This winter was dedicated to swim training and running cross country. In fact I ran so much cross country, my senior school PE teacher Mrs Mantell would have laughed her head off if she had still been with us. I used to hate cross country at school - always got a stitch... I thus dedicate my season to her.
Here my schedule!
- Essex XC Relays - Ladies 3rd Team
- Couple of South Essex XC League races with my old club
- 5 mile Winter XC Handicap - 1st Lady
- Chingford League @ HQ - 5th Lady
- Chingford League at Hog Hill (in the pitch black!!)
- Essex XC League 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Bronze V45!
- Ranelagh Mob Match which was run for the 90th time!
- Essex Vet XC Champs - 5th
- Chingford League at Ally Pally on my birthday - flaming steep hill!!!
- Olympic Park 10k with PB
- Essex Senior Champs - Bronze Women's Team!
- The Mercury (10 miles) - 6th Lady
- Southern XC Champs at Parliament Hill - enormous race!
- Blackheath Mob Match - Orion won!! - tough run...
- Chingford League Relays - Ladies team won!
- Cambridge Half
- Brentwood Half - new PB of 1.38
- Essex 5 mile road championship - Women's Team Gold and V45 Gold!
- St. Clare's Hospice 10k - 2nd overall
So a lot of running. Managed to win the Women's Division 2 at my running club and promotion to Division 1, which is the candy for all that effort! The other big project was some swim training with Cedric Lassonde (French Ironman) x6 in order to sort my swimming stroke out. Definitely seems more efficient. Let's see what it is like in the open water in a few weeks! I have also joined a new club that is nearer to me, so I can actually get to some club training, namely East London Triathletes. A very friendly club of like-minded people. I get to swim on Tuesday evenings at 20.00 which works much better for me and I enjoy the challenge of swimming with others, trying to lead the lane as much as I can. The trainers are from Swim4Tri so we are getting great coaching. Just need to try and get a new trisuit to represent them in the upcoming season!
Racing this much is hard on the body. I have had to work really hard at my muscles during strength training. Wonking glute meds have plagued me a bit, but I have come out the other side with some great rewards. Time in the gym is critical, folks, and you have to keep working at it. Rock on 2017 season!
On Sunday 17th June 2018, Sundried hosted the second annual Southend Triathlon. Open to 600 competitors, this sprint triathlon consisted of a 750m open water swim in the Thames Estuary, a 20km flat lapped bike course along the seafront road which was closed to traffic, and a 5k run around the local park used for Parkrun.
32% of the athletes were female, which is a great result in this stereotypically male-dominated sport. 240 of the athletes had never completed a triathlon before while another 240 were experienced or professional triathletes. We were happy to advertise this event as being perfect for novices and experienced triathletes alike with its searingly fast and uninterrupted bike course and spectator-friendly swim and run.
We also enjoyed a fantastic turn-out from triathlon clubs, both local and further afield. The largest club presence was from local triathlon club JBR Run & Tri who had 42 triathletes representing them. The second largest was from the East London Triathletes and there was also a big presence from East Essex Triathlon club.
The overall winner of the race was local boy and Sundried ambassador Matt Leeman. Matt recently turned pro and has been enjoyed a fantastic start to his professional triathlon career. Our fastest lady was professional triathlete and Ironman champion Alice Hector. Alice is also a Sundried ambassador and is a fantastic role model for female athletes.
Southend Triathlon 2018 saw triathletes of all shapes and sizes, all ages, and some with all the gear and expensive triathlon bikes but equally plenty on a mountain bike in their gym gear just out having a great day, and that is truly the heart of our event: making sport accessible for all.
Chris Hargraves: "Thanks for the event. My first tri & really enjoyed it."
Mark Whitney: Thanks for a great day and all your efforts."
Linsey McCarthy: "Thank you for a great event. My first tri & absolutely loved it."
Clive Trevelian Cheese: "Great day well organised."
Dave Jacobs: "Thank you for a great day hope to see you again next year."
Claire Joyce: "Great effort! Well done to the organisers and all the marshals."
Sally Smith: "Absolutely loved it and definitely will be back next year."
Richard Whan: "My first Tri. Event was very well organised. Marshalls/officials were very supportive throughout. Crowds were encouraging too. Loved the whole experience. Thank you Southend Tri!"
Dan Robinson: "A great day, very well organised and run, especially with the water the way it was, thank you all at Southend triathlon."
Victoria Smillie: "Thoroughly enjoyed, even the sea swim! Great organisation, volunteers and supporters!"
Jo Fenn: "Thanks to organisers, volunteers and loads of supporters. I had a great day."
David Lloyd Clubs: "Thanks for having us Southend Triathlon. We had a great day cheering all the athletes on and ‘sending them Home’ to the final run. From the first chap to the last couple you smashed it well done!"
Russell Larthe: "Great effort from all involved at the Southend triathlon... great event, glad to be part of it."
Matt Bicks: "Southend Triathlon was brilliant. The crowd and stewards were so good cheering everyone from the first to the last competitor Well done everyone!"
Alistair Brownlee has completed Ironman 70.3 in Dubai with a blisteringly fast win of 3:35:30, 6 minutes faster than second place winner Sven Riederer who came in at a time of 3:42:05.
Alistair Brownlee Ironman 70.3 Dubai Splits
Ali completed the 1.9km swim in the Arabian Gulf in a time of 22:36, side-by-side with Johann Ackerman.
Alistair Brownlee completed the 90km bike course in 1:58:51.
He ran the half marathon run in a searingly fast time of 1:09:36, clinching the win for Great Britain.
Alistair has said "it is just fantastic to be back racing". Will he win the coveted Nasser Bin Hamad Triple Crown series and take home the elusive $1,000,000 prize? Only time will tell!