News from 2012

These are the news items from 2012. I have sub-divided the news into each month of the year. This may be a little excessive during the quiet months of the years.


December 2012

Happy New Year—30 December 2012

We wish all members a very Happy New Year. A new year, full of opportunities and possibilities.

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Swim Session Restarts—30 December 2012

The Wednesday evening swim sessions start again on Wednesday 2 January at 9pm. The Tuesday morning sessions (6-8am) start again on Tuesday 8 January.

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Tribulations of an Ironman Athlete—30 December 2012

Students of the sport of Triathlon will not need an introduction to the magic of the Kona Ironman Triathlon. I found this little gem which retells the story of the second ever Ironman: Ironman II. Truly amazing stuff, I am sure you will agree.

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Website Update—22 December 2012

The news from November 2012 has moved to News from 2012.

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Christmas Dinner Update [02 February 2013]–22 December 2012

Nicky Dick requires a £5 deposit at least a week in advance from each person wishing to attend the Christmas Do. Nicky will come back with further details in the near future.

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Buxton Aquathlon Update–22 December 2012

The inaugural Buxton Aquathlon is being held on Sunday 24 March 2013. The swimming section will take place in Buxton Swimming pool and the run will be on a guaranteed traffic-free course all within the perimeter of Pavilion Gardens. Krissie Ivings is the organiser, but she would appreciate help with organising the event. We obviously need helpers and marshals on the day too. More information to follow shortly. In the meantime, please make a note in the diary. The event is targeted at 8-14 year old athletes, so if you know of any youngster of the right age then please encourage them to enter. We now have a dedicated page for Buxton Aquathlon, where you will be able to find out more about the races, download an entry form and the results. Alas it may still look a little sparse, but we will update information in the near future

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Christmas Dinner [02 February 2013]–14 December 2012

Nicky Dick is organising the Club Christmas Dinner. The date is 2nd February 2013. It is likely to be held in Simply Thai (at The Quadrangle, Buxton), subject to confirmation. More details to follow in the near future.

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Christmas Drinks–14 December 2012

The Club are heading up to the Sun Inn on High Street in Buxton for some post-session festive drinks on Wednesday 19 December. All members and partners are welcome.

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Christmas Swim Details–14 December 2012

David Davidson's just arrived back in the UK to be welcomed by the fine weather. David's sends the following details re. swimming over the Christmas period.

Please note that next Wednesday's (19th) swim will be followed by the Club Christmas drinks at Phil Blundell's favourite pub namely The Sun Inn just off the Market Square. Not sure whether he will buy us all a drink but worth trying! Perhaps for those not able to swim that night you might consider joining us for a night cap anyway. The Club Swim will restart on Wednesday 2nd so good opportunity to try out the new goggles/costume/kick-board which Santa may have provided. Enjoy the festive season and I look forward to seeing you all at some stage early in 2013.

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November 2012

Website Update—22 November 2012

The news from October 2012 has moved to News from 2012.

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Sunday Club Ride [9 December 2012]—22 November 2012

The last Sunday club ride will be held on Sunday 9th December. Seasonal dress is suggested, this being a pre-Christmas ride, though it is not compulsory. The ride will commence at 09:00. The current plan is to ride around the Goyt, which will make for some lovely climbs. Alas, the ride will only happen if the weather is okay. Further details to be sent out nearer the time.

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Derwent Duathlon [17 March 2013]—21 November 2012

Karl Webster, the organiser of the Matlock Triathlon, is organising a new duathlon to be held in the Peak district on Sunday 17 March 2013. One of the runs is offroad (fell) and the other run is road-based. The cycle leg is on tarmac and sees very light traffic.

More information about the duathlon and to enter, please visit Karl's website: Peaklife Sport. Let us try to gather a few athletes and support Karl's race.

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World Age Group Report—21 November 2012

The club had two competitors at the recent World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. David Davidson and Stephen Greene made us proud with some excellent performances. David has kindly sent us the following report.

David writes: "There were two club members fortunate enough to be over in New Zealand competing in the age group World championships namely Stephen Greene and David Davidson. The atmosphere had been steadily building since our arrival some days earlier. Poor weather had restricted extensive pre-race course familiarisation but on the day we were blessed with dry if somewhat breezy conditions. The strong current, changing tide and stroppy waves created a pretty challenging harbour swim. To avoid unnecessary metres against the current required careful sighting and course management, there were many however who failed to factor in such calculations some of whom ultimately required rescue from the water. Given the huge entry it was no surprise that distances from swim to Transition and then on to the bike start were considerably greater than normal. The two circuit bike course was also suitably challenging with plenty of sharp hills and tight bends to negotiate - much like riding in the Peak! Back to T2 was a case of head down with plenty of what the Kiwis call “grunt” required to maintain headway against the stiffening breeze. The run was the most scenic leg comprising of two flat circuits that weaved through the majestic harbour area. At every corner we were encouraged by huge crowds and it was very evident that the local population were fully involved with this international event. The two previous days had witnessed some fabulous racing from the elite athletes many of whom had been seriously contesting places at the recent Olympic games. To be able to both watch at close quarters and then mingle with these international stars of Triathlon at the post-race celebrations was truly inspirational. Hospitality and friendliness are hallmarks by which Kiwis are best remembered and certainly this exciting trip to New Zealand was no exception. For the record Stephen enjoyed blistering times on both the bike and run legs (1.06 and 43.47 respectively) to finish in a time of 2.26. David obviously raced at a more leisurely pace finishing in 2.44 which was still sufficient to grab 4th place in the “oldies” group."

Cycling on Wet Roads

Treacherous conditions during the cycle leg.

Spectators on the Quayside

Spectators on the Quayside

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October 2012

Next Sunday Social Ride—31 October 2012

Trish reminds us that the next social ride will be Sunday 11th November, starting from Monyash at 9:30am and following Route 7 Stately Homes and Standing Stones on the link below with a slight deviation to avoid the Monsal Trail: Route 7 (route description). Let's hope the weather will be kind to us.

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Additional Pool Time Update—21 October 2012

We have our very own lane at Buxton Swimming Pool from this Tuesday 6-8am. This is open to HPTC members for £4.00 each session. Either Mat or Krissie will be there every week to take the money, or you can pay Mat on Wednesday. If the session is popular we can add another slot on Thursday mornings (same time: 6-8am).

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Achievement Award Nominations Sought—21 October 2012

Krissie Ivings sends the following reminder regarding the Outstanding Achievement Award 2012:

“Nominations are now needed for the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award. Any member may nominate any other member or team. Please e-mail your nominations to me, alongside a reason for the nomination. The trophy will be presented at the Christmas meal.”

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Additional Pool Time—10 October 2012

Mat has just announced that we have been offered additional pool time. These sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6am and 8am! This is great news. This will be discussed at the AGM tomorrow, see flyer below! If that does not make it worth attending the AGM, then I don't know what is!

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Annual General Meeting—10 October 2012

This year's tri club AGM will be on Thursday 11th October at 8.15pm in the Buckingham Hotel in Buxton (opposite the swimming pool). Like last year we'll be in the “Cavendish room”. Feel free to get yourself a beer from Ramsay's bar first.

Please come along if you can, we would be very interested to hear your views on how the club should be run, what further events/training we should do and discuss club kit for this year and next.

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Website Update—10 October 2012

The news from August and September 2012 has moved to News from 2012.

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Report from the Red Bull Mayhem—10 October 2012

Nicky Dick bravely entered and conquered the Fearsome Red Bull Challenge. Nicky send the following report:

"if I said I still couldn't get downstairs properly on Tuesday, that's how hard this was. Red Bull organised a 22 mile steeplechase, starting from Castleton, on Sunday. There were 4 legs to race and at each of 4 steeples a set number of runners were eliminated. The first leg from the odin mine went straight up hill to Hollins Cross, along to Losehill, to the reservoir and along to the dam thence to Bamford, 8 miles. Then 4 miles to Hope over Win Hill. Then another 6 miles to Edale via Jaggers Clough, finally back over Hollins Cross to Castleton. I decided to start fast and hang in for the first leg, if I was through to leg 2 hold on for dear life and see whether I was in for the 3rd leg. It was going to cut down to 10 ladies on the last leg. 1st leg went well, in with a chance, 2nd leg, hanging in still. 3rd leg was purgatory and three of us were swapping 4th, 5th and 6th places, sod this. I pulled away at Edale YHA, with every last ounceof energy, I didn't dare look at Hollins Cross on the left, and hung on for 4th lady. The last 2 miles off Hollins Cross were sheer agony. Fiona and kids, Sarah and Rhiannon and Kirsten were out shouting and double checking where I was. Glorious weather. Brilliant fun."

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Report from the Sunday Club Ride—10 October 2012

We were fortunate to have fantastic weather for our club ride on Sunday which was cheerfully completed by Jo, Danny, Phil, Mark, me and my husband Paul (who joined us for the first half of the ride). A perfect cloud inversion greeted us all as we approached the Hope valley first thing in the morning. This made for a rather cool and misty start along the main road into Castleton from Hope but we soon warmed up and were back in the sunshine after our first climb up towards Pin Dale.

Allowing ourselves a short break at the top to catch our breath and a dmire the views we then continued the ride towards Little Hucklow and Great Hucklow from where we followed the road that passes the Gliding field near Abney. There is then a wonderful downhill section on the road between Offerton Moor and Eyam Moor with amazing views all the way into Hathersage. We re-grouped at the bottom of the hill and prepared ourselves for the second major climb up to Stanage Edge where we stopped to recover and pose for the camera!

Dodging the walkers, climbers and general “weekend” traffic we continued along the route below Bamford Edge and down into the southern end of the Derwent valley (more great views). After crossing below the reservoir dam we followed the minor lanes through Thornhill and Aston before returning to Hope and the Woodbine cafe for well-earned pints of tea and cake or, as in Phil’s case, a huge sausage butty. This we enjoyed in the cafe garden over-looking one of the change-over points for the Red Bull Steeple Chase, an event in which some of our other club members were involved either to race or marshal.

Our ride had taken us a fairly leisurely two and a half hours, with lots of conversation, a few laughs and I think was enjoyed by all. I can highly recommend this route for its stunning views and changing landscapes, not to mention some extremely enjoyable cycling

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September 2012

Derby Triathlon Report—18 September 2012

Stefan has now managed two triathlons after a six-year absence. Unlike Jo and Trish he decided to limit himself to a super sprint. He sends the following report from Derby Triathlon held last Sunday.

"I last competed at Derby Triathlon in 2006. I remembered a very long jog from the pool to the transition. Not any more. Etwall has a new pool and the transition was now about 25 m away. I also recollected a dicey crossing of the main road on the run. Alas, the run route was also changed to reduce the risk of losing runners under a car. Good thing, too! However, I am getting ahead of myself. Returning to competition after a long time is fraught with doubts. I recorded such and such a time then, how much slower will I be this time? A feeling of “Gosh, look at all these fit people, and what am I doing here?” raced through my mind. I did have one ace up my sleeve, my new bike! This would be Lisa (that's the bike) and my first competitive outing.

I arrived at the leisure centre in good time. The weather looked promising, a bit grey, but dry. There was a bit of breeze as I was to discover on the ride a little later.

Right, bike racked, kit laid out for a rapid T1 (if only) and I wandered off to the pool side to get ready. Our wave of four athletes were watching the other swimmers while we were waiting for a our call-up. It was reassuring to note that there were other non-swimmers in the pool. Our start time arrived and we were off. I caught up the other swimmer in my lane and tapped his foot and overtook him; little did I know what effect this would have on him. Anyway, I had good swim, by my modest standards, exiting the pool after about 9.20. I then faffed with the glasses by the pool side before trotting out to join up with Lisa. T1 was oh so slow, plenty of scope for improvement there!

Lisa and I set off into the countryside of South Derbyshire, while not pancake flat so at least not Buxton hilly. I got off to a decent start overtaking a few riders and settling into a nice rhythm. However, the going was easy because I was enjoying a bit of a tailwind. I reached the halfway sign and thought crikey, only halfway. I then had an interesting if not all that close encounter with a tractor. The last mile is along the Etwall bypass and I was feeling a bit better again, knowing that the transition was almost within touching distance. Coming in towards the dismount line, I did a stopee, wholly unintentional I assure you, Lisa's brakes being highly efficient. I was pleased with my time, 34.46, which was over 90 s quicker than last time. Perhaps I opened too optimistically. Youthful enthusiasm!

I had another pedestrian, if you excuse the pun, transition, though not as slow as T1. I jogged out of the transition area on fairly happy legs, while making note to self that it would still be good to do a few brick sessions to get used to the legs feeling as if they belonged to someone else. I went past the official photographer and managed a wave and a smile, or was that a grimace? There is a slight rise as one leaves the playing fields and I felt, dare I say it, strong and full of running. I could hear the breathing of another chap, who I thought might be in my wave and age group. There were a few sharp-ish corners but it was a lovely run. I was overtaking a few runners and the breathing of the chap who had shadowed me out of the playing field was fading behind me. I arrived at the turning point and felt that this is going alright, not fast but steady enough. I managed a little bit of pick up of pace on the run in to the finish and finished a happy chappy. The time was a just short of two minutes slower than in 2006, but 1:12:29 and 225th place was alright.

The guys where we racked the bikes were having a debriefing when I was picking up Lisa and the kit. One of the guys goes "I was swimming okay and then someone tapped my foot right when we were coming up to the deep end and I just lost it!". I pretended to be making sure that Lisa was not covered with specks of cow muck. I did feel a bit guilty, I must confess. To sum up, the race was well organised, the pool is lovely and the bike and run routes manageable. Would I do this triathlon again? Yes, most definitely. The two races this year has yet again highlighted my main weaknesses, the swim and the transitions. To put it into context, my swim time ranked me around 493rd (out of 734 finishers), while the bike time placed me around 141st and my run time put me just outside the top-100 (107th). Something to work on over the winter."

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Bala Triathlon Report—18 September 2012

Jo Baker and Trish Justin competed at Bala Triathlon at the weekend. Jo sends the following report:

"I had always wanted to do Bala but was nervous about the weather affecting the swim, which it seems to have done most years. However, I decided to have a go anyway this year and what a year to choose.

My husband, Eric, and I decided to book a B&B so arrived on a beautiful Friday evening with the setting sun sparkling on the lake. The B&B was on the shoreline and it just stunning so I was very excited and could not believe my luck, as the forecast was good for the weekend. Looking out of the window on Saturday morning at 7.30 there was no sign of the water due to a thick mist and our hostess said it would probably lift at about 10.30. This was a great worry for all the triathletes in the B&B as we would be swimming at 9.30 the following morning.

We rose at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning to see nothing but mist out of the window. At breakfast, we were all wondering what would happen and how late could they leave it until they set us off for the swim? Miraculously by 7.30 there were clear skies and a beautiful day beckoned.

I had registered the day before and had a choice of lovely yellow fluffy towel - embroidered with the Welsh dragon and details of the race - or a nice looking head torch. Along with most people I opted for the towel. I met up with Trish Justin before we entered the water and she had no choice but was pleased with her torch.

The water was 15 degrees so I thought it was OK and we set off in relatively calm waters until the return back to land when it started getting choppy. Normally us girls and the older men go last so it was a particular pleasure to be the middle wave of all women and the over-40 men were lumped together to go last. By the time they swam quite a tempest had whipped up and they did struggle to swim. My swim however was most enjoyable perhaps too much so as my time was 33.04. Trish and I have quite similar times in the swim and she followed my out at 34.48 not having enjoyed it quite as much as I had due to the waves blowing up on the way back.

Exceedingly short distance to transition so I should have been quick as I had my new HUUB suit (last seen at the Relays) which has the “quick release” pull-it-up zip! I obviously had not practiced enough! Husband Eric having kittens on the sideline thinking he must have done something wrong when he did up the zip. It was my error not his.

Trish also had a tricky transition (3.29. Apparently Trish keeps her bike lights in her bike shoes but had forgotten to take them out for the race and wondered why she was struggling to get them on!!! It happens!

We both got on the bikes eventually and a great route for me to try my newish tri-bars. Lovely route along the lake and beyond; no hills but undulating and very pleasant my quickest bike time at 1:15 although I felt my calves cramping bit of a worry on the run. Trish followed at 1.20. We both enjoyed the closed road with only the police-bike escorting the local bus up and down a couple of times.

It's one of those tri's where, like Buxton, as you come in on the bike you see the runners coming at you up the hill making it look hard work and you are thinking “I don't want to do that, it looks tough”. Of course you are soon out there and coping, legs doing what they have been trained to do. I did do a bit of a fast walk at one point trying to stretch out my calves before they ceased up and were painful so not totally pleased with my run at 50 minutes dead although I did take a competitor just before the gantry - did feel a bit mean doing that - but it meant I came 3rd in my age group instead of 4th! Trish followed in at 52.10 for her run. Unfortunately, unbeknown to me Bala is always run like a Fell Race with 10 year age groups so no podium finish or prize for me but we had had a lovely day in the sun with happy friendly people and marshals and a fluffy towel to boot!

Trish and I would probably do it again but both felt it was disappointing to do an out-and-back road run along the bike route.

Our overall times were: Jo Baker: 2:41.44 and Trish Justin: 2:52.10."

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Helvellyn Triathlon Report—08 September 2012

Phil Shaw, Nigel Critchlow, Phil Blundell and Liz Batt travelled to the Lake District to take part in Helvellyn Triathlon. Phil sends the following report:

Phil Shaw & Nigel Critchlow travelled up to the lakes on Saturday afternoon and arrived at a very busy, athlete filled campsite just half a mile from the triathlon start.

Being in competition mood we decided to see who could get their tents up first and as Nigel put on the stop watch, we were given quite a few bemused but smiling looks from those around us. Phil lost !!!

Sunday 6am brought in a dry, fresh, crisp morning which later would turn out to be a sunshine filled day for competition, maybe a bit too warm for some. Everyone was making their way to the start and after racking of bikes and prep of bags, clothing, maps etc. we all made our way to the waters edge.

With water at 12 degrees, the 4 High peak athletes all put in a good swim. Liz Batt: 33 mins 26, Phil Shaw: 33 mins 46, Nigel Critchlow: 33 mins 19 and Phil Blundell: a great 27 mins 26.

After swim we had a gruelling 40 miles on the bike taking in some breathtaking scenery of the lake district. We eventually arrived in Ambleside, approx 12 miles from the finish where the next 3 miles would take in a climb up the Kirkstone Pass and “The Struggle” this being an assent of 20%, not a climb for the faint hearted. A climb I have never witnessed before and don't ever again. Needless to say, with athletes getting off to push, the guys from High peak did fantastic with all 4 making it to the top. From here there was a quick decent back to Glenridding. Again, some good bike times with Nigel: 2hrs 08:58, Liz Batt: 2 hrs 14:45, Phil Blundell: 2hrs 23:53 and Phil Shaw: 2hrs 34:08.

The run was a very hard 9 miles to the summit of England's 3rd highest mountain and back. It was very much a walk to the top rather than a run, with what looked like a human ant trail weaving its way to the summit, An extended Von Trapp family outing, but without the singing!! With some breathtaking views from the top, we made our decent down, with quads, calfs and other muscle groups I didn't even know existed, starting to ache and burn. Finally we hit flat ground and cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, we made our way in to the finish. Nigel and in particular Liz had fantastic runs, both breaking the 2hr mark, with 1hr 58:23 & 1hr 58:25 respectively with Phil Blundell: 2 hrs 21:31 and Phil Shaw: 2hrs 39:23. Liz having a fantastic day all round being 13th lady overall. Brilliant!

A fantastic weekend and one to tick off the list. We say Never again, but look forward to next years event!!! Final times were: Nigel Critchlow: 4hrs 43:55, Liz Batt: 4hrs 51:13, Phil Blundell: 5 hrs 16:43, Phil Shaw: 5hrs 56:57

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Website Update—05 September 2012

I have moved all the old news from the month of July to the News from 2012 page.

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National Relay Championships Report—5 September

Jo Baker has sent the following report from the National Relay Championships, which were held at Holme Pierpoint on the weekend of 25-26 September.

"A fantastic event in which all 4 team members swim (500m), bike (15k) and run (5k) in sequence, allowing plenty of rest time between each stage of the race.

Before the Event our main worry was the weather as it was reported to be wall-to-wall rain. However, the day dawned with white clouds and hot sunny periods.

The next thing was getting our heads around the fact that we did not put everything we needed with our bike and where we had to be and when. Thank goodness for our Team Captain David Davidson; David was very calm and patient with us explaining perhaps more than once what was to happen and how.

At last, David set off on his 500m swim in a shallow lake - an excellent start at 9 minutes 11 secs. Successfully locating each other from the pen, Jo Baker was next up but had her first ‘panic’ swim having to regulate her breathing before settling down to a 12.03, passing the band to Phil Shaw who rushed off to put in a fine effort at 12.04 and then on to Trish Justin completing her swim in 11.44.

David goes off on his bike and rips through the crowds handing over the band after 25 mins. out on the circuit; Jo manages to find a small space at the front by the hay bales and shrieks for David before dashing off to complete the bike leg (against Lucy Hall - I think I was in her wake ......) after her rest, Trish was suitably relaxed leaving Phil to have to shout her name rather loudly and often over hay bales and into the 8 deep throng. Our 15k bike times were between 25 and 28 so we were all quite nicely matched.

Onto the run. This time the holding pen was the other side of the ‘market place’ with just about everyone in it. Officials were calling out the race numbers of approaching triathletes which made it slightly less chaotic than the other meeting pens. Being able to identify your team mate easily at each of the “hand-over” points is a big advantage so the club tri suits worn by David and Phil came in useful. Once again our times were very similar around the 22 minutes with David completing in a very creditable 21.21. The whole was completed in the sun in 4 hours and 4 minutes. We'd had a great day.

This was a wonderful occasion. Definitely a party atmosphere with all the big tri clubs there as well as ourselves! Plenty of seating at the Grandstand to have a fantastic view of the entire swim, bike and run, it was great to be able to watch a triathlon being raced as we all said we have never done that before.

Thanks to David for being a great organiser and calming influence and to the team for making the day.

National Relay Championships 2012

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BBQ at the Ivings—5 September

n the afternoon Mat and Krissie had very kindly offered their lovely home and garden for a club BBQ. The sun continued to shine whilst Mat disappeared behind regular clouds of smoke, plenty of liquid refreshment was consumed and members plus partners mingled with assorted offspring in the late afternoon sunshine. Krissie is to be especially thanked for her very generous and excellently presented catering. This was a great way for the club members to mix away from the usual Wednesday night swim sessions and in which to introduce their long suffering partners... hope we can continue with a few more similar social events next season.

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Sunday Club Ride—5 September 2012

Sunday 2nd September offered two very enjoyable outings for the club. Although several members were away in the Lake District tackling the tough Helvellyn Tri a group of 9 met in Tideswell for the third club ride of the season. The weather turned out perfectly with only early morning mist over the higher ground near Mam Tor preventing the sun from shining through. The route chosen although including a couple of hills (rather difficult to avoid in Derbyshire) was largely along quiet undulating country lanes. Fortunately the very observant Nicki identified an additional small chain ring on Elizabeth's bike which had until then only been ridden on the large chain ring(!). What a difference this made to her hill climbing! Conversation was lively and happy throughout although Ieuan and his mates kept us mostly in the dark by speaking amongst themselves in Welsh. Without the necessity to stop for punctures on this occasion we were all too soon gliding back down to our start point in Tideswell. To our horror the café chosen for our essential post ride coffee and cake was shut until a sharp eyed member spotted a rival café nearby and to which we all repaired to refuel as appropriate. A great morning of friendly chat and biking was enjoyed by all and we look forward to next months ride in high expectation.

Please visit our gallery to see some photos from the ride

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August 2012

Tri Club BBQ—16 August 2012

It was suggested that the Tri Club should try to organise more social events. In the spirit of this, the Tri Club BBQ will be held in the afternoon of Sunday 2nd September. So you can go on the club ride in the morning, work up an appetite, have some cake and then indulge in sausages and burgers for afters! Mat and Krissie have kindly offered to host the BBQ in their garden in Buxton. More details to follow, but please make a note in the diary for the BBQ.

Sunday Club Ride Update—15 August 2012

David has announced that the next club ride will be held on Sunday 2nd September. Start (9am) and finish in Tideswell; route length will be about 25 miles. Cake and coffee/tea to finish off the ride! The support from the club members has been low. Hopefully it will pick up once the competitive season is finished.

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Park Run Comes to Buxton—15 August 2012

The Saturday morning 5 km Park Runs are coming to Pavilion Gardens in Buxton! This is a joint venture between Buxton & District Athletic Club and DC Leisure, who runs the swimming pool and fitness suite. The first race will be held on Saturday 8th September. The start is at 9am and it is FREE, GRATIS and for NOTHING. Under-10s are welcome, but they need to be accompanied by an adult. The club is hoping to be able to stage one run per month, pending interest and support from the club members and helpers. This is ideal opportunity to have a blast round the park! The route stays within the parameters of the Gardens and is completely traffic free. You are all cordially invited to take part. The more, the merrier.

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Swanage Triathlon Report—15 August 2012

Mat sends the following report from the recent Swanage Triathlon last Sunday:

"Here's my race report from Sunday's Swanage Tri. Went to registration on the Saturday to be greeted by strong winds and waves like I've never seen before in Swanage bay. Despite being a sea swim Swanage Tri normally offers one of the calmest, clearest swims. The waves really were crashing down on to the beach and it was clear that the bike might be a bit hairy, especially with a deep carbon rim and disk wheel on the bike. Race morning came with the usual silly O clock morning alarm and slightly less wind but still a decent swell in the sea but not as bad as the day before. A race marshal then told me if the wind hadn't died down I wouldn't have been allowed to ride with a disc wheel. Mental note to self, always take a spare rear wheel! Despite the swell I actually enjoyed the swim, sighting was tricky as you had to wait until you were on the top of a wave to be able to see anything. A reasonable T1 (for me, I always struggle to get my wetsuit of quickly) then put me on the bike and time to make up some ground. I ended up with the 3rd fastest bike split and this was helped from learning from last year not to take my foot off the gas all the way round. The run was as brutal as usual including a climb up a big flight of steps giving 134m of height gain in the second mile alone! But the views from the top more than make up for it. I finished the race with some great support from my support crew (see pics on facebook) and ended up 5th overall and 1st in my AG which I was very happy with and also rather surprised. By the time the prizes were given out the sea was flat calm again, it was hard to believe it was the same sea than we had been in just a few hours before.
Cheers, Mat"

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July 2012

Sunday Club Ride—September 2012

David Davidson is looking to arrange another Sunday morning bike ride in September. The proposed dates are 2nd, 9th or 16th September. The route distance will be about 25 miles with start and finish in Tideswell. You should all have received an email from David. David would appreciate a reply with a preferred date at the earliest opportunity to allow him to come back with a firm date for the ride.

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Outlaw - The Report—09 July 2012

Mat had a cracking race at the Outlaw Ironman race just over a week ago. Mat sends the following report:

"8 months of good solid training in the bag and I was running out of excuses for why the Outlaw wouldn't go well. The question for me was, what would be a good time? I knew that my 12:12 from IMUK in 2009 should be easily surpassed just because the Outlaw course is so much quicker. I also knew that I was in much better shape. So the main target was to break 11 hours with a good feeling that sub-10:30 was realistic. I also worked out that mathematically sub-10hrs would be possible, but that would involve a performance at the limit of my expectations across all disciplines.

So me and family all set off early on Saturday morning to arrive in good time to get registered, racked, bags packed and swim practiced. Booked into the B+B right across the road from Transition meant that logistics couldn't have been any easier.

It was good to meet up with the rest of the support crew, 11 family members in all, some of whom were camping. The kids were very keen to show off their supporters' T-shirts. Once all the duties were done, which always seems to take a lot longer than you think, we headed off to Pizza Express for some pasta loading. It was very tempting to get a beer or two, just to settle the nerves, but I managed to resist. It seems I wasn't the only Outlaw-to-be in Pizza Express given the number of orange bracelets that I saw in there.

Race day dawned at 3:25 am with my usual couple of pre race bagels. I was keen to not overdo the liquids in the morning so that I wouldn't need to pee early on in the race, so I had some High5 Extreme and Nuun with my brekie and then didn't drink much in the final hour before the race. I headed down to the start with Krissie and the two awake children, leaving the sleepy one to come down at a more leisurely pace with grandparents. On arrival in the change tent I realised that there was very little time to get ready, most people were suited up and heading for the swim. I was still carrying kit around that needed to be put on the bike. I quickly barged through the crowds in the change tent and got to my bike. Once that was set up I had to cut back through the flow of traffic to drop my kit bag off. I considered then going straight to the start but realised that I hadn't said goodbye properly to the family who were all waiting outside the tent, so I nipped out for a quick kiss & hug which helped to settle the nerves before finally making my way to the swim start.

Swim: My plan for the swim start was to start at the front of pen 2 (60-80 mins) having found that this gave me a good uneventful start when I did the Outlaw as a relay 2 years ago. However, looking at pen 2 and then back at pen 1, it looked like pen 2 was very popular so I just dropped into the right hand side of pen 1. This seemed to work fine as I got very little biff. I pushed hard at the start to try and get into a good group. Maybe I went off a little too quick as 25 minutes in I suddenly got cramp in my calf. I rolled onto my back so that I could a) pull my foot up to try and get rid of the cramp and a) see if someone was going to swim into me. This seemed to work but about 15min later it was back when same thing happened again. I thought at this stage this could be the most miserable way of ending the race as a DNF but fortunately I was ok from there to the swim finish. My time wasn’t as quick as 2 years ago but I was happy with my time given that swimming is my weakest discipline. Time: 1 hr 6 min 42 s (107th); position: 107th.

T1: T1 didn't start too well when, while a volunteer was trying to pull my wetsuit off, I got cramp again in my calf. I think the helper was a little taken aback when I started screaming but I soon got the last bit of my wetsuit off and got some weight on my calf which made it better. The rest of T1 was simple enough although slowed by an Austin Powers wee before running out to the bike. Time: 5 min 34 s (208th); position: 118th.

Bike: I quickly settled into a nice rhythm and could tell that the wind was in my favour. Average speed to the top of Oxton bank was 21.4 mph :) completing the first northern lap the wind never seemed to be too bad and I quickly headed south for the half way point and the two remaining eastern loops. These seemed rather more exposed to the wind with half the loop quick and the other half quite a grind. I knew from my recce that the ride back to T2 from the laps was going to be slow, but a headwind all the way made it a real slog. I arrived back at T2 with 21 mph average speed and feeling really pleased that I'd had an uneventful but quick bike ride. It was great coming into T2 and seeing very few bikes in transition. Time: 5 hr 17 min 31 s (18th); position: 21st.

T2: I was quickly through T2 despite my addled brain that couldn't work out where to sit to change my shoes in the change tent! Time: 2 min 7 s (17th); position: 21st.

Run: This is where the race really starts; it's a big step into the unknown coming off the bike and trying to get set up to run a marathon. I knew that I should be OK to halfway but then after that anything could happen. The first mile was nice and easy with a tailwind (7:35) but after that it was clear that half the run would be into a strong headwind. I had broken the run down in my head into roughly three “laps” of approx 11, 8 and 7 miles. I tried not to think about how far I had left to run but just concentrated on my effort and where I was on each lap. Lap 1 was OK, but it was clear on lap 2 that I was slowing down for the same amount of effort and it was just a case of trying not to lose too much time. For some reason I kept having to stop for the loo, maybe I had over-hydrated on the bike, or maybe I was just using it as an excuse to stop for a while!? In the final lap I was finding it harder and harder to start running again after each feed station. It became clear to me that for these endurance races it really is a matter of how much you are willing to hurt yourself. From about 22 to 25 miles I felt a bit better and knew that I was going to be OK and managed to pick the pace up a shade with the tailwind. The final 1.2 miles were straight into the wind and I had nothing left to give. I just kept running and knew that my family would be there at the end. My three kids joined me to run the last 100 m and Edward was very restrained in not racing me to the line, I don't know where he gets his competitiveness from! I was absolutely chuffed to bits to finish in under 10 hr 30 min. My kids were quickly ushered away back towards the stands and I stood there for a moment looking back trying to spot Krissie. Eventually she appeared and I gave her the thumbs up while trying not to cry like a baby(!). Time: 3 hr 52 min 4 s (77th); position 30th.

The organisers really looked after the athletes after the finish with a free massage and plenty of food. It was great to be able to sit down with the other Outlaws swapping stories and tucking into some great grub.

I'm still not sure what events I want to do next, but the Outlaw is a special race and I'd be surprised if I didn't make a return visit soon. A huge thanks to all of the organisers and volunteers that make this race great. And a massive thank you to my very special support crew that supported me all day. Mat"

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Website Update—09 July 2012

After a period of inactivity, I am happy to report that we are up and running with the website again. I have moved all the old news from earlier in the year to the News from 2012 page.

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National Relays—09 July 2012

Following on from the request for race reports the Club has two teams entered for National Relays which are great fun and will be held in August in Nottingham. In previous e-mails Angus asked for names and will be wanting to finalise the composition of the men's and mixed teams so if you have not already done so please confirm with him (angus.higgins (at) your intentions soonest. This is a real fun event and is not taken too seriously by the clubs attending who enjoy the company and atmosphere as much as the sprint race itself.

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Excellent Performances at Buxton Triathlon—09 July 2012

David reports: "Great effort yesterday by all team members who entered the local Buxton Triathlon event. Good to see plenty of Club support for this event in addition to the 10 club marshalls who so generously volunteered their services. The icing on the cake was with the mens team of Phil Blundell, Nigel Critchlow and rookie Phil Duffy in his maiden event bringing home the men's Team Prize. Well done indeed. On the publicity front we have managed to secure a regular spot in the Buxton Advertiser which should create excellent opportunities to showcase our Club and bring it to the attention of a wider audience. To this end I have already submitted a few articles and appropriate pictures but will also rely upon a fairly constant stream of club feedback re events entered and results achieved. Your help in recording this information with perhaps a brief race report or comment (amusing and serious both welcome) would be of great help so please make sure I get the details. This is a great opportunity for us to help grow the Club but will rely on you the members giving me the regular data.

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Buxton Triathlon Round Up—09 July 2012

David sends the following message: "Just a quick note to thanks you all for volunteering to help out at yesterdays event in Buxton. Having spoken with Tim , the race director , at the conclusion of the day he was extremely grateful for the generous number of club volunteer marshalls without who's expertise the race would have been difficult to stage-so well done and much appreciated all round. Cannot get to swim this Wednesday to thank you personally so see you all the following week" David

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Report from Sunday Ride II—09 July 2012

David sends the following report from the second Club Sunday ride:

"Sunday morning saw the start of the second club ride of 2012. Although initial interest had looked promising in the event it was only a few select members who met in Tideswell for a very enjoyable and not too testing 40 km roll around some of the quieter lanes of Derbyshire. The weather remained reasonable throughout which made the experience that much more pleasant especially as there were to be two unintended tube changes on the same bike during the ride. Our route dropped down to the river at Millers Dale before ascending to Taddington, Chelmorton and Flagg. We suspected that this section might be cyclist heavy as it coincided with a well publicised local charity cycle race featuring amongst others our own Di Lee. The race marshalls and assorted cameramen were somewhat startled by our early arrival scattering across the road in confusion! On then to Monyash, Ashford in the Water, Great Longstone and up to Longstone Edge for a fabulous view over to Chatsworth. Our return to Tideswell passed by Foolow and Windmill arriving back at our starting point just as the rain began to spoil the day. A very convivial hot drink and gooey cake in the Vanilla Kitchen revived the legs and brought a very pleasant mornings ride to a happy conclusion. Hopefully more members might be tempted to join with us on our next outing details of which will be circulated later this month.

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June 2012

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March 2012

Volunteers Required—06 March 2012

Rhys Roberts at University of Derby has sent a request for volunteer for one of his studies.

Rhys writes: "I'm studying towards a sports coaching degree in Buxton, and as part of my degree I intend to test individuals abilities to conduct reaction time and mental arithmetic challenges whilst running, and compare the results between orienteers and triathletes."

"Basically, I would ask participants to first do a reaction test and simple multiplication test, and then do the same at running pace, and then whilst volunteers are running I will also be filming the lower half of their body to measure their stride pattern. I hope to spend about 20 minutes testing each individual. Any recordings will be kept confidential and not be individually recognisable."

"The test is not supposed to be intensive, so you should have more than enough exercise afterwards for the swim meet, although if I need to twist your arm to take part I can offer you a complimentary VO2max test."

"Preliminary date is 14th March afternoon, from 3pm until 6pm depending on when anyone is available."

Please contact Rhys if you would like to volunteer your services: Rhysini (at) msn (dot) com. We have got Rhys' mobile number, but I prefer to not post it. Please see Mat or Rhys (Wednesday night swim session or me.

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February 2012

Meet GB Track Cyclists—22 February 2012

We have received an invitation to a Charity Fund Raising event. The Charity, MJP Cancer Care Trust Fund, is raising money for a rare form of teenage cancer. The organiser has secured the presence of Matt Crampton and Craig Maclean, two of the GB track cyclists. There will also a competition on Watt bike. The event will be held on Thursday 8th March 2012 at Beech Hall School in Tytherington, Macclesfield (SK10 2EG). The cost is £7.00. Further information and details on how to obtain tickets can be found here on MJP Cancer Care Trust's website.

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David's Report from New Zealand—22 February 2012

David Davidson sends the following report from New Zealand: Challenge Wanaka is an iconic New Zealand Ironman distance race which is set in a beautiful mountainous region of South Island. Fortunately it also features a half Ironman distance race which runs in conjunction with a 5-day triathlon festival. There are “give it a go” short taster races, children's races and elite athlete races for the professionals which always attracts a significant international field. Pretty challenging hilly bike leg follows a chilly lake swim with the run leg on tracks around the lake. Fabulous atmosphere with huge local support and a finishers' brunch the following day makes this a great experience and certainly one that will stick in the memory!

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January 2012

Peek (part of Imtech)—22 January 2012

I am pleased to announce that Peek, part of Imtech, have provided us with a generous sponsorship for 2012. Peek provides innovative products for congestion management systems across the transport infrastructures. Peek's sponsorship is in conjunction with that from Sett Valley Cycles.

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Cervelo P5—21 January 2012

Cervelo has finally released the details of the long awaited new time trial bike, the P5. It looks drop dead gorgeous. Though I suspect it is not going to be cheap. Some pictures and further details to wet your appetite can be found here: Cervelo P5 pictures. I want one! Better start saving now!

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Burntwood Spring Aquathlon [4 Mar 2012]—10 January 2012

We have received an invitation to the Burntwood Spring Aquathlon.

The bumph reads: "Entries are now open for Burntwood Spring Aquathlon which will be held on Sunday 4th March 2012 at Burntwood Leisure Centre near Lichfield in Staffordshire. As usual there are classes for all ages from Tristar Start (8 years old) upwards. The swim is in the Centre's modern 25m pool—you can even have a warm up in the children's pool. Tristars will complete a multi lap run on the Centre's playing fields, Youths and adults will complete a 4-lap course on quiet local roads. There are full changing facilities and a small cafe open from 9am. More details of the race are available on the Aquathlon page (under 'Our Races') of our Club website at Burntwood Tri Club. You can either enter online or on the Aquathlon entry form, which you can get if you follow the link.

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Christmas Do [28 Jan 2012]—01 January 2012

Nicky has just confirmed the details for the Christmas Do. The date is Saturday 28 January and the venue is the Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant on High Street, Buxton. The dinner is booked for 7.30 pm, but Nicky suggests to meet the Old Sun Inn, the pub next door, for an aperitif from 7 pm onwards.

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