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
Just a reminder that the AGM this year is on Tuesday 11th February, 7.30pm at Velocity Cafe, Stephen’s Brae, Inverness.
Chair’s Report of 2013
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
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!
Inverness Aquathlon - Jane Pottie – looking for an apprentice for 2014!
Nairn Triathlon - Kevin Colclough
Entries - Donella Steel
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the following award winners…
Chairman’s Award – Kevin Colclough
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
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
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:
||Final Submission Date
||Final Submission Date
||15th Dec 2013
||5th Jan 2014
||29th Dec 2013
||19th Jan 2014
||12th Jan 2014
||2nd Feb 2014
||26th Jan 2014
||16th Feb 2014
||9th Feb 2014
||2nd Mar 2014
||23rd Feb 2014
||16th Mar 2014
||9th Mar 2014
||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 email@example.com or put a post on Twitter/Facebook as you may disrupt the formula by adding extra rows!
|Age (at 31st Dec 2013)
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.
- 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…
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.
Competitor information for Nairn Triathlon can now be found here. Wave allocation information will be posted later in the week.
Hawaiian shirts… grass skirts… colourful leis… pineapples… mai tai coacktails… and 8 hours of watching triathlon!
Saturday 12th October! Get the date in your diary and start planning your outfit, party snacks and cocktails now
Another mid-week swim workout courtesy of Coach Campbell this week! Enjoy!
Warm up = 200m EASY
4 x 100m; each one faster and finally, last one at race pace
3 x 200m; each one faster and finally, last one at race pace
2 x 400m; each one faster and finally, last one at race pace
100m cool down
That gives you a 2100m distance if you count the warm up and cool down.
Inverness Aquathlon was greeted with glorious sunshine today with 44 competitors taking on the challenge of the continuous swim-run race. It was a day for the girls to be proud of with Sam MacInnes and Sophia Green taking the overall victories in the TriStar 2 and TriStar 3 respectively, with Robbie Stewart winning the boys TS2 and Euan Boyle the boys TS3. In the Youth category, Sam Hodson took the victory with club member Jonathan Aitken 2nd, while local girl Adrian Moody was first female.
A strong swim set David Smith up for the victory in Adult section, with club member Ciara Peters taking the female top-spot. In the Tri-Start category Kian Thornhill from Forres took 1st place and in the Tri-Star 1 category it was a family affair with Ailsa and Struan Bennett both scooping first place.
Full results are available here