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Weekend round up 24th & 25th March


A weekend of action with Lincsquadders racing at Clumber Duathlon, Oulton Park Duathlon and Lincoln 10k.

Clumber Duathlon
(Report by Steve Dolby aka Dobbers)

This was the second of three duathlons which Lincsquad had representatives in through the month of March and the field was split between Saturdays Clumber park and Sundays Olton Park event.

The Saturday got under way again with an early alarm belting an old classic 80s tune out!! Shower, Breakfast and out the door…… We were again fighting the foggy morning with a slow drive over to Clumber Park. Thankfully it was the same for every one so arriving a tad later than we wanted too turned out to be not an issue.

It was time for race prep so off to transition with the ‘new’ kit which turned up only hours before…..Great timing…..Rachel Love (Lovey) nearly had to do it starkers!! But saved by the bell!!

We all appeared in transition at a similar time so there was a good bit of banter whilst also attempting to get the race face on. (One day I will find that race face instead of just meandering around looking at what everyone else is up too!!).
Huwie Davies turned up a few minutes later as he thought he would get an advantage with a lay-in, as he stayed in a local hotel………..Leaving his support crew in bed, thought he would cycle down to the transition!!!! Only to find that he had left his BTF license in the car!! Whoops!! So a speedy ride back to the hotel was on the agenda. Only to get lost in the park and not find the hotel, returning back to transition with a cap in hand as he had no cash to get a day license!! Ten minutes of Busking and he soon had the crucial fiver to get in and set up!! Apparently thanks to Binchy paying him the money not to sing……………

The race referee had announced that the race was delayed due to safety reasons and the visibility on the roads for the bike leg so we all waited around an extra 25 minutes paying more visits to the loos than we probably needed too!
It wasn’t long and we were all called to the start line. Not really being prepared for the run as chatting to the other competitors appeared to be the priority…..Off went the hooter to start the race and we was off. The two lap race was fairly straight forward with the speedy guys setting the pace and a few of us bringing up the rear. Classic women, Sprint men then Sprint women…….Everybody had eventually took to the course and it was all a bit busy. A few high 5’s as we crossed paths with our fellow Lincsquadders and we was sure to be on the bike.

At this point I was hoping and praying that the wobble factor was not going to come back as it did at the last event. Swiftly out of transition and on the to the Clumber Park roads we all went. I didn’t realise at the time but Huwie had sustained a puncture only a few 100 meters past the mount line so his ride had not got off to the best start.
The Bike leg went very smooth (well most of it) for me as I posted a 1.04.20 being the 7th fastest time of the day. That’s something which doesn’t happen very often!!

Lack of prep did however mean that I opted to take the flex of the top of the straw in my aero bottle as it was poking me in the eye on the previous Dambuster event only to leave it short and to the point where I had to drop off the bars to get a descent slurp of my drink!! Another lesson learnt………But no wobble in the wheels .. Cool!!
Not seeing other Lincsquadders on the bike route I assumed that all was well and everyone was having a good one. Fantastic cheers from the spectators (and a marshal we all know!!!) and it was soon off the bike and on to the run again for the last 5k.

There was the Dobber clang with the addition of Rioja the dog cheering away…..followed by Mrs Binchy telling me off as I didn’t have my knees high enough!! And loads of others shouting and cheering offering support on the way round.
Soon to hit the turn point and I had not seen Huwie. He must have been the chap who was down at the start with the puncture!! It didn’t take him long to whizz past me as I was limping along the last 2k with a knee injury……(Rachel Love 2.27.05) Lovey had also made it past the bike and was equally well in to the last run….High 5’s all round and the finish line was in sight.

Jack had already finished with a very respectable 1.20.50 sprint time and Huwie being the first Lincsquadder classic event over the line in 2.14.16 (with puncture).
Thanks for all the support from everyone around the course and well done to those who took part. Great start to the season!!!!! Bring on the next one………

Oulton Park Duathlon (report by Tony Yeats)

Mark York, Tony Yeats & Rob Wood all competed in this fantastic race which uses the motor racing track in a multi lap format for both run & bike legs, with transition in the pit lane. The distances are shorter than the standard distance with run1 5.4miles, bike 24.3miles, run2 2.7miles.

By the time the race started at 12:30 is was 20deg & blazing sunshine. The opening two lap run gave everyone their first look at the undulating track & by the second lap the runners where spread out into a single line.

The bike leg uses the same route as the run but for 9 laps, the track is fast & smooth. With over 300 riders on a lap only 2.7miles long large groups of riders started to form. It’s surprising on a ‘traffic free’ course how often you get held up!
The final run is a single lap with the finish in Parc Ferme.

Finishing times are below, unfortunately on the bike section, Rob Wood got held up at the back of a bunch and was left with no where to go, which caused him to fall foul the drafting rules and he was disqualified with a number of others (he also did an extra lap on the bike, probably trying to get back intio the race director’s good books)

Pos 118 – Mark York Run1 – 37:31 Bike – 1:01 Run2 – 18:52 Total 1hr59
Pos 223 – Tony Yeats Run1 – 39:09 Bike – 1:06 Run2 – 22:39 Total 2hr10
Pos DQ – Rob Wood Run1 – 34:23 Bike – 1:08 Run2 – 18:37

Lincoln 10k (report by Phil Binch)

A big Lincsquad presence in this race with just as many Lincsquadders & familes cheering on from the roadside. It was a glorious sunny day with a slight cold tinge making this an ideal day to hit that personal best (PB).

Some great banter on the way down to the start, Lincsquad Chairman Paul Carvill was keeping himself warm in his Armani bin liner, everyone was feeling ready to push themselves to the limit today, you could just sense it (even if certain members where playing it very calm).

From my point of view this was an important “see where I’m at race”, 11 weeks since the accident & collar bone operation and I needed to know where I was, I was still chasing the elusive sub 40, but I had a pace plan and this 10k I was going to stick to it.

The gun sounded and everyone sprinted up the incline to the roundabout, at 1km with Josh Grocock on my shoulder, Rick Stenton 10 metres in front, Paul Carvill another 10 metres & Neil Barker a similar distance infront of Paul, I checked my garmin, I was exactly on pace & feeling good.

At 2km having passed some of my fellow Lincsquadders on the slight incline from the roundabout, I set about getting back into a rhythm for the flat section to the half way point. Still feeling comfortable I went through 5km in 19:48 and I could still see Neil (chasing his own sub 40) some 50 or so metres in front and pulling away.

At 7km I remember seeing my pace drop slighty and had to dig in to get back on track, this was the best ever position I’d been in to go sub 40, now only 2km to go & on track, I was really up for it now, and dug in again, I remember thinking “I ain’t letting this go, it’s mine”.

I hit the cobbles (very nearly literally, I hate those cobbles at the finish) a slight stumble but all was ok, run you muppet, run. Through the castle walls and I could see the finish line clock showing 39:30, your all mine I thought, a few more metres to go, stretching my leg to make sure my timing chip hit the mat & I stopped my watch, 39:43 …… nice

We all gathered on the grass, swapping stories of success, first Lincsquadder home was newcomer Luke Matthews with some impressive running, Pete Connolly (Mr Consistent with another 37 minute 10k), Neil Barker also going sub 40, youngster Josh Grocock knocking another 30 secs off his best, Rick Stenton pulling out a fantastic 40:56, Christian Brown & Steve Beevers knocking a massive 7 minutes off their previous times, other PB’s (that I know of) from Paul Fytche, Marcus & Jenni Plume, Oliver Saxon, Jacqui Saxon, Dave Burton but I’m sure there are more.

By this time the tempting fragrance of Mrs Dolby’s home baked cup cakes was floating through the air, so there was only one thing to do ……. find them !

Lincoln 10k (report from Dave Burton)
For me the day started off like all other Lincoln 10ks……..a frantic panic to get to the car park before the roads close (I’m sure they move it every year!) followed by queueing for what seemed like hours to get parked!

Panic over and it was off to the start area for a quick run down the road, a few stretches and a quick mental check, warm up done ……check, shiny new Lincsquad club kit …….check, new Garmin wrist gadget (thanks to the advice on the forum) …….check…… I was ready to go!

As always I went off a bit quicker than my usual pace, a combination of enthusiasm and weaving through the crowd meant a first mile in 7.13, once the crowds cleared a bit I settled down to a good pace and by the water station I realised I’d given myself a great chance of a PB.

As I came around to start lap 2 my quick start was starting to take it’s toll, but as a new member what I’m coming to realise is that the support from fellow Lincsquaders on the sidelines is awesome and Lincoln was no different. The extra boost got me up the hill to the castle just in time for a super loud Team Dobber shout to inspire a sprint finish over the cobbles (I hate those cobbles!)

I crossed the line in 46.08 which is another 1.20 off the PB to add to the 2 minutes I took off it at gainsborough.

There was just time for a team photo and then, as I was giving up all hope, I spied Team Dobber with a big tin of cakes so all in all a good day for me!

Finishing times:

36:09 Luke Matthews
37:35 Chris Gibbs
37:41 Pete Connolly
39:19 Neil Barker
39:43 Phil Binch
40:00 Josh Jones
40:45 Luke Osborn
40:56 Rick Stenton
41:15 Josh Grocock
41:19 Paul Fytche
42:28 Jamie Griffin
42:56 Chris Spavin
42:58 Steve Ornsby
43:08 Paul Carvill
43:40 Marcus Plume
44:10 Oliver Saxon
46:08 Dave Burton
50:39 Christian Brown
50:40 Steve Beevers
50:43 Jacqui Saxon
60:56 Jenni Plume
61:05 Liz Wood

Full results can be found at www.chiptiming.co.uk/pdf/lincoln10k2012.pdf

Dambuster Duathlon-Rutland Water


The day started with the alarm ringing out reminding the Dobber house at 04.15 that the season was just about to begin. Quick shower, pack the car and we was off, arriving at Rutland water just after 6.30. We weren’t the only early birds though as Marcus Plume, Emma Phillips and Mark York had already arrived and was preparing to walk over to registration. There were a few nervous faces around as this would be the 2012 opener for quite a few of us.

Transition set up and 800 people stood around listening to the race briefing!!!!!! It was here……3-2-1 go. The young guns had set off and Marcus was on his way. Great for spectators as we could see him racing the other side of the lake!! 10 minutes later the middle agers was off and Mark led the way with Steve and Tony chasing through a very busy starting 100 meters. 2km in to the race and again the perfect view point you could here Mrs Dobber shouting “GO ON DOBBER” from the other side of the lake…. A customary hand wave for her efforts was followed by some of the other athletes who were running close by saying “Bloomin hell, there cheering already and we have only just started. I didn’t own up at this point to be the one who she was shouting about!!!!! Alan and Emma was soon away bringing up the rear and all Team Lincsquad was well on there way.

It wasn’t long before Tony whipped past Dobber setting a cracking pace before we crossed the Dam. It was fairly obvious, looking at each other as we passed over the out and back 10k run that we was all enjoying the beautiful scenery and the weather was helping us all set respectable times.

T1 was on and the aero helmet and carbon was on its way out of transition with me on it!! A few shouts of “COME ON” from Mrs Dobber and we was all on our way on the 42k Rutland Ripple ride.

This is where it went a tad pear shaped for me as although elated that it was the new bikes first outing (and boy is that baby fast!!!!! ) I soon realised that lack of practise and lack of set up was not good when you are travelling close to 40MPH down hill and the whole bike starts to shake. With my heart in my mouth the brakes smoking and the wobble getting worse I managed to stay on the thing and bring it to a gradual stop. “Bum cheeks”…..I thought…..That’s my race over!! Off the bike and checking the tightness of the wheels……All appeared to be good so off I went again, well for 5 yards and then off again. Something was seriously wrong, but what was it? I didn’t have a clue!!!!! Back on the bike, having a little word to myself and I was back chasing the hundreds who flew past me whilst I was having a wobble!! Giving it everything attempting to make up the couple of minutes that I had lost soon found me at the infamous ripple and out of the aero position just hanging on with fingers tickling the brakes as wobble, wobble, wobble again!!

Now getting used to being blown around like a kite in the wind with the deep rimmed wheels I was making some time up and passing a few bikes….and a few cars (wink, wink). I hadn’t seen any other Lincsquadders so every one was going well in tough breezy conditions.

A few more shouts from the Dobber and Plume supporter crew and we hit T2 at speed. In fact I put a hole in my lucky socks when I jumped off the bike before the dismount line …..Drat!!

The second run was also a toughy as the lactic acid was kicking in. Mark was flying as he was on his way back in. Feeling my legs coming back I was able to kick in for the last 3-4k and saw Alan, Tony and Marcus on their way out on the run.

Over the line (2:26:24) I passed after a sprint finish to be met by Mark (2:19:14) who had finished and was recovered cheering us through the line. Soon to finish was Alan (2:26:33), who went off in wave 3 and Tony (2:36:33). All of us now gathering to cheer Marcus over the line (2:48:12) who had just finished his longest event ever as he had only covered sprint distances last season and Emma (2:45:46) who started in the last wave came over to complete the crew. Soon after there was a few stories being shared and the customary team Lincsquad photo.

Writteb by Steve Dolby

Oulten Duathlon

Carl Gac

Today saw me traveling over the pennines to Oulten park race track. A little different to other duathlons, and one which i could not stop thinking about having a go at.

The race consisted of a 2 lap run at 8.62K, a 9 lap bike at 38.8K and a 4.31K final run 1 lap, all on the race track. After the poor conditions at Clumber Park I was hoping for the sun to shine, and shine it did after an early shower the race started half hour late in near perfect conditions.
The race started with a mass start, sprint and standard together. As normal I started pretty steady picking it up a little through the race, checking out all the corners for the 9lap bike leg later.
Onto the bike now, this looks fast, Wonder what Jenson Button would think of this course ! I Was overtaking quite a few competitors, going pretty well, After my lesson at Clumber Park hopfully a fading memory now, I held back a little saving myself for later. Timing the first lap I had a near idea I would complete the 9 laps at just over the hour, well that’s my way and it worked.
After a good transition and with my legs feeling heavy I dragged myself round half decently, with about 15 or so athletes overtaking me before the finish, I was well pleased to break 2 hours.


  • Run 8.62k 36.06
  • T1. 0.55
  • Bike 38.8k 1.02.41
  • T2. 0.51
  • Run 4.31k 18.14

Overall 1.58.50

8th age group
Think in top 50 overall

Great race, no potholes, no traffic, just a bit different, there’s another in the Autumn.

Have to wait to see how far off this age group qualifying thingy i am fingers grossed, hoping to have a holiday in Spain if I qualify.

My First Multisport Race


Steve Dolby shares his experience at the recent Clumber Park Duathlon

After the excitement of the local duathlons set by Dan Broughton and Dave Hinch I was really looking forward to my First official multi sport event of my very short sporting career.

The morning of the event started with the alarm rattling away at 4.30 as Mrs Dobber and the Mini Dobber Lincsquad support team wanted to be up and away bright and early. A bowl of over cooked porridge and a couple of nut bars later we was on our way to Clumber Park.

As we arrived third in the cue at the gate (best position I was going to get on the day) reality started to kick in a bit. Yep, the race was here and I was running and representing the club for the first time. We parked up and strolled over to the registration area in our team Lincsquad hoodies (1 degree at this point) to look over our shoulders to see other Lincsquad hoodies trotting over the park. That looked so cool and put my nerves at ease immediately.

With several text messages from other lincsquad members wishing me and the others all the best and also the other Lincsquad competitors doing the same it was nearly time to start the race. Just needed to double check the transition area…..
My bike was set up, this was after some help from a bloke next to me as I didn’t really know what I was doing…..First timer and all that…… Shoes on the floor and helmet sat in the ready position……All my prep work was now complete.
A couple of stretches later and the second wave was about to go off. 321…Bang and we had started the 10k run. Apart from the hilly course which I had not previously done an official 10k on, I had set my heart at getting a PB. Up hill and down dale we went and to my pleasure I was feeling quite good.

The cheers from the Lincsquad supporters certainly helped around the course. I couldn’t keep up with the boys though as they started to disappear in to the distance. In my mind was comments from other club members…’Run your own race’. That is what I did and came over into transition knocking 3 minutes of my previous 10k time. Nice one I thought!! Even though Jo Walker started 8 minutes after me and over took me before the end of the first run…….Wow!!!!!!
I thought transition was a little strange though as previously my bike was one of hundreds on rack 2 but now it appeared to be the only one left!! Blimey the others were already flying around the 40k bike circuit…. Anyway that was not the only thing. A little dazed and disorientated I looked down to get my bike shoes on and I thought they had been moved!!!!!! I was only looking in the wrong area about a metre away from my bike!! Dohhh!!
Off I went running out of transition and on to the bike. All was going well until my chain came off! Again previous advice from the club members and I managed to lean down and without falling off, put my chain on! Phew! That was close….Only for it to happen again about 30 seconds later.
3 miles to go and I started to blow a bit. Anyway, this guy came whizzing past me so I thought, breather time!! Get on his back wheel for a minute to have a rest!! It went OK until the marshal on his motorbike came level with me and shouted ‘192 find your own space’ I thought cheeky bugger!! This other bloke was in my space!! I suppose the rules are there to stop people trying to grab a quick lift………..Never mind!!
The last 5k run was beckoning and after I had got out of transition and the crowds of supporters had been left behind it all started to get a bit lonely! The legs felt like lead and I had to go up that blooming hill again!! Thinking about all the support that had turned up on the day gave me a real boost at this point as some had even ridden over to cheer us along. Awesome guys..top job.
Finish line was now fast approaching and that was it…..My first multi event was all over!!

Thank you to all the Lincsquad supporters and Lincsquad competitors for all your support before, during and after the race. Makes me proud to be part of such a FAB club!!

All the best Steve Dolby :)

Kirmington Muddy Duathlon


16 hardy competitors and plenty of supporters turned out on a dry Sunday morning for the Kirmington MUDDY Duathlon.

Although the weather was fine on the day, some heavy rain over the last few days had made the tracks and fields very muddy and slippery.

A short race briefing to confirm route and directions and they were off.

Phil Binch took advantage of the road section and stretched out the field, followed closely by Mark York & Rob Wood, through the woods and the stream, there was nothing in it coming into T1.

Phil was first out of T1 on the mountain bike, but Mark York, Dan Broughton & Rob Wood soon caught him a mile or so later in the first field and pulled away.

Rob Wood recorded the fastest mountain bike section in a time of 41:11, with Lincsquad newcomer Chris Ware recording the second fastest bike section, only 8 seconds behind.

Rob was first into T2, with Mark York & Dan Broughton close behind.

Then disaster, Rob turned left out of transition instead of right, he didnt hear the shouts from his fellow competitors and continued on, repeating the 2 mile run route from earlier, instead of the 1 mile run route around Kirmington.

Mark & Dan ran around the 1 mile route together, wondering who would make the first move, with 300 metres to go, they both went for it and Mark sprinted up the last incline to take the win by just 4 seconds.

About a minute behind was Andrew Lawson on his first Lincsquad off road Duathlon finishing in 3rd place after recording the 5th fastest mountain bike section (only 69 seconds slower than the fastest bike split) and 2nd fastest final run.

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