Remember them? It’s hard to imagine warm weather with the VERY crisp mornings we’ve been having of late. But when the warmer weather does start to roll around, sun protection is of high importance for triathletes.
Some interesting studies have been undertaken over the past few years into the properties of nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) and its effectiveness in reducing the prevalence of skin cancers. While sunscreen is always your best defence against sunburn and skin cancer, it seems that taking 500mg of B3 is an inexpensive method of reducing your chance of getting skin cancer from overexposure to the sun. And if you’re like me and always forget to put on sunscreen in the dark before a race, or get too flustered in transition to remember to apply it, then this is a useful tool in the battle against skin cancer.
The internet has a wealth of information about the skin cancer preventing properties of nicotinamide (NB: it has nothing to do with nicotine and/or cigarettes!). A search on “nicotinamide sun protection” will give you over 125,000 results for you to trawl through. But as always, don’t forget your sunscreen!
On a similar note, Triathlon Australia has released its Sun Protection Policy. TA cites the aim of the policy as “to provide guidance on sun smart practices to all participants, volunteers, officials and spectators. Through this policy we aim to develop a triathlon and multisport culture that supports sun safety awareness and best practices throughout the year”. It covers details such as race scheduling to avoid sun exposure, clothing, hats & sunglasses and much more and also aims for older triathletes to act as role models to younger participants. You can read the full policy by CLICKING HERE.
GOLD COAST MARATHON
By Cliff Lloyd
Josh, Bronte and myself did the 10km event (longest run ever for the kids) along with Fiona Jeff (51:03 - 34th out of 474 in her age group), Michelle McFadyen, Sue and Peter Clarke, Jacqui Barnett, Kylie Marle and Richard Pearson. During the 10km event we had the privilege of seeing the leading groups twice, and Richard was up there each time. He still had time to acknowledge our cheers from the opposite side of the course as he passed, and finished in a time of 33:47 (average 3m22s / km) which was 7th out of 236 in his age group and 38th out of 5416 finishers.
Glen Barnett was the only CHTC member we could see in the 21km half marathon on Sunday morning and finished in a very respectable 1h38m*. In the main event, CHTC had several representatives. Conditions were perfect for the start of the marathon, but the day sure warmed up as the morning went on with the temperature hitting 23 degrees by late morning. Mark Garner led the way with a sensational 3h12m27 finish time. This was a remarkable 37th in his age group out of 441, and an amazing 359th out of 4,924 finishers. Kurt Marle looked well under control all morning to finish in 4h10m28, and marathon debutant Bianca 'Binxy' Thompson stopped the clock in 4h52m56. Despite feeling the heat towards the back end of the race Binxy had a smile on her face as she experienced that first marathon finish chute. The ever smiling Woodsy and Jenny Williams were smiling all day as usual to finish in 4h56m53 and 5h16m56.
All in all a great weekend - weather was great, well-run event (as usual), plenty of Coffs Harbour reps, and a marathon race record set. Plenty of the Coffs kids and juniors were seen at the event racing as well. Apologies to anyone we left out but I think we covered most of them!
[* Lots of other CHTC members ran the half marathon and marathon at the Gold Coast. Congratulations to everyone who ran and earned that finisher’s medal!]
BLUEBERRY HILLS DUATHLON
It must be nearly tri season time again! The date has been set for the annual Blueberry Hills Duathlon. Set aside Sunday 14th September 2014 to take on this personal challenge. The race consists of a 7.2km run, 37km ride and 7.2km run. You can do it as an individual or as a team. The cost is $10 for individuals and $15 for teams.
See the attached flyer for more details and for the entry & waiver form. If you have any questions, please contact Steel Beveridge on phone 66562735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also back on the calendar is the Coffs Harbour Adventurethon. The inaugural race took place last year and was very well received. It’s a great way to cross train, or try out some other disciplines. There are races for all levels of fitness, with the Ultra Adventurethon being a 16km paddle, 55km mountain bike ride and a 16km run. The Taste of Adventurethon is 1km paddle, 10km mountain bike ride and 4km run. There are also 2 in-between distances.
It’s great to see this kind of racing coming to Coffs Harbour again and using our playground. See the attached flyer for more details.
RULE OF THE WEEK
Back to basics. A refresher on the General Conduct rules.
Rule 1 – General Conduct
These rules are applicable across the entire course.
1.1. Competitors must:
a. practise good sports conduct at all times;
b. be responsible for their own safety, the safety of their own equipment and be considerate of the safety of others;
c. be responsible for understanding and following the TA RCR;
d. obey instructions from event officials;
e. obey traffic regulations unless otherwise instructed by an event official;
f. treat other competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators with respect and courtesy;
g. avoid the use of abusive language;
h. be responsible for keeping on the designated course;
i. not wear, use or carry items deemed to be a hazard to self or others e.g. a hard cast, jewellery, glass/metal containers or electronic and entertainment devices such as, but not limited to, mobile phones, mobile disc players, MP3 players or 2 way communication devices;
j. not use any equipment which may provide an unfair competitive advantage;
k. not obstruct or interfere with the forward progress of another competitor, or jeopardise the safety and welfare of another competitor or race official or spectator or member of the public;
l. not accept assistance from anyone other than an event official;
m. not discard any equipment on the course, except at the approved dedicated locations;
n. withdraw immediately from the event if deemed and informed by the event medical personnel that the competitor appears to present a danger to the health or welfare of either the competitor or others;
o. not cause offence to others through deliberate acts of nudity, or personal toilet which might be seen in public;
p. A competitor may wear a speed suit that meets the following criteria at any time during an event. An approved speed suit is defined as:
A speedsuit must be comprised of 100% textile material such as nylon or lycra and must not include rubberised material such as polyurethane or neoprene. The speedsuit may contain a zipper.
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