Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 24th, 29th & 30th July 2017

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  • Aberavon Aquathlon: on Monday evening Tom Nesham raced the Aberavon aquathlon as a tune up for the Sandman Sprint Triathlon taking place the following weekend. Tom raced well and managed to take 7th place. 
  • The Wales Triathlon: we had several coached athletes racing at the Wales Triathlon in Fishguard, including James Grandfield, Craig Burrows, Rob Stroud, Mark Binding, Stephen Rowlands and coach Lawrence. Everyone raced extremely well, with James & Craig (and relay partner Richie) winning the relay, Rob going sub-6, Mark coming 19th, Stephen coming 7th and coach Lawrence coming 4th. Well done all, an amazing day of racing! 
  • Sandman Sprint Triathlon: Tom Nesham raced the Sandman Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, another Always Aim High event, following on from his win at the Slateman Sprint Triathlon a few weeks previously. Tom started well and lead out of the swim, he didn't feel great on the bike (due to the cold weather) and dropped back to 3rd place at the start of the run (90's down to the leader). The run isn't normally Tom's strength, but he dug really deep, pushed on and made his way through the field to take the win! Well done Tom!   

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 15th & 16th July 2017

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

  • Bosworth Olympic Triathlon: WhittleFit coached athlete Sarah Jones took part in her first triathlon for over 15 years this weekend and she had a stormer! Sarah did amazingly well and came 3rd in her age group and 11th overall! Very well done Sarah!
  • Fugitive Middle Distance Triathlon: Stu Fraser returned back to action this weekend after a bike crash 4 weeks ago at the Fugitive Middle Distance Triathlon. Well done Stu, returning to action is tough, so an 8th place overall in a time of 4hr52 is amazing!
  • Ironman UK: friend of WhittleFit Dan Farmer raced Ironman UK yesterday and came home in a time of 10hr40. This is a great time as Dan has had limited run training due to a recent injury; well done Dan, very impressive racing!
  • Hodnet 100 mile TT: Lawrence Cronk set a goal of sub 4he30 at the Hognet 100 mile TT this weekend and achieved that time with a few minutes to spare! Great work coach!  

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 8th & 9th July 2017


DEJkmrsXcAA6XCW.jpg largeThis weekend we had lots of WhittleFit athletes racing, in England, Wales and Germany.........lets see how they got on:

  • Long Course Weekend: Long Course Weekend Wales is always a fantastic weekend and this weekend didn’t disappoint. Very calm conditions on Friday evening made for fast swim times, a dry & calm day on Saturday meant good times on the (very tough) bike and Sunday had showers first thing moving into a humid and hot afternoon, all in all excellent conditions for Pembrokeshire in early July! We had 22 athletes doing various parts of the Long Course Weekend and many more friends doing it too, it’s a great weekend, if you get the chance to do some of it next year, do it!  
  • Velothon Wales: Great weather provided good times for Velothon Wales. Well done to Angharad Brown, Rob Stroud, Chris Ward and Andy Backhouse who all produced very solid bike performances, nice work all!
  • Ironman Frankfurt: Mark Binding travelled to an extremely hot Frankfurt for the European Ironman Championships. Mark had a great swim and bike, but things go away from him on the run which resulted in a DNF. Things don’t always go to plan in big races, but it’s how to respond to them that makes the difference; I know Mark will come back stronger after this minor setback, well done Mark.
  • Chichester Sprint Triathlon: James Coxon raced the Chicester Sprint Triathlon on the weekend and did extremely well in a stacked field, coming 10th overall and 2nd in his age group. Well done James!
  • Hever Middle Distance Triathlon: Paul Fairclough raced at the stunning Hever Castle this weekend. Sickness on the run curtailed a PB performance, but Paul dug in there and finished the race; congrats Paul, well done for getting to the finish line. 

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

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  • 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!