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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.

Club Competitions Update: 25/06/2016

All Club Championship Standings have been updated following the Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon last weekend.  Next up in the calendar is a little known event that our GB athlete Rob Jamison is competing in this weekend, the ETU European Aquathlon Championships in Châteauroux!  Good luck Rob!!

For those single sport athletes, the Swim Championship has its first entrants following the Great North Swim.  The Swim Championship standings have been updated as well.

For anyone else entering single sport events (Swim, Bike or Run), let me know the event and where I can find your results, and I’ll add it onto the standings.  For you runners, this does include Parkrun – basically any event I can get access to final standings.  Remember, the competitions run from 1st April 2016 to 31st October 2016, so any events you’ve completed already let me know about and I will add it in.

EVENT ANALYSIS: Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon

Sarah Nikki AllerthorpeGoing strong for nine years now, the Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon is a firm favourite for local triathletes, and often one of the early opportunities to sample open water racing in the triathlon season.

Based at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, the swim consists of multiple laps of the 400m circuit of the lake, followed by a flat and fast 20km and 5km run. It is an event always seen as a perfect opportunity to notch up new PB’s!

Competing for the Vikings at the event were Sarah Weston, Nikki May and Kurt Haendlmayer.

Sarah Weston AllerthorpeFollowing a weekend cheering on her teammates at the Leeds ITU Triathlon, and putting in some great times to take the lead in the YVTT Summer Run Series, Sarah Weston took to the start line herself. Sarah finished in a fantastic time of 01:22:53, split as a 16:07 swim, 02:14 T1, 39:48 bike, 00:55 T2, and a 23:50 run, finishing 115th overall.

Nikki May had an equally successful race, also making the most of the fast Allerthorpe course, and the favourable weekend weather. Nikki finished the race in 159th place, with an overall time of 01:29:59, split as a 16:06 swim, 01:46 T1, 45:52 bike, 01:21 T2 and a 24:54 run.

Also taking to the start line was Kurt Haendlmayer, who took then men’s race by storm. Kurt finished the race with an 18th place finish overall, 3rd in his age group, in 01:08:14. Kurt ran much better than he expected having treated the bike section as a time trial, and was happy with his run time, having originally targeted 24 minutes. His splits were 12:23 swim, 01:56 T1, 30:14 Bike, 00:51 T2 and 22:50 run.

Fantastic races all round, and 3 very rightly proud Vikings!

Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon is now firmly placed on the Yorkshire Triathletes calendar, and this certainly won’t be last time the race sees Yorkshire Vikings Triathletes taking their place on the leaderboard.


Joining Barry Jones and Campbell Watt in the 10km Great North Swim on 12th June 2016, Kirstine Gerhold also completed the race in great time.  We caught up with Kirstine following the event, to get her thoughts on the race.

“Campbell asked me if I would like to do the one way swim windermere in September back in March.  So I googled it, and came up with the Great North Swim 10km at Windemere by accident.  I rang him to say have you got the dates right, as the swim is in June and a shorter distance!!!!

So we decided to do the one in June. Before doing the September event, I also wanted to make sure I completed the 10km in June, as it is very long way and want to be certain I can do it.  With the added factor that it’s for charity.  

I started doing longer distance at the pool before the lakes opened, and when they did, I then started training at Hatfield lake on a Saturday.  Once Allerthorpe opened, I increased the training and went there on Mondays to do a long distance swim once a week.  I built it up but the max distance was 6400 metres as the lakes are not open long enough.

We had a few training sessions at Windermere with Tom Noblett, a truly inspirational guy, who gave us all confidence, just like our coach Naiomi does week after week.  I was having a few issues while training with the cold and my breathing at the start of my swim, so took my wetsuit off to try to acclimatise quicker, which I think helped.

On the day I felt tired, having had about 4 hours sleep the night before, which was not really beneficial before the event. The plus side to that was that because I was tired, the nerves did not kick in until the start of the swim.  I had to tread water at the start as I could not exhale in the water, but I kept talking to myself to say come on you have to do this!  I tried again and again, and the boats were getting closer to me as if they were thinking they were going to pull me out.  Talking again to myself I thought of all the training I put in, and thought I can not come out, you can do this, and I was off in my way.

It was perfect conditions, warm and still, so the breathing issues must have been down to the nerves of the unknown.  It was great, I stopped off three times at the jelly baby bar on the way round!  It was hard don’t get me wrong, but I loved the swim and sense of achievement.  I personally think mind over matter, think strong, be determined you can put your mind to do most things.

The guys Campbell and Barry have been great so supportive in training, great company, and Naiomi you’re a star on my Christmas tree! Thank you”


Club Notice: New Competitions!

Following a successful start to our Club Championship series, the club has agreed to run 3 more club competitions in exactly the same format, to give everyone a little extra to strive for!

Going forward, any single sport events entered (swim, bike or run), will be counted into separate series, with points scored in exactly the same way as the Club Championship, and the overall champion honoured at the end of the season.  Swim Championship, Bike Championship and Run Championship sections have now been added to the website, and leaderboards will be added shortly.

The series runs alongside the Club Championship, and the qualifying period for events runs from 1st April 2016 to 31st October 2016 in exactly the same way.

Therefore, any club members who have completed swim events, sportives or run events after 1st April 2016, please let me know and I will add them into the standings.  All I need to know is a website address that I can get full results.

For any events going forward, I won’t be aware of them all, so if you would like an event included in your score, let me know.  Again, all I need is a website address that I can get full results.