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Thrills, Spills and Hills at East Riding Triathlon.

  Wow, that’s soon come around again! The organisers of the East Riding Triathlon once again came up trumps with their Sprint Triathlons that can’t be far from being the first and last triathlons on the British race calendar. The April event always kickstarts the season and can serve as a test for those cold winter hours […]

Swampdodger – The Squelchel

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After a very successful (meaning cold, windy, muddy and pittling down with rain!) Swampdodger in January Sallie and Mark, with Vicky and Shona as timekeepers decided that they’d tempt fate again and organise another off road duathlon at Atkinsons Warren. Heres SwampMistress Sallie’s race report.

Lincsquad AGM

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The Lincsquad Annual General Meeting for the upcoming 2014 World Championship season took place on the 9th of January 2014 and as usual was very well attended by club members. It always encouraging to see Lincsquadders both old and new willing to get involved and support each other in the enjoyment of our sport no […]

A Wintery Ferriby 10.

  It was officially recorded as the wettest January in over 100 years! Out of all of those days one of the harshest, just had to be the day of the Ferriby 10 mile. As if this historic race at Skidby (once won by Brendan Foster) isn’t testing enough?!   The in form Gav Mann […]

Josh Jones’ Cleethorpes NYD 10k

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After my success at the Lincsquad/Keyo Brigg Sprint triathlon I had no time to celebrate as it was back into hard training for Cleethorpes 10k on New Year’s Day. On the back of this success I was contacted by Andrew Coulson offering sports massages for a year. I have attended a few sessions with him […]

Thrills, Spills and Hills at East Riding Triathlon.

 

Wow, that’s soon come around again! The organisers of the East Riding Triathlon once again came up trumps with their Sprint Triathlons that can’t be far from being the first and last triathlons on the British race calendar. The April event always kickstarts the season and can serve as a test for those cold winter hours invested in training but can also be a cruel reminder that you don’t improve through gaining a winter coat and hibernation.

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The gamble of course this early in the season is the weather and cycling in little more than your swimming cossie down hills at speeds of 30mph isn’t everyone’s idea of fun.

This  challenging and more technical of bike courses, along with the inclement weather has you deliberating tyre and wheel choice but despite the strong wind and rain it was surprisingly warm.

The Lincsquad ladies in Caitlin Bower and Ruth Wilson outshone their male counterparts when it came to lifting the silverware. Both girls won their age groups despite making it tough on themselves. Caitlin, still racing as a youth, produced an effortless swim of 6 min 16 secs which proved by far, the fastest swim of the day. A respectable ride followed by a somewhat painful run in some ill fitting trainers (didn’t listen to Dad) still saw the swim champ appear perfectly at home in this multi-discipline event.

All ready and packed for next week’s trip to represent Great Britain, Ruth Wilson almost scuppered her chances of wearing the red white and blue as the tricky conditions saw Ruth………..fall off! By Ruth’s own admission she was in cloud cuckoo land for the next several miles as a bang to the head and road rash took it’s toll. Not one to sit and mope, Ruth put in her customary run to finish top of her age group. It still isn’t clear if there was an error with Ruth’s finishing time and she may have won top female overall too? Unfortunately her timing chip was lost during the swim but her time was almost 15 minutes slower than her efforts in the same race in October. We could see this left Ruth scratching her bruised head to why this could be? What did happen in those missing 15 minutes? I’m sure Ruth will put this one down to experience and be grateful she can still fly the flag next weekend.

Steve Grocock (4th) and Huwie Davies (6th) both seemed pleased with their early season form. The dicey wet conditions nearly saw Steve joining Ruth by almost hitting the deck in an effort to hang on to the biking big boys in Daz Sharpe (2nd) and Kev Dawson(3rd). Steve didn’t mind admitting there was certainly a little ‘bottling it’ going on after that initial fright. Huwie, now riding what must be the number one contender for the ‘Prettiest Bike Award’ was especially pleased with his 5k run time of 19 mins 23 secs.

Stuart Grocock persuaded(bullied) into competing at the eleventh hour by his slightly older brother had a great race considering his Sunday was supposedly meant to be sat with his feet up watching the Grand Prix! Some goggle faux pas’ didn’t do much to dent Stu’s enthusiasm. Arriving back at the Leisure centre in what seemed no time at all had the Lincsquad newbie thinking….’Oh,…. is that it?!’

Jonthan Bower was handed the task of chaperoning his daughter in the swim and keeping a watchful eye on her from the neighbouring lane. Not quite sure how that was going to work when Caitlin beats every other swimmer by a length?! Still, not wanting to be wholly upstaged, Jonathan showed where Caitlin gets her inspiration from and a cracking time of 6 mins 57 seconds proves this swimming malarkey really is a family thing. I think the run may well be the topic of conversation at the Bower’s dinner table as Dad was also seen hobbling in agony along the motorway towpath. Trying to career around some of the slower runners saw Jonathan picking the wrong route resulting in the onset of calf pain!

With some good finishing positions and enough Club members this time to meet the criteria the icing on the cake was for Lincsquad to be crowned Club Champions!………..Erm, not quite sure what happened here as we all waited with bated breath it seems this prize didn’t get awarded? Not even sure if our top 5 accumulated finishing times would have been enough to beat the Barracudas or not? If somebody wants to do the Math we can ask the question? Since going to press the East Riding Tri guys have sent their apologies as we did win the Team prize after-all. Well done everyone.

Swampdodger – The Squelchel

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After a very successful (meaning cold, windy, muddy and pittling down with rain!) Swampdodger in January Sallie and Mark, with Vicky and Shona as timekeepers decided that they’d tempt fate again and organise another off road duathlon at Atkinsons Warren. Heres SwampMistress Sallie’s race report.

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Lincsquad AGM

AGM logo

The Lincsquad Annual General Meeting for the upcoming 2014 World Championship season took place on the 9th of January 2014 and as usual was very well attended by club members.

It always encouraging to see Lincsquadders both old and new willing to get involved and support each other in the enjoyment of our sport no matter their perceived abilities.

Here’s to a successful 2014 multisport season!

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A Wintery Ferriby 10.

 

It was officially recorded as the wettest January in over 100 years! Out of all of those days one of the harshest, just had to be the day of the Ferriby 10 mile. As if this historic race at Skidby (once won by Brendan Foster) isn’t testing enough?!

Gav Mann

 

The in form Gav Mann , fully rested from his previous weeks victory at the Swamp Dodger Duathlon was one of several hardy Lincsquadders that refused to let the cruel conditions curtail their days racing. Gav, despite the maelstroms managed a PB in 58.18, coming 6th overall and first in his age group.

 

 

Jane Taylor (another dodger of swamps, there’s a common theme here) also seems to thrive in these conditions and managed to pick off umpteen athletes in the final furlong. An excerpt from Jane’s post on the forum says it all……..Jane Taylor

Well, I thought the conditions for the Swampdodger were grim but the Ferriby 10 mile yesterday made that look like a breeze in the park. Cold, strong wind with lashing rain/hail/sleet and roads that more nearly resembled rivers. As if that wasn’t bad enough, there were people running in vests and shorts – just looking at them made you feel even colder – and I was regretting just forgetting a hat! It was a great run though, and massive congratulations to Gav Mann, Gareth Crabb and Paul Ralph who all put in great runs the latter two finishing in 1:09:45 and 1:18:47 respectively. I was very happy to get round in 1:25:30 as I hadn’t been sure I’d make the distance and was very chuffed to move up 46 places between half way and the finish and especially to pass people on the last climb. The final conundrum was desperately needing to change into dry clothes but having hands that were so cold you couldn’t undo zips, pins etc.

GB qualifier Ruth wilson was also finding some early season form and finished 7th female overall in 1:10:03.
Apologies if I’ve missed anyone from the results. As the club continually grows it gets tougher trying to weedle out the Lincsquadders when running under their Running Club colours. Please let me know on the forum and I can make a quick edit to this post.

Josh Jones’ Cleethorpes NYD 10k

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After my success at the Lincsquad/Keyo Brigg Sprint triathlon I had no time to celebrate as it was back into hard training for Cleethorpes 10k on New Year’s Day.

On the back of this success I was contacted by Andrew Coulson offering sports massages for a year. I have attended a few sessions with him and would defiately recommend him to anyone who needs his services. From these sessions it has helped reduce muscle soreness and maintain optimal body conditions reducing the risk of injury.

After years of using Rusty’s cycles for bikes and other equipment they are looking into providing sponsorship along with their contacts of Scott/Forme with having both bikes on demonstration to me. Read more

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