Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 1st & 2nd July 2017

DDv5w32XUAAUUjs.jpg largeThis weekend we had lots of WhittleFit athletes racing, from Dartmoor, to north and south Wales and even France.........lets see how they got on:

  • Dartmoor Classic Sportive: Emma Edworthy did the super tough Dartmoor Classic Sportive yesterday, which has 10,000 feet of climbing! Nice work Emma, great preparation for Ironman Chattanooga! 
  • Dragon Duathlon: several friends and coached athletes did the tough Dragon Duathlon (going from south to north Wales) on Saturday. Everyone did extremely well in very tough conditions, with Simon and Jason successfully defending their 2016 relay title, well done guys!
  • Marmotte Sportive: Andy Backhouse and Rich Baker completed the amazing Marmotte Sportive this weekend, taking on the climbs of the Glandon, Télégraphe, Galibier and Alpe d‘Huez. Well done guys, stunning course and excellent riding! 
  • Monmouth Aquathlon: We had several WhittleFit athletes racing the Monmouth Aquathlon yesterday, congrats to Cath, Lowri, coach Lawrence and Mrs coach (Laura!) on their performances; standout results were Laura coming home as 2nd lady and coach Lawrence came 7th, well done all!
  • Fan Dance: Simon Thomas did the famed Fan Dance run (the Fan Dance is the original SAS selection route, a 24k march in the Brecon Beacons that is infamous within the ranks of all UK Special Forces) on Saturday. Simon wanted to get under 3 hours and actually finished in 2 hours 59 mins and 57 seconds!!! Well done Simon! 

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 24th & 25th June 2017

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This past weekend we had lots of WhittleFit athletes racing, lets see how they got on:

  • European Sprint Triathlon Championships: Andrew ‘Pops” Martin raced the European Sprint Championships in Dusseldorf this weekend and had a great race. Unfortunately, he crashed on the bike, but was brave enough to get back on the bike (the stewards wouldn’t let him originally as they thought he had broken his leg!) and finished the race in 5th place! He was so close to medal position and definitely would have been on the podium if not for the crash. Well done Pops, amazing effort!
  • Pembrokeshire Triathlon: Tom Foster raced the Pembrokeshire Olympic Triathlon in Broad Haven on Saturday, racing extremely well to move up through the field on the bike and run to finish on the podium in 3rd place (behind GB triathlete James Hockin and Ironman professional Oliver Simon). Well done, great result!
  • Cardiff Triathlon: WhittleFit had lots of athletes racing at the Cardiff Triathlon on Sunday, in all of the races, including the Olympic distance race, the Sprint race and the Super Sprint race. Everyone had a great race, with lots of PB’s and several athletes placing very well in their age group categories. Gareth Hodgson was the stand out of the day, with an excellent 2nd place in the Olympic distance race, nice work Gareth!
  • Crawley Triathlon: James Coxon raced the Crawley Sprint Triathlon yesterday and only went and won it! Great work James, onwards and upwards!
  • Stuttgart Half Marathon: coach Henry travelled to Stuttgart to race the Stuttgart Half Marathon this weekend and away with a solid time of 1:22, well done coach! 


Titan Middle Distance Triathlon Race Report - Angharad Pocock

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WhittleFit coached athlete Angharad Pocock raced the Titan Middle Distance Triathlon in Brecon last weekend, let's hear how she got on:

The alarm went off at 5am and it was already very warm outside. After my bowl of porridge and banana I smothered myself in factor 30 sun cream and started to get ready for setting up in transition.

I’d entered the Titan Middle distance as I knew it was a tough course and would give me the ideal race prep for Ironman Wales in September. A couple of weeks before Stuart and I had planned a bike route recce, and I had a run to do straight after. The weather was terrible: rain, wind, cold, but this was the kind of weather you’d expect so it was heads down and get on with it. We didn’t complete the whole course as we were drenched, but at least I’d got a taste for the ‘Iron Mountain’ so knew what was to come on race day.

Read more: Titan Middle Distance Triathlon Race Report - Angharad Pocock

Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 Race Report - Luke England

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WhittleFit coached athlete Luke England raced the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire triathlon last weekend, let's hear how his race went:

The adventure started back in August 2015, and no, I’m not referring to the decision to start training specifically. I’m referring to the rollercoaster of life that led me to the start line in Staffordshire.

It was August 29th 2015 and I had just finished my first 70.3, in Zell am See, my second triathlon. My wife and I were keeping a little secret. We’d just found out we were going to have another baby, and, as selfish as we can be sometimes, I knew I had would have to make sacrifices. Training wasn’t going to be possible with two under two. I needed to be there to tackle our newborn baby, not in the pool.

Over the next 13 months, there were a lot of sleepless nights and subsequent exhaustion ensued. Having two-under-two is testing, to say the least. My decision to take time out from competing was very much vindicated.

September 2015 came round fast and I had decisions to make. Was I going to race again? If so what race would it be? And, how was I going to be able to tailor the training around my lifestyle? Some of the answers came quicker than others, but it was decided I would race again, and I would enlist the help of a coach.

Read more: Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 Race Report - Luke England

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 17th & 18th June 2017

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This past weekend we had lots of WhittleFit athletes racing, from the Scilly Isles, to Denmark, to Italy and beyond, lets see how they got on:

  • ÖtillÖ Scilly Isles swim/run: Coach Lawrence and his wife, Laura, raced as a team in the Scilly Isles in the new sport of swim/run. They both raced exceptionally well (and are still married) to come home as the 5th mixed team and 23rd team overall!
  • Titan Triathlon: The Titan Middle Distance Triathlon at Bryn Bach Parc was simply stunning this weekend, but this made for tough race conditions for Angharad, Martyn and Rich. The tough course and tropical weather made for testing times, but everyone came through with flying colours, well done all!
  • Windsor Olympic Triathlon: Paul Fairclough, coached by Henry, raced with Windsor Castle as a backdrop (very nice!) and came home in 2hr50mins, nice work Paul!   
  • Windsor Sprint Triathon: Julian raced the Windor Sprint Triathlon this weekend and managed a time of 1hr40mins in very hot conditions!
  • Trail Marathon Wales: Johnny Phillips raced possibly the most picturesque race this weekend, with the Trail Marathon Wales race at Coed y Brenin Forest Park in Snowdonia. We’re very jealous at WhittleFit HQ of this race, so congrats Johnny for completing such a stunning trail race!
  • European Sprint Triathlon Champs: Unfortunately, Stu Fraser took a tumble on the bike in Kitzbuhel, he was a bit banged up but he reports that he should be back in action in 4-6 weeks. Heal fast Stu!
  • Ironman 70.3 Staffs: We had a few athletes racing at Staffs this weekend, with James Peters and Luke England setting PB’s and Sarah Jones smashing it on her 70.3 debut, well done all!
  • Ironman 70.3 Pescara: Doug Shaw raced the new 70.3 triathlon in Italy and it seems that Italy was a having a similar heatwave to the UK! Unfortunately Doug recorded a DNF, but I’m sure he’ll be back as strong as ever soon enough!
  • Ironman 70.3 DenmarkCraig Patterson raced the European 70.3 Champs on the weekend and had a great race, securing a slot at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs to be held in Chattanooga, USA on the 9th September, well done Craig!