least 30s off their best.
There were some timing difficulties on the day. These are now final. Some inconsistencies in the timing have been resolved.
The strong showing means 7OaksTri has moved into a narrow lead in the Inter Club Competition:
7OaksTri 88, GSA 80, Sydenham 48.
Some good riding on a damp evening with a good turn out from our club.
Congratulations to Chris and Andy, 1st and 3rd overall and Val and Claire sharing 2nd place lady.
Steve started 3 mins late. Without that handicap he would have finished 4th.
The strong showing from 7Oaks Tri moved us into 2nd place in the inter club competition: GS Avanti extended their lead slightly with 61 points, 7Oaks Tri have 47 and Sydenham now have 36.
Next race is Saturday 6 May 0715 on the fast Tonbridge A21 course.
First 5km handicap race of the summer in the park and time to see whether a good winter of training has made a difference. Answer.....YES. Every single person set a new best for the park.
Notable runs - a very swift 20:40 from young Finlay and a 17:36 from Sam. Andy E and Gabi have both improved by over a minute since last summer.
Next week, something a bit different - a multi brick with transition practice. Bring a bike. We'll try to use smooth tarmac in the park, but you can use a mountain bike if you prefer.
There were 30 April fools tackling the tough G10/38 Sundridge course including 9 7oaks tri riders. Conditions were difficult with a stiff head wind on parts of the course. Martin Brown had a good start to the season with a 2nd best time for this course. Steve Searby's aspirations were deflated when he punctured on the way up Polehill. Sam Glover's hard training through the winter rewarded him with a PB. I think this was Darius' first TT so it must be a PB for him too!
The last 5km on the track before we move back to the park for the summer. 11 PBs at 5km.
Georgie crossed the line first smashing her PB by over 1:30. George had the fastest run of the night in 18:05.
Excellent running by everyone. Thanks to coach Sam for organizing.
Next week, short intervals at the track 18:45.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What a great event to finish the season.
Whilst we surrendered the Inter Club Trophy to GS Avanti on the day, our teams rode very strongly with the ladies team winning their category and the mens coming 3rd overall.
Photos and videos are on the Facebook cycling now.
There were no changes to first and second places in the Club Competitions. Third place was hotly contested in both the mens and womens categories.
Men. Sam Begg won overall with 58 points, Chris Hansen 2nd with 54. Andy Evans held on to 3rd with 53 points 2 points ahead of Sam Bennett.
There were some really strong performances in the last 5km handicap race in the park this summer. Gabi, Georgie and Adam all ran Personal Bests for this course. Since May, Georgie has improved by over 2 minutes, Adam by more than a minute.
New member Rob ran a blistering 18:37 not quite overtaking the whole field. Sam B, you have competition! Everyone finished within 90 seconds, which shows they all ran very near their best.
Two sets of results. Last week's Hilly 21 GS 311 and today's Tonbridge Q10/19.
Neil Harris has been on blistering form and scored a big double over his brother (Jonathan). First at the Hilly 21 he took his course record and then today won on the super fast Tonbridge course in an eye watering 19:51. That's an average of over 30mph!!!
Neil absolutely flew round the course to beat second place by nearly a minute. Martin rode really well for a solid 3rd place. Janice was fastest 7Oaks lady. Andy got a PB. He is also the most consistent rider. He's only missed one Inter Club TT all season.
In the club competition, Val has the maximum 60 from 6 scoring rides, Susan is in second and Georgie is now clear in 3rd. Sam Begg is looking unbeatable in the men's competition. Andy Evans in 2nd and Sam Bennet is 3rd.
Great running in the park last night with four people beating their handicaps. The handicaps are based off runners' previous bests over this course. Perhaps this training malarky might actually improve performance!
First finisher was Georgie who is smashing her PBs on the swim and the run at the moment.
Fastest run on the night was Adam with a 20:36.
Shaun was taking it easy as he's racing on Sunday and Yon is coming back after a 2 year lay off due to injuries.
Reports of a low flying cruise missile over Brands Hatch last night proved to be unfounded. It was the Brown/Hansenator 2 Up blasting the Q10/27 and setting a new KOM on Strava.
GS Avanti were out in force again and will have extended their lead in the inter club competition.
In the club competition, Val now has the maximum 60 from 6 scoring rides, Susan is in second and Georgie and Glenda are tied for 3rd. Sam Begg is looking unbeatable in the men's competition. Andy Evans is now in 2nd and Sam Bennet is 3rd.
The weather mostly held off and conditions were pretty good at Polhill last night.
Sydenham and GS Avanti were out in force and scored very well. The 8 7OaksTri riders performed very well. Providing 10 marshals/starters/timers meant we were a bit down on point scoring.
Latest interclub standings:
GS Avanti - 362
7OaksTri - 325
Sydenham - 285
Another strong showing from 7OaksTri.