It's that time again when we test the running legs and see if those reps around the Vine, miles on the road and miles through the mud have helped us move forward toward the summer goal of a new PB.
A few members took advantage of an early season 10k to gain an early season marker on a challenging course around the picturesque Knole Park on Sunday.
Here in glorious technicolour four 7Oaks teams at the KCA 3Up TTT
Sunday 25th September sees the first sportive around London
from Mark Evans
from your humble scribe (Charlie Mortleman) - more photos below
A warmer, brighter Sunday than this time last year as Mick and I filed through the funnel to the start of Steyning AC's 10th and our second Stinger.
Four Members rode the course yesterday
Several club members went to hell and back on Sunday
This year's race was run in crisp sunny conditions in contrast to the deluge last year. The race increases both in size and popularity and this year there were 1968 finishers. There's a great atmosphere and the race is extremely well organised by TW Harriers with excellent traffic management to ensure runners are not competing with cars.
No official announcment yet from the organisers but, 7oaks Tri had the the greatest number of finishers (12) on the long course than any other club - well done! Will update when more news follows.
Ideal running conditions gave the 7Oaks Tri Club members an opportunity to stretch their legs in one of the best organised local running races.
7Oaks Tri Club are very pleased to announce that Steve Trew will be commentating at the 7Oaks Triathlon on 10th April.
Cyclerep took a gentle ride around the Tri cycle course and recorded it on a Garmin.
Whilst Dave Willumsen recuperates he watches his daughter Ellen running and swimming into the distance.
Base 2, which consists of 4 weeks of suggested training from 14 Feb to 13 March and is geared towards the Club Championship at Crystal Palace on 22 May can be seen below.
Any member interested in doing this is welcome to come along to Cornwall Hall next Thursday at 7.30 for a 7.45 start.
Well done to all tonight some excellent running and times are below.
They say it's windy up near Cambridge but in Sevenoaks today it was certainly blowing!
Well done to the 14 hardy souls who ran today in very challenging conditions and very impressive runs from all despite the wind. A new leader on the board with Andy Linney's run of 19.06 closely followed by club chairman Stephen Searby.
There are a few places available for the 7Oaks Triathlon...
Sevenoaks School Track - 12.30 warm-up for 13.00 start
This Tuesday saw 14 members turn up for 6 x 300 metre incline (hill would be an exaggeration) repeats as a warm up for Mike Wake's technique swimming session. Same time and place next week. Times -
Numbers are improving so thank you to all who joined Neil last week. Neil will lead the warm up and run with the group this week and I'll be on the stop watch. Keeping in line with the plan for Crystal Palace, we'll meet at the Leisure Centre 18.50 for a quick depart at 18.55 or 19.00 on the Vine.
Local business, Sevenoaks Computers, has confirmed that their long standing sponsorship of the popular 7Oaks Triathlon will continue by offering a prize of a laptop together with a free entry to the race.
We hope that all of those who attended this years awards dinner enjoyed it as much as we did. We also hope you agree that an integral part of the evening was the awards and that your competitive spirits will have risen as the winners went to collect their prizes.
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Walthamstow School, Sevenoaks
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Sevenoaks school track with 7Oaks Athletics Club
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Cornwall Hall, The Drive in Sevenoaks. November until end of April
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Our Training Standards
We welcome new members of all abilities, whether new to triathlon or experienced athletes. The youngest age at which children can join is 11, they must be in school Year 7 and must be accompanied by parents at training sessions if under the age of 16. We have bike rides to suit all abilities at the weekend, and run special rides for prospective members who are unsure of their fitness levels on a bike. Similarly, run sessions are available for all abilities. Our coached swimming sessions also cater for a wide range of ability, to ensure a safe environment, our club policy is that members should be able to swim 400 metres front crawl in around 10 minutes or less. If you’re not at this level yet we’ll be happy to recommend appropriate swimming classes from local providers.If you have any questions please contact the club secretary at email@example.com
Please also read our pool swimming etiquette (here)
Directions to the pools can be found under the Get Directions tab top right hand corner of this page
Our Saturday rides meet at Sevenoaks Post Office at 8.00 for a faster ride and Hildenborough Station at 8.30 am at a pace to suit everyone, beginners are welcome.The early "fast" Sunday ride meets at Sevenoaks Post Office at 7.00 am and the pace can become quite rapid, especially approaching race season.
The ever popular Crystal Palace Triathlon is selling out fast. For all club members hoping to take part in the club championships please enter as soon as possible and take advantage of the training plan to get you in race shape. Click here
If the race is sold out by the time you are able to enter go onto the waiting list.
An update from Debbie.
The organiser advises that places are going fast. Ten a day are signing up and it's expected to be full well before the closing date.
Under the watchful eye of Coach Mr Willumsen, Assistant Timekeepers Mr Colvin and Mr Searby, 15 members set their benchmark for the run season.
A brief update from Duncan Cochrane who has now dried out
There will be Threshold Test Run of 5k (or 3k for the less inclined) at Sevenoaks School Track on Sunday 9th January at 12.30.
The AGM will be held on Sunday January 16, 2011 17:00 - 18:00 at the Sennock Centre (Sevenoaks School) before Sunday swim training.
The snow has relented, at least for now, so we can get back to our Thursday interval sessions at the Vine (7.00). This Thursday the plan is for 2 sets of 4 x one and a half repetitions with half lap recoveries. We will do a one and a half lap walk/jog between the 2 sets.
From all at 7Oaks Tri
Recent knobbly convert Martin Brown cajoled 6 other 26" fans into a great 2.5 hour ride in the snow. Led by the Mortlemans (who else) we were treated to displays of one wheel cycling (CharlieM), single speed racing (Giles and Heather) and no brakes downhill flying (Mark Evans). Great time had by all. More events to follow, watch this space. Photos below
Our last session before Christmas will be Wednesday (22nd December), and our next will be on Sunday 2nd January at Sevenoaks School.
56cm aero super light carbon frame. SRAM Rival groupset, 53/39. RS30 Shimano wheels and carbon tri bars. Never ridden. £1500. Ian Glover or Donna Shepherd can provide full details. You can contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org
From Andy Jones
from Jane Wiley - who gets my vote for the most likely person to fall flat on her back on half a glass of wine at the Club Awards night
Congratulations to Martin who finished in 3rd place in Kent Cycling Association's Senior Best All Rounder Championship in 2010.
Ken's had a busy year
from Debbie Munton
The Ironman 70.3 World Championships were in Clearwater, Florida for the last time.
More humping uphill - from Doc Simon
From Mick Barstow
The plan for this Thursday is a pyramid of:
Finally the end of season dinner dance is here, time to strip off the lycra and slip into something more comfortable.
The provisional dates and full course details can be found in the Club Diary. Please note that only members of clubs affiliated to CTT will be allowed to ride due to insurance reasons.
Dr Simon has moved to Bournemouth wher he partakes in beating the yokels then kicking the donkeys they bring to hill climbs with them, apparently...........
More Yaki Da Boyo's. He's certifiable that Evans. Nurse...............
from Mark Evans............. (not sure about his description of Charlotte Church though.............. well the hard bit's accurate, ask Gav (aka Dosh and Pecs I believe.........)
Eryri Marathon Snowdonia 2010
Big Up to Big Dave T. at Dublin Marathon
Not only does our bike rep organise time trials and contribute to the club in other ways, he also finds time to keep the media happy.
Well he may have moved to Bournemouth, but Doc Simon's ability to whizz uphill like a rat up a drainpipe is undiminished. On the basis that average speed on the second one was 17.5mph, I can only assume this one was downhill.
Morts may be meeting up with Simon for some MTB in Dorset over the week-end but he has promised to bring 2 kids in a trailer to even things up a bit.
If you haven't got your entry in for the award winning Sevenoaks Triathlon on 10th April 2011, then unfortunately you are too late.. The waitlist is also full.
TrailPlus Adventure Race - Weavers Down
So we have Pointy Heads and Flattie Footies. What's the Adventure Racing equivalent? Splishy Splashies? Wibbly Wobblies? Muddy Pluggies? Or Piddly Paddlies? Whatever - Team “One Creek, Two Paddles; 7oaks Tri” (Mortleman (Mrs), Searby (Herr), and Linney (Mr) were out.
Report by Linney - who appears to be after my job. Bit of everything here - chaotic start, crashes, marital strife, a happy ending................
Not sure what the running equivalent of a Pointy Head is - Flatty Footie maybe? Anyway, Mick Barstow and Mark Evans have been out at the Maidstone and Cardiff Half Marathons................ yakki daaaa............
From Mad Dog Wiley (again - doesn't she ever give up?)
The Catford Hill Climb was won by Robert Gough of Arctic Premier RT in a time of 1.49.2. Now with photos and video of the intreprid 4.
In which, amazingly, Jane Wiley doesn't get lost, get a puncture, or lob off...................
The courses, and therefore this information, has been the same for the last few races but please always ensure before you compete at the 7Oaks Triathlon you check back here in case there have been any changes.
The 400m swim is held at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre. Having swum the 16 lengths, you leave the pool and run into the transition area (shown on this map).
The 25km bike course starts off through Sevenoaks High Street and then travels through the beautiful Kent countryside to arrive back at the Leisure centre. A description of the bike course is here and a video of the bike course is here.
After leaving your bike at transition, you start on the 8km run through the stunning Knole Park.
Click here for maps of the bike and run course (designed by PB Creative).
Some great performances last Saturday on Ide Hill.
Text from Marcus Smith competing in his 8th Iron Distance race - this time in Barcelona "That was hell". His time - 11.43.07
A cool and damp morning greeted the 19 hardy souls who were tempted by the vertical challenge of Ide Hill.
We believe we now have a full set of results from all of the previous 34 triathlons, 4 aquathlons and 1 Team Relay. There are also a number of press articles and other memorabilia. If you have anything that may add to this archive, please let us know.
Thank you to Stuart Steele (StuWeb Timing), to John Levison & Henry Budgett (Tri247) for allowing us to raid their archive, to Stuart Mullage for allowing us to raid his archive as well and to current/previous competitors Edward Oatley, Jean-Pierre Darque, Richard Thomas, Andy Fruin & Simon Harris for sending us their memorabilia.
Articles about the races are reproduced with thanks to Tri247, Sevenoaks Chronicle, 220 Magazine and Vine Magazine.
An excel spreadsheet summarising most results from 1998 to the present day will help if you are searching multiple races. Where we don't have results in excel from for this period (April and Sept 2005) you will need to look at the pdf results). Click here for the summary spreadsheet
29th April 2012 - was turned into an aquathlon as the bike leg was canclled due to the weather. Results on the StuWeb site, in Excel or PDF. You can see two excellent videos made by Neil Gear here and here. A great finishers medal was also awarded to those who finished and can be seen here and here.
2nd October 2012 - The first HSBC Premier 7Oaks Junior Aquathlon was held. Results in Excel.
10th April 2011 - results on Tri247, on the StuWeb site, in Excel or PDF.
19th September 2010 - results on Tri247, on the StuWeb site, in Excel or PDF. Article from the Sevenoaks Chronicle previewing the race and another article after the race here. Sussex Sport Photography took pictures at the race which can be seen on their website here.
18th April 2010 - results on Tri247, on the StuWeb site, in Excel or PDF. The articles from the Sevenoaks Chronicle can be seen here and here. There is also an article from Vine Magazine here.
20th September 2009 - Click here for the results on the StuWeb site, on Tri247, here for Excel or here for PDF
19th April 2009 - Click here for the results on the StuWeb site, on Tri 247, here for Excel or here for PDF. Sevenoaks Chronicle published articles in advance of the race here and here with a report afterwards here. Tri247 published an article on 'Sevenoaks Triathlon - behind the scenes'
14th September 2008 results on Tri247, click here for the results on the StuWeb site, here for Excel or here for PDF. Sevenoaks Chronicle Press Cuttings here
20th April 2008 results on Tri247, or in PDF or in Excel. The Sevenoaks Chronicle article about the race can be seen here
9th September 2007 results on Tri247 or in Excel or in PDF.
15th April 2007 results on Tri247 or in Excel or in PDF.
10th September 2006 results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF.
23rd April 2006 results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF. Picture of the Tshirt from this race.
11th September 2005 results in PDF - the Sevenoaks Chronicle ran articles about the 20th Anniversary race in 2005 - click here. Picture of the Tshirt from this race.
17th April 2005 results in PDF.
12th September 2004 results in PDF and a good map of the run course here.
11th April 2004 results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF. Picture of the Tshirt from this race.
14th September 2003 results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF. Pictures of the Tshirt (front and back) from this race.
April 2003 - we believe there was no race - if you know different please tell us!
8th September 2002 results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF.
31st March 2002 was a Swim / Run Aquathlon - results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF.
9th September 2001 results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF. Race Instructions can also be seen here.
15th April 2001 was a Swim/Run Aquathlon - results on the Stuart Mullage site here, or in Excel or PDF.
10th September 2000 results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF.
12th September 1999 results on Tri247, or in Excel or in PDF. Picture of the Tshirt from this race.
4th April 1999 saw a Team Relay challenge - copy of the entry details, instructions and results here.
13th September 1998 results on Tri247, or in Excel, or in PDF and a newspaper article after the race here. Picture of the Tshirt from this race.
14th September 1997 PDF of results
15th September 1996 PDF of partial results
Article from the Sevenoaks Chronicle about the September 1996 race - click here
September 1995 - we believe there was no race - if you know different please tell us!
12th September 1994 PDF of results and an newspaper article here.
The race on 10th April 1994 was a 500m swim / 5 mile run race - details and results here
September 1993 results here
13th September 1992 results and bike route map here
15th September 1991 instructions and start list here, PDF results here
16th September 1990 results here
24th September 1989 results here and a finisher certificate from the event
18th September 1988 results here and a finisher certificate here
We have discovered a booklet covering three events in 1988, a family Triathlon on 24th April, a Junior Biathlon (swim/run) on 10th July and the main triathlon on 18th September. Click here to see it.
13th September 1987 results together with a letter from the organisers here
6th July 1986 - results here
25th May 1986 - results here
7th July 1985 - The First Sevenoaks Triathlon. Results, race instructions and finisher certificates here. Articles from the Sevenoaks Chronicle before and after can be seen here (these are copies from microfilm so not 2010 standard!)
The 7Oaks Triathlon, first held in July 1985, is looking to find the athletes who have completed the race more than five times over the last 25 years.
From Steve Searby (written in ever so exciting meeting)
Two reports on Hever Kids Tri:
Archived results from the Sevenoaks Triathlon going back to the first event in 1985 are now available on the 7Oaks Tri Race tab. We have a few gaps so if you are able to help us or if you have any old press cuttings or photos from the events, please email email@example.com
Debbie Munton reports from Welsh Wales
At Ide Hill. First rider off at 8.00.
Full race report form Andy Jones
If you enjoyed marshalling at our event last weekend, the Hever Triathlon still need some more experienced volunteers for their forthcoming events this weekend.
Simon McLaughlin and Penny Bulley took the mens and ladies Club TT Championship titles respectively, both securing a maximum 42 points from the minimum number of 6 counting events.
Whilst the rest of the club were busy marshalling Mick Barstow was on his first middle distance race.
Only two 7Oaks riders turned up for the final event of the season on a cold morning down on the A289.
Our next races are on Sunday 10th April and Sunday 18th September 2011.
We hope that everyone had a great race today.
The Sevenoaks Chronicle, our local paper, today has an article featuring two athletes who will be competing in Sunday's event. The paper is now available at many shops in the area.
Another local hill climb takes place on Sunday 17 October at Exedown Hill near Wrotham.