The regular triathlon season is now behind us and as we embark on our winter training Coach Mike has planned the coming months to be dedicated to building strength & endurance across all disciplines. This weekend however Brighton Tri Club clung onto the racing spirit and blue and gold was spotted all over the South East (of England & Australia!)
ITU Duathlon World Championships
Kevin Hancock competed in the 2015 Adelaide ITU Duathlon World Championships. Kevin qualified for the Duathlon Champs following an incredible season of hard work and great racing - a well deserved opportunity to represent Team GB as an Age-Grouper.
Kev finished in a time of 2:18:39, placing 274/559 total racers and 31/54 in age group. An amazing achievement, especially given that it: "was a hard race! (and hot!) with a very good quality field." It was great to hear from Kev that there was a lot of support for #TeamGB over the weekend from all the GB Age-Groupers as well as other nations - and of course from no.1 supporter, Jane!
Well done Kev & Jane!
Chilham Castle Duathlon
Back in the UK, there was a Duathlon being raced too! Some Brighton Tri members ventured to Kent to compete in the Tri Spirits Chilham Castle Duathlon.
The race consisted of an off road run held within the picturesque grounds, with views of the castle and Canterbury Cathedral, followed by a very fast but challenging road cycling route and finshing with a second run in the park.
The stunning views were most probably wasted on Gill Bickle, who sped round the course in a record time, winning the Sprint by 4mins!
Congratulations to Russ Bickle, Claire Townsend & Henrietta Riddiford who were also racing.
There was an event for those who didn't feel like travelling far this weekend! The Bright10, a 10 mile road race along Brighton seafront. Well done to everyone who waved the blue and gold flag for us on home turf - with a special mention to Mark Seacombe who ran a PB by 4mins!
East Sussex Cross Country League
There was also the option of exploring the South Downs with the first XC race of the ESCCL this weekend. Amongst many running clubs, Brighton Tri Club tackled the 8k loop from Warren Hill in Eastbourne, a testing course to open the league.
We also had the pleasure of running alongside Ben Smith (again after Saturday's Preston Park parkrun), who is completing 401 marathons in 401 days, aiming to raise £250,000 for two fantastic charities, 'Stonewall' and 'Kidscape'. Both these charities work tirelessly to combat bullying in our schools and society.
Wishing Ben the best of luck with his remaining 352 marathons!
South Downs Wiggle Sportive
Santi, Rich and Jose took on the 70 mile South Downs Sportive. Starting in Chichester, the circuit weaves through the South Downs taking in the leg burning Old Winchester, Butser and Uppark Hills.
Well done guys - and congratulations to Jose for breaking his first ever 100k!
Triathlon England South East Region Awards
On top of all these fantastic sporting achievements over the weekend, we were awarded Triathlon England South East Region Club of the Year & Children's Event of the Year for our Kids Tri at Ringmer this August, with the support of Montefiore Hospital.
To be recognised for these awards in such an impressive region, including Sussex, Surrey & Kent, is incredible. We are thankful to our Chairwoman Rachel Perry and the hard work of the committee, as well as for the continued energy and inspiration from the members of this club.