Mid-summer DuathlonJune 14, 2014

Wednesday 25th  June

6pm registration for 6.30pm start

Make the most of the long summer nights by taking part in a Midsummer’s Night Duathlon!

25947_607869552585170_1338565766_nThis year we will be using our fantastic cycling venue at Highland Cycle Ability Centre so the cycle route is suitable for all bikes.  The course will consist of a short run loop (no more than 1k) and a 2km bike loop (twice round the circuit). You have one hour to do as many run-bike-run-bike…etc… as you can. The event can be done individually or in a pair and is suitable for children as well as big children!

Entry is £4 for adults (18yrs+) and £2 for children.

All bikes must be in a safe, working order – especially brakes! – and helmets much be worn at all times whilst mounted.

 


Badaguish Summer Training WeekendJune 6, 2014

This year’s Summer Training Weekend will be combined with the Aviemore Triathlon and take place on 29th – 31st August.

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For those of you racing it offers the perfect race preparation with time to recee the courses, relax and recover and have fellow club mates around afterwards to celebrate. (Or pick you off the ground…)

For those of you are aren’t ready to take the plunge into an open water race or are happier in the world of the road bike the weekend offers the perfect training getaway! With hills galore for the spotty jersey or Strava enthusiasts, quiet runs in beautiful scenery, mini-races and open water swims from the UK’s best rural beach and yoga and recovery sessions all timetabled in, every type of triathlete should be catered for.

The weekend is £50 including full board and transfers! Yes you did hear that correctly… For roughly the price of central-belt race fee you get fed, watered, a bed for two nights and coached training sessions! There will also be bag and bike transfers for anyone wishing to cycle down on Friday evening or pick up from Aviemore train station. Entry to Aviemore Triathlon is not included but can be found on EntryCentral.

Timetable:

Thursday 6.30pm at Inshes: Bag & bike drop for anyone riding down or taking the train to Aviemore

Friday evening:
5.00pm: Lodge open for arrivals
5.30pm: Cycle to lodge (42 miles) – leaving from Inshes
6.13pm: Pick up from Aviemore train station (5.30pm train from Inverness)
7.00pm: Swim at Loch Morlich
8.30pm: Dinner

Saturday:
7.00am – Run
8.00am – Breakfast
9.30am – Cycle
MTB – Badaguish single-track (Aviemore Triathlon bike route)
Road – Nethybridge or Cairngorm
12.30pm – Lunch
2.00pm – Mini-triathlons – Loch Morlich
or swim and help with races for those wanting to rest up!
Water should be warm enough for a quick dip even if you don’t have a wetsuit!
4.00pm – Afternoon snacks
5.00pm – Yoga
7.00pm – Dinner

Sunday:
7.00am – Breakfast
*9.00am – Aviemore Triathlon or Run
2.00pm – BBQ

For those racing or supporting there will also be the option to be day visitors on Sunday which for £15 will give you the use of showers and the food and drink from the BBQ!

Places are limited so get your money to Anna quickly to book your place! There will also be no reduced rates for this weekend apart from the Sunday day ticket.


Alness Aquathlon 2014 ResultsMay 17, 2014

We had a fantastic day!  Great weather, great swimmers and speedy runners with an enthusiastic bunch of helpers, and the home baking was literally the icing on the cake!

Age 11-12

250m swim + 2km run

Name              M/F  Swim   Run     Total
Maree Wood        F    4:08   11:30   15:38
Robbie Stewart    M    4:55   10:51   15:46
Eilidh Mackenzie  F    4:54   10:59   15:53
Iona Milne        F    5:05   10:52   15:57
Rona Robinson     F    4:43   11:28   16:11
Freya Fowler      F    4:16   13:41   17:57

Age 13-14

400m swim + 3km run

Name              M/F  Swim   Run     Total
Erica Fowler      F    5:39   14:30   20:09
James Aitken      M    7:18   16:14   23:32
Erin Robinson     F    7:22   16:46   24:08
Penri Jones       M    7:05   17:41   24:46
Emily Milne       F    8:50   17:41   26:31
Alex Shepherd     M    9:29   23:41   33:10

Age 15-16

400m swim + 3km run

Name              M/F  Swim   Run     Total
Jonathan Aitken   M    5:15   12:29   17:44
Jed Russell       M    6:40   13:09   19:49
Andrew Johnstone  M    8:26   13:20   21:46
Patrick McEwen    M    7:48   16:09   23:57
Lewis Richardson  M    9:13   16:15   25:28

Age 17+

400m swim + 3km run

Name              M/F  Swim   Run     Total
Matthew Jones     M    6:46   11:59   18:45
Ewan Gordon       M    6:43   12:08   18:51
Julie Wilson      F    6:24   14:07   20:31
Simon Stewart     M    7:12   13:59   21:11
Anna MacArthur    F    7:26   14:16   21:42
Nigel Shaddick    M    8:16   13:32   21:48
Rhona Grant       F    9:38   12:51   22:29
James Attridge    M    8:11   15:34   23:45
Fiona Gray        F    7:17   16:38   23:55
Cath Milne        F    8:50   16:00   24:50
Lucy Moseley      F    6:49   19:17   26:06
Susan Richardson  F   10:27   16:21   26:48
Sue Henderson     F    9:28   19:30   28:58
Kim Stewart       F    6:45   27:16   34:01


Countdown to the Alness AquathlonMay 11, 2014

Less than a week to go, so here’s your reminder and checklist:

1. Check the Alness Aquathlon event page to find out the distance for your age group.

2. Time yourself swimming the distance.

3. Complete the online entry form.

4. Bring along a helper: we can’t run these events without volunteers.  It’s not hard work: we need lap counters for the swim and marshals for the run.

5. Tell your friends!

PS. We like to share some home baking afterwards at the prize giving.  It’s a fine tradition and it would be great if you joined us.


Easter DuathlonMarch 20, 2014

This year’s Easter Duathlon will take place on Sunday 13th April at Balloch Woods – Scottish School of Forestry car park IV2 5EA. From the Keppoch Inn at Culloden Moor head towards Balloch, the car park entrance is on the left just before the railway bridge. The timed course will be in a run-bike-run format with both loops on forest tracks. A mountain bike is reccomended though the cycle sections are not technical. The distances are approximately an optional 2km or 4km run and 5km or 10km bike. The full challenge will be to complete as an individual but relay teams of 2 or 3 are also welcome.
Registration is from 9.30am, the start will be at 10am.
All competitors must ensure their bike is in a safe condition and a helmet must be worn while riding.
The event is free and open to all ages club and non club members – under 16s must have an adult at the event with them. By entering the event you accept that you are fit to take part.

Please feel free to share with your friends and colleagues – emphasis as always is on having a good time


AGM ReminderFebruary 7, 2014

Just a reminder that the AGM this year is on Tuesday 11th February, 7.30pm at Velocity Cafe, Stephen’s Brae, Inverness.

Agenda

Chair’s Report of 2013

Treasurer’s Report

Election of Committee Members (see below)

Motion to increase membership fees to £20 individual

Motion to add family membership for 3 or more members from the same family at £50 (and backdate to Jan 2014)

Motion to “gift” regular coaches membership each year

Looking forward to 2014 – Chair and Junior Convenor

Any Other Competent Business

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Committee Roles

Below is a list of roles which we will be looking to fill. I have broken down the workload into lots of little chunks which hopefully you will agree are manageable. I have given a brief outline of the duties and listed the individuals who did the job last year – if we have more than one volunteer for a role it can be put to vote at the AGM or we can split the roles even further.  If you fancy any of the jobs you can drop me an email before the AGM or be there on the night.

Chairperson - ensure the smooth running of the club by providing leadership and ensuring all roles are supported. Ensure the club grows and improves by maintaining the club development plan – Jane Pottie

Treasurer - ensure an accurate account of club finances is kept, liaise with others regarding the payment of invoices etc. – Anna MacArthur

Secretary- attend monthly meetings, recording an accurate minute and distributing to committee.  Assist Chair & treasurer with correspondence if required. – currently vacant, nominations Kate Fletcher / James Fletcher

Affiliations - ensuring TS and IASC affiliation forms and payments are sent annually – James Fletcher

Venues - liaise with venue and ensure regular payments are made accordingly, seek out future venues for expansion of sessions – Patrick Haston

Kit - administer kit orders on a regular basis, collection of monies and distribution of orders – Jill Kerr & Dillion Hayes

Website - ensure website is updated and regular news articles are posted – currently vacant – whole club responsibility to  be discussed

Promotions - seek out partnerships/sponsors and ensure the high profile of the club in Inverness area including advertising and media relations – currently vacant

Social - organise cake eating opportunities etc… – Claire Acheson

Junior Convenor - develop junior opportunities within the club – Kevin Colclough

Welfare - ensure the club is up to date with PVG policies and that it follows correct practice – Miles Fuller

Mini-series event organisers

The “flagship” mini-events series is how the club got up and running and it continues to introduce new participants to the sport.  It is also a fantastic opportunity to try out organising a low-key, relaxed “nae faff” event! These volunteers would oversee the organisation of a single mini-event, including volunteer recruitment for the event:

Easter Duathlon (off-road) – Nigel & Trina Shaddick

Alness Aquathlon - Patrick Haston – plan for 2014 is to run as TS sanctioned race

Midsummer Duathlon - Jane Pottie & Brian Knowles

Farr Duathlon (road) – Ewan Gordon, John Clarke & Jenny Clarke

We are also looking to add to the series so if you have any ideas which you would like to help out with bringing to reality then let us know!

Event organisers

Inverness Aquathlon - Jane Pottie – looking for an apprentice for 2014!

Nairn Triathlon - Kevin Colclough

Entries - Donella Steel


Technical Club Kit Order Window is now open until Feb 28th 2014January 29, 2014

There are five products available in the Triathlon Inverness design: tri tops, tri shorts, tri suits, cycling tops and running tops.  There are different versions of each product depending on preference.  If you’re unsure what to choose consider ordering a top to race in so that we are easily recognised at events.  There is more information on triathlon products and size guides on the website http://champ-sys.co.uk/triathlon/triathlon-collection.  Please choose your product carefully as they are custom made for you and cannot be returned.  You order directly from Champion Systems.
 
1.       Go to www. http://champ-sys.co.uk
2.       Click on Custom Clothing Log In and select your country UK
3.      Go to CS Direct Member Log In.  Previous users log in using own username and password.
4.      New users sign in as: kit@triathloninverness.co.uk.  Password: multi_sport3 then create a sub log-in with your own username and password.
5.      Click on Triathlon Inverness Store Order Now.  Note that prices shown exclude VAT.
 
When the order window closes 28th February 2014 Champion Systems will manufacture the products, deliver them to committee and arrangements will be made to distribute them.  We need a minimum order of 10 items from the club and expect to receive them by the end of March.  We are unlikely to have another order this season unless there is very high demand.

Club Awards 2013January 3, 2014

Congratulations to the following award winners…

Chairman’s Award – Kevin Colclough

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Taking on the organisation of Nairn Triathlon, coaching twice weekly sessions and training for long-distance racing… Kevin has a magic wand which he using to find more than 24 hours in his day!

Most Improved Athlete – Neil Grant

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Back in the day Neil swore he would only be a duathlete but after a year of hard graft improving his swim technique and destroying his parkrun PBs Neil competed at Nairn finishing in a very respectable 15th!

Club Championship Races

Contested for at 4 events chosen at the beginning of the season, this year we covered most of the north of Scotland, Sprint in Wick, Standard at Knockburn, Middle-distance at the Highland Warrior in Fort William and Cross-triathlon at Aviemore.

Sprint Male – James Fletcher

Spint Female – Jane Pottie

Standard Male – Ewan Gordon

Standard Female – Sarah Leakey

Middle Male – Ewan Gordon

Middle Female – Sarah Leakey

Cross Male – Simon Stewart

Cross Female – Lisa Kamphausen


Winter Run & SwimDecember 8, 2013

Stuggling to find the motivation to get out this winter? Well look no further than these two competitions… Spanning the whole winter until 30th March 2014 it will require recording fortnightly times for set distances of swims and runs. I have created a fairly complicated set of formulae so that you are rewarded for steady improvement and consistency across the range of distances. If you’re not fast, don’t worry you may not be last – in fact you will have a better chance of winning as you have more room for improvement!

You can take part in either or both as they will be run as separate competitions.

The final submission dates and distances are below:

Run Distance Final Submission Date Swim Distance Final Submission Date
3km (basetime) 15th Dec 2013 400m (basetime) 5th Jan 2014
800m 29th Dec 2013 100m 19th Jan 2014
1500m 12th Jan 2014 200m 2nd Feb 2014
3km 26th Jan 2014 400m 16th Feb 2014
5km 9th Feb 2014 800m 2nd Mar 2014
10km 23rd Feb 2014 1500m 16th Mar 2014
3km 9th Mar 2014 400m 30th Mar 2014

Swim recording will start in January so that pool closures don’t get in the way!

How to take part (apologies to those who are Sheets-savy but I want to make the instructions as clear as possible):

1. Record a basetime before the 15th Dec for 3km run and/or 5th Jan for 400m swim.

2. Go to Triathlon Inverness Winter Run & Swim

3. Choose “Run” or “Swim” from the tabs at the bottom left to switch between the two sheets.

4. Find your gender and age-group and type your name into an empty cell next to it, then hit enter/return.  If there aren’t any empty cells for your age-group email info@triathloninverness.co.uk or put a post on Twitter/Facebook as you may disrupt the formula by adding extra rows!

Age (at 31st Dec 2013) Age Group
0-16 years Junior
17-39 years Senior
40-49 years Vetran
50-59 years Super-Vetran
60-69 years Vintage
70+ years Super-Vintage

 

5. IMPORTANT! Enter all your times in seconds!

(Miss Pottie says, “multiple the minutes by 60, then add the seconds, for example 6mins 26secs is 6×60=360 then 360+26=386secs”)

6. Type in your time (in seconds) in the column for the round – highlighted in green – then hit enter/return.  You don’t need to do anything else! The sheet will automatically calculate your time as a % of the WB time for your age-group over that distance and, from Round 1 onwards, calculate the change in percentage from the previous round.

7. You must record a time for each round by the final submission date to be in the running for the crown – if you miss a round you can continue with the following rounds to see how you could have faired but you won’t be included in the final standings.

RULES

  • No guesses! You must do the distance and time it.
  • Try to use the same terrain for all your runs – e.g. if you do the short distances on the track then you will need to do the longer runs either on the track or a flat road route.  If you do your basetime off-road, over hills etc. then you will need to use the same tough terrain for the 800m all the way to the 10K!
  • For swimming same idea – use the same stroke.  If you want to do more than one stroke (or run condition even) you can enter twice just label your name e.g. Jane Pottie (FC), Jane Pottie (BS).
  • No messing about with the spreadsheet! It is a live document which automatically saves data as you type as long as you are connected to the internet.  Only type in times from the live round (highlighted green).  If you make a mistake you can “Undo” or just type over it.  If in doubt, get in touch.  I will try to make back-ups at the end of each round but I recommend that you keep a copy of your times though in case someone does accidently kill the sheet…

Club KitDecember 5, 2013

Our technical club is custom made for us by Champion Systems.  There will be an ‘order window’ in January 2014 with a deadline set for orders to be submitted so ask Santa to put some money aside for your order!  There is a minimum order of 10 items required.  Club members order directly from the Champion System website using our club password.  The website has sizing guides so that you can compare their sizes to kit you already own.  The order is then produced and dispatched, a process of around 6 – 8 weeks.  We want to have new kit ready to wear for the start of the new season.
We are in the process (Dec 2013) of adapting the design after feedback from club members.  The club name will be bigger and bolder, and there will be less writing.  New proofs will be available to view before the next round of orders.
There is a wide range of items available which can be a little overwhelming when deciding what to choose.  It would be great to see club members racing in club kit so think about getting a tri-top or a cycling top initially to make us really stand out everywhere we go.  These can be worn with either club shorts or tri-shorts sourced elsewhere.
Hoodies and dri-fit tops are ordered locally and is a simpler process as they are just printing or embroidering onto standard garments.
There are some items in stock – hoodies, drifit t-shirts, men’s tri shorts and a cycling top.  Contact Jill Kerr for these.