Sunday, 16 August 2009

Worthing Olympic Distance Tri

Great day in Worthing. Champ (Ryan Evans) goes 2:27, Maurice (Alasdair Poole) goes 2:45 and Beaney (Victoria Beaney) goes 2:47.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Milton Keynes Olympic Distance Tri

Fordy (Kieron Ford) put in a cracking 2:21 in Milton Keynes to go 2nd on the Whinfell Harriers all-time list!

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Ironman Switzerland

Jimbo goes 11:00:21 in Zurich at Ironman Switzerland

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Ironman Austria

Paul (PJ) Trowsdale goes 11:17:21 and Dave Fox goes 11:44:30 in Austria. Outstanding Ironman debuts boys, well done.

Monday, 15 June 2009

2009 UK Ironman 70.3

Whinfell Harriers were out in force at Wimbleball, Exmoor last weekend for the 2009 UK Ironman 70.3 half-ironman distance race.

After 12 months of training (from left-to-right above photo) James Poole (Jimbo), Al Poole (Maurice), Kieron Ford (Fordy), Ryan Evans (Champ) and Brett Welch (Crazy-horse) each put in stunning races to finish the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, half-marathon run within their expected finish times.

Fordy led the Whinfell boys out of the water with a champion swim split and was first onto the bike. Four minutes later, Jimbo surfaced before starting a 'where did that come from?' bike ride. Maurice was third out of the water showing that his recent pool(e) miles have massively improved his stroke (some thanks for this should probably go to Fordy for his technical advice!). He then backed up the swim with a bit of an epic bike leg puncturing twice. It's a credit to Maurice's training that despite all this, he still finished the bike well within the cut-off.

Crazy-horse, so called because with two wheels beneath him he seemingly has no concept of the word PAIN, showed the kind of form that has been ruining the rest of us in training. With a typically powerful performance he set himself up for a solid run that would get him well inside his predicted finishing time.

Champ, the last out of the water, got progressively stronger throughout the bike course and didn't stop there - he ran negative splits on the three laps of the run course - this has Ironman potential written all over it.

The run course, a hilly off-road half-marathon was a strength-sapping culmination to the race following the brutal bike course. Jimbo on the course ahead of scheduled expectations put in a solid 1:37 a PB on this course bagging a finishing time of 5:20, a PB by 35 minutes. Fordy, naturally strong on the run posted a great run-time of 1:50 showing everyone how a first-time half-ironman triathlon should be done. His overall finishing time of 5:50 was a whole 40 minutes faster than he'd expected. Ryan, third home for Whinfell Harriers also put in a good run-split of 1:51 and finished in 6:15. Crazy-horse's gallop of 2:11 got him fourth spot with a finishing time of 6:22 and not to be outdone, Maurice's great run of 2:04 closed a great day of racing for the team within his target 7 hour target time.

Jimbo 5:20:25
Fordy 5:50:31
Champ 6:15:05
Crazy-horse 6:22:25
Maurice 6:55:25

With such strong debuts at the half-ironman distance by Fordy, Champ, Crazy-horse and Maurice over the world's hardest course, there's really only question guys.....!

Thanks go to the team's girls for moral, logistical, photographic and nutritional support - cheers ladies!

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Buttermere Triathlon 2009

Thanks to everyone who supported the Buttermere Triathlon despite the atrocious weather conditions!

From your generous donations, we raised £185.83 which is being divided equally between The Prostate Cancer Charity and Meningitis UK.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Buttermere Triathlon - 9th May 2009

Following last year's success, Buttermere Triathlon is back for 2009 on a new course. There are changes to the swim, bike and run courses which take place in the picturesque Buttermere, Borrowdale and Newlands valleys of the Lake District.

Full details can be found
here, and a map of the course can be found here.

The race is ideal preparation for longer events later in the season, and in its own right, should be a good challenge for people accustomed to pool lengths and boring, flat road miles!

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Vitruvian Half-ironman

We are sending a team to the Vitruvian Half-Ironman distance tri. This has been voted Britain's best race a few times, and is held at Rutland Water in Leicestershire on 5th September 2009. For details or to enter, go to the race website.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009