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Grand prix 2016 - FINAL RESULTS
We thought that the final standings had been decided, but with an impressive 9:47 Ironman Barcelona, Jeff Belt has not only leapt into the lead of the 40-49 category but has also posted the highest score of all our members.  This has pushed Graeme Downs and Paul Williams into second and third places in this the most competitive of the age groups.
The other male prize winners include Scott Young (20-29), Joe Foley, Graham Currie & Vincent Blake (50-59) and Tony Main & Doug Harris (60-69). 
The 50-59 category proved to be the most competitive for the ladies, with Kath Blakey taking the honours followed by Kay Stokes and Deborah Clift.  Tricia Bell has scored more points than any of the ladies and in doing so has won the 60-69 category, and Paige McLeod amassed an impressive number of points beating most of the adults whilst winning the junior category.
Other female prize winners include Danielle Colmer (J), Gemma Pearson & Rebecca Kirton (20-39), Angela Ackerley & Jen Milsom (40-49) and Sandra Main (60-69).
The prizes will be awarded at our AGM on 30th October and it would be good to see you all there to congratulate the winners.  This is also a great opportunity for you to have your say in how our club is run.- Joe Foley

I would like to thank Joe Foley for once again doing a fantastic job with the Grand Prix series, I know all the member appreciate it.
added 11-10-16


Training Duathlon's
Our next training duathlon will be the 5th November at Prissick Cycle Track. Registration is 12:15 and we start at 12:45 prompt. The distance is a 3k run 16k Bike and 3k run. The duathlons are open to club member and friends of the triathlon club. You will only receive a final time no splits. The cost is £3. During the duathlons Barbara Parker kindly provides refreshments and organises the occasional raffle, the proceeds from both go to charity. This time Barbara has chosen Mowbray School in Bedale, this is a school where one of our junior members attend and does fantastic work with children with special needs. We would be very grateful if you could support the raffle by donating a prize and/or buying tickets.

Also this year we have decided to make the duathlons into a league (for club members only), we will be giving out small prizes at the final duathlon series, more information to follow. added 11-10-16

Ironman Barcelona
A massive well done to our seasoned Ironman Jeff Belt who completed Ironman Barcelona on the 2nd October, his splits were 01:08:07, 04:49:58 and 03:38:31, very impressive total time of 09:47:32. added 11-10-16

Training Duathlon
Well done to everyone that attended our first training duathlon of the winter and thank you to everyone that came along to help with the event. Also a big that's as ever to Barbara Parker who kept us all fed and watered. Remember, remeber our next duathlon is the 5th of November! Here are the results. added 08-10-16

Club La Santa Ironman 70.3 - Lanzarote - 24th September 2016
A massive well done to Angela Ackerley who completed the half Ironman distance event at Club La Santa, Lanzarote, with strong winds and long climbs; not to mention it was probably quite warm Angela would have done well just to finish, but as usual she's smashed it and finished 2nd in her age group!! Well done again Angela. added 26-09-16

Hartlepool Big Lime Triathlon - 25th September 2016
Patrick Traylor was our first member home in 01:14:08, Graeme Downs second in 1:15:06 followed by Graham Currie 1:19:02, Doug Harris (3rd vet 60 despite a nasty crash near the end of the bike leg) 1:24:38, Gemma Pearson 1:26:29, Richard Kitson 1:26:39, Joe Foley 1:28:38, Scott Young 1:32:03, Vince Blake 1:36:41 and John Sharkey (who was so confident that he gave the other musketeers a five minute head start) 1:36:46.  He won’t do that again!
The results from yesterday are on the Hartlepool website: http://www.gethartlepoolactive.co.uk/triathlon

The final scores for the grandprix series are now being put together so if you think that there are any results missing (Steve King has already pointed out Weardale) then please let us know. - Joe Foley added 26-09-16

Teesdale Triathlon - 18th September 2016
Well done to our members who took the trip to Barnard Castle at the weekend to compete in Teesdale Triathlon, with an undulating bike course and a cross country style run it makes for a more scenic event. For the ladies we had Kath Blakey finishing 2nd Vet50, Paige Mcleod was 2nd Junior Girl, Katie Scott was 4th Senior Lady, Rebecca Kirton was 4th V35 and Sandra Main was 1st V60 - I'd call that a success ladies! For the men Tony Main was 2nd V60, Peter Ball, Joe Foley and Roger Oldroyd all did really well. added 20-09-16

Cleveland Team Relays
A big thank you to Richard and Linda Hatfield for yet again organising this fantastic event, and also to the marshals who give up their time to come and help. Well done to all the teams that took part some for fun some a bit more seriously! The results are now available by clicking here. added 20-09-16


Helvellyn Triathlon - Sunday 4th September
With a bike ride that goes up the "Struggle" to the top of the Kirkstone Pass (1489ft) and a run up and down Helvellyn (3118ft), Helvellyn Triathlon is quit rightly billed as one of the toughest triathlons in the world (the swim is flat (ish)). I am please to report that we had 6 members tackle the event and succeed, in category order; first was Senior Paul Simpson who finished in a time of 05:29:44, Jeff Belt V40 was next 14th in category in a time of 04:26:48, Paul Williams Vet40 finished in 04:38:04, Alan Johnson also Vet40 finished in 06:32:44, for the ladies we had Jen Milsom Vet40 who finished 4th in her category in 05:21:18, last but by no means least yet another outstanding performance by Tricia Bell Vet60!! she smashed it in 05:11:37and won her category. Well done to you all, I do have to mention though, every club has a bit of a nutter, it seems Jeff Belt is ours as he "warmed up" for the "toughest triathlon in the world" with Ben Nevis fell run the day before, his time for this was 2hrs 29 min's, i'm not sure how far it is exactly but it's roughly up and down Ben Nevis! added 06-09-16

Castles Challenge
Graeme Downs also competed at Banburgh Castle in Northumberland on the 3rd of September, he completed the half ironman distance event in a time of 05:34:10 which put him 17th overall, well done Graeme - top effort. added 06-09-16
Graham Currie
Well done to Graham Currie who finished 9th SuperVet at the Spanish City Triathlon in 01:21:50 and also 4th SuperVet in the Castles Challenge at Bambrugh in 01:25:05. added 05-09-16

Angela Ackerley
Well done to Angela who traveled to Austria to represent team GB AG 45+ to compete in the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl, Middle Distance European Championships this weekend. added 05-09-16

Dave Cole
Well done to Dave who came 3rd overall in the Rubicon Triathlon in a time of 03:58:36, there was no first swim due to safety, it was replaced with a 5k run instead. Unfortunately Dave has reported this event was very badly organized (you can see our Facebook page for dull details and would recommend it before entering this event in the future. added 05-09-16

Grand Prix
The grand prix series is really starting to take shape now and many of you have completed the three events that are the minimum to qualify for a prize at the end of the season.  Others have completed five events and are therefore more likely to be category winners.  Peter Ball, Graeme Downs and Tricia Bell have completed even more events but only the best five will count.
The biggest point scorers so far in the ladies are Tricia Bell, Kath Blakey, Kay Stokes, Debbie Clift, Angela Ackerley, Gemma Pearson and Paige McLeod. Meanwhile  in the men’s competition Dick Hatfield, Tony Main, Joe Foley, Graeme Downs, David Cole and Sam Syson are currently in pole position, but others such as Scott Young, Paul Williams, Vincent Blake and Doug Harris are close behind.
The top three in each age group will be announced and prizes awarded at our AGM at the end of the season.  The rules of the grand prix competition can be found on the website.  The scores so far can be seen on the link above.  There are a few qualifying events left providing opportunities for you to improve your standing in the series.added 31-08-16

GR8 Event's - Ellerton Lake - 7th August 2016
There were three events held at Ellerton Lake last weekend, an Iron Challenge Open Water Swim, an Aqua Cycle and a Sprint Triathlon, we had a few members out representing the tri club in the swim and sprint events, In the Iron Challenge Swim 1900 meters we had Helen Duncan, in the 3800 meters we had Gill Hale and Gary Dearlove and in the sprint triathlon Tricia Bell led the way for Cleveland Triathlon Club (2nd Lady), followed by Kath Blakey (3rd lady), also taking part were Jonathon Brown, Angela Ackerley, Gareth Roberts and Richard Hatfield. Well done to all of you. added 08-08-16




Redcar Sprint Triathlon - 31st July 2016
Lovely day to be beside the seaside, well done to all our members that braved the rather choppy north sea to complete this spectator friendly event. Paige Mcleod finished 1st youth in 01:33:08, Kay Stokes was 1st Vet50 in 01:24:25, Doug Harris was 2nd Vet60 in 01:34:53 and Steven King was in the winning relay with a time of 01:19:14. Scott Young, (ahem) Jonathan Paul McGough Skidmore, Peter Ball, Andrew Petford also represent the tri club. P.S the new kits looked fantastic, well done Kris Wadrop. added 31-07-16

Ironman Austria 2016
Cleveland Triathlon Club is proud to boast yet another Ironman (well woman), Angela Ackerley completed Ironman Austria on Sunday, her first Ironman distance event, in a fantastic time of 12:13:32. Well done Angela. added 28-06-16

  Changes to BTF rules
Please click on the link to see a summary of the BTF rules that have changed for 2016, you all need to be aware of these rules before competing. added 06-01-16

  The Grand Prix 2016 NEW Rules - ** UPDATE: the provisional list of events is now on the link below, if the 2016 date was unknown the 2015 date has been added - check the dates before entering! **

At the annual general meeting we discussed some proposed changes to the grand prix series and we have developed the following revised rules:

    • Points are awarded on the basis of your finishing time with respect to the winning time both male and female. 
    • Most events will be scored out of 100, but ironman events will be scored out of 200, and super sprint races scored out of 90.  If there is more than one race at the same event then the long race will be scored out of 100 and the points available for the other races will be reduced.  A list of races and the points available can be found here.
    • The events in the grand prix series are intended to be local although we traditionally include Helvellyn and other events in the Lake District.  The ironman does not have to be local or even in the UK.  All we ask is that you enter as a member of Cleveland Triathlon Club and you provide details of the race and the results.
    • Other events will be considered for inclusion in the series but we would expect it to be local and sanctioned by Triathlon England.
    • Your best five results in the season count towards your final score.  The top three in each age group will qualify for prizes that are usually awarded at the AGM. 
    • To qualify for a prize you must have completed a minimum of three events. updated 16-02-16

  IMPORTANT: Club Membership
Now the membership is up and running can you all make sure you have renewed your membership, to continue to receive subsidized swimming sessions. Please also make sure that you have the correct e-mail address and phone number in case we need to contact you about pool closures etc.
It is a condition of membership within Cleveland Triathlon Club that ALL members marshal one of our events. Year after year it is the same people turning up to help, many of whom are not even club members. We would appreciate that once you have made your selection for the event you are willing to marshal you honor that commitment. Please be considerate to the event organisers who already have a hard enough job to do with out being let down at the last minute.
The cost of membership and entry fee's for events are kept low because of voluntary helpers, if we have to start paying for marshals the membership and event entry fees will increase.



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