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.
The threatened roadworks didn't appear and conditions were good. This new Brands course is significantly harder so times are down from previous years. Sam struggled with tired legs after his awesome 6th overall at the Outlaw Half at the weekend. He said his average power was down 30 watts. Well he still won by over 20 seconds and set the 3rd fastest time ever on this course on Strava!
Some really strong running this evening. The first four all beat their handicaps.
Back to intervals next week with longer hill reps.
Catching up on a busy week with TTs. Here's last night's result and a summary of the inter club and club points competitions.
Sam Begg broke his streak of bad luck with a very good 23:12. However 7OaksTri's Annus Horribilis continued with Martin Brown and Neil Harris both puncturing before the start.
In the inter club competition, GS Avanti retain their lead established with their whitewash on Saturday, they have 286 points, 7OaksTri is in second with 255 ahead of Sydenham Wheelers who have 217.
The weather was very bad I'm told.
Only four GS Avanti pairs made the trip to Grain resulting in a whitewash.
That made the inter club competition more interesting.
Conditions were good again at the East Peckham course on Thursday night, helping a few of our girls and the rapidly improving Shaun Mullen to attain pb's. Sam Begg's run of bad luck continued for a third week in a row, picking up a puncture.
After 8 (of 22) Rounds in the Club Competition Neil Mac and Andy Evans are in equal 1st with ATB in 3rd. Val still leads the women chased by Susan and Ella.
It was unseasonably cold at the QS/30 Cudham time trial last week compounded by a bracing northerly wind! It was also dark through the country lanes making lights essential for visibility. Unfortunately Sam Begg extended his tour of the Knockholt countryside which meant his time wasn't recorded.
A very strong showing from both Sydenham and GS Avanti has narrowed the inter club points competition significantly: 7OaksTri 187, Sydenham Wheelers 175, GS Avanti 172.
Very impressive turn out for last night’s handicap race under stormy skies. Some really, really strong running. That isn’t a fast course, it’s also about 100-200m over 5km. For several athletes to beat their 5km PB was a delightful surprise.
Congratulations to Becca for running a big PB to narrowly win overall from Gabi and Georgie. Allan had the fastest run of the night finishing in 19:50. Sean and George were close on his heels.
After six rounds of the Inter Club Time Trial Competition things are taking shape.
In the men's competition Neil Mac is in the lead with ATB only 4 points behind. Neil has raced one more event and, with only the 6 best rides scoring, things could change.
The same applies to Andy Evans and Sam Begg who are equal third on 28 points. Sam has accumulated that score from only 3 finishes.
In the women's competition Val has a solid lead with Ella scoring consistently in second. There is a lot of racing left - Glenda and Susan both score very highly when they race.
Fast night. No/low wind, quite warm and flat course brought everyone out. We had 47 riders, which may well be a record for one of these events.
Sydenham had a good night scoring 44 points, GS Avanti 27 and 7OaksTri 20. The new totals are now 7Oaks 181, Sydenham 147, GS Avanti 129. Club competition points tally to follow.
Unfortunately we had to turn some people away. Probably 5 or 6, including some 7OaksTri members.
Sorry for the delay in posting. Sydenham had some issues to resolve before finalising and these are still provisional.
7OaksTri has extended the lead in the interclub competition. We now have 161 points to Sydenham's 103 and GS Avant's 102.
Really strong showing from 7OaksTri. Congratulations to those registering their first ever time for a 10 mile TT. This week's event is on the East Peckham course which is usually faster, so another PB then!
Thirteen riders made the trip to Grain for the Inter Club Time Trial on Saturday. They were almost outnumbered by the 7OaksTri marshalls!
Thanks to very strong rides by Andy and Shaun, together with Glenda gamely putting in a ride when she'd really only intended to help with the organization, very little has changed with the inter club competition: 7Oaks still leads with 130, Sydenham 79, GS Avanti 76
7OaksTri again took down the Inter Club TT on Saturday with 5 in the top 7 riders.
Conditions were good so times were fast. Neil Harris clocking an eye watering 20:14. That is very close to setting off speed cameras in built up areas.
It was Sam Glover's first TT. A very short 24 a well deserved reward.
Andy Ten-broeke brought the wrong shoes and still managed to beat most of the field without his feet clipped in!
Andy Evans got a pb on his birthday.
Another very strong showing from 7Oaks Tri
Sam was 2nd overall
Susan was 1st Lady
We had 3 in the top 5
Update: After this event 7OaksTri has 71, Sydenham Wheelers have 44 and GS Avanti have 32 points.
In the Club Mens Competition Neil Mc is in the lead with 17, Martin has 12. In the womens, Val has 19, Susan 10.
Next event is 7/5/2016 at 7:15am on the very fast A21 Tonbridge course
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
Desite earlier on in the season Sydenham having a healthy lead and latterly GS Avanti looking uncatchable, 7Oaks put in a great last minute surge supported by the club's top riders and romped home in the 4-up TTT on a rainy A20. Andy Ten-Broeke, Martin Brown, Chris Hansen and Neil McInerney were the fastest on the day beating Sydenham by just 19 seconds. Third team home was also 7Oaks with Steve Walker, Neil Harris, Sam Begg and Dan Goscomb just 25 seconds behind Sydenham.
Four riders in the top 5!
Bo Fjeldsoe makes his debut!
Scores on the day - 7Oaks Tri 37, GS Avanti 23 and Sydenham Wheelers 15
Total points position with just one more event to go - GS Avanti 486, 7Oaks Tri 482 and Sydenham Wheelers 417.
Well done to the thirteen 7Oaks riders who rode and reduced the points deficit.
Scores on the day - 7Oaks 33, GS Avanti 29 and Sydenham Wheelers 9.
Overall position with 2 events to go - GS Avanti 463, 7Oaks Tri 445 and Sydenham Wheelers 402.
Next event - Saturday 5 September. Tonbridge by-pass, first rider off at 7.15.
A cracking turn out from Avanti with 18 out of 34 riders.
Points on the night - GS Avanti 40, 7Oaks Tri 24 and Sydenham Wheelers 15.
Overall points - GS Avanti 413, 7Oaks Tri 382 and Sydenham Wheelers 375.
Thanks to Janice Bailey, Katrina Turner and Tony LaMoury for helping at the start and finish. Thanks also to Sydenham Wheelers for organising the signs and marshalling at the South end of the course and the same to Avanti for covering the North end of the course.
Photos - Thanks to Yon Marsh
Points on the night - 7Oaks 64, GS Avanti 40 and Sydenham Wheelers 26.
Overall points with five events remaining - GS Avanti 374, Sydenham Wheelers 359 and 7Oaks 358.
Next event - Thursday 13 August, starts at 18.45 at the top of Polhill.