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Apparently Super Sprints are the future! Or New Zealand?

‘Here it is…this weekend’s news!

Allerthorpe (in the words of Chris Brown): ‘Despite the poor forecast during the week, it turned out to be a lovely day.  Water temperature a balmy 20-degrees.  This smash-fest nearly turned to disaster, though, when the marshal at the run turn-point, having just one simple job to do, failed to do it.  Mika (leading) and the William Atkinson (second) were told to go on to the next junction.  When I arrived, I was told the same.  With my distaste for running, I know exactly how far I’ve gone, and knew that was the turn around. Nevertheless bashed on in an ever darker mind set.

One minute later the chief marshal is driving towards me indicating to go back! So I turned and legged it towards the lake, trying not to spit feathers as I see the guy in fourth closing on me and now having just ‘gained’ 400m on me out of the blue.  Mika reeled me in on the last half click, but William didn’t, so I stopped one metre short of the line to wait and let him claim his proper position – I’d done an extra 400m but they’d gone more like 1km.  You should have heard the cacophony of people shouting to me that I hadn’t crossed the line and seen the incomprehension when I told them, “I know!”.  Mind you, if Mr Fourth Place had shown his face, I’d have been over in a shot!

1st Over 50 for me (chocolates) and 3rd overall (wine)

1st overall for Mika (“I’m taking both anyway”) Brown

Super Sprints are the future.’

Claire Pickersgill also took to the stage in the standard race.  Heading out of the water in 8th, absolutely smashed her way through the bike popping a supersonic 64 minutes over the 40k into 2nd position onto the run.  Claire finished seconds behind 3rd after a niggling hamstring injury which has stopped her running for a good few months this year.  Claire was second in age group.  I would love to say Claire won a free holiday, just because Chris won choccies and wine ;-). Fantastic racing all of you 🙂

Claire out on the run section of the standard distance at Allerthorpe
Claire out on the run section of the standard distance at Allerthorpe


Chocs away! Chris and Mika podium at Allerthorpe.
Chocs away! Chris and Mika podium at Allerthorpe.

Down at Eton Dorney, Andrew Whiteley raced at the Para Tri as the guide for the infamous Haseeb Ahmad in the elite section of the race.  The event is the first of it’s kind with mass non able athletes participating in different races and distances.  Andrew and Haseeb WON! The race will be shown on Channel 4 in September…we will keep you posted on when!

Haseeb and Andrew at the Para Tri event at Eton Dorney..with a WIN!
Haseeb and Andrew at the Para Tri event at Eton Dorney..with a WIN!

And it does not end there…all the way from New Zealand we have Craig Boggon who finished 2nd in the Gibbs Hill Challenge race on the northern tip of the South Island – a bike-run-bike! Craig gives his account of the race below – get comfy kids, you are in for a good read:

‘I was fortunate enough to gain one of only 70 entries to The Gibbs Hill Challenge (due to damage on the course), a 23km cycle followed by 21km off-road run and ending with a 23km cycle back to the start. The run was held around the Abel-Tasman national park. And boy did it deliver! Unfortunately only 59 turned up which spoilt a fantastic day for those on the waiting list!

In the last few days the weather has been extremely poor winter finally seems to have arrived here in NZ after a very warm July! The preceding days saw hail, gales, rain, thunder and snow! And on Friday this happened on/off all day!

Stark contrast this morning was glorious not a cloud in the sky, but with the temperature change over the last few days this meant a heavy frost! So required caution when cycling around the windy coast line!

The roads in the Golden bay are lovely though there storm drain placements are questionable, one such caused my water bottle to go over board 4km into the race! This meant having water at the two aid stations along the magnificent run. Being a national park I didn’t want to leave rubbish so in my cool down I found it again. NZ like to make things different as well as the alternative order of racing the last 3km of the bike was along unsealed surface which made for a fun choice of paths when bunch cycling! I was in the second pack of cyclists there were some pure cyclists sharing the race (for part of the team event). It was only the technical bends (as well as the hesitancy of not knowing the road, ice and grit!) that kept me behind the first group otherwise on the flats and hills (up hill) I was with the first group.

Again NZ like to do things differently transition was the normal car park at the end of the dirt road, as I had no support the organisers took my shoes to change into. After resting my bike in a bush I collected my shoes from the organisers car and set about the run! As soon as I hit the run I was in my element these trails are so well established here and this trail had less awkward stones than the Routeburn or Milford tracks so it was kinder on my feet! The run wound round the hill side tempting you with beautiful views and when trees cleared it was breath taking blue skies and seas! Not to mention encompassing a couple deserted golden beaches! I quickly caught everyone up bar one individual who was 10 minutes ahead at the second check point and 8 minutes at the third and final check point on the run.

The ascent to Gibbs hill was gradual and when at the tip I could see right along the farewell spit and across Golden Bay. The descent was long, steep and harsh but all run able. Overall it was crucifying on my calf’s! I hit the bike and held my 2nd position on what seemed a little more familiar a road still taking caution on the gravelled bends and those that hadn’t seen the sun. I was continually changing gears to nurse the encroaching cramp in both calf’s! Over all I finish in second 10 minutes behind first place. A phenomenal race, lovely organiser and the scenic photography etched in my brain it might make a new favourite race!’

Last, but certainly not least, David Bishop and Kieran Hill both headed down to London.  Ignoring the advice that Super Sprints are the future, David and Kieran entered the Elite Standard Distance instead.  In an exciting race, David came third overall, with Australian Peter Kerr taking top honours.  Well, at least it shows an Aussie can win something if they get lucky 🙂

Kieran finished 30th overall and 20th in his age group and went sub 2 hours in a time of 1:58:13 – tremendous going chaps!

David Bishop - more podium silverware :-)
David Bishop – more podium silverware 🙂



More podium news!

Cat Jameson - 1st lady at the Zurich 5150!
Cat Jameson – 1st lady at the Zurich 5150!

Good morning after another great weekend of racing…

Cat Jameson ran to victory at the Olympic distance race at 5150 Zurich this weekend.  This was Cat’s first win at one of the 5150 races…one of many we hope. Cat’s bike leg in particular helped her storm to victory.  Absolutely fantastic going Cat! #girlpower

Andrew Whiteley guided paratriathlete Haseeb Ahmad around the Eton Dorney standard distance triathlon on Sunday into a silver podium for his age group (40) and 8th overall.  Andrew and Haseeb will be returning in a few weeks to Eton Dorney to race again where the race will be televised…watch this space for when!

Andrew and Haseeb racing their way to a silver podium in age group !
Andrew and Haseeb racing their way to a silver podium in age group !

Heather Sellars claimed a 3rd at the ETU Sprint Triathlon Cup at Chateauroux this weekend in a very fast ladies race, coming home within a minute of the race winner. Tremendous going Heather!

Heather with Bronze at the ETU European Cup!
Heather with Bronze at the ETU European Cup!

Finally some of our age groupers headed up a little further north to the middle distance Steelman race on Saturday.  Alistair Cooke had a storming race finishing 9th overall with Dave Morley also having a very strong race and coming back nicely from injury.  Jenni Muston was 2nd lady overall and 1st in age category (#girlpower).  Conditions were tough on the bike with gusts of 40mph.

Cleveland Steelman - Dave, Jen, Alistair
Cleveland Steelman – Dave, Jen, Alistair

Have a good week of training 🙂

Sadness at death during Bala Triathlon

Celebrate every athlete

We were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic event which took place yesterday at the Bala Middle Distance race.  Our thoughts go to the family, friends and loved ones of the athlete who passed away – and to all of the athletes at the race, including one of our own who was close to this very, very sad incident.

Nothing can soften the tragedy of a sudden death, but we hope those involved, and the witnesses, can take some consolation in the fact that this athlete will have passed away doing something they loved to do.

To celebrate the success of a Jackpot athlete at another race this weekend may go against the grain of this post you may think.  At the same time we race because we love it – we love doing what we do.

Nigel Ould has qualified for the Gran Fondo Worlds in Denmark later this year in early September.  Great news Nigel – reading online about the World Champs I am trying to ascertain if you are in the younger age group race of 160k or the older age group race of 115k.

Nigel Ould - Cambridge Gran Fondo
Nigel Ould – Cambridge Gran Fondo

Cat Jameson has written a fantastic report from her outstanding performance at Challenge Salou last weekend here.

Keep safe.

Baku Calling

baku europen games triathlon

Jackpots Heather Sellars and Tom Bishop showing off their new kit for the first European Games which will take place in Baku later in June. And very smart they look too.

Heather will be first to hit the water in Azerbaijan on June 13th, whilst Tom will dive in to action one day later on 14th June. The duo will be joined by fellow Leeds triathletes Jess Learmonth, Gordon Benson and Phil Graves, plus Helen Jenkins.

The winner at the European Games in Baku will be offered a ‘Nation’ spot to the Olympics in Rio next year, so it is an important event for all concerned and there will be some top competition.

First Female Elite

Catherine Emma Jameson, triathleteCatherine Emma Jameson has today announced that she is joining the Jackpot Racing triathlon team for 2015.  She becomes the first elite female to join the team.

Catherine has been a professional triathlete for four years and has already established herself as a top performer. Her best performances of 2014 include:

  • Winner – Castle Triathlon series
  • Winner – Lough Cultra Triathlon
  • Winner – Chantilly Castle Triathlon (France)
  • Winner – Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon
  • Winner – Bala Triathlon
  • Second – 5150 Mont Tremblant
  • Fifth – 5150 Zurich
  • Sixth – 5150 Philadelphia – 6th
  • 27th – 5150 World Championships

“It’s a new year and lots of exciting new things lay ahead for me in 2015. After not being part of a team for the past couple of years I am really pleased to announce that I have just joined the Jackpot Racing team. Over the past year I have heard so many great things about the team so I am really excited to be a part of it. I have now moved into my fifth year in triathlon so this year I am going to step up and have a dabble in a few 70.3 races as well as trying to qualify for the 5150 World Championships where only the top 30 girls in the world qualify.”

Catherine joins fellow professionals Tom and David Bishop in Jackpot Racing.