Weekend 1st/2nd April Summary

Two more runs to report on last weekend, with Sarah Weston and Dave Burrows both taking part in 10k races.

Sarah recorded a PB time in the Wakefield 10k, coming 355th out of 749 entrants in 00:47:26, and Dave took to the hills and trails of the Fountains 10k, coming 45th out of 325 entrants in 00:46:50.  Well done both!

Bike, Run and Club Championship standings following the weekend as follows:

Club Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Dave Burrows V30 1 88.54
2 Rob Jamison V40 1 87.92
3 Shaun Sumner V30 1 79.72

Bike Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 James Goodman V30 1 72.50
2 Shaun Sumner V30 1 62.21

Run Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Sarah Weston V30 3 207.07
2 Dave Burrows V30 1 83.20

Mid Week 29th March Summary

Race season is well underway for Shaun Sumner, who clocked up some more competition mileage on Wednesday evening in the first Selby CC Time Trial of the year.

Shaun placed 12th in the 4 mile event, posting an average speed of 21.95mph in a time of 00:10:56.  Great work Shaun!

Bike, Run and Club Championship standings following the weekend as follows:

Club Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Dave Burrows V30 1 88.54
2 Rob Jamison V40 1 87.92
3 Shaun Sumner V30 1 79.72

Bike Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 James Goodman V30 1 72.50
2 Shaun Sumner V30 1 62.21

Run Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Sarah Weston V30 2 129.05

Weekend 25th/26th March Summary

Two more Vikings took to the start line this weekend, making the most of the much sunnier conditions.  Dave Burrows gave the BCT Aquathlon a try as an early season event, and Rob Jamison took on the popular Ripon Hornblower Duathlon.

Dave took 16th place from 66 entrants in the BCT Aquathlon in 00:30:45, and Rob took 40th place from 224 entrants in the Ripon Duathlon in 01:22:47.  Two solid results to kick off the year!

Bike, Run and Club Championship standings following the weekend as follows:

Club Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Dave Burrows V30 1 88.54
2 Rob Jamison V40 1 87.92
3 Shaun Sumner V30 1 79.72

Bike Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 James Goodman V30 1 72.50

Run Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Sarah Weston V30 2 129.05

Weekend 18th/19th March Summary

There were 2 Vikings competing this weekend braving the blustery conditions in some early season events.  James Goodman took on the York Leeds York Sportive on Saturday 18th, and Sarah Weston looked to continue some good running form in the Bradford 10k on Sunday 19th.

Sarah posted another good result of 00:48:39 in the Bradford 10k, and a James Goodman got his season off to a good start with a finish time of 04:38:58 in the York Leeds York Sportive.  A good start to the season for both well done!

Bike, Run and Club Championship standings following the weekend as follows:

Club Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Shaun Sumner V30 1 79.72

Bike Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 James Goodman V30 1 72.50

Run Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Sarah Weston V30 2 129.05

Weekend 4th/5th March Summary

2 events to report from the first weekend of the 2017 season.  Well done to both Sarah Weston and Shaun Sumner for posting the first scores on the board in the Run Championship and Club Championship respectively.

Were there any parkrunners this weekend?  Let me know, you’re missing out on points if you ran!

Sarah posted a very good 01:39:23 in the Norton 9, and a successful day for Shaun in the Oulton Park Duathlon with a finish time of 01:20:45.  Well done both!

Run and Club Championship standings following the weekend as follows:

Club Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Shaun Sumner V30 1 79.72

Run Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Sarah Weston V30 1 51.18

2017 Season Starts 1st March!

You’ve trained hard all winter, and the new season is finally nearly here!  On 1st March 2017, you will be able to begin entering your results to count towards all of our club competitions.

All competitions run from 1st March 2017 to 31st October 2017, and there are no limitations on the events you are able to enter.  Everything is explained below, but we specifically score our points based on event type and distance to make sure you are not restricted on the events you enter, you are rewarded for the really challenging or prestigious events, and you are able to build your event calendar as you like!

From 1st March 2017, when you complete an event, send in the result to us via the details sent out recently on TeamApp.  If you need these submission details re-sending please let me know.

For our club race reports, these will also change a little this season.  Based on our ever expanding and competitive club, the ability to write reports for every event has become somewhat difficult to maintain!  So for this year, results summaries will be posted, unless the event is included within our main events listed as part of the club championship below.  Our main events will get full write ups as in 2016.

As a reminder, the competitions you can enter this year are as follows:

Club Championship

Follow in the footsteps of last year’s club champion Rob Jamison, and last year’s junior club champion Olivia Bulmer, and compete for our top awards at the club in 2017.  Enter any event you like, all you need to do is notify us whenever you have competed in a multi-sport event (aquathlon, duathlon or triathlon), and your result will count towards the championship.  Alongside the main winners, prizes are also available for age categories Tristar, V30, V40, and V50 as in 2016, with the addition of additional categories Youth and Junior (Ages 15-18), and Senior (Ages 19-29) in 2017.

New in 2017 is also the opportunity to score extra points in the more prestigious events, or in club chosen events.  The points increases available are at the events below:

Club Event:  Score + 10%

Club events for Seniors in 2017 are:

  • Driffield Triathlon (7th May 2017)
  • Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon (4th June 2017)
  • York Sprint Triathlon (2nd July 2017)
  • Allerthorpe Classic Triathlon (6th August 2017)
  • Drax Sprint Triathlon (1st October 2017)

Club events for Tristars and Youth in 2017 are:

  • Driffield Junior Triathlon (7th May 2017)
  • Wakefield Junior Triathlon (18th June 2017)
  • Ripon Junior Triathlon (2nd July 2017)
  • Holmfirth Junior Triathlon (16th July 2017)

National Championship or GB Qualifying Event:  Score + 15%

GB Event:  Score + 20%

Swim Championship

Score points exactly the same as the club championship (explained below), but based on events that are swim only (i.e. not multi-sport).  The swim championship is flat scoring across the board, with no extra scoring events as in the club championship.  Last year Barry Jones took the Swim Championship title.

Bike Championship

Score points exactly the same as the club championship (explained below), but based on events that are bike only (i.e. not multi-sport).  The bike championship is flat scoring across the board, with no extra scoring events as in the club championship.  Last year we had no entrants in the Bike Championship – can you be our first club winner?

Run Championship

Score points exactly the same as the club championship (explained below), but based on events that are run only (i.e. not multi-sport).  This includes Parkrun, so there are plenty of opportunities to rack up the run points over the course of the season!  The run championship is flat scoring across the board, with no extra scoring events as in the club championship.  Last year Felicity Caddick took the Run Championship title.

Summer Run Series

The club competition aimed at putting everyone on a level playing field, and essentially designed to show who has improved their run the most over the course of the season!  To enter this event, simply send me your current 5km run personal best time.  Following that, any time you go out and run 5km, send this in (with a link to the run online, or an image of your running watch summary) and we’ll compare it against your personal best.  You’ll score points based on whether you’re close to, matching, beating, or smashing your personal best time.  Last year Sarah Weston took the summer run series title with a number of personal bests, a massive improvement over the course of the year.

Competition Rules

So there you have it, lots to go at this year!  I’ll try to keep up to speed on the events everyone is entering as the season goes on, and will add in results whenever I know about them.  However, there is a lot to go at, a completely non-restricted calendar, and a lot of club members, so please remember to submit your results as quickly as you can via the details we’ve provided to make sure they’re included!

As a reminder, the club championship rules and scoring is as follows:

Points are scored as follows:

Points will be awarded for performance within an eligible event. Each eligible event has a tariff.  The tariff value is the number of points that would be earned by the “40th percentile” finisher, or “reference finisher”.  Your total score is then compared against the tariff to give your event score.

This is all very complicated, but it is done in this way to ensure points can be scored regardless of event field size, regardless of event distance, and is comparable to the other competitors in the field competing on the same day.

These tariffs are:

Single discipline events (run, swim or cycle) – 70 points

Sprint/Super Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon or Aquathlon – 80 points

Olympic or equivalent Triathlon – 90 points

Ironman70.3 or equivalent – 95 points

Ironman or equivalent – 100 points

The points earned by a member is calculated thus:

Points = (Reference finisher’s time / Member’s time) x Tariff

So a member finishing ahead of the reference finisher will score more points than the tariff, somebody finishing slower than the reference finisher will score fewer points.  If you got exactly the same time as the reference finisher you would score the tariff points listed above.  Clear as mud?!

For the summer run series, points are scored as follows:

Points are scored based on performance against each persons 5km personal best, which is submitted at the beginning of the season and kept up to date throughout the season.  So essentially each member is competing against themselves.  Points are scored as follows:

  • Run within 2 minutes of PB – 2 points
  • Run within 1 minute of PB – 4 points
  • Run within 30 seconds of PB – 6 points
  • Run within 10 seconds of PB – 8 points
  • Run equalled PB – 10 points
  • New PB – 12 points
  • Beaten PB by more than 30 seconds – 15 points
  • Beaten PB by more than 1 minute – 20 points

 

You voted, we listened!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

After a popular pre-christmas vote on next year’s club competitions, it was very clear that there was a lot of interest in some of the competitions proposed to be dropped in 2017.  The “Club Championship Only Please” voting option returned a massive zero votes, so the decision to drop the other competitions in 2017 wasn’t the correct one.  We should have a good selection of hotly contested competitions next season!

So, back by popular demand for next season are the Swim Championship, Bike Championship, Run Championship, and Summer Run Series.  Competitions will run from the following dates:

  • Club Championship (All Age Groups) – 1st March 2017 to 31st October 2017, for any Aquathlon, Duathlon or Triathlon events entered.  The Club Championship competition has been extended  in 2017 to include the opportunity to score points at any early season duathlon or aquathlon events pre the main triathlon season.
  • Swim Championship – 1st March 2017 to 31st October 2017, for any swim only events entered.
  • Bike Championship – 1st March 2017 to 31st October 2017, for any bike only events entered.
  • Run Championship – 1st March 2017 to 31st October 2017, for any run only events entered.  This includes Parkrun.
  • Summer Run Series – 1st April 2017 to 30th September 2017.

There’ll be another announcement ahead of the competitions starting on how to submit your results next season.  The positive of our club competitions are that you can enter any event you like, and score points, rather than them being set club events only.  The downside to that is that where I am unaware of someone entering an event, some events can get missed, which happened in 2016.  I will try and keep up to speed on the main events people enter in 2017, but to try and make everything easier I will also create an online results submission form, to try and make sure I don’t miss anything where I’m not aware.

If anyone is unsure about how any the competitions work or how points are scored, let me know!

 

Club Competitions 2017 – Quick Poll

Based on discussions at our recent Christmas Party, the feeling was that some of the competitions planned to be dropped after the 2016 season would be welcomed in 2017.  So, based on the feedback, I thought it might be useful to run a quick poll to gauge interest!  Please let me know which of the below competitions you’d like to be run on top of the Club Championship in 2017.  Voting is down at the bottom of this post.

Just a quick reminder on formats:

Swim Championship, Bike Championship and Run Championships

These are 3 separate championship competitions run for each of the individual disciplines.  So if you enter a swim event (e.g. Great North Swim), a bike event (e.g. any Sportive), or a run event (e.g. York 10k), your results will go towards that individual championship.  Points are scored in exactly the same way as the Club Championship.

The only suggested difference for this competition is that it will start earlier in the year to account for events pre-triathlon season.  So the proposal is that these competitions will run from 1st March 2017 to 31st October 2017, to include some of the early sportive and run events.

Summer Run Series

The Summer Run Series was started in 2016 as an event designed for everyone to compete in regardless of ability.  Each competitor submits their current 5km personal best time at the beginning of the season, and points are scored based on performance against that personal best.  You are therefore running against yourself.  Competitors can submit any 5km time (it doesn’t have to be in an event), and score points based on whether they got close to their PB, beat their PB, or smashed their PB.

Voting is open until the end of 24th December 2016.  Please vote using the form below:

For 2017, which of the below competitions would club members like to see run again?

2017 Club Competitions Update

After a successful first season trialling some of the Vikings club competitions, we will be looking to continue a number of the competitions next season, with a few changes, and some additions.

First, the changes.  In 2016 we trialled the Summer Run Series, the Swim Championship, Bike Championship, and Run Championship, but none really took off.  So in 2017, these events will be dropped in favour of concentrating on the Club Championship.  Of these events, there is the option to re-instate the Swim, Bike and Run Championships, should there be increased interest in competing in these individual disciplines.

All Club Championship events will run again in 2017, with the addition of a Youth and Junior Club Championship (Ages 15-18), and a Senior Club Championship (Ages 19-29).  Tristar, V30, V40 and V50 age categories will all run again as normal.

As in 2016, Vikings members will be able to enter any aquathlon, duathlon or triathlon race, and it will count towards points totals.  Points will be scored exactly the same as in 2016, but in 2017, members will have the opportunity to score extra points in certain races through the course of the year.  Anyone entering one of our assigned YVTT Club Events (below), a National Championship or GB Qualifying race, or a GB event, will have the opportunity to score extra points.  Extra points can be scored as follows:

Club Event:  Score + 10%

Club events for Seniors in 2017 are:

  • Driffield Triathlon (7th May 2017)
  • Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon (4th June 2017)
  • York Sprint Triathlon (2nd July 2017)
  • Allerthorpe Classic Triathlon (6th August 2017)
  • Drax Sprint Triathlon (October 2017 – Date TBC)

Club events for Tristars and Youth in 2017 are:

  • Driffield Junior Triathlon (7th May 2017)
  • Ripon Junior Triathlon (2nd July 2017)

National Championship or GB Qualifying Event:  Score + 15%

GB Event:  Score + 20%

Some opportunities to score some big points next season!  I’m sure everyone is in the process of planning their 2017 diaries, so if you’ve got an eye on a Club Championship prize, it’s worth looking at some of these events!

Following a few issues with logins last season, all Club Championship information and standings will be taken out of the members only section of the website for 2017, to make it easier for everybody to keep up to date on current standings.

Congratulations to the first YVTT Club Champions!

It’s safe to say that the 2016 season for the members of the Yorkshire Vikings Triathlon Team has been one to remember.  There have been 22 YVTT members posting scores within the club championship over the course of the season, entering a total of 24 different events.  The name of this club is fast becoming one to be recognised within the region!

What an exciting finish to the senior club championship it was too, everything came down to the final event at Drax Triathlon on Sunday 2nd October 2016.

Rob Jamison had a number of leaderboard positions in his own hands going into this event, knowing he had to place high to become the first YVTT Club Champion.  True to form he did exactly that.  A 7th place overall, a win in his age group, and a sprint triathlon time of 00:58:19 saw him take the 2016 Club Championship crown by just 1.03 points.  A fitting end to an incredibly impressive season from Rob.  GB qualification, GB competition, many top 10 finishes, an age group category win, and 2016 Club Champion.  A season to be proud of Rob well done!

The completion of Drax Triathlon also saw the completion of the Age Group category events.

In the V30 Age Group, Rob’s win meant it was unfortunately bad news for Dave Burrows, who dropped into 2nd place in the category.  With Rob winning the overall championship, Steven Dews dropped back into the V30 Age Group category and took the V30 Age Group crown.  A well deserved victory after taking Rob right down to the wire.  Well done Steven!

In contrast, Rob’s win meant for good news in the V40 Age Group category for Phil Caddick.  Rob was no longer eligible for the V40 championship having won the overall championship, meaning Phil has been crowned V40 Age Group champion.  To cement this even further, Phil’s PB performance in the Drax Triathlon increased his score by nearly 7 points.  A great season Phil well done!

The final senior category up for grabs was the V50 Age Group.  With no-one in this category competing at Drax, Andy Shrimpton had already sewn this up the week before at Nidderdale Triathlon.  Congratulations Andy!

The outcome of the Junior Club Championship also had to wait until the final events of the season, with Dominic and Joshua Weston looking to chase down Olivia Bulmer for 1st place at Skipton Junior Triathlon.  Whilst in the end they weren’t able to catch Olivia at the top of the standings, their fantastic results put them both in 2nd and 3rd place in the championship respectively.  Congratulations Olivia on becoming our first YVTT Junior Club Champion!

And so there you have it, our first honours board at Yorkshire Vikings Triathlon Team.

2016 Club Champion:  Rob Jamison

2016 V30 Age Group Champion:  Steven Dews

2016 V40 Age Group Champion:  Phil Caddick

2016 V50 Age Group Champion:  Andy Shrimpton

2016 Junior Club Champion:  Olivia Bulmer

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who has taken part over the course of this season.  Everyone within the club has worked incredibly hard over the course of this season, and the results speak for themselves.  Even down to the very last event everyone has been smashing PB’s and continuing to improve.

Winter training next, and onto what will be an even more competitive 2017 Club Championship season!

The Final Leaderboards:

Overall Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Rob Jamison V40 8 302.58
2 Steven Dews V30 3 301.55
3 Dave Burrows V30 6 265.05
4 Sarah Weston V30 5 235.21
5 Felicity Caddick V30 4 234.84
6 Phil Caddick V40 4 230.41
7 Lorna Watson V40 4 191.41
8 Susie Foster V40 3 191.30
9 Mike Evans V30 2 174.96
10 Andy Shrimpton V50 2 168.94
11 Mick Osborne V50 2 159.60
12 James Goodman V30 2 159.33
13 Naiomi Saunders V30 2 153.02
14 Kurt Haendlmayer V50 1 90.71
15 Paul May V30 1 90.41
16 Tim Wright V40 1 77.41
17 Kirstine Gerhold V40 1 72.76
18 Heather Blakey V40 1 72.17
19 Nikki May V40 1 68.78
20 Kath Cooke V40 1 62.69
21 Anne Lewis V50 1 62.21
22 Helen Dews V40 1 57.91

V30 Age Group Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Steven Dews V30 3 301.55
2 Dave Burrows V30 5 265.05
3 Sarah Weston V30 5 235.21
4 Felicity Caddick V30 4 234.84
5 Mike Evans V30 2 174.96
6 James Goodman V30 2 159.33
7 Naiomi Saunders V30 2 153.02
8 Paul May V30 1 90.41

V40 Age Group Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Phil Caddick V40 4 230.41
2 Lorna Watson V40 4 191.41
3 Susie Foster V40 3 191.30
4 Tim Wright V40 1 77.41
5 Kirstine Gerhold V40 1 72.76
6 Heather Blakey V40 1 72.17
7 Nikki May V40 1 68.78
8 Kath Cooke V40 1 62.69
9 Helen Dews V40 1 57.91

V50 Age Group Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Andy Shrimpton V50 2 168.94
2 Mick Osborne V50 2 164.17
3 Kurt Haendlmayer V50 1 90.71
4 Anne Lewis V50 1 62.21

Junior Club Championship

Position Entrant Age Group Event Count Total Points
1 Olivia Bulmer Junior 4 258.63
2 Dominic Weston Junior 3 218.56
3 Joshua Weston Junior 3 210.76
4 Max Hargreaves Junior 2 181.80
5 Ciara May Junior 2 170.07
6 Harry Blakey Junior 2 139.32
7 Nyah May Junior 2 137.75
8 Flynn Goddard Junior 2 131.56
9 Jackson Goodfellow Junior 1 89.95
10 Jody Pycroft Junior 1 74.37
11 Mia Haendlmayer Junior 1 74.27
12 Frances Diver Junior 1 73.16
13 Gracie Wright Junior 1 50.05