CLUB RACE REPORT
By Race Director Simon Burgess
Please spare a thought for the family and friends of Zac Young, who tragically lost his life on Saturday afternoon whilst body boarding at Campbell’s Beach.
Accordingly Sundays race was a Run-Ride-Run, with the swim leg replaced with one lap of the run course followed by the normal ride & run for the long and short options. (There will be a few people lobbying to make this a permanent feature, happily replacing their goggles for runners). On a more serious note, it was interesting to hear most people commenting on how much better they felt getting on the bike after a run rather than a swim. Interesting to see the effect when you use different muscles and the blood is where you need it when you hop on the bike.
Although the heavens threatened to open, we were blessed with dry roads and good racing conditions with a firm southerly wind making everyone work a bit harder on the bike. Daniel Stein was fastest on the day, followed by Marcus O’Brien & Joseph Kane. Aimee Sutton led the women home followed by Tenielle Stubbs & Nicola Bird with Kate Marsden nipping at their heels - one to watch as the season progresses. Jai Lyons led the way in the short course averaging a blistering sub 3min/km on the first run (no disappointment on replacing the goggles with runners there). Joshua Farrell & Sam Burke took up the minor placings in the male section whilst Zoe Burgess led the women home, followed by Fiona Jeff & Julianne Darlow. Both Adam Shand & Grace Edwards put in solid performances after taking on the long course.
Phillip Viles was another who had no issue swapping the goggles for runners, managing to chase down his nemesis “Griffo” in the final run (albeit with some outside assistance from a very keen family member giving the time splits in each transition). Griffo on the other hand did have the advantage (not) of having his transition time counted out to him by a perhaps not-so-helpful workmate.
We did have a number of members racing at Kingscliff and Camden Haven on the weekend with some solid results. Hopefully there will be a race report to follow.
Please also join us in wishing a fond farewell & all the best to Todd Weeks & family who are off to Queenstown in NZ (can’t see too many non-wetsuit swims on the horizon there). Hopefully Todd will join us for the odd tri when he is back to visit family & friends & we look forward to any race updates from NZ.
VENTOUX JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP
A final reminder for juniors who want to be in the running for the Junior Scholarship. Applications need to be submitted to a member of the committee Sunday 8 December 2013. Phil Benoit and Andrew Rowlings will be making their decision early next week, which will then be presented to the Executive Committee and sponsor, Ventoux Cycles, for approval.
The selection criteria are:
You can email your application to Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrew at email@example.com, or hand it in to them or another committee member in person.
CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY
The party is on! This is guaranteed to be a lively evening with over 50 people attending. There will be a Christmas hamper, voucher giveaways and lots of other surprises. The $20 cost covers the brilliant views over Coffs Creek at Mangrove Jacks at the Promenade, as well as plenty of finger food. The party kicks off at 6:30pm.
For your very last chance in 2013 to get together with your club colleagues and wax lyrical about all things triathlon, with some other topics thrown in, contact Marlene Power at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. You will also need to deposit your $20 into the club account (BSB 704 328 Account No 197693 S11). No further RSVPs will be accepted after Tuesday 3rd December 2013.
We look forward to seeing everyone in their Christmas finery and wearing something other than lycra.
NEW CLUB UNIFORMS HAVE ARRIVED!!!
The new club uniforms have arrived and they are just perfect! Michelle Clarke has worked hard to find a new supplier and it seems this has paid off.
Michelle will have the uniforms at the next club race (22nd December) but if you ordered one and would like to pick it up sooner, please contact Michelle at email@example.com or phone 0412 091 449.
And for those of us envious of our teammate’s splendid new uniforms, Michelle will be placing another order in January. This will be your last chance to order a uniform before Club Championships. You can check out the samples (or the real things!) at the next race or get in touch with Michelle on the contact details above to arrange an alternative time.
Thanks to Michelle for all her hard work involved in getting this organised.
SPEAKING OF CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS…
Don’t be complacent, these things have a habit of creeping up on you. Remember yesterday when it was just the beginning of the season? Yeah, well, now it’s nearly Christmas.
So now is the time to get organised and register for the NSW Club Championships in Forster on 5th April 2014.
Club Champs is our opportunity to show off to the rest of the NSW Triathlon community just how strong, friendly and talented our club is. You can attend as a race participant or as a volunteer. All of it counts towards points for the club and our chance to regain our title as Country Club of the year. There is also a great party at the presentation ceremony.
We have again booked accommodation at Forster holiday village. The cost for the weekend is $80.00 which includes two nights’ accommodation, drinks and pizzas on Saturday and the very fashionable special event shirt. It would be great to see as many members as possible make the journey for the weekend. Those who prefer to just make the trip down for the day are also most welcome. As a further incentive the Club will be offering $20 off the entry fee to the event, of which you can take advantage when you register online on the TRINSW website.
To secure or indicate your interest please email Club President Michael Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, the race? It’s 1km swim, 30km cycle, 8km run. All around beautiful Forster. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The date has been confirmed for the Hiawatha Half. This is not a sanctioned triathlon, but is a great race in a fantastic location. To quote one regular participant “if you can do Hiawatha Half, you can do anything”. The race consists of a 2.4km swim, 90km cycle and 20km run. You can do the whole thing, do smaller versions of each leg, or mix and match to suit your own goals. Teams are also welcome.
So put Sunday 9th February 2014 in your diaries. You can register at the Wooli Hotel-Motel at 6.30am BUT the organisers do need to know you're coming, preferably well beforehand. They would rather over-cater than under-cater! The cost is $15 payable on the morning which covers food & shower after. To register your attendance contact Steel Beveridge or Lyn Fulton on 02 66562735 or email email@example.com.
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
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