Aug 31

Mark Gollings Grantham Sprint Triathlon to Bolton UK Ironman part 2

I drove home from Hatfield Leger with mixed feelings . It was great to see how well the local guys who were also doing Bolton UK Ironman ( Craig & Gemma Scott / Karen Lynch ) were going at Hatfield , but it also enhanced the frustration with my injuries. Deep down I knew the Bolton Ironman run was really going to take every ounce of mental & physical strength I had left to give .

Dropping out of the event at this late stage was a non starter.   Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

TT report Round 11 – Man with 2 kittens in his pockets, walking his duck that was wearing shoes.

Y’all ready for this

“TT’s out for summer…..

Turbo training for ever…..

TT bikes broken down to pieces…..

No more helmet……

No more speed suit…..

No more TT overlord dirty looks…..

Well we were top class…..

And we got no principles….

And we got no innocence…

We can’t even think of a word that rhymes….

TT’s out for summer…..

Turbo training for ever!!”

Listen up TT class of 2018, here is your end of season report…. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 25

Mark Gollins Journey from Grantham Sprint tri to Bolton UK Ironman – Part 1

Many know Mark and in this prequal he gives us the background to his build up to racing IronmanUK.

Unbeknown to myself that first lunch  time swim at Riddings Pool with Leigh Peat would lead us both to compete in the 2018 UK Ironman @ Bolton.

Leigh was on my shift late February 2015 , and we chatted about what were both had been up to & what we fancied doing re training . Leigh had just qualified as a black belt in Kick boxing and was looking for another challenge . I was regularly competing in Duathlons and had done the bike leg in the Weymouth Challenge Relay “Ironman distance” the previous Sept 2014 competing with Damian Mitchell ( Swim ) & Pulmani Bangani ( Run )

We both chatted and found out neither of us could swim !! Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 21

Lee Portess Outlawin’

It would be cool to say i realised a dream I’d had for years but nothing is further from the truth. My journey into triathlons started at the Lincsquad adventure race. Not a swim,bike or run in sight! I was asked to kayak for a team for a couple of years. This then morphed into the bomber so i entered as swim/ kayak and thought that the atmosphere was amazing so wondered if i could possibly manage a sprint tri. With the help of Lincsquad and Parkrun I managed to just about crawl round the course, went home and died for the rest of the day but I’d done it! Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Halls menthol strength at Glasgow Euro AG Champs

So this is a race report about a sprint distance triathlon raced in Glasgow.

Ah ha you’ll be thinking that at last, this race report can’t possibly contain the words Ironman and non-wetsuit. Sorry but I’m going to try and fit them in somehow #laughingface. Read the rest of this entry »

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