News from 2014

These are the news items from 2014. 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 2014

Sunday Social Ride—15 December 2014

Keeping it short and brief, today's ride was well supported by (in no particular order) Pam,Liz, Jo, Gavin, David, Ieuan, Dani and myself for an easy return trip up the Monsal Trail from Hassop station to the end of the line, Buxton direction. It's still good fun riding through those tunnels!

It was great to have Gavin, Pam and David join us today and I hope we will see them all out for future rides again next year.

We were lucky to have dry but quite chilly weather so the post-ride refreshments at Hassop station were welcomed to warm us up and enjoy some conversation about future events and racing next year.

Hope you like the tinsel and seasonal fashion for mountain bike overshoes - bells and all! Merry Christmas and best wishes for Tri events in 2015,

Club ride Dec 14
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Swim Sessions—09 December 2014

The Wednesday night swim sessions will run tomorrow (10/12) and next week (17/12). There will be no session on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve. We are back in the pool on Wednesday 7th January.

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November 2014

Annual General Meeting [27 Nov 2014]—24 November 2014

The High Peak tri Club will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27th November 2014. The AGM will be held in the Derwent Room in Buckingham Hotel on Burlington Road in Buxton. The meeting will start at 19.30. Mat has suggested to meet in Ramsay's Bar for a pint before the meeting. All members are invited to attend and have a say in how and what the club does - activities, etc.

Mat also sends the following message:
“We've got lots of interesting things to discuss including new coached training sessions, elections of the club executive committee, kit for 2015, coach training opportunities and much more. The club can't exist without help from it's members so please come along and have your say on how you think the club should run and if you can spare some time to help run the club it would be very much appreciated.”

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Club Sunday Ride [9 Nov 2014]—5 November 2014

The next club social ride will take place this coming Sunday 9th November. It is still not clear whether it will be an offroad, mountain bike ride or a road ride. This has yet to be confirmed. Hence the meeting point and time are also yet to be confirmed. I hope to be able to bring you the exact details in the very near future.

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October 2014

Longnor Moors and Dales Ride—22 October 2014

Hugely impressive atmospheric conditions prevailed as a select band of five riders departed Longnor bound for a taste of Staffordshire moors and Derbyshire dales. Low-lying cloud in the valleys created cold misty conditions which contrasted with the warm sunshine on the higher moorland sections of the ride. Plenty of warm gear necessary at the start although most of the layers were then peeled off as the ride continued. Crissy introduced a very scenic variation to the route bypassing the main road to Warslow by taking us on a detour through the pretty hamlets of Winkhill and Butterton. Not surprisingly the long drag back up from Hartington to Crowdecote and finally to Longnor required some serious refuelling in the local café! Could not have enjoyed better weather for this very scenic moors and dales ride which was taken at a very modest pace and was, as could be expected full of chat and laughs all the way- hopefully see you all at the next monthly ride.

Club ride Oct 14 - p1 Club ride Oct 14 - p2
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Normal Service to Resume—19 October 2014

I am pleased to report that I have finally got a reliable internet connection. I will endeavour to catch up on all the reports that I have not been able to put on the website for the last couple of months. Thank you for your patience.

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World Age Group World Championships—19 October 2014

I was most fortunate to have the opportunity of travelling earlier this month to Edmonton, Alberta to compete as part of the GB team in the World Age Group Championships. As in previous years this final ITU event of the season brings together not only thousands of amateur age groupers but also most of the elite professionals. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to both meet and mix with all the “great and good” in world of Triathlon. Watching such talented athletes is so rewarding and one can but marvel at their ability to perform all three disciplines at such a continuously punishing pace. Conditions for my race were pretty good despite a brisk and rather cool, damp breeze throughout. With typical Canadian flair each swim wave was marched to the starting pen led by a fully kilted bagpiper. Such a stirring introduction certainly helped raise the tempo of the swim, which saw me emerging from the water 26 minutes later. The run to T1 seemed interminable as it stretched right round the whole of the huge transition area before emerging onto a moderately hilly 2 lap cycle route. Having negotiated a similarly lengthy T2 the final run leg returned to the lakeside for a pretty flat and picturesque partly off road trail run. Spectators throughout were extremely vocal in their support and encouragement especially within the finishing chute. It was however with some relief that I eventually crossed the finish line in 12th position in my age group in a total time of 2.39.

World Tri Champs 1 World Tri Champs 2
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September 2014

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August 2014

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July 2014

Sunday Social Ride [3 August 2014]—30 July 2014

Ieuan Roberts has sent this reminder of the upcoming social Sunday ride, which has also been brought forward a week. Ieuan writes:

“I'm scheduled to lead the next ride, but I can't make the 10th, so figured we'll go a week early.

The ride will be on local roads, going from the front steps of Buxton Opera House at 09.00, route to be confirmed/made up on the day depending on who's coming and how long we've got.

I've arranged for sunny weather for maximum enjoyment of post ride cakes and coffee at the Pavilion (I've jinxed it now, it'll be hailing or something).”

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Matlock Aquathlons [27 July 2014]—23 July 2014

This weekend has a good opportunity for open water swim at Matlock – weather likely to be hot so the chance to cool off in the Derwent looks attractive. Two aquathlon events planned for Sunday 27th July – either 1500 m/10 km or 500 m/5 km run either individual or as a team. Full details on Peak Life Sport website. They are also organising a White Peak Open Water Triathlon to be held on 28th September so another good date for the diary.

Finally don't miss the best value local Sprint Tri to be held on August Bank holiday Monday 25th August – all details and application available on Matlock Athletic Club website. See you all soon and hope you get chance to follow the Commonwealth games Triathlon events later this week.

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Buxton Aquathlon [11 Oct 2014]—17 July 2014

The highly popular Buxton Aquathlon returns on Saturday 11th October 2014. The event will once again be held in conjunction with Buxton Adventure Festival. Please follow the link: Buxton Aquathlon Race Information to find out more about the event and how to enter.

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Chatsworth Triathlon Report—17 July 2014

Jo Baker has kindly sent me a report from the inaugural Chatsworth Triathlon:

“The High Peak Triathlon Club were well represented as this first triathlon in these magnificent surroundings. For the Standard there were: Paul Whyte, David Davidson, Peter Williams, Trish Justin, Andy Kirkland, Clive Lee and myself, Jo Baker. For the Sprint there were: Nicky Dick, Lizzie Brooks and Fiona Dunbar.

One thing made it very unusual in that we had to have our wet suits disinfected with a mild solution of Milton and wear a wrist band to prove it or else we could not take part.

Fortunately the weather was not as hot as the previous day, but even so getting into wet suits was an effort. For a change all the ladies taking part (60) went off in the first wave. Some people had asked me if the river wasn't just a bit narrow and was it deep enough. I must admit that when I go to the turn around buoy I wanted to walk around it! But I didn't. At one point my tummy scraped over a stone and I pulled myself across it. After our wave they decided it was too shallow and reduced the swim to 750m. My husband tells me that when he watched the women's sprint wave a whole group at the back were walking and chatting in the swim when the men's wave were unleashed and they were bearing down on the women like sharks.

There was 350 m to run to transition then straight onto the road and out through those magnificent gates to turn left to the Baslow roundabout, 3rd exit so we came back on ourselves and up to the big roundabout and took first exit up and up to Owler Bar then oh Joy! all the way back down to do it all again, Fantastic!! I saw Trish ahead of me having a wonderful battle with another girl in her age group. Onto the run. There was to be a special prize for the fastest male and female up to the Hunting Tower, that worried me a bit it had to be quite a hill. It was; it took me 17 minutes it took the fasted male 10! Well done him! Like the bike it was great because you ran all the way up and all the way back down which was just brilliant and after the second lap everyone had loads of energy left to belt under the gantry for a storming finish. Another first at this Tri was the pint of beer at the finish as well as a bottle of water. OK it was Erlinger Alcohol free but it was cold and quite tasty apparently.

Four winners in their age groups: David, Trish, Jo and Nicky, who also came 4th female, well done Nicky great effort! Fiona was 2nd in her age group.

I am pretty sure we would all recommend this race to others but it could be quite bleak on the top – if the weather was foul. Even though we had a nice day it was very gusty on the return leg on the tops.”

Results for the Olympic Distance Triathlon

Name Time Placing Time to Tower
Paul Whyte 2:23 15th in AG 14:42
David Davidson 2:37 1st in AG 16:48
Peter Williams 2:42 38th in AG 18:31
Trish Justin 2:46 1st in AG 16:35
Andy Kirkland 2:47 40th in AG 15:52
Clive Lee 2:49 43rd in AG 18:52
Jo Baker 2:51 1st in AG 17:32

Results for the Sprint Distance Triathlon

Name Time Placing Time to Tower
Nicky Dick 1:31 1st in AG 15:40
Fiona Dunbar 1:53 2nd in AG 21:57
Lizzie Brookes 1:57 6th in AG 20:44

Chatsworth Triathlon 2014
Our Age Group Winners: (L to R) Nicky Dick, David Davidson, Jo Baker and Trish Justin

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Website Update—17 July 2014

I have moved the News & Views from June 2014 to the archive: News & Views–June 2014.

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Thursday Speed Session–Summer Break—03 July 2014

The Thursday speed sessions that are led by Mat will be halted until after the summer. There will be some changes to the way the sessions are run due to changes to the rules of what a Level 1 coach can do when the sessions restart. The changes are introduced by the British Triathlon Federation and bring their rules in line with England Athletics' rules. It might sound petty but it comes down to the question of being insured or not.

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June 2014

European Championships Report—29 June 2014

David Davidson has sent the following report from the European Championships in Kitzbühel:
“Following qualification in early season races three members of High Peak Triathlon Club were included in a large GB age group team to compete in the European Championships held this year in Kitzbühel. Famous as a winter resort with steepling mountains and lush forest slopes this event promised to be challenging. As expected the organisation by the Austrian authorities of the programme of events, which included elite races for the likes of Alistair Brownlee and others, proved almost faultless. The standard distance race started with a surprisingly warm wet suit swim of 1500 m in the beautifully scenic lake located just outside the town centre. Then a 40-km bike ride took competitors on a typically alpine route away from the lake and up into the surrounding mountains climbing a total of almost 800 metres. As the saying goes "what goes up must eventually come down" and the descents were indeed equally steep – the trees lining the hairpin bends being covered with mattresses to protect any cyclist overcooking the precipitous corners! The final 10-km run leg was equally scenic as it wound up and around the lower wooded slopes of the lake. Fortunately the weather was perfect and although proving a tough challenge it was declared by many to be the best event on the race calendar to date this year. For the record Jo Baker of Whaley Bridge just missed out on a medal finishing 4th in her age group in a time of 3hr 08. Trish Justin of Hayfield secured 11th slot in her age group in a time of 3hr 03 while David Davidson of Great Longstone in his age group nudged into 10th slot with a finishing time of 2hr 56.”

Excellent performances by Jo, Trish and David!

European Tri Champs 1 European Tri Champs 2 European Tri Champs 3 European Tri Champs 4
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Buxton Triathlon Photos—18 June 2014

Geoff Whitehead, a friend of mine, was snapping some photos at Buxton Triathlon on Sunday just gone. He has kindly agreed to share these with us. I have the original sized photos, and can share some of these, though I would have to seek permission from Geoff first.

Buxton Tri 1 Buxton Tri 2 Buxton Tri 3 Buxton Tri 4
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Buxton Triathlon Report—16 June 2014

As in previous years the challenge of Buxton Sprint Triathlon proved very popular with Club members despite the rather grey and misty conditions. Always well organised the event appeals to novice and experienced triathletes alike. The pool based swim of 400m lead directly to the adjacent transition area where competitors rapidly changed into cycle gear ready for the hilly but very scenic 20k-bike leg. Notable for its stunning location the Goyt Valley proved as tough as usual with a demanding climb from the reservoir up towards the "Cat and Fiddle" before the rapid descent back into Buxton. Once bikes were racked in original starting position the competitors embarked on the final leg – a 5k undulating run loop finishing back in front of the Buxton Pool. Well attended and vociferously supported by plenty of family and friends the Buxton Triathlon once again enjoyed its usual popularity. Best Club performance came from Phil Blundell finishing 7th overall and 2nd in age group in a blistering time of 1hr 12.50 closely followed by Paul Whyte in 1hr 16.44 In the female section comparative newcomer to the sport Pam Oliver chalked up a very impressive 1hr 28 finishing lead lady in her age group. Elizabeth Brooks joined her in the ladies section with a time of 1 hr 42.54. Adam Burford and Jonathan Smith both relatively new to the sport showed great form finishing in 1hr 34.57 and 1hr 35.09 respectively. Likewise another of our Club novices Paul Harding showed great determination to finish in a time slightly over 2hrs – as he remarked "just to be taking part was a great thrill."

Buxton Tri 1 Buxton Tri 2 Buxton Tri 3 Buxton Tri 4

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Running seminar with Becky Lyne—16 June 2014

Paul Harding has forwarded the following report on the training session with Becky Lyne.

“Early in the evening of 5 June, about fifteen club members participated in an inspirational running seminar with former GB athlete Becky Lyne.

After a gentle, warm-up, jog to the Pavilion Gardens, Becky demonstrated how best to run in order to minimise injuries – something that had impacted on her own career. Striking the ground directly underneath the body, under the centre of gravity, was the key message. Over-striding will eventually lead to injury. A gentle lean forward provides the forward momentum. Becky described running as 'controlled falling'. Using the natural bounce in our muscles, rather than aiming for too much vertical lift, was also important.

With the participants all bouncing about, and falling over in a very controlled way (most of them at least!), Becky turned to the importance of core strength for maintaining good running posture. A series of exercises, many of them impossible for most participants, were demonstrated and practised. The oldest member present was complimented for being the best performer of the most difficult exercise – no doubt due to secret practice sessions down under.

The group expressed their gratitude to Becky for an outstanding one hour session, and immediately began planning their next run.”

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Thursday Session with Becky Lyne [5 June]—3 June 2014

This is a gentle reminder that Becky Lyne will be leading our session this Thursday (5th June). The venue is Temple Fields, Buxton Community School. We will meet as usual at the Sportshall in the Community school. The session will run between 6-7 pm. All club members are cordially invited.

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Triathlon Preparation [9 June]—3 June 2014

Our swim coaches, Gary and Di, will be giving advise on how to prepare for triathlons at the Buckingham Hotel, Burlington Road in Buxton on Monday 9th June. The session starts at 19:30.

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Sunday Social Ride [8 June]—3 June 2014

The club ride this month is this Sunday and is the lovely circuit from Hope which takes in Abney, Hathersage and Stanage. Meet outside the Woodbine café in Hope for a 9:30am start. I appreciate that some members may be racing or have other summer activities planned so please let me know if you are planning to come along.

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Buxton Triathlon Helpers [15 June]—3 June 2014

We have been asked by Xtra Mile Events if we can provide some support in the form of marshals at Buxton Triathlon, which is being held on Sunday 15 June. It is great fun and will not take a large chunk out of the day. There is an extra incentive in that you could get a free entry into another triathlon / duathlon organised by Xtra Mile Events or alternatively the club gets a donation. Please speak to David as soon as possible if you are able to help out.

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Ellesmere Triathlon Report—3 June 2014

Several high Peak Triathlon Club members were in action last weekend hoping to gain qualification for the forthcoming World age group Championships being held this year in Edmonton, Canada. The top four competitors in each five-year age category would gain automatic selection so the heat was on to perform well. Conditions for the Shropshire based event were gloomy with cool, wet, blustery weather throughout. After a 1500 metre swim in the Mere the competitors cycled an undulating 40k bike leg most of which was across the border into Wales. The final discipline was a hilly and quite demanding 10k run back near the original starting point at Ellesmere. Steve Greene produced a spirited performance managing to finish a very creditable 67th overall in a total time of 2hr 12 recording a very nippy swim time of 21.33 in the process. Jo Baker gained first spot in her age group finishing in 2.48 whilst another veteran David Davidson snaffled 4th place in his age group in a time of 2.41 Trish Justin sped round the sprint distance course to finish 2nd in her age group in 1hr 37. With 2 more qualifying races yet to come the challenge for GB team places will intensify. Members of High Peak Tri Club will be keen to contest these events especially with the prospect of a late summer trip to Canada on offer.

Trish, Jo and David at Ellesmere Triathlon

Trish, Jo and David.
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National Club Relay Championships—3 June 2014

It is time to commit yourself to the National Club Relay Triathlon Championships to behld on the Bank Holiday weekend in August. The venue is Holme Pierrepont in Nottinghamshire. The format is the same as last year, that is to say four members per team. Each of the members will swim 500 m in the rowing lake, follow this with a 15km cycle ride around the perimeter of the same lake and finish off with a 5 km run following the same route as the bike leg. It is really good fun and there is a lot of keen racing to be had. Please contact David Davidson if you are interested in competing at Championships, but do so at your earliest opportunity as David wants to sort out the entries in the very near future.

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May 2014

Thursday Session Cancelled—27 May 2014

The Thursday session (29th May) has been cancelled. The next session will a special session since we will be visited by Becky Lyne who will put you through your paces and give lots of tips. This is a session not to be missed. The venue: Buxton Community School and the time is 6-7 pm.

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Junior Athlete in East Midlands Academy—25 May 2014

Carrie, Gina's mother writes:

“Thought you may like to know that Gina was invited last Saturday to train with the East Midlands Academy at Mallory Park for the day, she had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about transition with cleats, did three open water 350m's and lots of drafting work.

On Sunday Gina put all she had learnt into practise racing in the St Anne's triathlon T3 where she achieved a decisive win even beating all of the boys in T3!! Gina is only just 13 so at the younger end of the age group.

Fingers crossed now for this Saturday (24/05) at Beaver Triathlon, the second IRC qualifier. Hope to gain some more club points and meet some more of the juniors from High Peak.”

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Tour of the Peak Sportive—18 May 2014

Mat Ivings and Nick Doran took part in the Tour of the Peak sportive which was held today. Mega tough ride, according to Mat. There are some nice tan lines shown by Nick on Facebook. It was scorchio!

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Buxworth Bumps II Update [26 May]—18 May 2014

Beth, the Bumps organiser, has sent the following teaser:
“We are planning to trial a different route on bank holiday Monday for the velo group and I will send you the map link in case anyone wants to join us. I am thinking 1 pm at the Buxworth social club. The velo are looking to eventually make this a hilly time trial on their race calendar once we have found a good route so its just for fun. Last time we sat out and had beer and cakes afterwards.”

Click on the link Bumps II Route to view the route. You can also download the route on GPX format: Bumps II Route (GPX).

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Sunday Ride Cancelled—10 May 2014

Ieuan Roberts cancelled the Sunday ride scheduled for tomorrow (11 May), due to many members being otherwise engaged and with a weather forecast that suggests that a wetsuit might be required.

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Members in Action—10 May 2014

A number of our athletes are in action this weekend. Phil Blundell took part in Buxton AC's Park Run today where he clocked 20:14 to finish 13th. Nicky Dick is taking on the fearsome Fred Whitton route tomorrow, while David Heathcote (and others?) are competing in the Slateman Triathlon, while Phil Shaw is going to Ashbourne Triathlon. I hope the weather is kind to you all tomorrow. Best of Luck and have fun.

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Buxworth Bumps [26 May 2014]—10 May 2014

Beth Brooks was our only club representative at the inaugural Buxworth Bumps event. I will post some pictures from the event over the next day or so. Glossop Kinder Velo are organising another Bumps on Sunday 26 May, which unfortunately clashes with Buxton Half Marathon. Please speak to Beth if you would like to know more. Further details to be posted here nearer the event.

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Tri Preparation Seminar [9 June 2014]—06 May 2014

David Davidson has had to rearrange the Tri Preparation Seminar by Gary and Di. The new date is Monday 9th June in the Buckingham, opposite the entrance/exit to the swimming pool car park. The event starts at 19:30. Please email David to confirm you attendance. Alternatively, speak to David at the Wednesday night swim session.

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Gait Analysis Session [5 June 2014]—06 May 2014

Becky Lyne will be running a run/gait analysis session on Temple Fields in Buxton on Thursday 5th June. The session will be run in conjunction with Mat's regular Thursday session between 6-7 pm. Please email David to confirm you attendance. Alternatively, speak to David at the Wednesday night swim session.

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Goyt Valley Duathlon Update[26 May 2014]—06 May 2014

The next Goyt Valley Duathlon event is due to take place on Sunday 26th May. However, Ieuan is on holiday and Kate and I are marshaling and helping out at Buxton Half Marathon. Hence we are looking for someone who is willing to act as the organiser of the event. Alternatively we could postpone the event. I/We welcome your thoughts on the topic.

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Club Social Ride [11 May 2014]—04 May 2014

The next Club Social ride will take place on Sunday 11th May. The route is identical to the Macclesfield Sprint Triathlon. Ieuan is going to ride over to Macclesfield. Ieuan will leave Buxton at 08:00 and the ride in Macclesfield will start at 09:30. Please can you let Ieuan know if you are planning to take part in the ride and/or the warmup(!). Meeting place in Buxton to be announced later in the week. Meeting in place in Macclesfield is the front door of the Leisure Centre for a 09:30 start.

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Buxton Spring Aquathlon—04 May 2014

The Spring Aquathlon was held last weekend. The numbers were down slightly on last year, but the quality was not in any way compromised or lower. The results will be available from this website when they become available. A BIG Thank You to Steve, the organiser, the athletes who competed and to the marshals and helpers.

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April 2014

Hulme End Ride Report—18 April 2014

The Magnificent Seven (Eight) took part in the first of the Sunday rides. There was a slight change in venue and route, but it still turned out to be an excellent ride. Trish has kindly written up a report of the ride. Please follow the link: Hulme End report to read/download or print the report. A BIG Thank You to Trish, Ieuan and John for organising us and setting a lovely route. I am just sorry I missed out on the coffee and cake at the end.

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Event Calendar—17 April 2014

Mat has kindly put together an events diary for the months April to August 2014. We will have a database of events, but my laptop is playing up right now so I have not been able to complete the coding. Please follow the link: Event Calendar 2014 (pdf, 53 kB) to download or view the Calendar. There are hyperlinks to some of the events in the calendar, if you want to find out more about them.

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Goyt Valley Duathlon [27 April 2014]—15 April 2014

The second of Goyt Valley Duathlons will be held on Sunday 27th April. The time and place is the same as last time, that is to say, meet at the little pond at the top of Bunsal Incline for a 09:00 start. There is ample car parking right by the start. Unfortunately, Ieuan is not able to organise this event due to other commitments. The Duathlon will be organised by Stefan and Kate. We are always looking for volunteers to help out at the event. Please can you let us know if you want to take part or can help out. We will invite members of Buxton & District Athletic Club.

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Derwent Duathlon Report—15 April 2014

Jo Baker competed in the second Derwent Duathlon and did very well. Jo has kindly sent us a report:

“I have only done two duathlons before: Ashbourne and Derwent. Ashbourne I would never do again; a masochistic event entered mostly by men who are trying to qualify for European places, very tough event. Derwent on the other hand is a delightful race. This being only the second one, entrants numbered only 100. Still very few women – only 22 – which made it easier to win a prize.

At this time of year it is always a challenge to know what to wear. The forecast was good but of course early morning is always cold. I chose shorts and tee shirt with triathlon top underneath. Everyone else seemed to have gone for longs and/or arm warmers. I was right. It was a beautiful day and the tee shirt was too much for the last run, and I finished in a sleeveless top.

The great thing at Derwent is The Choice! You decide whether to tackle the 4.5 km fell run which goes straight up to Derwent Edge and back down as your first run or the 6.5 km road run which follows the edge of the reservoir and is nearly flat. As far as I am concerned this is a no-brainer, as they say. I would walk up that hill with fresh legs or tired so I did the road first with fresh legs and enthusiasm. The sting in this run are the steep steps up to transition, which are badly spaced. 33 minutes and I was on my bike for the road section twice down to the King's tree which is a total of 9 miles. Some very tight cornering and some hills so not straight forward. Then onto the fell. Oh how hard it is to keep some momentum and remember you are in a race! There was only one person in front of me and the camera man who was trying to encourage me to run for a photo – No Chance!

Lovely finish all the way down although this is steep too so care is needed. Last year's time in cold damp conditions was 2.11 this year's time was 2.04: pleased with that. And I won a bottle red wine and a couple of other bits – well worth the effort.

Back home in the sunshine to the admiration of my children and celebrations for a good race and Mother's Day.”

Social Ride Change of Venue—10 April 2014

Owing to the road closure at present over Holme Moss we have decided to change the planned club ride this weekend. Apologies to anyone who wanted to check out the cycle route for the First of the Summer Tri race (although neither myself or Ieaun are aware of anyone at this point in time).

We now plan to ride from The Tea Junction at Hulme End, where I believe there is parking and a café. We will ride out through Hartington, on to Monyash and Flagg, then loop round to Longnor crossing the A515, and back to Hulme End. There is the option to extend this ride either before or after by adding a loop south of Hulme End to visit Wetton and Alstonefield. The Hartington section is very roughly measured at about 32km and the Wetton section is about 15km but there are lots of possibilities to extend or shorten either.
Meet at The Tea Junction, Hulme End for 9:30am.

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Seminar on Sports Nutrition/Sports Psychology—08 April 2014

David Davidson is canvassing the interest for a seminar on sports nutrition. David writes:
“We are looking to put together a Club seminar on Sports Nutrition/Sports Psychology and Training Needs sometime during the season. It would help greatly in targeting the content of such a seminar if I could have expressions of interest from all members - no commitment required at this stage but a show of hands for supporting such a session would be appreciated at this early planning stage. Perhaps you could let me know whether you might be interested either by e-mail or at a swim session.”

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Open Water Swim Sessions—08 April 2014

David Davidson has looked into the opportunities for open water swimming in the relatively near vicinity of Buxton. David has compiled a list of facilities. To view or download the document, please follow the link: Open Water Swimming (PDF, 50 kB).

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Holme Moss Update—08 April 2014

We have had confirmation that the Holme Moss road is shut at the moment. Pete has recommended a slight detour via Dunford Bridge. It is not clear to me if this has an impact on the proposed ride route, which follows the Holmfirth Triathlon ride route. I will seek confirmation from Trish and Ieuan. Watch this space and your email inbox.

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Website Update—06 April 2014

We know have a direct link to the Social Rides page, see the navigation bar on the left. It is still a little bare, but we will add more information to the page over the next few days. I will retain the social ride information that was on the training page for a little longer, but I would like to encourage members to use the dedicated page instead.

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Sunday Social Rides 1st Ride and Calendar—05 April 2014

Trish Justin and Ieuan Roberts have has produced a Calendar of Sunday Social Rides for 2014. The calendar can be viewed or downloaded using the following link: Social Rides Calendar 2014. You will also find the link to the calendar from our Training page.

The first social ride of 2014 is scheduled for Sunday 13th April, which is Sunday next week. The meeting point is the Holmfirth pool at 09:30. A reliable source of mine has reported that Holme Moss might be closed between 1st April and 17th April for resurfacing in preparation for the arrival of the Tour De France. We shall investigate this and post an update here, followed up by an email.

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Goyt Valley Duathlon Results Revised(PDF)—05 April 2014

I spotted an error in the results, which has now been corrected. Mat has sent me a template for the Goyt duathlon results. Please follow the link: Goyt Duathlon 30 March 2014 results. Please send me an email if you spot any more errors. The links to the results can also be found on our Duathlon Page.

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March 2014

Results - Goyt Valley Duathlon—31 Mar 2014

The first High Peak Tri Club Duathlon of the season was held on Sunday 30th March. The weather was misty and windy, but dry. Ieuan Roberts counted in three competitors in the Duathlon, one bike rider and three athletes in the junior race. A BIG Thank You to Ieuan for organising the event and to Sheila, Jim, Kate and Krissie for helping out on the day. Last, but not least a BIG Thank You to Daisy and Bunsen who kept us entertained throughout the morning.

Results Duathlon:

Place Name Time 1st Run T1 Ride T2 2nd Run
1. Dave Heathcote 1:13:46 21:48 0:30 35:38 0:28 15:22
2. Paul Whyte 1:24:48 24:16 0:57 42:38 0:55 16:02
3. Steve Morris 1:25:12 24:16 0:52 42:52 0:48 16:24

Results Ride: Mat Ivings - 32:49

Results Junior Run:

Place Name Time
1. Edward Ivings 18:00
2. Katie Ivings 19:09
3. Isobel Ivings 20:27

Well done to all athletes who took part. The next Duathlon will be held on the fourth Sunday of April - subject to confirmation.

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Chairman's Introduction to the Junior Section—29 Mar 2014

Mat Ivings, our Club Chairman, has sent the following press release:

“Having been an adults only club for 10 years the High Peak Triathlon Club has now opened up to Juniors. This is a great time for kids to get involved in this fantastic sport. With such fantastic role models in the sport such as Alistair Brownlee (Olympic Champion) and Non Stanford (World Champion) the sport is growing very rapidly in the UK. The junior Section of the tri club is starting off small but we are hoping to build up some momentum and who knows where we will be in a few years. Our first aims for the kids tri club is to get kids to start training and racing together and build a good team spirit. We will initially focus on the skills needed for triathlon which for many kids will be cycling, transitions and putting the different sports together. There are already good running and swimming clubs in the area.

In association with the new High Peak Kids Cycling Club we are going to be running a weekly bike skills training session every Sunday from 1-3pm at the Buxton Community School. This training session will focus on developing bike skills, technique and confidence on the bike. Every few weeks will also throw in some skills specific to triathlon, such as getting on and off the bike quickly. More details will be sent out nearer the time, but if you are interested in this could you please let me know so that I can start to judge numbers interested.

There are a number of races being organised in the East Midlands region that make up the East Midlands Junior Triathlon series. If you are a member of a tri club in the region then you can race for your club and score points in the inter-club competition as well as race for yourself in the overall league. It would be really good if we could put together some good teams across the different age groups. We have already got 5 or 6 people registered for this, so the more we can involved the better :-)”

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Website Update—29 Mar 2014

Firstly, the Club are proud to announce that we now have a Section dedicated to our junior athletes. You will find a link to the Junior's page in the navigation bar on the left. The page is still sparse, but I will populate the page with junior specific information over the coming days.

Secondly, I have moved the News and Views items for February 2014 to our News from 2014 page.

Thirdly, we are working on a new, improved version of the website. It is not quite ready to go live yet, but please keep checking back. I am always keen to hear your views on the format and function of the website, so do not be shy.

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1st Club Duathlon [30 Mar 2014]—25 Mar 2014

The first Goyt Valley duathlon of 2014 is being held this coming Sunday, with a 9 am start. Ieuan Roberts, the organiser, has asked if there any athletes not competing who could act as helpers and/or bike guards. Ieuan also reminds us that the clocks are going forward by one hour during the night between Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be a junior run along the old railway track. The turning point for the juniors will be the finger post just before the closed off tunnel.

Ieuan has sent the following message:

“30th March, Goyt Valley, wheelchair track car park. Start at 0900 BST (remember that the clocks change Sat night into Sunday morning). I've plotted the routes into Strava, and if anyone reckons it will spice up the bike leg, the obvious MTB alternative of descending the Roman Road is an option - Strava disagrees, but I think it is slightly shorter and has less climb than the road option, so might add some interest to the race...

If you have an old race number to use, please bring it (helps make timing easier). Please let me know if you're coming, so I know how many to expect, and if anyone is free to help with timing and bike security, don't hold back!


The following links show the route on Strava, and you don't have to signed up to Strava to see them.

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Buxworth Bumps Route—23 Mar 2014

Beth Brooks has sent me the link to Buxworth Bumps Route. It looks like a nice little tester! The Buxworth Bumps, a friendly event with Glossop Velo, will be held on Good Friday 18th April 2014. We will wend our way back to Buxworth Social Club for post-ride drinks and cakes. Can't say fairer than that.

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Club Subscriptions Due—23 Mar 2014

Beth Brooks has also sent a gentle reminder that the Club subscriptions for 2014 is now due. The cost is held at £20.00. Club membership means that you can purchase 10 swim sessions for £45.00, a saving of £5.00, making the sessions even better value. It also gives you a substantial saving on your British Triathlon Federation!

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Buxton Aquathlon Online Entry—22 Mar 2014

We are pleased to announce that the online entry to the Buxton Spring Aquathlon is now open. To register online please use the following link: Buxton Spring Aquathlon online entry.

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Buxton Aquathlon - Race Information—17 Mar 2014

Steve Greene has forwarded the race information for the Buxton Aquathlon to be held on Saturday 26th April 2014. Follow the link to download the Buxton Aquathlon 2014 Information Pack.

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Buxworth Bumps [18 April 2014]—17 Mar 2014

Elizabeth and John Brooks are bringing together High Peak Tri Club and Glossop Kinder Velo members to a friendly ride over a 8.5 mile distance near Buxworth. We should expect some testing climbs. The idea is to make it into a Strava challenge between the two clubs. The event starts from Buxworth Social Club at 1 pm and will be followed by drinks (tea, coffee and beer), flapjacks and cake. Please email or speak to Elizabeth if you want to find out more or want to register your interest. More information will be posted here nearer the time.

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Helpers Sought—15 Mar 2014

And one more request for help with supporting local races: Buxton & District AC have provided a huge amount of support with our Children's aquathlon so it would be really good if we could reciprocate by helping marshal with their events: the Half Marathon on Sunday 25 May and the Carnival Day 4 mile race on Saturday 12 July?

Please put these dates in your diary and I'll ask again nearer the time for some volunteers.

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Buxton Aquathlon [26 Apr]—15 Mar 2014

Steve Greene has taken over the reigns for the Aquathlon from Krissie this year and as usual we need as much help as possible on the day from club members to run the event. If you can help, please can you let Steve know asap.

Steve Greene has sent this request:

“I hope you don't mind me e-mailing you, but the High Peak Triathlon Club are running the Children's Aquathlon again in Buxton in April (less than 5 weeks away). I'm led to believe that previously you very generously lent us some of your time in marshaling the event and so I was hoping you might be able to help out again.

We are just finalising the details and these will be issued shortly but I thought I would send you advanced notice in the hope that you may be willing again to spare a few hours to help support and help marshal the event.

The event will be run along the same lines as before, with the starting time for the first athletes being 3 pm.

I will send more details shortly but if you are interested I would love to hear from you.”

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David Down Under—15 Mar 2014

David has done the right thing and migrated to New Zealand during our winter. He managed to do a fair bit of swimming in the ocean and will come back looking all tanned and relaxed. David has kindly provided a few photos to whet our appetite.

raceDay bigBirdy underConstruction naturalBeauty
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Club Social Clarification [16 Mar]—10 Mar 2014

The Club Social meet-up will be held on Sunday 16 March 2014. There was some confusion over the date and day. So to reiterate, we shall meet in the Cheshire Cheese (High Street, Buxton) at 8 pm on Sunday 16 March. Club members, husbands, wives, partners and friends are all cordially invited. I think our four-legged friends are also welcome in the pub.

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Pavilion Gardens 5 km Results—10 Mar 2014

The club had a strong turn out at the 5 km Sunday morning race organised by Buxton & District AC in Pavilion Gardens last Saturday. Phil Blundell was first home in 19:55. Phil was closely followed by David Heathcote (20:02) and Steve Morris (21:32). Edward Ivings (25:16) sprinted past Kate (25:17) and Stefan Ledin (25:18) on Broad Walk. Mat Ivings jogged home just behind Stefan (25:28). Elizabeth Brooks sprinted past runners on the run-in to the finish only to be overtaken in the finishing funnel. Elizabeth's time was 28:32. I hope Elizabeth was not put off by the experience. These races are very good leg stretchers. Next 5 km race in Buxton: Saturday 12 April, 9 am kick-off.

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February 2014

Update of the Club Kit page—27 Feb 2014

The updating of the Club Kit page has been on my list of things to do for a while. I am pleased to report that I have made some progress and the information on the page is now much more up to date than previously. I will endeavour to put some photos of the new style kit on the page in the near future.

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Club Sunday Social Rides [13 Apr]—25 Feb 2014

Trish and Ieuan are putting together a list of exciting Club Sunday social rides for 2014. The aim is to hold these rides on the second Sunday of every month. The first ride of the year will be held on Sunday 13 April. The details of the route and where to meet will be published in the near future.

Ieuan stressed:
“Expect scenic rides out into the countryside, a few race route recces, maybe the occasional MTB option, and possibly a short sportive or two.

The idea here is to get as many people out as possible, so if less experienced people want to do some miles, or fast people fancy a sociable recovery pace ride, do come along - no one gets left behind, if someone punctures or has a mechanical, we all stop! Any volunteers to devise routes and lead rides would be most welcome. Dates and routes to follow.”

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Goyt Valley Duathlon Time [30 Mar]—25 Feb 2014

Ieuan Roberts is organising the Goyt Valley Duathlon training sessions this year. The first duathlon is to be held on Sunday 30 March 2014. We are also inviting members of Buxton & District Athletic Club to clear out the cobwebs. Ieuan would also require two helpers: one to act as timekeeper and one to keep watch over the bicycles. Please make a note in the diary for this event. Please contact Ieuan if you can help out on the day.

[Webbie's comment] I think the start time will be 9am, but I will confirm this in the near future.

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Club Social @ Cheshire Cheese [16 Mar]—25 Feb 2014

Ieuan Roberts is organising a Club Social trip to the Cheshire Cheese on the High Street in Buxton. This is the same pub we met up in before the Christmas do. The date for your diary: Sunday 16 March 2014 with an 8pm kick off. Members, partners and friends are all invited

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Casual Kit Order—24 Feb 2014

Krissie Ivings is about to order some casual kit, like hoodies and t-shirts. Please see Krissie's email below.

We now have all logos sorted and can press ahead with ordering our hoodies and t–shirts. I am planning to put the kit order at the end of next week. So the deadline for orders is evening of Sunday 22nd March 2014. This will ensure people have the kit for the early season races.

2–Tone Hoodies—available in kids and adults sizes: Aged 8 years to XXL. The club colours are predominantly blue (logo) or black/grey/red (technical kit) so I am limiting the choice to club colours that will show up the logo. And a small enough range to make the hoody recognisable as ours. So the colour choices are: Arctic White with Navy (not available for kids but if kids really like white, they can have a hot-pink trim instead). This is the only colour option for the white kid's hoody); Heather Grey with Navy; Fire Red with Black. See pictures below, though please note that for some reason the red one does not show the black lining & draw cords, but shows orange instead! The hoody will be priced at £24.00 (adult) and £18.00 (kids)

T–shirts—Available in Men's, Women's and Children's styles/sizes. Prices £16:00 (Adults) £10.00 (Kids). Colours as above: Heather Grey, Fire Red and Arctic White.

Each hoody or T-shirt will have a High Peak Tri Logo on front and back, and the Lomas Distribution Logo on the sleeve.

I have priced the kit so the club is subsidising these.

The order is going in regardless of numbers, so please don't delay or wait to be chased up. If you want kit you need to tell me now or you will miss the order deadline.

Arctic White Hoodie Gray Hoodie Fire Red Hoodie
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Burntwood Aquathlon [9 Mar 2014]—24 Feb 2014

Entries are now open for Burntwood Spring Aquathlon which will be held on Sunday 9th March 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 25 m 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, while youths and adults will complete a 4-lap course on quiet local roads. There are full changing facilities and a small cafe open from 9 am. More details of the race are available on the aquathlon page (under 'Our Races') of our Club website (Burntwood Tri Club). You can either enter online at Entrycentral or on the entry form (PDF, 122 kB) attached.

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Website Update—24 Feb 2014

I have moved the News and Views items for January 2014 to our News from 2014 page.

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NZ News Update—20 Feb 2014

I have religiously checked the Club website each week whilst away for news of any activities but appreciate that with so much rain not much is happening outdoors right now in Derbyshire! We are still enjoying dry weather here in NZ which makes so much difference to biking, running, etc. Disappointed not to get my team Ironman swim at Wanaka as the other team members withdrew and I was unable to get a last minute substitution so enjoyed the race (cheering on daughter who had brought over an all female team from Sydney) Took part in an ocean swim in Wellington a couple weeks ago which was originally planned as a 3.2 km sea swim but with huge waves and fierce wind it was reduced to a shorter 2 km which was still pretty lively in the swell! Finished 6th in age group so quite pleased with result. have another ocean swim this weekend which, if conditions allow should be the full 3.2 so will send a report next week.

David on the Beach

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Weather Update—17 Feb 2014

The weather has been truly miserable for many months now. I hope that you are all hanging on in there, be it in the pool, on a turbo trainer, on the roads or perhaps doing some strength work in the gym. It is lighter in the mornings and lighter longer in the afternoon; things are really looking up.

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News Round Up—17 Feb 2014

This is usually a quiet time of year, but not quite as quiet as the website might suggest. The Christmas Do was held at the Taj Mahal in Buxton on 1st February. A very good time was had by all. A BIG Thank You to Nicky for bringing it all together. The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Mat, our Chairman, for his consistently high standard (which included qualifying for and competing very well at the Age Group World Triahtlon Championships in London) and for his tireless efforts with and for the Club. A well deserved recipient of the award.

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January 2014

Buxton AC Park Run—11 Jan 2014

We had three keen runners in the Buxton AC organised 5 km Pavilion Gardens run this fine morning. Phil Blundell and Dave Heathcote had a ding dong battle to finish 9th and 10th with 20:16 and 20:22, respectively. Stefan was in less of a hurry and finished some distance behind Phil and Dave in 44th place. A Big Thank You to Pete Bailey and his helpers and marshals on a quite miserable morning (weather wise).

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Tri Club Do—11 Jan 2014

The Do will held at the Taj Mahal on High Street in Buxton. The date and time are Saturday 1st February 2014 and 7 pm. There is a chance of a pre-Do ale in either The Sun or the newly done up Cheshire Cheese, which are located on either side of the Curry house. Further information to be posted in the near future. Please contact Nicky Dick if you are coming (the Taj can cope with 34 hungry athletes so get in there). It was an excellent Craic last year!

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Tri Kit Has Arrived—11 Jan 2014

Our new kit has arrived at Mat's. He will bring the kit down to the pool on Wednesday. Please let him know if you cannot make it to the session in order to arrange some other arrangement. For those of you who peruse Facebook, the new kit is modelled by Katie and Izzy. The kit looks ace.

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Website Update—11 Jan 2014

I have moved the News and Views from December to our Archive, see News 2013.

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Burntwood Aquathlon [9 Mar 2014]—9 Jan 2014

Entries are now open for Burntwood Spring Aquathlon which will be held on Sunday 9th March 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 25 m 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, while youths and adults will complete a 4 lap course on quiet local roads. There are full changing facilities and a small cafe open from 9 am. More details of the race are available on the aquathlon page (under 'Our Races') of our Club website (Burntwood Tri Club). You can either enter online at Entrycentral or on the entry form (PDF, 122 kB) attached.

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Derwent Duathlon [30 Mar 2014]—7 Jan 2014

Karl Webster is organising Derwent Duathlon on Sunday 30th March 2014. The format is the the same as last year, that is to say the athletes can elect to start with a fell run (4.5 km), followed by a bike ride (29km) and finish off with a road run (6.5 km). Alternatively, one can do the road run first, then a bike ride and finish off with the fell run. The race is held from Fairholmes Visitor Centre in Derwent Upper Valley and starts at 09.30 am. The maximum number of participants is limited to 150. The entry fee is £25 and you can enter online or with a postal entry. Please see Peak Life Sport's website for more information.

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Subscription Renewal Time—5 Jan 2014

Elizabeth Brooks, our Membership Secratary, has sent out an email gentle reminding us that the subscription for 2014 are now due. Elizabeth wrote:

“I am in charge of collecting sub fees this year. The fee remains at £20 which is great value as we get a free swim on Tuesdays mornings at Buxton pool 6-8am and 10 swim session for the price of 9 at Wednesday night swim. Also an £11 discount on BTF membership. We all need to fill out a sub form every year so that our details can be kept on file in the strictest confidence and any medical issues can be known for safety reasons. I will bring some forms to the first swim session back on Wednesday the 8th January and they are also available on the club site to print off and get to me and I have attached the form to this email. Happy New Year to all, Elizabeth”

To download the form, please follow the link: Membership Form 2014.

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Swim Sessions Resume [8 Jan 2014]—5 Jan 2014

The Wednesday night swim sessions are starting again on 8th January. The sessions run between 9-10 pm in Buxton swimming pool.

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Happy New Year—1 Jan 2014

A Happy New Year to all club members and visitors to our site. The club enjoyed stupendous success in all age categories during 2013 and the signs are very promising for the new year.

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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.