Our annual training camp returns to Sands Beach Resort, Lanzarote bringing you an intense, educational and enjoyable week creating noticeable gains in a relaxed and friendly environment. Come and join us riding the iconic roads used for Ironman Lanzarote, training in idyllic weather at a resort built around triathlon. Located on the south coast of Lanzarote, Sands Beach has top class training facilities including gym, running track and stunning outdoor 25m pool. In partnership with Race Force, the UK’s leading triathlon travel service, the camp offers a chance for us to do all the thinking for you – all you have to do is swim, bike and run in the sun!
A switch to GB colours for some TTT athletes this weekend, stand out results of the day goes to Mr Consistent Tom Williams who finished 4th in the very competitive 35-39AG and new TTT coach Henry Irvine finished in the same position in 25-29AG. Another very solid result for Richard Cooper who finished just outside the Top 10 in the 55-59AG.
Daisy Pickles still learning at the Olympic Distance swam and biked strongly then suffered cramps on the run to finish in 2:24 in the 25-29AG.
Louise Minchin put in a cracking performance coming in 54th, an improvement of 20 places on last years result. Louise managed to work and race as in between prepping and racing she got to interview all her favourite Triathlon super stars.
At a cold, windy IM 70.3 Weymouth survival was the theme of the day- a choppy sea swim, cold bike and then it warmed up for the run.
Coach Phil Murphy was joined by Brad Pollitt and John Wallas all reported tough days but for Phil and Brad they came away satisfied as they secured World Championships slots for South Africa which eased the pain of the day and multiple portaloo visits!!! Yvie Ryan represented the TTT girls and finished 6th in AG in 5:44.
Over at the Sundowner new TTT coach Nick Rose came 11th overall and 2nd in AG with a competitive 4:27. Cole Drews was right behind Nick in 12th in 4:29. Lou Plevin smiled her way to a PB in 5:28. Chris Kemp battled wanting to pull the plug all day and battled on after a very long season to come home in 5:38.
Next to Anglesey for the ‘Sandman’ where a sea swim, undulating bike course and a off road run along trails and sand dunes await. Coach Claire Sutcliffe led the way winning the middle distance Legend race in 5:33. John Wilding also raced the legend and put in a strong performance coming 5th in his age group but said he was hampered by getting very cold on the bike and subsequently his run was very tough, a great end to the season for John coming off the back of IM Copenhaagen last month.
Jonathan Davies raced the Olympic distance had a cracking swim, followed by an awesome bike until he took a corner a little too fast on the way back down to transition and came a cropper, despite a bleeding head and badly grazed thigh Jonathan managed to put in a 50min 10km time on a very tough off road run through the forest and along the beach to finish the race 9th in his age category, looking at the results that little spill cost at least 2 age group places! Great racing Jonathan!
Matthew MacDonnell continues to go from strength to strength and over the sprin distance race Sprint came 12th overall and 3rd in the Under 23, Matthew is 16 so this is a cracking result. Apparently the sea swim was so shallow that it was hard to actually swim the whole course!!
Charlie Edmondson raced the Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon which was an ETU sprint distance qualifier for 2018. As it stands we think Charlie just missed out on a spot on the team by a few seconds. An outstanding performance and a cracking run off the bike coming in under 20mins to finish the season, well done Charlie!
Kieran Morris won the Chester Triathlon Junior event
Tammy Lee was back to racing after the grueling 30miler a few weeks ago she raced the Abersoch half marathon after starting strongly faded a little to finish in 1:48 and just off the podium in the Triple Crown series.
September spells the start of autumn and the weather this weekend had a very autumnal feel to it making for very tough conditions for those athletes racing.
We start the review in Holland with Coach Andy Hamilton, who continued his busy year, this time heading to the European Long Distance Championships at Almere he put together his best Long Distance event to date by some margin coming home in 10.19. More to come from
Andy has he recovers quickly to ensure he is ready for the final race of the season at IM Florida.
Continuing the long distance theme Jay Haddley, Ben Sweeney and Ian Peers and headed to Tenby to take on the brutal course of IM Wales, which was made the worse with the deliberate Oil spills. Jay had a great race with PBs over the Swim and run but found the conditions very tough indeed on the testing bike course. Ben finished just outside 13:00 in 13:04 which was a slower time than last year but in far worse conditions he was happy with his performance. Ian has been battling injury since pulling out of IM France on the run and managed to finish his first IM in 13:13 (lucky for some!) Ian is a strong cyclist and runner and has spent this year really working on his swim was delighted to conquer the sea in Tenby. He managed to keep the hamstring at bay through bike and run! Both coach and athlete incredibly proud and delighted!
In single sport racing, Will Turton rode the West Cheshire 25m TT and came home in 59mins. At the Delamere half marathon trail run, Zoe McLennan was second lady home which isn’t bad considering her comments that she isn’t race fit! Sue Clement came 2nd in her AG and John Robb put in a very solid race as he builds to Chester Marathon.
New TTT athlete Nicky Prince was at the Wirral 10km, in her words “I’m alive! had a cracking first 6km then it all fell apart” Nursing a lower leg injury she battled on and made the finish. She reported loving the race and smiled and hugged lots of marshalls enroute! Well done Nicky, now time to get the leg fixed!