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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Tri Together and Newbury Tri 2013 now live

Sunny days !
Well, that's the last weekend of the summer holidays before the kids go back to school - so a good weekend for two excellent triathlons that are both designed as beginner friendly - as well as offering some great competition for the more accomplished.

Race Gallery Link

The LCD Tri Together - at Crystal Palace
The Newbury Triathlon, by Team Kennet

The Tri-Together race organised by Leonard Cheshire Disability takes place at Crystal Palace, it is an inclusive triathlon that attracts a lot of first time triathletes.  With the swim in the warm-up pool, then 6 laps of the park around the park, followed by a 5 lap run loop that finishes in the main track arena, used until recently for the main Athletics Diamond league meetings. In its third year - having won triathlon of the year in 2012 (from 220 tri mag) it's a great race and one for your calendar next year !

The 25th Newbury triathlon, organised by local tri club Team Kennet takes place in the 75m long outdoor lido, making for some great support up and down the 4 lengths to make 300m, then a bike ride to the north of Newbury, and then a run along the Kennet and Avon Canal to finish - it couldn't get more scenic.

Both events were expertly organised and went of very smoothly. The team work from all the marshals at Newbury was something else to behold - a great team effort from Team Kennet.

Be aware
With the start of the autumn marathon and half marathon season starting - the recent results of the inquest of Sam Brighouse aged just 23 at the Brighton Marathon earlier this year makes for some sad, but informative findings:
Whilst it wasn't the ibruprofen on it's own cited in the inquest - I've been warned by many of my Doctor friends not to take ibruprofen as an anti-inflammatory anyway for any longer races from Half marathons upwards - as they restrict the ability of the kidneys to process blood - and this is advice I can only pass on and hope you are all aware of. I really need to get my friend Ruth who is a Renal (kidney) expert to write a bit about it, she does a zillion marathons a year so I would hope she could put something together or refer us to something worthwhile that will help everyone in the running community understand the effects more.
I will continue to watch the newspapers for informative articles on this - feel free to comment or email me with links and information that may be of help to others.

Call for entries:Race Entry link

September Races
7. Hard as Snails 10k Trail run - free race photos!
8. Alice Holt Races
8. ETL Bacchus Half and Full Marathon
8. Maidenhead Half Marathon
15. Pilgrim Half and Full Marathon
15. Firle Half Marathon  - free race photos !
15. Chestnut Tree House 10k
22. Tonbridge Half Marathon
29. Ealing Half Marathon
29. Folkestone Half Marathon
29. F3 Henley Half Marathon
October Races (selection)
6. Basingstoke Half Marathon
6. Clarendon Half and Full Marathon
13. Chichester Half Marathon
13. Maidstone Half Marathon
20. Abingdon Full Marathon (full)
26. Beachy Head Marathon
November Races
10. Poppy Half Marathon
10. Grand Union Canal Half Marathon
17. The Brighton 10k
So hopefully we will see you at a few of these races over the next few weeks - don't forget to share them with your friends and get in before they fill up - nothing more annoying than missing out on a race because you tried to enter it too late!

Here's a few shots from the weekend

Top teamwork from number 12 team

A strong entry into all classes of ability

Finishing feels this good

Another fantastic team effort

Overall winner

More emotion than a mobot 
Three in their team, seven involved - awesome effort

It can feel this good !

Power rangers on the bikes

concentration at all levels

Sweeping around the Crystal Palace Estate

Meanwhile in Newbury

Popeye had a good swim

Dance like nobody is watching, swim like you're being chased by a shark 

we think this is a mark on the pool floor...

Enjoying the swim and the support

catch - here's the goggles you forgot

Great support along the 75m lido

Come on Number 1 !!

Thumbs up at the finish

Correct High-five offering

incorrect High-five offering - obscuring the finish from the runner !

Good finish and raising money for MacMillan

All ok on a hybrid ride

Good form on a full tri bike

Good elbows out effort on the road

So hopefully see you all at the Hard As Snails race at Guildford  with free race photos included in the race entry, and then it's the large half marathons and marathons on the sunday at Maidenhead and the Bacchus at Dorking, with the Alice Holt races also taking place - it's going to be a busy busy weekend !
Fingers crossed for the weather and that it all goes through on Friday... enjoy the last of summer whilst it lasts and the last few days of the school holidays !

Until next time

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