A Vikings Engagement!! Oh, and Bassenthwaite Triathlon.

The 13th August 2016 saw the challenging Bassenthwaite Triathlon held again at the Bassenthwaite Sailing Club, on Bassenthwaite Lake. The event hosts a standard distance race each year, and for the 2nd year was also hosting a sprint distance race.

Following the swim, the bike routes for both the Short and Standard distances and run routes are based on the undulating roads around Bassenthwaite Lake.

Mike Evans represented the Yorkshire Vikings in the standard distance race, looking to add to his previously solid Olympic distance performances.

Commenting on the route, Mike discussed the difficulty of the Lake District based event: “they just love hills up there!”. Mike also made reference to his attempts to impress head coach Naiomi Saunders in completing a flying dismount, which turned out to be more successful than his flying mount, which Mike managed to come away with a cut ankle from, having hit the pedal!

As in previous events, Mike came away with another solid time, finishing the race in 02:58:17, with splits of 31:47 swim, 01:24 T1, 01:27:34 Bike, 00:54 T2, and 56:38 Run.

Mike Amy BassenthwaiteIn reality though, the event was probably the least exciting element of the day. The 56:38 Run time could be forgiven for being a little delayed, as Mike took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend Amy Clayden as he came down the finishing straight!

A fantastic result in the race, and much more importantly, amazing news for Mike and Amy. Massive congratulations to you both from everyone at Yorkshire Vikings!

Race Report: Allerthorpe Classic Triathlon

Now in its ninth year, and returning to Allerthorpe Lakeland Park once again, the ever-popular Allerthorpe Classic olympic distance triathlon took place on 7th August 2016.

The event is comprised of a multi lap 1500m swim, single lap 40km bike and flat 10km run.

On a very windy but sunny day, Vikings Steven Dews and Dave Burrows took part in the race, looking to build on the record numbers seen in the 2015 race.

Allerthorpe Steven Dews 2Steven Dews was first up, setting off in the first wave of competitors. Steven was entering the event knowing that a solid performance in the event would challenge Rob Jamison at the top of the Club Championship standings. Steven did exactly that, finishing 26th overall in a time of 02:16:06, with splits of 22:41 bike, 01:36 T1, 01:05:08 bike, 01:02 T2, and 45:40 Run.

Allerthorpe DaveDave Burrows was in the second wave of competitors, competing in his first Olympic distance triathlon, having only ever competed in sprint distance events. Dave finished his event in 02:45:58, with splits of 28:39 swim, 01:28 T1, 01:15:07 bike, 01:14 T2 and 59:30 run.

Allerthorpe Classic is an event all Yorkshire Triathletes have in the forefront of their minds to add to their race calendars, and there will no doubt be further solid Vikings performances in years to come.

Race Report: Ellerton Sprint Triathlon

Ellerton FelicityRun by Gr8Events, the Ellerton Sprint Triathlon is one in a series of swim, bike, run and triathlon events. The format for the race is a 750m swim, followed by a 21k cycle on roads surrounding the lake, finishing with a 6k run.

The swim section was a one lap mass start, followed by an undulating 1 lap bike course, and completed with a testing out and back run route, over uneven surfaces and mixing on and off road.

Felicity and Phil Caddick took to the start line representing the Yorkshire Vikings amongst 94 other competitors.

The mass start proved a real test, with Felicity quoted as saying that it was “not for the faint-hearted, I had a small panic attack about all the kicking and grabbing!”. This didn’t impact Felicity’s performance though, as she recovered from the testing start to complete the event in 01:36:12, with splits of 18:57 swim, 02:01 T1, 48:04 Bike, 00:41 T2 and 26:30 run.

Phil also put in a great performance in the event, finishing not too far behind Felicity in 01:41:59, with splits of 21:01 swim, 02:19 T1, 42:54 bike, 02:14 T2 and 33:30 run.

Both Felicity and Phil enjoyed the event and would recommend it as one to event again. Another event for other Vikings to keep in mind for next year!

Club Championship: All change at the top!

We have a new leader!

After a busy weekend of events at the Ellerton Sprint Triathlon and the Allerthorpe Classic Olympic triathlon, there have been some big changes at the top of the club championship leaderboards.

Felicity and Phil Caddick took part in the Ellerton Sprint Triathlon, and their results moved them both up to 4th and 5th respectively in the standings, with Phil also moving up to 2nd place in the V40 Age Group standings.

The big move of the weekend came from Steven Dews, who took the lead in the overall club championship away from Rob Jamison, with a 26th place finish at the Allerthorpe Classic.  The top 2 are separated by just 1.53 points, with scores of 301.55 for Steven and 300.02 for Rob.

Rob now leads the V40 age group category, ahead of Phil Caddick.

Dave Burrows also took place in the Allerthorpe Classic on Sunday, but couldn’t improve on his current score of 265.05, and maintained his place at the top of the V30 age group category.

With plenty of events still to take place before the end of the season, there will no doubt be a few more changes of position to come!

Race reports for both events will follow later this week.

YVTT’s First Go Tri Event! Junior and Senior Aquathlon

GoTriGo Tri: “Making Triathlon and Multi-Sports Fun and Accessible for all”. That is the tagline of the initiative run by British Triathlon to enable access to the sport for anyone of any ability, and very much fits with the ethos of the Yorkshire Vikings Triathlon Team and Swim Squad.

Go Tri 1On 31st July 2016, YVTT hosted our very first Go Tri event, an Aquathlon, aimed at giving an opportunity to try multi-sport to both juniors and seniors. The event, the first of 3 to be hosted by YVTT in 2016, was comprised of a 40m swim and 600m run for juniors (ages 7-14 years), and 100m swim and 2km run for seniors. Both swim and run were hosted at Barlby School, with swim taking place in the school 20m pool, and the run taking place on the school playing field.

Go Tri 2Volunteers from the club ably assisted Head Coach Naiomi Saunders in running the event. Carol Saunders, Felicity Caddick, Phil Caddick, Go Tri 5Rob Jamison, Susie Foster, Sarah Weston, Emma Foley, juniors Erika Lavendar, Madison Foley, Dominic and Joshua Weston, and Kirstine Gerhold, who also competed in the event, all took on various roles to ensure the smooth running of the Aquathlon.

The results were fantastic. A total of 9 entrants for the first event, split as 5 juniors and 4 seniors, saw too very fun races, and some great finishing times.

The junior event results were as follows:

Position First Name Surname Swim Transition Run Overall Time
1 DECLAN WILES 00:00:39 00:00:39 00:02:44 00:04:02
2 FINLAY WILES 00:01:02 00:01:22 00:02:51 00:05:15
3 LUCY JAMISON 00:01:03 00:01:38 00:02:40 00:05:21
4 FREDDIE AMY 00:00:52 00:01:50 00:02:40 00:05:22
5 MADDISON FOLEY 00:01:01 00:01:54 00:03:15 00:06:10

The senior event results were as follows:

Position First Name Surname Swim Transition Run Overall Time
1 TONI CHIDLOW 00:01:27 00:01:27 00:09:44 00:12:18
2 KIRSTINE GERHOLD 00:01:29 00:01:22 00:09:41 00:12:32
3 LYNDSEY FALLOWS 00:02:31 00:01:49 00:12:33 00:16:53
4 ANDREW FALLOWS 00:03:06 00:02:45 00:12:27 00:18:18

Go Tri 7Following the success of this first event, YVTT are hosting 2 more events in 2016. On Sunday 25th September 2016 at 10am there will be another Aquathlon, comprised of a 60m swim and 1km run for juniors, and a 200m swim and 3km for seniors. Entries for this event are set at £3 for juniors and £6 for seniors.

Following that, YVTT hosts its very first triathlon event on Sunday 31st October at 10am, comprised of a 40m swim, 800m bike and 1.5km run for juniors, and a 200m swim, 6km bike and 3km for seniors. Entries for this event are set at £5 for juniors and £8 for seniors.

Go Tri 6Entries for both events are capped at 30 entrants, and are bookable on a first come first served basis. If you would like more information on how to enter either of these events, please contact the club via the website, at http://yorkshirevikings.org/?page_id=903.

YVTT’s first Aquathlon event was a resounding success, and has hopefully encouraged a few more people to join the wonderful world of Triathlon!