Repton Christmas Dates

Repton pool will be closed from the 23rd December until the 5th January.

 

This means that the last MVH Repton swim of 2014 will be on Saturday 20th December, and the first swim of 2015 will be on Saturday 10th January. This will be followed by the AGM.

 

Have a merry Christmas everyone, and see you all in the new year!!!!

MVH Summer Aquathon series at the Lavender Patch

MVHers – Its that time of year when the Lavender Patch becomes a war zone for the clubs eyeballs out, gut busting, take no prisoners, Aquathon that will raise your game again and again and again.

The race rules are simple and listed below together with the dates it will be run.  Each race will start on the Wednesday evening at 6:45pm prompt.

1. All competitors will be allocated a number for each race.

2. There will be a group swim start and 2 laps of the lake (approx. 1100m)

3. The swim to run Transition area will be to the side of the lake

4. As you exit the water into Transition shout out your number and your swim time will be recorded.

5.   Out of Transition and run down the driveway and right onto the road down to the traffic lights at the Salt box and back (approx. 5km). Shout out your number as you cross the finish line.

6.    Your total time will be recorded, and we’ll publish the results on the website.

 

3 races to qualify for the final, with the time from your best qualifier to be used to calculate your handicap for the final ‘first past the post’ race.

Dates for qualifying races are:

  • 21 May
  • 11 June
  • 2 July
  • 23 July
  • 13 Aug

The final will be on on 3 September

 

Stratford Sprint Triathlon Race Report

Only one ancient MVH member turned up for the Stratford Sprint this year. And as he woke in the back of the van at 5.30 to the sound of the howling wind and driving rain he vaguely wondered what it was that he was doing with his life.

However he found himself at the swim start on time at 08.59.30. At this tri the faster swimmers go first. 12 lengths of the 33 metre pool in three different lanes. It quickly became clear that the estimated swim times people had entered had a lot more to do with wanting an early race to avoid the traffic build up later in the morning. It was bedlam in the water.

Apart from the 2 pelican crossings in the first 400m the bike course is pretty good – the hardest section was against the wind and up a gentle hill on a dual carriageway. Definitely a day to be down on the bars on a tri-bike. The ancient one rode this section a full 5 mins quicker than on a road bike last year.

The run course had been changed slightly due to flooding over the winter but its still a good run – if a bit soft underfoot.

Overall 63/397 – and 60-69, 1/15 an improvement of 7 mins and 200 places over last year.

Would I do it again – not unless they tighten up the swim time estimates.