Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 3rd September 2017

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With Ironman Wales and the Brutal Triathlons just around the corner, we didn't have many people racing this weekend, but Andrew 'Pops' Martin didn't let us down!

  • Reading Sprint Triathlon: Andrew ‘Pops’ Martin raced the Reading Sprint Triathlon yesterday as a warm up race for the Age Group World Championships in Rotterdam in 2 weeks time. Andrew had a great race, with the fastest swim and bike times of the day to come home 2nd overall and 1st in his age group. Well done, great preparation for the World Champs!!! 

Ironman Hamburg race report - Craig Burrows

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Coached athlete Craig Burrows raced Ironman Hamburg a few weeks ago, lets hear what he thought about this race and see how he got on:

Continuing the modus operandi of 2017’s ‘only flat races need apply’, Ironman Hamburg promised to be just that. With a fraction over 1000m of climbing (IM wales has almost 3000m for a comparison) and two loops of closed road German tarmac this had all the potential to be a PB course, and that's precisely why I chose it. After successfully negotiating personal bests in both Marathon and 70.3 distance this year it was time to turn my full attention to the one that mattered most.

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Ironman Vichy 70.3 race report - Luke England

 

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Coached athlete Luke England raced Ironman Vichy 70.3 on Saturday, lets check out his race report and see how he got on:

Even before Staffs 70.3 in June I always knew my “A Race” was going to be Vichy. The course was supposed to be fast and overall conditions were also deemed to be more suitable for me. It would also serve as a mini getaway for Mrs E and I knew she was very much looking forward to a little trip away.

Following on from the lessons I learnt at Staffs, it was decided that we would focus on getting the bike and run in better shape before the race. In the weeks leading up to the race there were a lot more brick sessions and focused runs and as race day approached, I can genuinely say I felt more prepared this time around. I’m not entirely sure what gave me this feeling, but something did.

Read more: Ironman Vichy 70.3 race report - Luke England

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 26th & 27th August 2017

 This weekend we had a few WhittleFit coached athletes and friends of WhittleFit racing, from Canada to France and Austria! Lets check out how they got on:IronmanVichyq IPD5NNlm5l

  • Ironman Vichy 70.3: Luke England raced Ironman Vichy 70.3 on Saturday with the goal of setting a PB and getting as close to 4hr45 as possible. Luke raced really well on a hot day and came home in a time of 4:45:09; well done Luke!
  • Ironman Vichy: coached athlete Darren Goswell and friend of WhittleFit Darryl Sleath raced the full distance at Ironman Vichy yesterday, with Darren (coached by coach Lawrence) looking for a PB and Darryl making his Ironman debut. On what proved to be another hot day (like the day before for the 70.3 race) both Darren and Darryl did extremely well with Darren coming home in a time of 10hr26 and Darryl in a time of 14:47; well done guys!
  • ITU Multisport Long Distance World Championships: Due to circumstances outside the control of coach Lawrence, he was unable to race the World Championship race yesterday, so raced the open race instead. Lawrence had a superb race and finished 2nd overall! Great racing coach!
  • Ironman Zell am See 70.3: Martyn Lewis and friend of WhittleFit Paul Newman both raced the stunning course at Zell am See, Austria yesterday and both raced very well. Martyn (coached by coach Lawrence) came home in a time of 6hr14 and Paul came home in a time of 6hr07, well done both, enjoy the rest of your stay in Austria!  

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 19th & 20th August 2017

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This weekend we had a few WhittleFit coached athletes and friends of WhittleFit racing, lets see how they got on:

  • Gower BRECA swim/run: we had several coached athletes and friends of WhittleFit racing the ‘new’ swimrun format of racing at the Gower on Saturday. Very tough sea conditions meant 30 teams DNF’d the event. James and Tony successfully completed the race with James saying “I thought we were going to die at one point!”, unfortunately Jason and Reggie DNF’d due to severe cramping from Jason, while coach Lawrence and wife Laura came 2nd in the mixed pairs race and 3rd overall. Well done everyone, that was one real tough event!!!  
  • Ironman 70.3 Dublin: Mark Binding raced Ironman 70.3 Dublin with the sole intention of trying to qualify early for next year’s Ironman 70.3 World Champs in South Africa, and I’m pleased to say that Mark was successful in this weekend’s mission! Well done Mark, very pleased for you!