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Training at Knole Park Ends On A High

Dave organised us into three relay teams and we enjoyed a competitive evening's training which ended in a close finish between all teams. The runners, consisting of all abilities and ages just about managed to finish before it got dark. Roll on next summer.

Jo Stephens-Smith Smashes PB

Jo's result at the HSV St Albans Tri on 12th Sept
400m 20k 5.2k        1.16.19   1st female overall/30th       age group winner 45-49
Winning prize free entry into Dextro Hyde Park tri 2011!

Kent Sportive

The annual race around the Kent lanes was a typically drama filled event.

12 hours on your bike

Martin Brown completed his first 12 hour TT, a pointy head holy grail of an event. 

Vitruvian Half Ironman

Mark Evans reports from last weekends half ironman the infamous Vitruvian

It was hard. I found it much harder than a marathon or a hilly century which were my best comparisons.

All 5 7Oaks guys did well. Rog and Mike were 5:01 and 5:03 - brilliant. And Mike's brother Dave and friend Dom did really well too, plus my friend from TW rugby club came in at 4:59 . All in all, a great set of results

Mike (C) was an absolute hero - I was dying on the run, really messed up something (or in fact, many small things) and Mike talked, showed and pulled me round the whole of the run. Mike persuaded me to enter this, organised the accomo (twice when the first lot let us down) kept me calm and then got me round. A huge thank you Mike.

I (stupidly) didn't follow one piece of Mike's advice which was to get my splits at the finish. Got them last night of the site - 6:30 for T1. What was I doing??? I think it was the slowest of all 800 finishers!!! Although my sub-47 swim was a revelation - I even enjoyed parts of the swim. Time for some reflection - although I reckon I'm back next year.

PS Wandered round in wetsuit for over an hour before the start, couldn't work out some of the funny looks. Only when 10 mins to go and already in the water did I decide to zip up when I wondered why the zip was at the front. Had to take it off on the beach and get a nice SA guy to help me put it back on. Fortunatly I had no 7Oaks Tri Club kit on show for the swim.

Mark Evans
Mark Evans reports from last weekends half ironman the infamous Vitruvian.

Southwater Sunday 5th September 2010

Southwater 2010
Sunday 5th September 2010 – 8.00am
Once again 7Oaks Tri Club was well represented at the popular Southwater Sprint Team Relays at Southwater Country Park. Although numbers were slightly down on previous years we still managed to field thirteen teams of three. Mixed showery weather didn’t dampen enthusiasm or performance and once again club members produced excellent performances on the day. Although the club narrowly failed to win the overall championship we probably had our best overall results to date.
Role of Honour
2nd Overall (Hard & Dangerous)
Our ‘A’ team, Pete Hayes, Nick Varley & Neil Harris, were second overall in an excellent time of 2.38.59, just over two minutes behind the winners from the Amphibians 2 Tri Club, the hosts.
1st Junior Team (The Young Ones)
For the first time we managed to enter a junior team who scooped the junior prize. They actually thought they had come second and were initially disappointed but the junior team that crossed the line first had an ‘over age’ substitute and were duly penalised which promoted ‘The Young Ones’ to first place. Congratulations to James Manning, Josh Searby & Dan Bryant. James swam in the mass start and was 5th out of the water out of a field of 137; this was especially impressive as he wasn’t wearing a wetsuit!
The juniors’ time was 3.04.46 and they were 27th overall (out of 137 teams).
1st Mixed Vet (A Mixed Bag)
Val Place, Glenn Karpeta and late entrant Martin Gymer took the mixed vet prize in a time of 3.07.7 and were 35th overall. This was especially just as Val had been ‘robbed’ of the same title last year due to an administrative/timing error.
2nd Ladies vets (They didn’t win at Crufts Either)
The ever consistent Jane ‘Iron Lady’ Wiley, Sally Mortleman and Cath Linney were 2nd in their category and 45th overall in a time of 3.10.18.
Other teams were 12th, 17th, 30th, 34th, 55th, 63rd, 97th & 111th. Electronic timing was introduced for the first time this year and there were a few gremlins which meant Peter Williams, Glenda Goscombe and Charlie Mortleman didn’t get an official time.
So, overall a fantastic team effort. Well done everybody!

Finally, thanks to Andy Jones, Martin Gymer & Michael Atkinson who came in as late replacements and also to Pete Hayes & Jane Wiley who did two legs to cover for a late injury and a no-show.
Full results at

Mick Barstow

Full report from Southwater

Southwater Results

We had some good results at Southwater yesterday, 13 teams, 2nd overall, 1st in Juniors, 1st in Mixed Vets and 2nd in Ladies Vets. Full report to follow.

Simon McLaughlin secures 2010 Club TT Championship

Last Thursday Simon participated in and won his sixth 10 mile TT of the season and consequently became the Club Champion. This hopefully should put an end to that popular myth, put about by cyclists that triathletes can't ride bikes!

National Club Relay Championships – 400m/15km/5km

We have been talking about doing this for a few years – and Glenda once again suggested we field a team (‘No Grey Hair Here’: Debbie Munton, Jane Wiley, Glenda Goscomb, Val Place) – especially as we now had 4 of us who could make up a Supervet team.

Common Tri Race Mistakes

Club member Nick Green features in this useful 220 Magazine article here....see Ben Lambert's embarrassing moment below for more easy to avoid tri gaffes!

Three Daves get lost

If you have ever thought to yourself "get lost" when looking at Dave Willumsen, Dave Lobley or me (Dave Truman) your wishes have come true.

London Tri

Ben Lambert would like to share his embarrassing moment with you!

Ironman Jim

Jim Harness competed in the Ironman Regensburg yesterday (1 August) and it took him just 11-19-27 to cover the 2.4mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run.

Tony Knocks Over 3 minutes Off On Q10/22

Thursday evening TT regular Tony LaMoury recorded a time of 27-33 today (31 July) on the 10 mile Time Trial course at Harrietsham. This was 3-19 faster than when he raced on the course in March earlier this year.

Inters Ride Tomorrow - Sat 31 July

Our regulars Huw and Viv are both nursing long term injuries at the moment so won't be able to lead the ride for a while. If you want to ride at the 'Inters' pace from the PO at 8.00 then you'll have to decide on a route with whoever turns up. Alternatively, head down to Hildenborough Station and meet the slightly "slower" group at 8.30 (not so slow these days) and join them.

Hyde Park Triathlon

The ladies that compete were out in force last weekend, and now with a report from Alan Lewis on his debut

Ironman Switzerland

Glenn Karpeta  was in Zurich for the weekend, finished in 11:13:50. Bonked on the run/walk unfortunately.

Jane and Neil in Antwerp

Beer for him and chocolate for her….. Antwerp 70.3 – the home of beer, chocolate and a great triathlon

Roth IM

Debbie Munton on her ironman debut

Worthing Tri

Andy Jones raced the Worthing Tri again on Sunday having enjoyed the event last year and this time finished 7th in AG, 35th overall!

Roth Ironman

Alastair Moffat set a PB of 10h 21m in Germany last weekend

White Oak Results

It wasn’t too hot but a bit of a head wind on sections of the cycle. It looked like a strong field with a few GBR tri suited triathletes around. I can only thank Andrew for spending an extra minute arranging his hair in T1, allowing me to sneak 11th place from him! James Bulley

Chichester 42km

First report from the weekend - Mark 'keep on running' Evans

IM Germany 2010

‘Defining Moments’ and the Top 5 Pieces of Advice we were given:

Results 3 - 4 July

Lots going on over last 2 days. Here is the summary as it came in this morning.

Danni - Open Water Super Star

You don't see her very often at the pool but Danni has been flying in the British Long Distance championships. Race reports for Danni Pryor by her coach, team manager and transport consultant aka Dad

Bridge Tri Results and Reports

James Bulley wins Sprint Tri, Ian Glover 5th.. Pete Hayes miscounts laps in Olympics and only finishes 15th!. Send your results to Just in from Mick Barstow....and another from Dave Truman, and Katrina Patching wins Age Group on her Olympic debut!

The McLaughlin's are now 4

Liz and Simon have had another one, Lewis Mathew born 25th June 6lb 4oz.. All doing well. Congratulations from all at 7Oaks Tri.

Danni’s in pole position

As the Aqua Sphere 3.8k Long Swim Series (tailor-made for all you Ironman aspirants) reaches its halfway point, Danni Pryor is flying the Club flag and sitting pretty at the head of the women’s rankings, with a brilliant pair of swims in the first two races.

Neil Harris Windsor Race Report

Windsor was my first Olympic distance race back in 2006 and even after a few seasons under my belt I still rate it as one of my favourite races. I did a 2:12 last time here, and that was back in the days I thought Olympic distance was a very, very long way and that I had to eat a roast dinner on the bike just to get through it. Anyway, I decided back in November to have a crack at this again (you have to decide this early otherwise it sells out!) and set myself the optimistic target of going under 2:05.

KCA 100 Mile TT - Sunday 20 June

Six riders from the club and their supporters were up and about early on Sunday morning for this event on a blowy morning down in Kent.

Recent Cycling News

Here's a cycling update to let you know what's been happening recently on training rides, club and open time trials

Windsor Tri

Superb result at one of the premier Olympic distance events for age groupers in the UK. Neil Harris finishes 2nd overall! All the results from the numerous club members are here

European Championship 2011

After a last minute decision to compete Sally Mortleman managed to make it to Sheffield and finish 3rd in age group. She qualifies for European championship in Spain 2011.

KCA 50 mile TT

Sarah and Roger Roy took part in the KCA 50 Mile Time Trial at the weekend.

Blenheim Tri

Pete Hayes won his AG and was fourth overall in 1:08:05! Debutant Amanda Hopkin finished 3rd in Age Group and 16th overall (ladies) last weekend in 1:24:10. Great start!

Dragon Ride

Dragon Ride - ...meets the Sunday Ride. Regular early risers, Martin Brown, Neil McInerney, Bo Fjeldsoe, Phil Kitto, John Rivett, Mark Evans and returnee Andrew McAinsh met up in sunny Wales for a warm up to the Marmotte.

Cranbrook Sprint Tri

Whilst the big cats were away at the British champs it gave the mice a chance to grab a trophy !

Rachel Dixon Tribute Fund

The Club has made a £100 donation to Rachel's tribute fund.  Thank you to all of you have pledged their support, I know that Simon has been overwhelmed by everyone's kindness and messages.  The link can be seen here.  Donations can still be made by clicking the link.

Marshman + Report

Jim Harness and others (including Debbie Munton who won her age group) were down on the marshes on Sunday, here is Jim's report

Club Cycle, Tri and Leisure Wear

We have a comprehensive range of Club branded leisure, tri and cycle kit.
All the items can be bought on line if you go to this link here . It is the same system we use for on line membership.
Click on  the range you want to buy and you get a choice of Mens, Womens and Unisex clothing, take your pick and order your kit
All prices are discounted by 25% on cost to the club, another great advantage of being a club member!
The ordering process is to go to the link above, select the kit you want to buy, pay for it and then Tony LaMoury will manage the order, and bring it to the pool for you to collect, simple!
Any questions for Tony please contact him on
Any problems with the on line shop contact Martin Brown at

Steyning Tri

Another win for our Duathlon to Tri convert Claire Hitchings

Tonbridge Tri Monday 3 May

Provisional results here.Great win by Neil Harris, top 10 Stephen Searby, Andrew LInney 12th (Mrs Linney 2nd in age group), Val Place wins her age group as does John Bacon. Mark Evans top 40 on Tri debut, Penny Bulley goes two better and wins her age group (in only her second Tri). Kim Moss second in her young age group, Mark Pyman second in Supervet...the list goes on. Well done 7Oaks!