News & Views

David is a European Qualifier—13 September 2016

I am very pleased to report that David Fryer-Winder has been selected to compete for GB in the European Championships in Germany in 2017. There is a nice write up in the Buxton Advertiser. Well done and congratulations, David!

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Website Outage—13 September 2016

You might have noticed that the website went offline a little while ago. I am pleased to report that things have returned to normal. Thank you for your patience.

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European Qualifier – Worthing Tri Report—6 September 2016

The final European Qualifying Event was held at Worthing over the August Bank Holiday weekend. David Davidson was competing in the event and sends th following report:

“A Bank holiday weekend on the south coast looked an attractive proposition particularly as it featured a sea based swim as part of the final European qualifying event of the season. After the Saturday heat wave with its clear blue skies and calm conditions we were instead greeted with the roughest sea conditions in the event's 15 year history. The squalls were rated at Force 6 which combined with a huge high tide swell created tough conditions for all swimmers – in all 16 needed rescuing by a very supportive and vigilant marshaling crew. The wet roads and high winds made cornering tricky on the bike leg leaving several riders nursing painful looking road rash. To complete the event the hitherto scenic promenade run made for interesting run styles particularly on the home stretch into the teeth of the gale. Nonetheless the event was both hugely enjoyable and highly competitive given that this was the last opportunity for competitors to gain places to represent GB in next years European Age Group Championships in Kitzbühel. For the record David Davidson finished 3rd in his age group in a total time of 2.45 which despite the difficult conditions was considered perfectly respectable.”

Worthing Tri
David in full flow on the run.
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A Correction—2 August 2016

I erroneously said that David Fryer-Winder was looking to qualify for World Championships. It should have read that David is looking to get selected for the European Championships 2017.

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Chatsworth Tri Report—11 July 2016

The 3rd annual Peak District Triathlon events were staged recently in and around the stunning Chatsworth Estate. Competition in the sprint distance race was particularly strong as it had been designated a qualifying race for the European Age Group championships to be held next year in Austria. High Peak Tri Club fielded 10 athletes across both distance events all of whom performed extremely well given the testing and hilly course.

The water in the river Derwent is rarely other than refreshingly cool and given the amount of recent rain this year was no exception with a water temperature just nudging 12 degrees. Most swimmers found this low temperature initially quite challenging despite the wearing of a wet suit. However once out of the river competitors soon warmed up on the circular bike leg which ascended to Beeley Moor before returning to Chatsworth via Kesteledge, Walton, Holymoorside and Baslow. The stiff uphill off road run took athletes up to the Hunting Tower and beyond for the standard distance competitors. The finish shute was generously lined by many vociferous supporters which marked thee completion of this testing event. Well organised and marshaled throughout this event has grown in stature since the inaugural event 3 years ago and well deserved its recognition as one of the 3 European qualifying events.

Chatsworth Tri
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Chip Buttie Night [20th July]—7 July 2016

Paul, the Club Social Secretary is organising a night on the Butties in the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton on Wednesday 20th July. The social will start at around 22.05 so immediately after the swim session. The venue is located a couple of minutes walk at leisurely pace from the swimming pool.

The chip butties are £1 each and the price is subsidised by the club. Monies to be collected on the night. Partners are also cordially invited.

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Website Update—27 June 2016

I have moved old news and view to their respective year and month entry. Please check out our Archive for the news from earlier this year (and from previous years).

I hope to keep the website more up to date in the future. Please remember that I rely on your contributions so please don't be shy. It doesn't have to be of Shakespearean quality, just give us a flavour of the event and how you got on, for example did you enjoy the event and whether would you enter the event next year.

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Open Water Swim Sessions at Toddbrok—27 June 2016

Jo Baker has sent me information about the open water swim sessions held at Toddbrook reservoir near Whaley Bridge.

Tuesday evenings at 6-8.30
3 x 45 minute sessions. Each session has an option to be coached or to do your own swim. There will be two canoes out for safety. The distance is approx 400 metre circuit. There are changing rooms, toilets and hot drinks available.

Thursday evenings at 7.30-8.30
One session of an hour, turn up when you wish.

Cost Category
£2.50 for Glossop Tri Club members
£4 for High Peak Tri Club members and members of Places for People Leisure Centres
£5 for non-members

The swim session organiser would like some sort of proof of membership of HPTC, like a membership card. The club doesn't issue membership cards so the committee is looking into this. I will post an update when I have it.

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National Triathlon Relay Championships—23 June 2016

The club has competed in the National Relay Championships on a number of occasions. It is a cracking day out at Holme Pierpont Watersports Centre on the outskirts of Nottingham. Phil Duffy has kindly volunteer to help organise a number of teams. Please see Phil's message below:

Tri Relays are fast approaching folks and some of you may recall me 'volunteering' to organise our teams... This is a great event and is focused on having FUN!

Date - Saturday 27th August
500 m swim / 15 km bike / 5 km run
Whether you're a beginner or elite this is a great club social and basically comprises of teams of 4. Each team member individually completes each section (relay style. That's a clue) before moving to the next meaning you have a break in between to rest/chat/laugh/sleep, if you want/enjoy your retirement (Rushy). Never competed before? Why not try this in a fun, supportive, no pressure environment? It's based in Nottingham so no huge journey involved and we can sort logistics for everyone once I know who's 'in'. For more info, check it out on OSB Triathlon Relays. If interested drop me a line on viapjd25 (at) live (dot) co (dot) uk.

P.S. It was agreed at a recent Club committee meeting to subsidise the National Club Relay team at £11 per person so the actual cost per participant will now only be £30 as opposed to the regular fee of £41 for each participant. Full details of the event can be found on One Step Beyond Promotions website.
Regards, Phil (Duffy)

Phil left a telephone number, but I am loath to post it on the website. Please either see Phil email me (Webbie) and I can forward the mobile number. Club members should have received an email with this information earlier in the week. If you didn't receive an email, please speak to Mat Ivings.

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Qualifiers World Age Group Triathlon Champs—23 June 2016

David Heathcote has secured a GB vest in the upcoming World Triathlon Championships. David had to endure an anxious wait before he got the nod after a mechanical early on in the bike leg meant that he did not finish. Congratulations to David and best wishes for the Championships

We also have young David Fryer-Winder, who has gone from strength to strength. David competes in the under-20 age category and has been training by himself with Buxton AC and Satellites swim club, but is a member of High Peak Triathlon. As it stands he's on 112% of the winner's time so he too has a good chance of getting through to team GB. David's doing Chatworth Tri next week. We hope that David will also get the nod from the selectors. We will keep you posted on his progress.

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2016 European Age Group Triathlon Championships in Portugal—14 June 2016

Three High Peak Triathlon Club members gained selection to represent GB at the annual European Triathlon Championships recently held in Lisbon. Qualification for Team GB places had been achieved in separate events held within the UK during 2015.

This year's event was based at the stunning Lisbon Expo waterside location. It attracted an international attendance of almost 2000 athletes including most of the current European Elite triathletes soon to be competing in the Olympic Games in Rio later this summer.

Given the highly competitive nature at this level of competition all 3 HPTC members performed extremely well in their individual age group categories. In the sprint distance event (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run). Niki Dick from Monyash finished 15th in her age group in a time of 1hr 22. In the standard distance events (1500m swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run) Liz Batt of Buxton finished 19th in her age group in 2hr 37min whilst David Davidson of Great Longstone came 7th in a time of 2hr 38min in the veteran category.

Well done to these HPTC members (including Jon Batt who also raced in an Open event ) for continuing to fly the flag abroad. The next international Triathlon will be the World Age Group Championships to be held in September in Mexico. The Club is proud to announce that it has 3 members already selected to represent Team GB namely Jo Baker from Glossop, David Heathcote from Buxton and David Davidson from Great Longstone – we wish them every success.

Euro Champs - Bike Euro Champs - Run
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Buxton Swimming Sessions are on again! Gary and Diane are running the sessions on Wednesdays 9-10pm at Buxton swimming pool.

We are also running a session (two lanes) on Tuesdays 6-8am at Buxton swimming pool. Steve Greene is coaching between 6-7am. The session is free for club members


HPTC members can join up with Buxton CC for their Sunday rides–09:00 start from the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop in Buxton.


HPTC/Buxton AC are running a joint coached speed session on Monday nights in Buxton. Meet at 18:30 at Buxton Community School.

HPTC members are also welcome to join Buxton AC on the Wednesday night session. Meet at 19:00 at Buxton Swimming Pool.