Athletes View: JLL Property North Triathlon

The JLL Property Triathlon North, celebrating it’s 10th year, took place on Friday 29th July at MediaCity UK, Salford Quays, Manchester. The sprint distance triathlon is open to anyone in, or connected to, the property industry.

The JLL Property Triathlon North is the sister event of JLL’s other Property Triathlon and Property Swim which took place at Dorney Lake near Eton on the 1st July 2016.

Two Vikings were taking part in the event.  Lorna Watson was taking part in the 2016 event having competed in previous years, and James Goodman took part in a relay team, completing the swim leg of their race.

We caught up with Lorna following the event, to describe the experience to us in a bit more detail:

“The day dawns quite drizzly…usual Salford weather.  The ladies had their own wave starting first at 09:30.  The swim took place in dock 9 Salford quay right outside the media centre….I did see some Corrie actors …but I digress!  The water a barmy plus 20 degree so wetsuit optional, but as you know it isn’t really not an option for me!  I stormed the swim in 17:39.  There was one lady, who was obviously a Naiomi, did it in around 12!  Off to the bike, transition was a bit of a hike…not as much as Leeds but a good 200 metres.  But I felt good, really quite damp now and the route was quite slippy.  Out and back 5 times, with a few close shaves with cars that can’t read closed signs, but a fairly average time for me. The run, lets gloss over that! It was a flat course but my back was playing up so had to jog and walk. Overall it was a good day and well organised…it’s just a shame it is only open to people in the property industry.”

A great performance from both Vikings, and an event they’ll no doubt take part in over future years!  Well done Lorna and James.


Race Report: Castle Howard Triathlon

In its seventh year, the Castle Howard Triathlon was be the fourth weekend event of the 2016 Castle Tri Series, featuring the obligatory picture postcard backdrop and a course with something for every level of triathlete. The 13,000 acre grounds of Castle Howard are said to form arguably one of the most physically demanding triathlon course of the Castle Tri Series.

Race entrants started the race by swimming through Castle Howard’s Great Lake, before transitioning into the technical bike route through rural Yorkshire and the Howardian Hills. The run leg passes through the undulating countryside of the estate before a sprint finish tops everything off in style right in front of the main doors of the house.

Competing in the 2016 event for the Yorkshire Vikings were Aaryan Sharma, taking part in the 11-12 year age group race, and Hannah Middleton, taking part in one of the relay races, completing the swim section.

Aaryan was competing for the second year in the Castle Howard race, aiming to improve on his 2015 performance in the 8-10 year age group race. Moving up an age group meant an increased distance to tackle in 2016, racing a 200m swim, 4km bike and 2km run. Aaryan completed the race in 49:33, with splits of 12:43 swim, 2:19 T1, 14:54 bike, 1:15 T2 and 18:22 run.

Hannah took part in the Super Sprint Distance Relay race, an event made up of a 400m swim, 23km bike and 4km run. As part of “Team Burn and Company Solicitors”, Hannah took on the swim section, completing her leg in and T1 in 16:54. The team came home with a total time of 01:42:46.

Great results for two of our Vikings in the very popular Castle Howard series race. Well done Aaryan and Hannah!

Race Report: Goole Triathlon

Going from strength to strength every year, the Goole Triathlon is fast becoming a firm favourite on the triathlon calendar, and has been event that has already seen Viking’s success, following Mike Evans 2nd place in 2015.

Hosted by Goole Triathlon Club, the 2016 event promised to be bigger than the club had run before, with a field of 80+ entered before the morning of the event.

The event is split transition event comprised of a 500m swim in the River Derwent, a 12km bike to Hook, and a 5km run along the river bank, and back into the finish line in Hook.

On a very hot and sunny 17th July 2016, Vikings Felicity and Phil Caddick, and Dave Burrows all took to the start line, ready to try and follow Mike’s success from the previous year.

Goole DaveThe swim was started in waves of 5 competitors, due to width of the river. First of the 3 Vikings off was Dave Burrows, in the second wave. Dave quickly gained time on the other competitors in front of him, emerging as the first competitor out of the water.   A solid bike also saw him into T2 first of the competitors, only to follow with what he described as a disappointing run. Dave finished 12th overall in 56:33, with splits of 08:12 swim, 23:23 bike/T1 and 24:58 run/T2.

Goole FelicityFelicity Caddick to the start line next, followed soon after by Phil Caddick. Both were chasing down those competitors who started earlier. Felicity and Phil were amongst many of their friends from the Selby Striders, also racing, using the split transition as an opportunity for a pre-race warm up, cycling the 10km to the start line.

The extra distance didn’t affect Felicity though, coming home with a fantastic result of 31st place overall, and the 8th female over the line. Felicity’s overall time was 01:02:59, with a swim time of 08:59. Unfortunately Felicity’s bike and run splits weren’t recorded this time.

Goole PhilThe same can be said for Phil, who also put in a great time of 01:05:40, coming 39th overall. Phil’s splits were 09:55 swim, 25:03 bike/T1 and 30:42 run/T2.

Some great racing from all Vikings, and another great Goole Triathlon performance in the bag. Onto next year’s event, where I’m sure plenty more Vikings will be in attendance!

Race Report: Holmfirth Junior Triathlon

Juniors Holmfirth 2On 17th July 2016, the Yorkshire Junior Triathlon series continued to its next challenge, with a heavy Vikings turnout in the 237 strong junior field. A number of Viking juniors have already put their mark on the 2016 series to date, and Olivia Bulmer, Harry Blakey, Flynn Goddard, Joshua and Dominic Weston and Max Hargreaves were all looking to add to those great performances.

Held at Saledine Nook High School, the event is made up of a swim in the indoor, heated 22.5m pool and the cycle and run on a grass surface. As with all of the Junior Triathlon series events, there were age group splits for Tri-start, TriStars 1, TriStars 2, TriStars 3 and Youth.

Juniors HolmfirthIn the TriStars 1 category, Olivia Bulmer, Max Hargreaves, Dominic Weston, Harry Blakey and Flynn Goddard all took to the start line.

Olivia looked to build on her lead in the Junior Club Championship standings, finishing 9th in her race, in 18:54, with splits of 02:47 swim, 09:36 bike and 06:32 run.

Max Hargreaves also took to the start line in the same category, in a large field of competitors. Max had a fantastic result of 7th place, finishing in 16:45, with splits of 02:54 swim, 07:40 bike and 06:11 run.

Putting in an equally impressive performance in the TriStars 1 category was Dominic Weston, who completed his race in 38th place, finishing in 21:12, with splits of 03:42 swim, 10:11 bike and 07:33 run.

Harry Blakey wasn’t far behind Dominic in 40th place, putting in an impressive 03:40 swim, 10:37 bike and 08:01 run. Harry’s total time was a very solid 22:18, scoring some more valuable points in the Vikings Junior competition.

The final Vikings competitor in the TriStars 1 category was Flynn Goddard. Flynn was also in the pack chasing down both Dominic and Harry, finishing in 41st place. Adding another excellent 2016 event to his list, Flynn finished the event in 22:32, with splits of 03:18 swim, 11:17 bike and 07:57 run.

Juniors Holmfirth 3Following the success of all the Juniors in the TriStars 1 category was Joshua Weston, racing in the TriStars 2 category. Joshua was part of a very large field of competitors, making for a tough race. This didn’t faze Joshua though, coming home with a superb 24th place finish. Joshua completed his race in 33:04, with splits of 05:50 swim, 15:36 bike and 11:38 run.

Some amazing results once again from the Juniors of the Yorkshire Vikings Triathlon Team. The development of the Vikings Juniors is something their parents and the rest of the club are incredibly proud of, with every one of them performing fantastically well in every event. Well done all!

Club Notice: Competitions Update

Following a busy few weeks of events, all championship standings have been updated on the members section of the website.

Big moves in the Junior Club Championship following the Holmfirth Junior Triathlon.  Olivia Bulmer has retained her lead at the top of the standings, but is being chased down by some of the other amazing junior performances!

Lorna Watson has made a big step up the leaderboard in the senior Club Championship, leaping up to 5th position overall, and taking the lead in her age group category.

In the Run Championship, Felicity Caddick has been putting in some very solid performances in the York Road Race League, putting some significant points onto the leaderboard.  With York 10k just around the corner, there will no doubt be some other Vikings joining her shortly!

Remember, any events you enter this year count towards one of our championships.  Whether that be aquathlon, duathlon, triathlon, swim, bike or run, they all count!  Let me know if you have a result to be entered and it’ll be added to the leaderboard.

Keep an eye out later tonight for race reports from the past few weeks.  Holmfirth Junior Triathlon, Goole Triathlon, Castle Howard Triathlon and the JLL Property North Triathlon have all been written and are ready to be posted.  Just getting a few photos together and they’ll be added later.  If you have any photos of you competing in these events, please send them over and they can be included!

Race Report: Ripon Triathlon

The ever-popular Ripon Triathlon once again attracted competitors from across the UK, including a number of Vikings looking to put their mark on the leaderboard.

Vikings Relay RiponHosted by NYP Tri Club, and Freebird Events, the Olympic distance race is one that triathletes look to as an event for all the family, with free entertainment, music and Black Sheep beer available from the main race sponsor!

The race began with a 1500m swim, followed by a 40km bike along a course the race organisers describe as PB worthy, with only one short stretch of undulating roads at Bishop Monkton, and finishing with a flat and fast 10km run a mixture of road and path along the quiet North Yorkshire lanes of Littlethorpe and along Ripon Canal towpath.

Racing from the Vikings team this year were Rob Jamison in the individual event, fresh back from his GB trip, and a Vikings relay team made up of Kath Cooke, Lorna Watson and Susie Foster.

Kath Swim RiponLorna Bike RiponSusie Run Ripon

In the relay race, Kath Cooke took to the start line to get things underway, completing her 1500m swim in 34:03. Kath handed off to Lorna on the bike, who pushed on for a time of 01:30:20, before handing over to Susie on the run, who completed her leg in 01:09:16. The Vikings relay team came home in an excellent 03:16:10. Great work ladies!

Rob RiponRob Jamison was competing in the Ripon race for another year, the race being a favourite for him having entered in years gone by. Rob commented on feeling tired during the race, but that didn’t stop him putting in another great performance with a finish time of 02:21:37. Rob’s splits were 21:18 swim, 01:58 T1, 01:11:05 Bike, 01:12 T2 and 46:05 run.

Ripon Triathlon remains a great all round family event, and will very likely become a regular fixture on the Vikings race calendar over the coming years.

Race Report: Windermere Triathlon

Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park with stunning views in every direction, the Windermere Triathlon takes place at England’s longest and most iconic lake, Windermere.

Hosted at Cockshott Point, on the eastern bank of Windermere, the Olympic distance triathlon is comprised of a 1500m swim, 43km bike, and 10km run, and is a real test of triathlon strength and endurance!

The swim is an out and back course to and from the race HQ at Cockshott Point, which might lure the competitors into thinking this event is going to a standard Olympic triathlon! However, onto the bike, and the Lake District landscape really comes into it’s own. The course follows the edge of the lake, with very little flat riding to be enjoyed here, a testing variation of tough climbs and fast descents, and with an extra 3km onto the normal 40km distance for good measure!

Tired legs do get a bit of a rest on the much flatter run section, made up of 5 laps of 2km along the shore of Windermere, before turning onto the wooded parkland of the Bowness.

Felicity WindermereFelicity Caddick entered the race having competed previously, aiming to better her times from years gone by. Felicity’s target coming into the race was to improve on her 2015 time of 03:48:24, made up of swim 37:49, T1 02:03, Bike 02:09:45, T2 01:34 and Run 57:13.

Felicity had a great event, enjoying the swim in particular, but commenting on very tough bike course, “up and down all the way”.

Those targets from last year were not just beaten; they were absolutely smashed, with a finish time of 03:22:06. Improvements across the board adding up to a time 26 minutes faster than the previous year. Felicity completed the course with a swim of 32:00, T1 02:18, Bike 01:55:43, T2 01:17 and Run 50:48. A fantastic result!

Tri Windermere has been going for many years now and is a very popular event on the calendar. Potentially one we might see more Vikings competing in over years to come!

Club Notice: Write Ups and Competition Standings

Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks!  Apologies, got a little behind on the write ups and club competition standings, but keep your eyes pealed later today, when everything will be updated!  Race write ups to come from Windermere Triathlon, and Ripon Triathlon, and early next week Goole Triathlon, following this weekend’s racing.  Good luck everyone!

I will also be updating the Club Championship standings with the Windermere and Ripon results, and have some new entrants to add into the Run Championship Standings with some Parkrun results from the past few weeks.

Remember, any swim, bike or run events away from triathlon count into the competition standings, so let me know if you’ve entered any and I’ll add them in!

Oh, and check your inboxes – an important email was sent out from the club earlier this week with some exciting news of our upcoming Go Tri events, and some feedback required on our future training schedules, among other items!

EVENT ANALYSIS: ETU European Aquathlon Championships – Châteauroux, France

Rob ETU 4In February 2016, Rob Jamison achieved something that no other Yorkshire Viking had achieved before – qualifying for the Great British Age Group Squad. Rob’s qualifying time at the BCT Splash and Dash Aquathlon in December 2015 was not only good enough to qualify him for the GB squad, but also to secure qualification in the very first qualifying round.

Qualification meant participation in the ETU European Aquathlon Championships in Châteauroux, France, competing for his country in an Aquathlon event comprising of 1km swim followed by 5km run.


Rob ETU 3

Held on the same weekend as the ETU Sprint Triathlon Championships, Rob was part of a large GB group, racing on the Saturday within the 40-44 Age Group race, alongside 12 other GB athletes, and other athletes from across Europe, including a strong home French group.

Rob ETUThe 1km swim took place in the lake of Belle Isle, starting from a pontoon, in the water for the age group races. 2 laps of 500m with an exit on the beach and back into the water after the first lap, followed by 50m run from swim to transition. The run course was 2 laps of 2.5km on flat asphalt, perfect for fast racing.

When asked about the experience, Rob was glowing with praise about the event set up. “The event was brilliant. Beautiful location, very well set up, strict rules in place and officials checking everything, stop go penalties in place etc, so it felt very professional.”

Rob ETU 2“Support from fellow team mates and their friends and families was amazing. First non-wetsuit swim for me, which was a nice change and probably played to my strengths, and the beach exit/entry at half added a new dimension to it. The weather on the day was perfect, which just topped everything off. Representing GB and wearing the kit is something that I’m massively proud of and is something that I want to do again.”

Rob did his club and his country proud with a very impressive 8th place in his race, coming home in 00:34:59, comprised of 00:14:35 swim, 00:01:06 transition and 00:19:20 run. An amazing achievment Rob, a fantastic performance and no doubt the first of many appearances in the GB colours.