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Weekend Round-Up: 30th-31st July 2016

Compared to recent busy race weekends this was a rare weekend of less racing. However there were some races completed, Gary Stretton and Paul Clarke headed over to the Cotswolds lakes for the Event Logic Standard Distance Tri, Gary raced on Saturday and Paul opted for the double - racing both Sat and Sun! Good work chaps. And not technically the weekend but last Wednesday Adam Sheppard was representing the RAF at the Officers' Association Inter-S...

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Weekend Round-Up: 16th-17th July 2016

The weekends news! Huge congratulations to:  Kes Aleknavicius completing his 39th Ironman this weekend at IM UK in Bolton and finishing 2nd in his age group.Stephanie Knott also completing IM UK in Bolton and finishing 2nd in her age group and 8th Female overall.Becky Hayward for coming in 1st Female and 6th overall at Eton Dorney Sprint Tri. Also competing were Neil Parker and Chris Norris who both placed very respectively in 10th and 14th. And ...

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Weekend round up 9/10th July

Well done to KiT members that took on the long course weekend at Tenby, the weather looked brutal! Especially Chris and Jamie who took on the lot. Tough as nails! Ash, Leon and Dave took on the cafe triathlon. Coffee, crisps and cake. they all pb'd in 3 minutes. Good work!Claire Graham completed the Ullswater standard Tri - good work!Claire said:"Worst conditions ever for the event. The lake was extremely choppy and very scary. Even the organiser...

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Weekend Round-Up: 2nd-3rd July 2016

Mountains, Open Water, Sprints and Rock ‘Ard athletes all featured this weekend.A first for Paul Walsh and Eric Downey was the Tri Ferris Big Swim Race (2 miles). Top results coming in 2nd and 3rd in their age group, respectively.  Walshy finishing just 30 seconds ahead of The Eel. I smell a re-match.Danny Houghton took on the Pen Y Fan (The highest mountain the Brecon Beacons have to offer) in The Fan Dance RaceSeries. The biggest challenge of c...

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Ironman Wimbleball 70.3 Triathlon

Several members took on the tough wimbleball course on Sunday.Ash Dunn said:  "Without a doubt, that was the most gruelling race I've ever taken part in.The bike course was a killer, the run wasn't much better. The only bit that was flat was the lake.Anyway, toughest Half Iron in Europe complete. Never going back there again"Gary weeks:Well done to the KIT wimbleball Ironman athletes today. That was definitely the hardest race I have done. Give m...

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IM Nice - By Ed Stevens.

IRONMAN Nice 2016 Race reportThis was my first long course triathlon after being in the sport for a good decade! IM France was something that I was wishing to complete since I decided this to be on the bucket list in 2006. The race was a personal thing this time, not because it was my first, but because of the communication barriers. For those that don’t know me I have a complicated hearing disability which is often overlooked as something bigger...

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Weekend Round-Up - 17th - 19th June

The weekend's headlines - with the best photo captions from club members.Dambuster Triathlon: Club age group GB reps Adam and Brett posted some very impressive times at this Olympic distance race. "Where have the real athletes gone" - Leon Baker"I still have more body fat than the two of you put together." - Matt Dale“I've got more chins than the two of you put together!” - Stuart BrazingtonClub Chairman paps shady club member on h......

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Cotswold 113

This weekend was the legendary Cotswold 113 middle distance triathlon. With the majority of KiT members in wave 2, the horn sounded at 6:10am and they were off. A 2km swim around lake 32 was followed by a 54 mile wet cycle (I use the word 'wet' very loosely!) A three lap half marathon around the lakes completed the triathlon and they collected the bounty.A special thanks to KiT marshals and supporters. You were great!Here are some of the highligh...

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Ironman Lanzarote Race Report by Des Green

I have always associated Lanzarote as one of the most iconic locations for Ironman; together with Hawaii, clearly many comparisons can be drawn with the 'Big Island'. I was expecting heat and strong winds and would not be disappointed.Lee suggested we enter the race, having already completed it in 2010 although I have to say he was not particularly forthcoming with the detail about the course and anticipated conditions. Although not entering the ...

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Weekend Round-Up: 26th/30th May 2016

The bank holiday weekend was a busy one for races with plenty of members racing at various events from their first Triathlons to the European Age Group Championships. It was all going on. On Friday Brett Halliwell was in Lisbon competing in the European Sprint Championships and although crashing off the bike just after T1 still finished in an impressive 8th place overall and 4th in his age group.  Big-ups Brett, next time we’ll ......

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Weekend Round-Up: 21st/22nd May 2016

This weekend marked the first of a few Ironman Races being completed by club members this season. The extremely tough IM Lanzarote was completed by Lee Francis and Desmond Green, huge congrats to both guys on what is known to be one of the toughest IM courses.  They had support out on the course from Eric, Katherine, Alex and Jenny who also deserve “big-ups” for being out on the course for 12+ hours supporting Lee and Des.   E......

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Weekend roundup 14th/15th May (With a sneaky Wednesday chucked in.)

A glorious week bought a busy time for the club.Wednesday was the start of the Bitton 5k race series. A great turnout from the club and an even greater warmup led by the chairman. Fantastic results all round, the runners had thought us triathletes had 'bitton' off more than we can chew, but we held our own. (See what I did there?)It was the first of the club coached open water swim sessions led by Adam Sheppard and his team.(Eric and Maggie) at C...

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Club Running Kit, Hoodies & Beanies

Please email your orders to Steve: stevepenman@blueyonder.co.ukKit Price List:Black zipped hoodie £20Black unzipped hoodie £18Black Polo shirts £10Black Beanie Hat £8Running vest (White or electric yellow ) £16Long sleeved technical T shirt (white or electric yellow ) £13Short sleeved technical T shirt (white or electric yellow ) £11    Size ChartMENS SIZESMLXLXXLCHEST (TO FIT)34/3636/4042/4446/4850/52LADIES SIZEXSSMLXLXXLLADIES SIZE81012141618CH...

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Weekend roundup

Some great efforts from members this weekend.Dawn Riden and Brian Robb running the 100 mile (yes, 100 miles!) Thames Path. Exceptional endurance displayed. Great result from Dawn and Brian was last seen running home from Oxford as a cool down.Adam Sheppard smashing a 16ish minute 5km at the Yate track. Danielle Hill not too far behind. There are timed races every month, check out the Facebook page for notifications. Great chance to get a PB! And ...

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Weekend roundup 16/17th April.

The Kerfoots take on Burnham on Sea!!! Report by Neil.Burnham on Sea Super sprint triathlon (250m swim, 10k Bike and 2.5k run) on Sunday 17th April All 4 of us entered. Michelle , Tom and I into the adult event and Stephen in the TriStar 3 South West series triathlon. A really well organised triathlon including bright sunshine and little costal wind met us after a 5am wake up call. Michelle was first to go just before 8 (still 2 degrees C!!) 2 mi...

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Weekend Round-Up: 9th/10th April 2016

The main event this weekend for the club was the Manchester Marathon, with a fair few members running the race and getting PB's!Results as follows:Brian Robb: 2:54:51Lee Francis: 3:29:06Eric 'the Eel" Downey: 3:34:00Desmond Green: 3:35:09Matt Dale: 3:53:16Jamie Evans: 3:58:22Jennifer Green: 4:45:50Deb Evans: 4:45:50Race Reports Coming Soon!In other news Danny and Kev headed up Cheddar Gorge to pose for some rather spectacular selfiesAnd also to r...

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Cheddar Gorge Challenge 10k Series - Report by Kev Owen

On Sunday me and Danny Houghton went off to Cheddar gorge to compete in the 10k series. Just getting to the start was a mission with a steep walk through the trees, good warm up, got the blood pumping.With both of us not having the best prep for the race we were unsure how the race would go. Anyway off we went, climbing for the first km and into a strong wind, didn't enjoy that and took a while to settle.Thankfully it levelled out for us for a co...

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Blood Lactate Ramp Test - By Adam Sheppard

Blood Lactate Ramp Test – A lot of pain but how much gain?On Good Friday I spent an hour with Andy Sexton at Bike Science. I had my bike on his turbo trainer doing a blood lactate ramp test. What is it and why would anyone want to do one?What’s this lactate stuff anyway?First, here’s the science bit… I’ll try to keep it simple. We power our muscles using energy from fat or carbohydrate stored in our bodies. When exercising at low intensity, we do...

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Weekend roundup 2/3rd April.

A quiet weekend for the club for racing. Neil Parker and Chris Norris raced the Tockington Duathlon, coming in 5th and 12th respectively. Well done guys!The club ride was well represented which saw members grab their passports and venture over the bridge.A big thank you to Ash Dunn for organising a social. A good turn-out for a good curry!Thanks Ash!Finally, unfortunately we have to report an act of vandalism, if you have any information after lo...

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Weekend Round-Up: 25th - 28th March 2016

The Easter weekend was fairly quiet for racing compared to those of late. A group from the club were racing at the Hanham Horror (Race Report Below) and a few braved the weather at the Cotswold Sportive on Easter Monday.Hanham Horror Race Report by Ash DunnI wasn’t really sure what to expect from this event, Kelly Smith had said something about a free pint at the end… who am I to question free alcohol.The morning started well, The Smiths accompan...

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Weekend roundup

Lee FrancisPleased with my race for the Forest of Dean Half Marathon 1 hour 27 min 20 seconds, managed to get a top 50 t shirt.All the other guys from the tri club managed PBs Kieran Murphy Matt Dale Georgie Davin Mark Davin so good work all round.Gary Stretton at the Hogweed hilly Half.Battle of Lansdown. Leon Baker, Richard Darby, Eric Downey, Tom Elliott and Stuart Brazington take on 30 obstacles over 10km.Dawn Riden: I was supposed to be doin...

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Forest of Dean half - Report by Georgie Darvin

This time last year, if you had told me that I would be running a half marathon in under 2 hours, I would have laughed in your face. But something changed watching Mark run his first half marathon in Plymouth last April. Watching so many people, of all shapes and sizes, running at a huge range of speeds, a little part of me thought, maybe I could do this.A few months on, I was enjoying running but wasn’t always able to motivate myself to get out ...

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Forest of Dean half - Report by Georgie Darvin

This time last year, if you had told me that I would be running a half marathon in under 2 hours, I would have laughed in your face. But something changed watching Mark run his first half marathon in Plymouth last April. Watching so many people, of all shapes and sizes, running at a huge range of speeds, a little part of me thought, maybe I could do this.A few months on, I was enjoying running but wasn’t always able to motivate myself to get out ...

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Rodway Easyrunner 10k - Report by Ash Dunn

Sunday morning brought tired, for legs from the previous days training, and a head full of cold.  However, the race was local, quite literally a 10 minute walk from the house, even if I didn’t pull out a blinding run it was good to be out.  It was a crisp, dry spring morning as I walked up to Mangotsfield school.Once I was registered and had a chat with a couple of the marshals and the photographer, I spotted Neil Parker.  Neil and I had a chat f...

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Brutal Duathlon - Report by John Stokes

Brutal Duathlon 13th March – based in Swanage Dorset, the race offers sprint and standard options.  Having signed up at wine o’clock on a Friday evening, I’d obviously opted for the longer version (10k run, 40K bike and 10k run).  This included a trail run which takes you from Swanage to Studland and back, a road bike course with a 20% climb at the half way point and many, many hills!  There is a shorter race which halves the distances involved, ...

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Bike skills coaching.

Dear KiT Members, There is an opportunity to have some coaching on your bike skills. Adam Sheppard - Level 2 British Triathlon Certified Coach - has arranged 2 sessions at the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. The date of the session is: Sunday 24th April 2-4pm The sessions are aimed at those looking to improve their bike handling and confidence. If you're new to cycling and want to be more relaxed and efficient then this is for you! Places are limite...

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Bedford Sprint Duathlon - Report by Brett Halliwell

 5.30am wake up call to start getting prepared for my first race of the season which was the Bedford Autodrome sprint duathlon (draft legal)Fog and ice greeted us leading up to the race you know the typical English weather* so I arrived to the venue with 90 minutes to spare plenty of time to sort the bowel system out and get the mean machine racked and ready. Over to the race which was 5k, 20k, 2.5k run bike run. I had a plan of just sitting in t...

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Peaky Freaky Duathlon - Report by Paul Clark

Starting and finishing at the The Webbington Hotel, Loxton, Somerset this event takes an unusual multi stage approach whilst having to carry your trail shoes between the bike and run sections. With a series of bike and run splits totaling almost 75k’. The three flat bike sections are generally ridden on quiet rural roads taking a 60k circular route (Loxton-Brent Knoll-Brean Down-Loxton). However the run sections split between the bike legs are wh...

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Gospel Pass Audax (150km) - Report by Claire Graham

5 Kit members, Claire Graham, Suzie Turner, Claire Gregory, Andy Bromley and Maggie Bromley set out from Chepstow at 8.10 am on Saturday to cycle the Gospel Pass Audax totalling 150 KM.The day turned out to be very eventful right from the very start.The Audax website shows a start time of 8.00 am.  Upon arrival we discovered that the time changed 2 years ago and it is now 7.30 (despite 8.00 am on the official website).  It also turned out that th...

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The Grizzly - Report by Kelly Smith

Myself and Dave have been attending this event for 3 years now; Dave as a competitor and me as an enthusiastic supporter. Every year I have always regretted not taking part so this year I decided last minute to do the cub run (9 miles); with Dave doing the full race as usual (20 miles). We arrived at Seaton at 10 am, just enough time to organise ourselves for the 10.30 start. The atmosphere is always amazing and the town cryer gets everyone going...

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Bath Half Marathon - Report by Iain Brown

With perfect weather, there no excuses for a poor run at Bath Half Marathon. Unfortunately I had a strapped-up calf and unknown stamina after a sickness bug! I was in a good starting position in Pen D, so resolved to run at marathon pace and try to finish strong… if the calf held out. Then the gun went. The start is somewhat downhill, so the pace plan was discarded immediately. Run to heart-rate instead. First impressions were the size of the cr....

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Mumbles Duathlon, Swansea 5th March - Report By Neil Parker

For me the race started on the Friday late afternoon, I’d traveled across the bridge to a hotel approx 1km from the start/finish line so I could pre-register on the Friday evening and spend time walking through the transition, I also drove some of the bike route before I got lost and it got dark.It was an early Saturday morning start between 6:30am and 7:30am transition was open to rack your bike and set up your race gear before the race began at...

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GMU30 5th March - Report by Leon Baker

I got to 14 miles and the legs had gone but with words from Jamie Evans onwards I trotted . I pressed on only to be caught kes , I out ran him for 20 mtrs then my ass was his. As the dust settled from him passing me . I was then left the task of navigating Bradley Stoke on my own. Managed to find my way to patchway and Aztec west . It was then I realised the true meaning of digging deep legs had gone and now the head was starting to go , fluids ....

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GMU45 5th March - Report by Dawn Riden

I've got to admit, I really wasn't looking forward to this race. Its fair to say I'm navigationally challenged and last year, despite having a Garmin with the route on, a set of maps and having spent weeks out running the route I'd still got lost several times. This year I was determined to do a bit better at the navigation side of things so had spent months out on the course slipping, sliding and trudging my way through the mud, there really was...

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GMU30 5th March - Report by Nina Davies

After doing my first ever ultra (which also happened to be only my second marathon ) in 2016 (the GMU ) I soon realised I quite liked long slow running, taking in the scenery and being able to have a chat with friends along the way. Turns out I was ok at it and I came in second lady feeling strong and like I could have done more if I'd have been a bit more confident. After the race what I did find was that I'd fell into the trap I believe a lot o...

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GMU30 5th March - Report by Richard Darby

My first foray into the ultra distance marathon the GMU30 seemed like the right thing to do, especially after entering only 5 weeks before.We all met at the Brassmill, in Keynsham,  for the 11am start. It was a cold but dry day, and it was great to see so many familiar faces there, either in or associated to the club.  After registration we finished off our kit check and Eric slips into his traffic light cape. Danny got on tip toes for the photos...

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Rhayader Round the Lakes (20 mile) - Report by Claire Gregory

Rhayader Round the Lakes (20 mile) by Claire Gregory – Saturday 5th March 2016My good friend Claire Graham recommended this race to me, as it was stunning scenery and would be a good distance to do in preparation for a long distance triathlon later this year.  I hadn’t done many longer distance runs prior to this event; my experience consisted of two half marathons – one of which was part of a middle distance triathlon.  I doubted whether I would...

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Weekly Round-Up: 13th - 19th November

Weekly Round-Up: 13th - 19th NovemberSo there were a few events over the weekend to pick up on.Castle Combe chilly 10k and duathlonThere were a good number of KIT runners in the 10k, either going for fast times or merely being fair-weather cyclists. The early morning red sunrise and clear blue windless day weren’t just good omens, these were perfect conditions! There were PBs all-round. Becky Hayward romped home as 3rd female and 33rd overall in ...

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Weekly Round-Up: 5th - 12th November

Weekly Round-Up: 5th - 12th NovemberHello all, it’s good to be back. I, KITclub, would like to celebrate the week’s performances and whatever else is current in the club. Let me know if you want anything mentioned. While a lot of the longer distance triathletes are busy with their base training programmes, there’s still plenty of action going on.So what’ve you all been up to?The Sodbury Slog I don’t know if you know this, but this is kind of a bi...

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Weekend Round-Up: 29th April - 1st May

It seems the season has official kicked of for KiT and thus the weekend round-ups are back! A few members did the Filton Aqualathon including; Neil Parker, Chris Norris and Steven Baker (whose first multisport event it was – welcome to the club.) Becky Hayward didn’t waste anytime in starting her silverware collection for the year. Placing first Female over the line. The Big T was the first “club” event of the year with plenty of members racing...

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Swim Analysis with Jon Wood

Club members were given the opportunity to a 15 minute Swim Analysis session with Jon Burrage at the Triathlon Shop. Here are a few words from Eric Downey on the sessions."Thanks to Jon Burrage for hosting Kingswood Tri Club in the Triathlon Shop's endless Pool and John Wood for his clear and concise pointers on our swim stroke and with our personal video commentary, we can work on our weaknesses to make us faster for the forthcoming 2017 Tri sea...

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Green Man/boy Ultra

Last weekend saw many members participate in the Green Man and Green Boy ultra run. A grueling 45 and 30 mile off road run around the perimeter of Bristol. Well done to all who took part and for those who spectated.Here are some highlights:Nice to see that the members of the village people took part in the race.A great run by Stu but just pipped to the post by a random stray dog.Desmond doing has best caterpillar impressionI don't know if many kn...

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January 2017 Monthly round up

It's snotty runny season and the Slaughterford 9 is no exception to this! A great turnout by KiT members took on the gruelling 8ish miles and had some great results.A great result by Brett Halliwell bagged a 1st place Odd down circuitThe Sunday rides are getting some good numbers. Meet 8:30am at Page Park. Follow the FB page for more details.  The Eel has picked up some more bling. He does love a bit of merc!!!!!.....

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Club 30th celebrations

The club's 30th anniversary/Christmas do/ Awards night was a great a success! A lot of planning was involved and a lot of people helped to make it happen, thank you to all those involved. We had two great speeches from former club Chairmen Kes Aleknavicius and Richard James about the history of the club and how it has evolved to where it is now. Our guest speaker, Ciara Horn, was brilliant. She was very inspiring and we loved her honesty. Thank y...

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2016 - Kingswood's Ironmen.

2016 has been a great year for the club and in this article we shall take a look in particular members that took part in an Ironman or Long distance triathlon.For the following members, this has been a year of planning. That's right, the races often ask athletes to commit a year in advance due to the popularity. But this advance scheduling is critical to a successful Ironman, because for most competitors, training is a 12 month physical and menta...

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The KiT Angels

"A Strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink"This week we shall focus on some of the ladies at the club. We have had some amazing results recently from our KiT angels, so it's time to give some recognition. The list of ladies is not exhausted by any means but is just highlighting some of the outstanding performances we have had recently.We would also like to thank the KiT angel supporters, they turn up and cheer the club ...

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