As this year’s racing season draws to a close it is time you were enlightened with the fantastic results from all our multitalented multi-sports participants. It is hard to believe that it has passed so quickly. It all began with a very muddy duathlon in Cirencester and reached a crescendo in Tenby with an amazing Ironman event.
This year has seen an increase in multi-sport enthusiasm for both competing, purposes of cross-training and social engagement. The multisport training and social weekend in Pembrokshire in April was a hit. Various Les Croups members have also invested in anything from high spec two-wheel transport to super tight lycra or just numerous pairs of goggles. And boy, hasn’t it been fun?! There has been many amusing and unusual moments: triathletes ‘lost in transition’; exiting transition half dressed; being half way to an Ironman event without a wetsuit; being plucked from the wild seas of Tenby by hunky, young men in a RIB, and the most amazing technique of walking during the swim stage, ‘it was the only way to get around the buoy’. Please see the ‘Multisport round up gallery’ for pictorial evidence. Lots of lessons were learnt, or were they? Let’s see what happens next season…
The 2012 season will be packed with new challenges. Within a few hours drive of Cardiff there is a massive choice of aquathlons, duathlons and triathlons, and combined with a variety of terrains there is something for everyone. Most are expertly organised by local groups and the enthusiasm for encouraging the newbie is superb. How can you resist?
In June the Ironman 70.3 UK take place and Exmoor is the backdrop for this event. It is reputed to be the 'toughest 70.3 in the world'. Five Les Croupier triathletes have signed up and entries are filling fast, so enter NOW to avoid disappointment! This also gives us another excuse to organise another training and social weekend somewhere in Europe leading up to this event, so watch this space!
Virgin Active London Triathlon entries are open too, guaranteed entry before 30 November, then to a ballot. The event is later this year due to the Olympics, and take place on 22 and 23 September. It’s ‘the largest triathlon in the world’, an awesome spectacle and we’re planning a weekend of watching and competing, do join us.
There will also be organised training events and we will be returning to both Llanelli Docks and Barry for more open water swimming. Local cycle rides are a must too. All these multi-sport plans are intended to appeal to those in Les Croups who are tri-curious, want to compete, or intend to include it as part of a more varied training programme. More details of a range of events will be advertised in 2012.
Please see below for details of the results for 2011. If there is an event or result that we have missed please let us know and we will happily include this.
Multi-sport results 2011
Three Peaks Cyclocross. 25 October
‘The course was very wet making the boggy sections extra boggy’ Jules carter 4hr 12 mins.
Simon Nurse 4hrs 8mins.
Ironman Wales. 11 September
Richard (I want to be an Ironman) Self 12hr 56mins
Poppit Sands Aquathlon. 4 September
James Braun 45mins 14secs 17/56
Hereford Triathlon. 3 July
Tom Jeffery 56:52 27/187
Claire Beatty 1:01:44 63/187
Natalie Hindmarsh 1:06:20 102/187
Gill McCue 1:06:46 108/187
Fran Machin 1:11:13 147/187
Pembrokeshire Triathlon. 2 July
Stephen Paterson 02:31:10 14th
Peter Kellam 02:39:16 34th
Katie Beecher 02:49:41 61st
Richard Self 02:49:41 62st
Cotswold Triathlon. 8 May
Katie Beecher 1:05:46
Sarah McCarthy 1:14:16
ISCA Duathlon. 17 April
James Braun 1:11:34 39th
Jerry Cleall Harding 1:11:51 41st
Martin Pinnell 1:15:18 52nd
Claire Beatty 1:20:06 70th
Malin Falck 1:27:20 90th
Sasha Macken 1:27:48 91st
Fran Machin 1:31:45 98th
Natalie Hindmarch 1:32:31 99th
Hereford Duathlon. 17 April
Katie Beecher was the winner! 1:44:33
Cirencester Duathlon. 13 February
Gill McCue 1:53:11 177/255
Malin Falck 2:00:47 204/255
Fran Machin 2:04:58 211/255
Clare Johnson 2:12:40 227/255 1st in age group!
5k Swimathon, Cardiff International Pool in April
Howard Kent ranked 5th in the UK for age group! His swim time was 1:20:35. Improving his PB by 1min 37secs He attributes this superb improvement to a Marie Curie Charity training session with Duncan Goodhew in January.