Triathlon Training – The MVH Training week – ALL ABILITIES WELCOME



Mon Track Session – Burton Athletics Club Coaches (Shobnall 6.30pm)

Tue Run session – Coach – Warren Simms  (Bannatynes at 6pm).

Wed Run Session – Burton Athletics Club Coaches (Shobnall 7pm)


Pool Swim : Monday 8pm – 9pm, with Burntwood tri club, coached session at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, Lichfield  (cost £3.50)


Saturday 07:00 or 07:30: Pool Session : REPTON Swimming pool.  



Cycling: SUNDAY 0900hrs at Barton Marina (at Waterfront pub carpark)


2 cycling choices

Attention all MVH Cyclists  (all cycling abilities welcome)

The Sessions:  Both commence at 0900hrs

Cycle ride 1 : Shorter.  About 25 to 30 miles.  Designed for “new to triathlon road cyclists” and those wanting a shorter cycle

A great experience and all are welcome.  Come along and enjoy.

Cycle Ride 2 : Longer.  35 to 40+ miles Suitable for experienced novices and intermediates

Possibly quicker than Cycle ride 1 but always containing new opportunities (and of course – just when you thought you knew all the lanes in staffordshire…another one appears).

Group riding at its best.  Level 3 and at times strength building and occasional heart rate peaking.

*NEW* – CSS times

For everyone who completed their CSS times in the first 2 weeks that we were at Foremarke School, the times are now available via the link below.

Click here


Further information on why we need  CSS timed swims can be found via the swim smooth website at:

If anyone has any questions about their times please speak to Dave Brayer directly.

2 MVH-ers qualify for LONDON 2013 “SPRINT” World Champs

Llandudno 29th June – SPRINT Qualifier for London 2013 World Triathlon Champs

Although the start wasn’t until 2.30 on Saturday I wanted to be at Llandudno the night before the race, so contacted Conwy Car Parks Dept. and also the Leisure Dept. It turns out there is a car park where motorhomes can park – even overnight. The girl at the Parking Dept. stated, “on no account can you sleep in the vehicle”. Would I? The Leisure Dept. took a different attitude, “no one ever checks the car parks at night so please yourself”. I chickened out in the end, parking while I rode round the bike course and then going to a campsite overnight – I didn’t think I would sleep well if I was expecting a ghostly car park attendant to knock on the windows of the van in the small hours.

It’s an open water sea swim at Llandudno, the temperature was 12 C so a hoody was worn – it turned out to be a good job since many were stung by jellyfish – its not so bad on your hands but the face and neck are more sensitive! The sea was fairly calm but a gentle swell made the three legs of the swim very different.

Transition was well organised and laid out except the bike out was a 400 metre run and very narrow – overtaking was impossible and those who tried it came to grief.

The bike course round the Great Orme was beautifully scenic but is not for either a TT bike or the faint hearted. The descent section is 2k long, quite steep, and on a narrow road with a stone wall on one side and a cliff face on the other.

As always, for me, the run felt like a matter of survival, a nice out and back course along the sea front with a bit of a hill before the turnaround point. Out and backs are always good since it allows you to keep an eye on both your club-mates and your opposition. In my case John Shelton-Smith in 60/64 and the top guys in 65/69, Richard File and Al Churcher. They were both 3 to 4 mins in front of me – almost all of it gained on the bike. Run time not as bad as it felt at 23.28.

A successful day out since having failed to qualify at Nottingham both John and I qualified for London in our respective age groups.

Alex Heron


Llandudno Results:   2 MVH-er’s qualify for LONDON 2013 – SPRINT!!


Name Position in age group Swim 750m Cycle 19km Run 5Km Total Time
John Shelton-Smith 5th 18:52 41:50 23:26 1:27:23
Alex Heron 4th 16:10 44:53 23:28 1:28:17


Name Position in age group Swim 1,500m Cycle 36km Run 10Km Total Time
Ian Burrows 3rd 29:05 1:16:07 43:36 2:33:14