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.

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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.

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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! 

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 10th & 11th June 2017



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

  • Sospan Sizzler Triathlon: We had many WhittleFit athletes racing at Burry Port this weekend. Due to inclement weather conditions the race was changed from a triathlon to a duathlon. Our athletes had mixed fortunes, with a couple of DNF’s, but with notable results from coach Lawrence (2nd senior male), Emma Reffell (5th senior female) and Steve Rowlands (12th senior male). Very well done all, tough conditions out there!  
  • Dragon Ride: Lots of people took part in the Dragon Ride sportive this weekend, including WhittleFit athletes Rich Lanchbury and Andy Backhouse, well done guys, great riding!  
  • Porthcawl Triathlon: Another tough day due to weather conditions at Porthcawl, but WhittleFit coached athlete Martin Davies dug deep and finished a respectable 34th overall and 10th in his age group, well done Martin!
  • Dragon Seeker 60: coach Mark raced his first Ultra race this weekend, running 60km from the Severn Bridge to Sophia Gardens. Mark ran with Steven James and Jon Turtle (former WhittleFit coached athlete) for the entire 60km and they crossed the line together in joint 1st place!
  • Castles Relays: coach Henry raced one of the toughest legs on the Castle Relays this weekend with over 1400 feet of elevation and came home in the top 20 of a very strong field of runners, well done Henry!

Challenge Salou race report - Craig Burrows

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WhittleFit coached triathlete Craig Burrows raced in Spain a few weeks ago, he raced Challenge Salou, which is a half iron distance trathlon, lets hear how he got on:

When choosing a race I look for many facets that will make it desirable for both myself, who will be racing and Loz (my girlfriend), who will be supporting. Generally the criteria is fast, flat, good weather and somewhere different each time (apart from Ironman Wales which is like an itch I just can't scratch). After Challenge Salou this past weekend I may be revisiting some, if not all of that essential check list.

I must first start off by saying that I loved racing Challenge Salou, it was a fantastic event that was as inclusive to all abilities as it was geared towards the speedy ones. It wasn't without its flaws and caveats but what race is? The main thing is that I had fun, so much fun.

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