Hello Green Army
Quick message from Jackie about the road relays and inter club relays.
This Saturday, 8th it’s the Norrthern West Counties Road Relay Championships in Delamere Forest. We have 2 ladies & 2 mens teams entered. Good luck to all taking part.
Then a couple of weeks later it’s the
DELAMERE INTER CLUB RELAY TRAIL (DIRT) – Sat 22nd Sept
- Time of first leg – 16:00
- Location – the big expanse of grass near Delamere visitors centre
- The event will be an interclub relay between ourselves, Delamere Spartans, Spectrum Striders, Pensby and Tattenhall
- All legs will be within the forest with no road crossings
- Leg 1 – single runner, 5K – set course
- Leg 2 – pairs, 8K – set course
- Leg 3- pairs, 9K – route choice
- Leg – single, 5K – set course
- Categories will be Male, Female, Male vet, Female vet and mixed
- The cost will be £2.50 per runner to cover the fee we are being charged by the Forestry Commission, including parking in the carpark close to the start of the Park Run where the concerts are held. All entries on day.
- Club vests need to be worn
The ethos of the event is low key and social, so we will put up gazebos and encourage runners to bring family and food for a picnic afterwards – no BBQs!
If you have not already done so please email Phil if you would like to take part (firstname.lastname@example.org) and be matched into teams.
Or if you have already made up a team great & just turn up & enter on day but if you let us know you are a team already it will help us ensure we have enough team battens on the day!
Helsby Running Club are helping orgainsie legs 1 (Railway Slalom) & 4 (Park Run) by putting out the signs & marshalling.
I could do with 3 more course marshals + a couple of timing marshals kso if you now anyone or are not running but would like to join in then please let me email@example.com
This is a trial event (to possibly take the place of the interclub fell counters) and it would be great to see a healthy Green Army turnout to support this new event.
Ben Williams has sent in a report for the Firelighter
OK OK OK, it’s not just about run reports, others get away with sending in Swim Run reports, walking reports and they still get into the blog with no issues or moans, plus i’m doing the blog this week so here’s my take on my first 70.3 Middle Distance Triathlon. (Gaz will be deleting this right now i think).
Myself and Peter Rodriguez decided that if we ever grow a pair and want to do a full iron man, then we need to do a half iron man firstly, to dip our toes in the water a little before entering the biggy. Obviously you need to train for 3 disciplines, however, it’s pretty hard trying to fit them all into a 7 day week. Running, no problem, swimming, no problem, especially over the summer we’ve just had, but biking has been particularly hard, it takes up so much time, and neither of us have particularly enjoyed it.
A 70.3 triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. We found the flattest race possible, no hills even in the water!!! We traveled up to Allerthorpe Lake, just outside of York last Saturday and set up camp. It was a great setting, the weather was superb and we just wanted it to all be over quickly so we could get into the after party tent, whilst watching the sun go down. It’s a midday start but myself and Peter put a realistic time down when entering, and found ourselves going off with the last wave and the fast guys. This was a mistake. The start of the swim was horrible, I actually thought i was being drowned, and was certainly not prepared for the amount of times i would be hit by someone, or barged out of the way, Peter even shouting at people under water, which made me laugh. 3 laps of the lake and we came out in a respectable 44 mins, both of us within 5-6 seconds of each other, straight into transition 1, chuck on all the bike gear and out onto the super flat and lovely roads for 2 laps of a 28 mile course.
Most of our training rides we have been averaging around 17.5-18mph, so it was good to see us both averaging 19.5mph for the full 56 miles, and seeing us make a little bit of ground up on some seriously expensive bikes, some people spend more on their bikes than they do on their cars. My back was not in a good place for the first 28 miles but as then pain went from my back into my thighs i got through it in 2hrs 55 with Peter coming in a few minutes ahead in around 2hrs 52.
Back into transition 2, throw your running shoes on, and out onto a multi terrain course for the first mile or so, then heading back out onto the roads for 3 laps of about 4 and a bit miles for the half marathon route. This was particular hard now, i thought i’d easy get in under 1hr 30, but after 56 miles on the bike your legs just don’t work, however with running being my strongest discipline, i overtook a lot competitors to come out with the 4th fastest time on the day for the half marathon, in 1hr 35, followed by Peter in 1hr 41.
I finished in 104th in 5hrs 20, Peter finished in 125th in 5hrs 26, out of about 500 starters. Both of us very pleased with our first 70.3, and the after party was pretty good as well. If anyone fancied doing this distance then this would be highly recommended, it was a superb event and looking back it really was a great weekend, once the pain had subsided.
Now, do we or do we not book the full iron man………….
|104th||532||CHRIS Fitzpatrick||M||92nd||M 40-44||17th||05:20:33||+01:12:02|
|125th||535||Peter Rodriguez||M||110th||M 40-44||21st||05:26:58||+01:18:27|
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