Eton Dorney Sprint Weekend
18th and 19th May 2019- What a great turn out for our 1st targeted tri of the year and looking amazing in our new Kiwi Tri kit. Well done to all who competed, with some fantastic times and PBs. Shout out to Ruth for automtically qualifiying in her age group!!
April and May 2019- The tri season is upon us, we have had lots of the team competing in tri's all over the country. Great effort from all the Kiwi Tri Club. Special well done to Sandra on her 1st place podium position for her age group on her home turf at the Lough Cutra Castle Ireland.
Big Distance Events
March, April and May 2019- We have had some big distance events within all disciplines recently with the swimathon, Hemel Hillbuster, Velo 100 mile ride, Rat Race and the London and Edinburgh Marathon. Well done to all those that took park!
Sarah Takes Gold!
(Race report for Pontevedra ITU World Sprint Duathlon from Alan Grover)
27th April 2019-Torrential rain on arrival in Pontevedra ruled out any form of course recces. A drive of the bike course revealed speed-bumps and roundabouts, to a winding 8km uphill out, and a fast looking downhill return via the same route. Sarah was relatively happy with the hard uphill climbs, but not being a speed merchant, her real worry was handling the likely rapid descent.
Race day started early, overcast, but thankfully no sign of rain. With the run being her strongest discipline, Sarah started confidently in the front pack. The run course was 2x 2.5km of twists and turns through the town, and a series of steep inclines thrown in for good measure. A fast running Canadian lead into transition with Sarah 20 secs behind (Run1 18:36, 3rd fastest woman across all age-groups).
Out on the bike course, things got real interesting. Sarah explained – “I got caught half-way up the hill on the bike course by a huge group of athletes with lots of GB girls which made for an exciting/nervous descent – I reached my max ever speed!”
Sarah managed to catch the Canadian just after the turn back, and then crucially managed to drop her on the descent (Bike1 20km 37:58). At least 15 athletes exited T2 close together, out for the final 2.5km run lap. The competiveness of the race wave (F16-44 age-groups) was highlighted by the fact that 7 of the top 8 athletes were to finish the race within 20 secs of each other. Sarah pushed on strongly to run through the group (Run2 10:09) and take the 2019 ITU World Sprint Duathlon Champion F25-29 Gold (total time 1:09:02, finishing 6th fastest woman overall) – a fantastic achievement and great reward for all Sarah’s hard effort and training over the last year.
3rd March 2019 - We had a busy weekend of running events including a great turn out of the Kiwi Tri Club on the Berko Half and Fun Run (5 miles), as well as the Stowe Trail Run, well done to all that raced in the cold and wet conditions.
Ashridge Duathlon ITU Qualifier
26th & 27th Jan 2019 - Well done to all that took part in the Ashridge Duathlon including the marshalls. The conditions were tough but we had great results from all. Massive well done to Sarah Grover getting 2nd Female and to Ruth Grint and Kevin Lawley for all qualifiying in their age groups for the 2020 ITU Sprint Duathlons World Championships.
TriMark Bronze Accreditation
9th Jan 2019 - The newest club to be accredited as a Bronze Trimark Club. The Trimark is a quality standards and ensures clubs have the relevant policies, management committee and safeguarding measures in place.
Well done all in achieving this so quickly after establishing the club.