2015 Race Calender


Dear all

We have had to make some changes to the 2015 race calendar. This was due to the People’s Tri Date being moved, and this now clashing with another Championship Race.  Instead we have added Blithfield back to the race calendar. All events and their respective website links can be found under the header at the top of the page (Championship – Championship Races). Read More

NEW – Open water Swimming

How to Avoid Cold Water Shock

This is the time of year when northern hemisphere swimmers and triathletes are returning to open water venues for training and races. At most locations water temperatures are still pretty chilly and the shock of jumping into water this cold can make you short of breath and anxious when you start swimming. It can also cause panic attacks which are deeply unpleasant and can ruin your swim and your race. Here’s a quick tip to help overcome this:

Before you get in and swim, splash cold water on your face from the lake, river or sea. Doing this for around ten to fifteen seconds allows your face to cool down to the water’s temperature so your body adjusts and the shock passes. Start to enter the water when the initial shock has passed. Get some cold water into your wet suit and move around to warm it up. Re splash your face and neck.

Start swimming soon afterwards to generate some heat into your body and warm the water in your suit. If your particularly nervous, start with a bit of breast stroke, so you can breathe easily but keep dipping your face into the water and blow bubbles under the water to help you relax, cool your face and control your breathing. You should find things more comfortable and you can start swimming properly straight away, exhaling smoothly into the water to settle any remaining nerves.

Note that this trick only works with your face, not any other part of your body.

Sounds simple? Try it – it really does work!


Also please see the attached link how to put on your wetsuit:


Dave Brayer

January Repton Swim Format

Due to a clear increase in swimming numbers at Repton on Saturday, we will be making the following change to the session and swim coaching with immediate effect, to try to help the session run more smoothly for the whole group.
There will no longer be a specific 30 mins coached session for lanes 4 to 6 from 7 to 7:30am. This will be a lane swim, as an extended warm up for the main session. From 7 to 7:30am coaches will be in attendance for guidance, help and a session will be noted on the white boards for this period.
There will be a lane 1 to 6 coached session from 7:35 to 8:30 am as usual.
We respectfully ask all swimmers to please get into your allocated lane from your CSS times or a suitable lane where you swim at a similar pace to the other swimmers – for the whole session, not just a few lengths. Its also important to swop the led swimmer as all those behind will be drafting – try to keep a  2 – 3m gap.
The max number per lane is 8 at any time. Please check before you get in a lane and also check during recovery / rests.
Please be aware people will be entering the lanes during this period – your help and co-operation between all parties is requested.
You may be asked to swop or change lane as more swimmers enter the pool or during the session.
CSS times are on the MVH Web Site and will be at hand on poolside – to check lane allocation.
If you don’t have a CSS time we request you urgently carry out a 400m and 200m TT in a local pool and email the times to the MVH email address so we can calculate your CSS time and revise the lane allocation.
We need your ongoing support in this busy time and thank you in advance of receiving this.
Any questions or queries, please email into the MVH web site or ask Dave Brayer or the coaches on pool side, we are here to help but very much need your support to make this work.
I will be coaching this Saturday with Phill Harrison and constructive feedback is always welcome., so we can take on board these comments.
If it works well let us know, if it doesn’t please let us know – politely *:) happy
All the best,
See you Saturday
Dave Brayer
Head Coach