March 2016 Newsletter


March Newsletter 

From the Committee

It was great to see so many club members at the AGM last Friday. Heather reminded us of the club highlights from 2015 and without going through them all, it is worth repeating our congratulations to those club members who achieved selection for the GB Team at their age group: Mark Taplin (Duathlon), Frankie Durbin (Aquathlon and Tri) Alex Juggins, (Tri) Trace Allen (Tri), Rachael Dunn (Cycling), Gordon Hobbs (Cycling), Pete Eggleston (Tri) and Heather Hobbs (Tri).

In addition, it was unanimously agreed to modify the club funding structure. From Monday 14thMarch there will be an annual membership fee plus a nominal charge for all training where a coach or marshal/time keeper is provided. Full details of the reasons behind the change have previously been published on the forum and through e-mail, but feel free to discuss this with any committee member if you have any queries. Please remember to bring your £2 along to swimming/circuits/spin. We are exploring payment collection methods but all ideas that do not place an unnecessary burden on our coaches/marshals would be welcome.

The annual membership payments page should be available for you to re-new your club membership via Active Training World at:

Happy racing, stay safe out there
The Committee


Since the last newsletter there have been a few races in which club members competed / participated.

  • 15 Feb: Herts 10k at Welwyn:  Alec Scott 00:41:58, Tamsyn Clark 00:42:35, Stuart Clark 00:42:36, Carol Reid 00:51:35, Angela Hodson 00:52:18, Dani Pruett 00:52:32, Jenna Pickering 01:03:57, Kate Gardner 01:04:51.
  • 6 March: Dambuster Duathlon: Gordon Hobbs 2:17:27, Nick Clarke 2:42:10
  • 6 March: Berkhampsted Half Marathon: Paul Adams 1:12:01 (3rd overall), Richard Vaughan 1:59:09
  • 13 March: Ware’s Cambridge Sportive: 50 mile, Geoff Morgan 3:27:02, Graeme McTait 3:28:48
  • 13 March: 25 Mile TT:  Heather Hobbs 1:14:02 (her first TT)

Apologies to anyone whose race or time is not shown, please either post your results on the forum or email them to  and they will then be published in a future newsletter.

Upcoming Races

19 March: Club Training: Run / Bike transition training at Shenley. First run/bike session of the season: a good opportunity to practice transitions without the pressure of a race – and its great fun! Please reply to the post on the forum if you plan to attend.

20 March; Welwyn Half (10 club entrants)

28 March; Hillingdon Half & 10k (2 club entrants)

2 April: Club Duathlon. First club race of the season at Sandringham School. Please reply to the post on the forum if you would like to enter.

3 April: Chilly Triathlon (a club championship race with 6 club entrants), Herts Easter Egg Sportive and the Battlefield Duathlon (both with 1 club entrant)

3 April: GoTri race at Sandringham. Supporters needed, see the forum for more details.

There may well be other events that people have entered. If so, please update the post on the forum so your club mates can look out & shout for you.

Tri-Force Kit
As a reminder the kit order has been extended with Champion Systems Clothing: The order is now open until Monday 28th March 2016 and we need a minimum of 10 items to make it happen. The link to the ordering system is: – if you’ve ordered before, use your old details, if not, use:  User name ‘TFT’, Password ‘kit 2015’, then fill in your own details as requested. Browse, order, pay and it will be delivered to Chris Morris. You collect at a mutually convenient time.

Triathlon on Television

What may have slipped under the radar is the launch of a new TV channel, called the Bike Channel , on Sky (Channel 464) and Virgin (Channel 552). It launched in the UK in December and is primarily focussed on cycling although according to its schedule it will show coverage of triathlon events. For example, Cardiff Triathlon was shown on 5th March. Much of its programming to date is sourced from Italy & dubbed into English, it does show some live cycling events from the Spring Classics. Worth keeping an eye on, it’s better than East Enders … mind you having teeth pulled is better than East Enders!


The pen pictured below was a giveaway at the London Bike and Triathlon Show in February. Given the focus on doping in top-level sport I am not sure it was entirely appropriate. It made me chuckle though.


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