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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

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

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

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!