A round up of recent STC racing, results and events. Congratulations to everyone – we love to hear how you’re getting on! Please keep sending us your race reports, results, photos and experiences, via Facebook or you can email them to email@example.com Good luck for the up coming season!
17th December 2017 – SYCAA Fixture 4 (Kiveton). The final Cross Country fixture of the season and the Championship event, saw plenty of enthusiastic Sheffield Tri Club members head to Kiveton Park, and then promptly hide in cars from the rain, debating the merits of quietly sloping off home. Nonetheless, the race was run and some fantastic results for the series overall including Euan Patton (3rd for the U13 Boys) and Helen Elmore (1st for the V45 Ladies). Check out all the results on the Cross Country League 2017 page.
17th December 2017 – Chip Butty Ride. Some fantastic costumes on display as the annual fancy dress ride made it’s way through the Peak District. Check out all the results an photos on the Chip Butty Ride 2017 news story.
03rd December 2017 – Percy Pud 10km. An excellent turnout of Sheffield Triathlon Club members ran the annual 10km Road Run through Loxley Valley. Check out all the results and photos on the Percy Pud 2017 news story.
02nd December 2017 – STC Club Ride. The December instalment of the first Saturday rides was held complete with obligatory Café stop.
19th November 2017 – SYCAA Fixture 3 (Penistone). Check out all the results on the Cross Country League 2017 page.
19th November 2017 – Ironman Arizona. Congratulations to club member Bradley Boulton who completed the event in extremely windy conditions in an impressive 12:00:59.
10th November 2017 – AGM. The Sheffield Triathlon Club Annual General Meeting was held at The University Arms complete with pie and peas. A number of longstanding Committee Members stood down and we wish to thank everyone who acted on behalf of the club during 2016-2017 for their dedication and hard work.
04th November 2017 – STC Club Ride. A turnout of 13 riders attended the second instalment of the first Saturday club rides on a drizzly November morning. I’m almost certain that sentence makes sense.
29th October 2017 – Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race (start). Forever a source of inspiration, Sallyann Smith started the 5 day 100 Mile Run & Trek taking in views of some of the worlds highest mountains whilst covering up to 26 miles in a single day, in a monumental challenge which sounded both mentally and physically exhausting. I think I’ll just stick to Cross Country.
29th October 2017 – SYCAA Fixture 2 (Winterhill). Check out all the results on the Cross Country League 2017 page.
15th October 2017 – SYCAA Fixture 1 (Longley Park). The first of the 2017 Cross Country Series kicked off in Longley Park. Check out the Cross Country League 2017 page for the results from this event, and all other Cross Country races. Judging by the smiles in the photo, I’d guess this was taken pre-run.
15th October 2017 – Bedford Autodrome Duathlon Race 2. More fantastic results as Yvonne Twelvetree finished the standard distance in 03:04:16 for 1st in Age Group. Rob Pearson (who loves a good Duathlon) finished the sprint in 01:07:16 for 3rd in Age Group, with Caz Kay opting for the standard distance, finishing in 02:26:19. Great work by all.
14th October 2017 – Ironman World Championships. Hannah Peel did the club proud, smashing it for a fantastic result at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona Hawaii, finishing in 10:52:44 for 25th in AG! Navigating the 3.8km swim, 180km bike leg (with the notorious winds, heat and humidity) and 42.2km run (in sub 4 hours!). Check out this awesome race report from Hannah in the Ironman World Championships 2017 Race Report news story.
13th October 2017 – STC Presentation Evening. Another brilliant night organised by Nancy Skinner, celebrating the successes of the club over the past 12 months. Catch up on all the action here.
08th October 2017 – Yorkshire Marathon. Some excellent results in the 42.2km run in York with Andrew Kitchen finishing in 04:24:55, and Abby Sawyer finishing her first ever Marathon in 05:25:28! (See photo, right)
08th October 2017 – Oulton Park Duathlon. Oulton Park Race Track was the venue for the National Duathlon Championships 2017. There were some brilliant Age Group performances with Paula Fisher finishing the Sprint Distance in 01:22:24 for 3rd in AG, and Rob Pearson finishing the Standard Distance in 02:06:47 for 2nd in AG. Steve King finished the Standard Distance in 02:06:18 prompting discussions with Rob about the correct chocolate to biscuit ratio for optimal performance.
08th October 2017 – Path 10km. Staged in Kailua-Kona Hawaii, this 10km run out-and-back along the famous Ali’i Drive in 30 Degrees Celsius temperatures was a frankly epic experience and hot. Very hot. Addam Darnell finished in 46:24 and has now started writing in third person.
07th October 2017 – Ho’ala Training Swim. Hannah Peel out in Kailua-Kona Hawaii, swam the entire 3.8km swim course in training for the Ironman World Championships in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean bay. Addam Darnell battled the ongoing threat of being ‘hook-a-ducked’ out after adding salt water to the ever growing list of things that disagree with his stomach.
07th October 2017 – STC Club Ride. The first of the monthly winter group rides kicked off on a sunny Saturday morning in October. A great social ride with a bonus Coffee and Cake stop to finish.
3rd September – Leeds Sprint Triathlon. Based in Roundhay Park, we chose this event as our open water sprint distance championships. Well done to John Hewson in the sprint distance – our club champion! In the standard distance event, top racing from Paul Winwood (2nd in AG), Gareth Hague, Adrian Hotson and Darren Lynch.
9th September – The Vitruvian Middle Distance Triathlon. Chosen as the British National Championships, the field at this year’s race was highly competitive. A brilliant race from Sarah Harrison to finish 1st in AG and 6th overall, despite her chain falling off – awesome! Congratulations also to Sally Kirby for a great performance, finishing 8th in AG.
10th September – Club BBQ. A chance to celebrate the success if the summer with BBQ and beer in the park. It may have rained, but we had a great time huddled under the gazebo!
10th September – Ironman Wales. Huge congratulations to Aaron Davies who chose Tenby as not only his first iron distance race but also his first ever triathlon! A fantastic time of 13:53 too – brilliant!
10th September – Woburn Abbey Sprint Triathlon. Congratulations to James Parkin for completing his first triathlon. We’ve seen James pretty much every Saturday at Rother Valley over the summer, and all that open water practise paid off as he was 5th out of the water in his wave!
10th September – The Great North Run. One of the most iconic races in the UK – who watched Mo Farah and Jake Robertson’s sprint for the line?! Who also saw Jake propose to his girlfriend, Magdalyne Masai who finished 4th in the women’s race?! Congratulations to STCers Andrew Kitchen and Abbey Sawyer who competed this year.
16th September – Sundowner Middle Distance Triathlon. Our club championship middle distance event, with a great STC turnout. The midday start and end of race BBQ make this a favourite social event! Congratulations to Hannah Peel (2nd female overall, 1st in AG), Rob Partingdon (3rd in AG), Simon Bennett, Paul Winwood, Addam Darnell, Caz Kay, Glen Mailer, Jim Lafferty and Matt Sharrock. In the morning prior to the middle distance, there is a sprint distance event. Well done to the following STCers: Paul Charlesworth, Claire Britt and Sylvia Yates.
17th September – Ironman 70.3 Weymouth. A beautiful but cold morning greeted the triathletes, with the race beginning with a tough sea swim. Unfortunately Elliot Smales had to pull out on this occasion, but Ady Dench put in a great last race of the season.
17th September – The Brutal Extreme Triathlon. Craig Hadfield chose this as his first middle distance event, widely regarded as one of the toughest triathlon courses in the world. Set in the beautiful but often brutal landscape of Snowdonia, this race certainly lives up to its name!
17th September – The Sandman Triathlon. Part of the Always Aim High series that also includes The Slateman and The Snowman. Sarah Harrison finished off the season in style, taking 1st lady. This also secured Sarah the top spot in the AAH Adventure series, having finished high up in the field at all three events over the season – brilliant! Daniel Stephenson also competed in the full event in this beautiful part of the world – congratulations!
24th September – The Run For All Sheffield 10km. A great STC turnout in our local 10km event. Well done to Andrew Kitchen, Kay Guccione, Sally Ann Smith, Addam Darnell, Dan Janes, Sylvia Yates and Richard Shaw.
24th September – Velodrome Trip. Thank you to Jon Staniforth for organising another successful trip to the velodrome.
30th September – Ironman Barcelona. This course has got us all talking and it looks like a fast one! It sells out quickly though, so get your entry in if you would like to take it on in 2018! A super speedy time of 10:29:39 from Matt Reed who had a great race. Well done also to long time STC member and iron distance legend Dave “Blackadder” Campbell.
6th August – Bassetlaw Triathlon. Some great STC results at this local pool based sprint, with Tony Ditchburn finishing 1st in age group, Hannah Pearson 2nd in age group and Sally Ann Smith 3rd in age group.
19th- 21st August – World Duathlon Championships, Penticton, Canada. Two STCers made the trip over the Atlantic to represent the GBR Age Group team. Paula Fisher competed in both the sprint and the standard events, achieving a bronze medal in both – awesome! Andrea Rodgers decided that competing in the standard distance race just wasn’t quite enough of a challenge, so she packed her bike up and rode to and from the airport! Wow! It sounded like an incredible trip – I need the full story next time I see her!
20th August – New Forest Middle Distance Triathlon. The beautiful New Forest National Park is the backdrop for this event. Congratulations to Zoe Burton who finished a very impressive third in age group and had a great time despite the wind on the bike!
20th August – Dublin 70.3. Another brilliant 5th place for Elliot Smales, just dipping under 4 hours in 3:59:14 – smashing 2017!
1st July – National Standard Distance Age Group Championships at The Ripon Triathlon. An awesome gold medal and fastest female bike split for Sarah Harrison at this event. Great performances also from Rob Partingdon and Andrea Rodgers.
2nd July – Get Your Kit On at the Spire 10 Mile. The longer road race in our Get Your Kit On Series. Great racing from Matt Reed, Paul Shipley, Glen Mailer, Craig Hadfield and SallyAnn Smith. Top marshalling and cheering from our chair, Helen Oscroft!
2nd July – Ironman 70.3, Edinburgh. Another brilliant performance from Elliot Smales – what a year he’s having! 4th overall, first Brit and first out of the water – fantastic! It sounds like a stunning event, with the run taking in the beautiful Holyrood Park. Well done to Andrew Marsden for a great race in what sounded like very tough conditions.
2nd July – Outlaw Holkham Half. The second year running for the newest of the Outlaw events. Known for having a tough, but scenic bike and run course, it’s a great event location. A great race from Cerys Thomas here.
4th July – Hathersage Aquathlon. Far better weather for the final race in our series this year. Congratulations to all who have raced and thank you to the volunteers who made the events happen!
7th-9th July – The Long Course Weekend, Tenby. A fantastic event, especially for those racing in long distance triathlons later in the season. There is a 2.4 mile swim on the Friday, 112 mile bike on the Saturday and finally a 26.2 mile run on the Sunday. You can choose to enter all three, or just one. There are a wide variety of other events going on throughout the weekend, and even some junior races. SallyAnn Smith took on the full challenge across the weekend and had a great race across all three disciplines.
9th July – Upton Olympic Distance Triathlon. There are multiple events across the weekend, including a sprint, a standard and junior races. The triathlons involve a river swim and a largely flat bike and run course. Congratulations to Jim Lafferty who was in action in the standard distance event.
9th July – Ironman Frankfurt. There was a brilliant atmosphere in the city in the days leading up to the race and on race day itself. With a stunning swim, a fast bike (with just enough climbs and cobbles to provide some entertainment), a river path run and a finish in the main Old Town square, this is a brilliant race. It was uncomfortably hot on race day, but that certainly didn’t stand in the way of Hannah Peel who finished in an incredible time with a 20 minute PB. Hannah will be competing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii this year, and her performance in Frankfurt, shows that training is going great! Rekha Ravichandran thoroughly enjoyed herself, and had a great race….with Ironman Switzerland in just 3 weeks in the back of her mind! Addam Darnell had a tough day on the course, but with huge determination, fought against all the urges to stop, and still finished.
16th July – Hathersage Hilly. Another hugely successful year for our club run event. Thank you to all our volunteers who made the day go so smoothly. We’ve had so many positive comments from competitors about the race itself and the fantastic volunteers. Well done to STC members Glen Mailer, Adam Newell and Richard Shaw who took on the hills! Check out this link here for a video from the day – it’s awesome! http://www.sheffieldtriclub.com/hathersage-hilly-triathlon-race/
16th July – Ironman Bolton. The original UK race of the IM brand, which is known for its fantastic spectators, no matter what the weather! Congratulations to Steve King for a great race here. We were very sorry to hear that Paula Fisher had a nasty fall on the bike, which unfortunately ended her race. We’re glad to report that Paula is recovering well.
22nd July – Etwell 25 mile TT. 2 great times from Sarah Harrison and Joe Hudson on what Ady describes as this “fast but scary” course! Top biking!
22nd – 23rd July – Castle Howard Triathlon. A whole weekend of triathlon, with many race distances to choose from. On the Saturday, Sarah Blackwell took part in the Sprint Plus event (800m swim, 46km bike, 8km run). On the Sunday, Ben Anderson, Richard Price and Kiro Tamer were in action in the standard distance event. Ben and Richard both achieved qualifying slots for the European AG Champs and Kiro had a great race in his first triathlon! Congratulations to everyone!
23rd July – The Outlaw Triathlon. Our local long distance event, based at Holme Pierrepont Country Park in Nottingham. A fantastic sub hour swim for Jim Lafferty, who went on to finish in a brilliant PB time. Shane Lukas also had a great race at this event. It was Nicola Heaton’s first time over this distance, and she smashed it! You can read her race report here: http://www.sheffieldtriclub.com/outlaw-race-report/
23rd July – Challenge Roma 753. Congratulations to Elliot Smales who finished 6th at this event in a quality field, despite the flat roman roads!
27th July – Get Your Kit On @ Stoney Middleton Fell Race. The fell run of our Get Your Kit Run Series. Well done to Sally Ann Smith, Paul Shipley, Glen Mailer, Pippa Moorhead and Carl Egdell – it looked like it was a lovely evening for a fell race with beer and burgers at the finish!
27th July – Alpe D’Huez Triathlon. One of the “bucket list” triathlons that includes the epic Alpe D’Huez climb along with a half marathon run at altitude. Certainly not for the faint hearted, but perfectly suited to Andrea Rodgers – congratulations!
29th – 30th July – Ironman and 5150 Switzerland. It was Nancy’s turn first of all, in the 5150 event on the Saturday, with a top performance over the standard distance. On the Sunday, Ady Dench, Rekha Ravichandran, David Marsden and Chris Hallam took to the start line of the Ironman event. All 4 produced great performances over one of the hiller bike courses on the circuit. You may remember that this was Rekha’s 2nd Ironman in 3 weeks – wow! Ady wrote a great race report for us, which you can check out here: http://www.sheffieldtriclub.com/ironman-switzerland-race-report/
30th July – The Snowman Triathlon. Set in a beautiful part of the world, the course maybe tough, but the views make it all worth while. Sarah Harrison finished a very impressive 2nd overall – awesome! You can read her race report here: http://www.sheffieldtriclub.com/snowman-triathlon-race-report-sarah-harrison/
30th July – Blithfield Triathlon. Well done to Paul Winwood, Hannah Pearson and Paul Charlesworth at this local sprint and standard distance event.
1st June – The Final Fairholmes Duathlon. With chip butties in the pub after, it was a great end to the series. A huge thank you to all the volunteers for making it happen! All your results are now on the website.
4th June – Blenheim Triathlon. Set against the striking backdrop of Blenheim Palace, Rob Pearson had a solid performance in the sprint event. Looking good for Düsseldorf in a few weeks!
4th June – Rother Valley Standard Distance. Our club standard distance championships and a great turnout of STC kit at our open water swimming venue. Great racing from Adam Newell, Addam Darnell, Andrew Kitchen, Ben Anderson (2nd in AG), Daniel Stephenson, Glen Mailer, Hannah Peel (1st female overall), Jon Staniforth, Margo Duncan (2nd in AG), Nancy Skinner (1st in AG), Nicola Combs, Pete Osbourne, Peter Goodfellow (1st male overall), Peter Pryke, Roger Wilde, Stuart Harrod, Sylvia Yates (1st in AG) and Zoe Burton. There were also STCers taking part in the sprint race. Well done to Becci Taylor, Gareth Hague, Hannah Pearson, Paul Charleswoth, Paula Fisher (1st in AG), Sarah Blackwell (3rd in AG) and Tim Chico (1st in AG). There were also junior races; fantastic to see so many of our younger members racing: Alice Stephenson, Douglass Egdell, Emma Shipley, Isobel Shipley, Rueben Newhall, Sofia Stephenson and Torin French.
4th June – Bala Middle Distance Triathlon. Set on the shores of Llyn Tegid, the largest fresh water lake in Wales, and within the Snowdonia National Park, a fantastic location for this event. Well done to Stephen King, representing STC today.
4th June – Deva Standard Distance Triathlon, Chester. A city centre race with transition set in Grosvenor Park, and the bike route dipping into wales. Great racing from Tony Ditchburn and Andrea Rodgers.
4th June – The Tour of Cambridge Sportive. SallyAnn Smith headed South for a lovely route on closed roads.
4th June – Allerthorpe Sprint. A flat and fast events with the opportunity for some speedy racing. Rob Partingdon managed an AG win even on his old bike!
6th June – Hathersage Aquathlon, Race 1. We think everyone possibly got more wet on the run than the swim. Fantastic to see so many STCers out braving the elements! Thank you again to our fabulous volunteers!
9th-11th June – Great North Swim, Windermere. The 10km event took place on the Friday and with a temperature of 15.5C, this is certainly an event for the more hardy swimmers. A great swim from Jim Lafferty with a time of 3:04:40. Junior members Mia and Eddie Fitzpatrick both took part in the 250m event, accompanied by Helen Elmore.
10th June – The ETU European Age Group Middle Distance Triathlon Championships – Challenge Herning, Denmark. With a bike course described as “fast, challenging and scenic” and the run through the well supported city centre, it sounds like this was the perfect setting for this year’s championships. Congratulations to Cerys Thomas who had a great race to produce a PB of over 3 minutes.
11th June – SwimRun Windermere. SwimRun races are becoming increasingly popular, with many triathletes attracted by the team nature of the events. For those who aren’t familiar, you carry everything you need with you, so you swim in your trainers and run in your wetsuit. Well done to Nicola Heaton and Nicky Combs who made a great pair in the middle distance (total distance of 21.3km) and Abby Sawyer who was part of a team in the sprint distance (10.6km total distance)
10th-11th June – Keswick Mountain Festival. With different types of swim, bike and run events happening all across the weekend, this event really does have something for everyone. There’s music in the evening too, making this a fun weekend away! Well done to Kate Morris (1st in the sprint triathlon), Margo Duncan (1st in the 5km run), SallyAnn Smith (5km run) and Rekha Ravichandran (25km run)
15th June – Get Your Kit On @ Matlock Open Water Swim Series. Great to see so many STCers braving the cold river waters! Well done to Reece Allen, Jon Staniforth, Matt Reed, Jim Lafferty, Mark Lee, Robin Penny, Hannah Pearson, Andrew Marsden, Paul Charlesworth, Junior Member Mia Fitzpatrick and Pip the dog for top support!
18th June – Staffordshire 70.3. If you haven’t yet read Elliot Smales’ race report, you can find it here. There were fantastic performances from Sarah Harrison, SallyAnn Smith and Sylvia Yates who all won their age categories. Also in action were Stuart Harrod, Paul Shipley and Phil Kelly.
18th June – Woodall Spa Sprint. This pool based triathlon runs through the open Lincolnshire countryside on quiet country lanes, with a flat and fast bike and run course. Well done to Sarah Blackwell, who is fast becoming the club member to complete the most races this season, despite only doing her first tri a few months ago!
20th June – Second Hathersage Aquathlon. Far better weather for our second event! Well done to those who took part and thank you as always to our volunteers!
25th June Wimblewall 70.3. The final time that this event took place, enticed several STC members to have one last experience on one of the toughest courses on the 70.3 circuit. Ady Dench, Nancy Skinner, Jon Staniforth and James Boardwell all made the journey down to Exmoor to take on the hills – congratulations to you all!
24th June – The ETU European Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships, Düsseldorf. It was great to see so many STCers qualify this year. Some great racing from everyone despite the wet conditions and a tough looking run up slippery steps to T1. Top racing from Ben Anderson, Carl Egdell, Joe Hudson, Caz Kay, Fiona Kesteven, Al Churcher, Tim Chico and Rob Pearson.
24th June – Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon. Part of the popular Castle Triathlon Series, congratulations to Sarah Blackwell on an age group win, in her longest triathlon to date.
25th June – Round Sheffield Run. Following the Round Sheffield route, this event takes in some of the best parks and trails in the city. Phil Kelly, Cerys Thomas and John Hewson all took part in this local event.
25th June – The ETU European Standard Distance Triathlon Championships, Kitzbühel. The Austrian Alps providing a stunning back drop to this event. Well done to Pete Goodfellow who placed high up in a very competitive field.
25th June – Lllandudno Sea Triathlon. This event has a middle, standard and sprint distance, all of which involve a sea swim, a challenging but closed road bike course and a run along the promenade. The sprint distance was a qualifier for the World Championships, and was made draft legal. Well done to Paula Fisher who finished 1st in her category in the sprint distance – fantastic! Adam Newell had a great race to finish 1st in his category in the middle distance event, and you can read his excellent race report here.
27th June – Damflask Relays. Always a fun summer’s evening, with 1 lap of the Damflask Resevoir for each team member. We had 2 mens teams in action, taking on the best local running clubs. Well done to: Team 1: Fred Vellacott, Patrick Day, David Meyer, Alex Powell. Team 2: Adam Newell, Ben Tawney, Jim Lafferty, Roger Wilde.
30th June – Abersoch Triathlon. This course consists of a sea swim, an undulating bike course with plenty of fast sections and a stunning run partly along the beach. Nicola Heaton had a fantastic race to finish 5th female overall – go Nic!
May 4th – First Fairholmes Duathlon. This first in our summer series races with a great turnout on a chilly evening. Thank you to those who volunteered – these races don’t happen without you!
May 7th – Driffield Triathlon. A great early season race from Joe Hudson who finished 3rd overall at this sprint distance race.
May 7th – Get Your Kit On at the Fat Lad At The Back Sportive. It looked like a top day out on the hills for Sally Ann Smith and Jim Lafferty who both completed the 50 mile event.
May 7th – Challenge Rimini. A fantastic 4th place at Elliott Smales first middle distance race in a pro field. If you haven’t already checked out El’s race report, its a great read! http://www.sheffieldtriclub.com/elliot-smales-race-report-rimini/
May 9th – Cuckney 10 Mile TT. These events take place weekly throughout the summer and are great for building your bike speed. Some fast results on this evening from Ben Anderson, Paul Winwood and Fiona Kesteven.
May 10th – Road League Penistone. Well done to all of those who competed in the final race of the series. At the time of writing, the results were not yet on the website, I will update accordingly. The report from Sally was that it was hot and sweaty with a few hilly bits!
May 14th – Wilmslow Sprint Triathlon. A great result from Adam Newell at this race, which he credits to the stop coaching at STC sessions: “Managed a massive PB on the swim and have Ben Anderson, Xavier, Carl and Old Clarkie to thank. Turned up in October to my first swim training in years and was told to work on my breathing, arms, hands, core and legs.” This is the first of 94 events that Adam will be doing over the next 2 years to raise money for The Alzheimers Society – a huge challenge and we look forward to the updates!
May 18th – Second Fairholmes Duathlon. Great to see some new faces at this event, we hope you enjoyed your race experience!
May 20th – Nottingham Sprint Triathlon. There’s always a great atmosphere at this local event, with fully closed roads, which always sees a great turnout of STC members. Fantastic results from Carl Egdell (1st in AG), Paul Winwood (3rd in AG), Rob Partington (3rd in AG), Glen Mailer and Paul Charlesworth.
May 21st – Grafman Middle Distance Duathlon. It looked like a bit of a wet weekend for Matthew Boyman, but congratulations on a great result despite the weather.
May 20th and 21st – Slateman Triathlon. This event in Llanberis, Wales has a shorter event on the Saturday and a longer race on the Sunday. There is also the option to do both races, which is appropriately called The Savage. That’s what Margaret Duncan and I decided to go for, and despite it chucking it down we really enjoyed the first race on the Saturday. Margo finished an excellent 2nd in her category too! On the Sunday we were joined by Andrea Rogers, Sarah Harrison and Daniel Stephenson. A much better day for the weather, though there was a tough headwind on the bike. Great races from all STCers, with Sarah Harrison finishing a very impressive 1st in AG.
May 21st – Outlaw Half Triathlon. A favourite event amongst STCers and a warm up race for those training for long distance events later in the year. Steve Canning had a great race, despite not much swimming and cycling this year, due to marathon training. Well done to Rekha Ravichandran, a great race to test the training before Ironman Frankfurt and Barcelona this year.
May 21st – European Long Distance Duathlon Championships – Powerman, Sankt Wendel. Set in scenic German countryside, this event consists of a 10km run, 60km bike and a 10km run. Huge huge congratulations to Kate Morris who won gold in her category – what an awesome year she’s had!
May 21st – Southport Triathlon. It sounds like a fab, fast event, with closed roads and a run round this seaside resort. Congratulations to Ben Anderson, who finished 4th in his AG to qualify for the 2018 European Sprint Distance Championships. Elliott Smales was racing in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport Standard Distance Championships) event and finished in a very respectable 5th place.
May 21st – Ridgeway 5km run. We love this photo of Kay Guccione! Looks like you had fun!
May 21st – Phoenix Sprint Triathlon, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire. Another great result from Joe Hudson who finished 4th overall – awesome!
May 21st – White Peak Half Marathon. A very damp off-road race for SallyAnn Smith – great running!
May 28th – Edinburgh Half Marathon. Congratulations to Sarah Blackwell in her first half marathon!
May 28th – Westhampnett Open Water Swim. It sounds like this was certainly a tough event and further than they were expecting too! But despite that, 2 great swims from Nancy (1st in AG) and Ady Dench.
2nd April – Manchester Marathon. The start of marathon season, with several STCers doing the ultimate running distance over the next few weeks. Congratulations to Hannah Peel and Elly Blackwell (in her first time over this distance) for great performances at this event.
2nd April – Westfield Aquathlon. Some great racing from members at the final race in this series. Results can be found here. A huge thank you to all our volunteers for making it happen!
7th April – 5km Swimathon, Hathersage Pool. Great swimming from Paula Fisher, SallyAnn Smith and Sylvia Yates – great achievement, that’s a long way to swim in a pool!
9th April – Sheffield Half Marathon. This course is always brutal, with the first 5 miles a long way up hill, but this year was made even more intense by the hot sun. Great running from a huge STC turnout despite the challenging conditions: Rob Bridges, Fred Vellacott, Caz Kay, Andy Hogben, Steven Killingbeck, James Boardwell, Mark Lee, Michael Bridges, Jim Lafferty, Brett Srawley, Nicola Combs, Josie Smith, Andrew Kitchen, Kay Guccione, Bob Pringle, Pete Goodfellow, Paul Shipley, Stuart Harrod, Dave Stannard, Abby Sawyer, Sylvia Yates and SallyAnn Smith.
12th April – Road League Race 2 – Worsborough. Full results can now be found here. Extra respect to those STC members who represented the club at this event, after running the half just a few days before. Well done to Matt Reed, Patrick Day, John Hewson, Roger Wilde, Jim Lafferty, Nicky Combs, Kay Guccione, SallyAnn Smith and myself.
13th April – Social Night at The Stag. We thought we’d start off the long weekend with an STC social occasion and a night out at the pub!
16th April – Epworth Triathlon. A great early season triathlon, with Kate Morris and Margo Duncan starting the year off with a bang finishing 1st and 3rd overall.
18th April – Get Your Kit On at Sheffield Phoenix CC Cuckney 10 mile TT. Time to test the Winter cycling miles! Great to see so many STCers out that night and thank you to the organisers who were very friendly and especially understanding to those new to TTing, like me! Well done to Ady Dench, Rekha Ravichandran, Ben Anderson, Addam Darnell, Paul Charlesworth, Jim Lafferty, Matt Reed and myself.
20th April – Fairholmes Duathlon Race 1. Some great racing, with this timing well as a tune up race for many members beginning their race seasons over the next couple of weeks. Thank you once again to our amazing volunteers! Results here.
23rd April – Pool Based Sprint Club Championships at Southwell Triathlon. The first of our club champs races this year, with a great STC turnout and some fantastic results. Huge congratulations to Hannah Peel who finished first woman overall and Tony Ditchburn who won his age group. A special mention to new club member, Sarah Blackwell, who signed up to this, her first triathlon, after being persuaded by several members at the social evening the week before! Congratulations to all STC members in action that day: Peter Goodfellow (2nd in AG), Sarah Harrison (2nd in AG), Fiona Kesteven (3rd in AG), Addam Darnell, Caz Kay, Paul Charlesworth, Stuart Harrod, Claire Britt, Sylvia Yates, Claire Raven and myself.
23rd April – The London Marathon. The infamous marathon, one of the World Majors, and one of those “Bucket List” races. Every year, the club has a space to give away to members registered with England Athletics, and the lucky winner this year was Andrew Kitchen. A great run from Andrew to finish just outside 4 hours! There were also great performances that day from Steve Canning, Rekha Ravichandran and SallyAnn Smith.
26th April – Road League Race 3, Brodsworth. Well done to the following STCers who ran on this evening: Andy Hogben, John Hewson, Jon Staniforth and Kay Guccione. Just one more to go on the 10th May!
30th April – European Age Group Duathlon Champs, Soria, Spain. It was an incredible weekend for many of our STC members out in Spain. Awesome to see gold medals for Paula Fisher (sprint) and Kate Morris (standard) – huge congratulations to you both! Agonisingly just outside the medals for Rob Pearson (standard) and Fiona Kesteven (sprint) in 4th. Margo Duncan (sprint) finished in a very impressive 5th place and a fantastic 13th for Caz Kay (sprint).
30th April – Tour de Yorkshire Sportive. A unique chance to ride on the same roads as the pros in this year’s event, and to finish down the same chute the pros would be thundering down just a few hours after us. I did the 75km with my Dad, who lives in the South….our Yorkshire hills were a bit of a shock to him! Kay Guccione also took on the middle distance hills. Glenn Mailer and Andrew Marsden took on the full and brutal challenge of the 100km route, which took in some of the area’s toughest climbs.
4th March – Sheffrec CC 25 Mile 2 Up TTT. A 2 up team time trial on the flat but always windy Hatfield Woodhouse course. Well done to the following STC teams:
Paul Winwood and Alistair Wood
Carl Egdell and Simon Wood
Elly Blackwell and Jon Staniforth (3rd mixed team)
Jim Lafferty and Bing Jones
5th March – Outlon Park Spring Duathlon. It’s almost funny that there word “Spring” is in the title for this race! Incredibly tough, freezing conditions, with snow and sleet on the start line. In the sprint distance congratulations to Paula Fisher who finished first in her age category. In the standard distance, congratulations to Rob Pearson who 2nd in his age category. Great performances from them both despite the conditions.
5th March – Westfield Aquathlon. The second in our series of swim/run training events. Well done to those who raced and thank you to those who volunteered their time to make it happen.
5th March – The Sheffield Duathlon for Age UK, Hillsborough. A great race for those new to the sport, the even features a 2.5km run, a 5km traffic free bike, followed by a 2.5km run. Well done to Richard Shaw for his first ever duathlon and in STC kit for the first time too!
11th March – Get Your Kit On @ Castle Park Run, Manor Fields. Great to see so many STCers out on this morning! These events are getting a good response and we have some more exciting plans for the summer months.
11th March – VTTA 14.7 mile TT. Super fast cycling from Ady Dench and Sarah Harrison at this event.
14th March – 3km TT @ Woodbourn Road. A chance for those who have been training hard at Woodbourn Road on Tuesday evenings over Winter to put their speed to the test. A great race at the front between Ben Tawney and Andy Hogben, finishing just 1 second apart. Some huge PBs from Glen Mailer, Kay Guccione, Nicola Heaton and Olivia Osbourne, with the most impressive being Richard Shaw with a 2 min 37 second PB – wow!
11th March – Grindleford Gallop. Top running from Steve Canning to finish 6th overall at this “infamous challenge through the hills of the Peak District.” 21 miles and 3000ft of ascent tells you all you need to know about the route!
18th March – Clumber Park Duathlon. I always think that the season is starting to being when it comes round to this race! In the sprint distance, great racing from Nick Latimer (10th overall), Carl Egdell (3rd in AG), Caz Kay, Glen Mailer, Patrick Day and Sallyann Smith (2nd in AG). In the standard distance, well done to Cerys Thomas, Rob Partingdon, Rob Pearson (2nd in AG), Holly Davis, Paula Fisher (1st in AG), James Forbes, Andrea Rodgers and Claire Raven.
24th – 26th March – Hardraw Training Weekend. A fantastic weekend of training and socialising. Beautiful weather made for great riding conditions, with even the lovely sight of snow on the tops. We’re already thinking about next year!
29th March – Road League Race 1, Lodge Moor. The first in this year’s series of 5 mile road races against the other running clubs in South Yorkshire. I think this is the toughest of all the courses, with some serious climbs to contend with! Well done to Ben Tawney, Matt Reed, Patrick Day, James Boardwell, David Whitaker, John Hewson, Paul Holbrook, Jon Staniforth, Jim Lafferty and Nicky Combs.
5th February – 1st Westfield Aquathlon Race. The first in our series of aquathlon training races – 400m swim in Westfield pool followed by a lap of Rother Valley. Some great racing, with members keen to test out their Winter training.
12th February – Valentines 30km, Stamford. A popular build-up race for those training for a Spring marathon, the grey, cold weather didn’t prevent great results for STC members! Well done to Hannah Peel, Helen “H” Oscroft and SallyAnn Smith.
23rd February – Meet & Greet Evening @ The Stag. A great chance for new members to get to know the club and existing members always enjoy a catch up over a beer!
25th February – National Cross Country Championships, Wollaton Park, Nottingham. We all know XC is muddy, but this race seemed to be exceptionally so! Great racing from Fred Vallacott, Matt Reed, Patrick Day, Helen Elmore, Kirsty Bryan-Jones, Kay Guccione, Elly Blackwell, SallyAnn Smith, Nancy Skinner, Ellen Patton (junior) and Eddie Fitzpatrick (junior).
26th February – Rother Valley Duathlon. A very early season event at our open water swimming venue, with a sprint and a standard distance race. In the sprint distance, well done to Gareth Hague. In the standard distance race, a great race from Hannah Peel to finish 2nd. Well done to Ethan Roberts-Cutts who won his junior category in a super fast time!
1st January – New Year’s Day Swim. For those brave enough to tackle the cold water at Hathersage pool, we hear this is a great hangover cure!
3rd January – Talk’ Tri – Introduction to Triathlon. The first of our Talkin’ Tri evenings for the year, where committee members shared their race experiences and answered questions for those new to the club and the sport. Welcome to the new members who came along and met us for the first time that night!
17th January – 3km track TT. To quote coach Robert Bridges: “There were some good PB’s despite having Christmas in the way!”
22nd January – “Get Your Kit On” @ Longshaw 10km. The first of our new series of events, where we attend local races in our STC kit. A freezing morning at this off-road free 10km event, but still smiling STC members enjoyed the race.
29th January – Tigger Tor Fell Race. Well done to Elly Blackwell, Nicola Combs and Andrea Rogers! 9.7 miles, 1600ft of climb and snow on the ground – quite a race to pick for your first fell run, Elly!
4th December – Percy Pud 10km. One of the most popular local running events, with STC always being very well represented. Some fantastic results below:
Connor Henderson (7th overall), Simon Bennett, Andy Hogben, Michael Clayton, John Follin, Matt Reed, Hannah Peel, Chris Ludford, Roger Walters, Chris Sorsby, John Hewson, Jon Staniforth, Roger Wilde, Jim Lafferty, Ed Guccione, Liam Shaw, Alex Gage, Nicola Combs and Phil Kelly.
4th December – Curry Evening. Another great social event organised by Nancy – beer, curry and tri chat!
11th December – Final XC, Penistone. We always make the last race a social occasion with mulled wine and mince pies after (all “post race nutrition” remained intact, despite the wind’s best attempt to blow it away!) – a top morning out!
Here’s a round up of STC results:
Under 11 Girls – Isobel Day, 31st
Under 11 Boys – Eddie Fitzpatrick, 11th
Under 13 Girls – Ellie Charlesworth, 23rd
Under 15 Girls – Ellen Patton, 10th
Under 15 Boys – Charles Corker, 17th
Under 20, Senior and Veteran Ladies
Helen Elmore, 13th
Charlotte Jenkinson, 21st
Tessa Harrison, 28th
Kirsty Bryan-Jones, 42nd
Kay Guccione, 71st
Nancy Skinner, 73rd
Nicky Combs, 85th
Sally Smith 111th
Under 20, Senior and Veteran Men
Robert Bridges, 15th
Steve Canning, 58th
Matt Reed, 71st
John Follin, 96th
Cerys Thomas, 99th
Paul Shipley, 109th
James Boardwell, 126th
Chris Ludford, 127th
Paul Charlesworth, 137th
Tony Ditchburn, 138th
Ed Guccione, 139th
Pat Day, 147th
John Hewson, 149th
Jon Staniforth, 169th
Jim Lafferty, 174th
Andrew Kitchen, 175th
A fantastic turn out and great performances from STC over the 4 races ensured that the Juniors finished 7th and the Seniors finished 11th in the league!
Congratulations to Helen Elmore who finished 2nd in her age category and Tony Ditchburn who finished 3rd in his category – awesome results!
15th December – Functional Threshold Turbo Test. 20 minutes of pain! But all worth it for members to determine their heart rate and power training zones to ensure more effective training.
18th December – The Chip Butty Ride. Another fantastic year for one of our favourite club events! Some amazing and very creative costumes!
6th November – Group Ride. Very mixed weather conditions for this ride out into the beautiful Peak District – sun to start and snow to finish! A great turn out with a wide range of abilities taking on the hills.
11th November – AGM. Each year you have the chance to attend the AGM and have your say about your club. Any suggestions to the committee are always welcomed and the meeting this year results in creating a new position of “social media secretary” I think you’ll all agree Elly Blackwell is a great addition to the team, providing interesting content on a daily basis. We also said goodbye to Sylvia Yates as Chair and hello to Helen Oscroft, moving from Secretary to Chair of STC.
20th November – Cross Country, Cannon Hall. As always mud, hills and pain! But we love it so much! Another great STC turnout!
STC results here:
Under 11 Boys – Eddie Fitzpatrick, 12th
– Douglas Egdell, 24th
– Torin French, 33rd
Under 13 Girls – Ellie Charlesworth, 24th
– Katie Anderson, 28th
Under 13 Boys – Euan Patton, 6th
Under 15th Girls – Ellen Patton, 11th
Under 15th Boys – Sam Tierney, 17th
Under 20, Senior and Veteran Ladies
Charlotte Jenkinson, 24th
Tessa Harrison, 32nd
Elly Blackwell, 38th
Kay Guccione, 68th
Nancy Skinner, 71st
Nicky Combs 85th
Under 20, Senior and Veteran Men
Steve Canning, 44th
Matt Reed, 68th
Cerys Thomas, 96th
Paul Shipley, 104th
Paul Charlesworth 112th
Addam Darnell, 121st
Tony Ditchburn, 124th
Stuart Scott, 128th
Roger Walters, 131st
Chris Sorsby, 133rd
Ed Guccione, 138th
Jon Staniforth 150th
Zak Meyer, 160th
Jim Lafferty, 169th
Andrew Kitchen, 175th
David Meyer, 187th