Newsletter January ’20

From the Committee

Welcome to another year of triathlon and other assorted madness. There are several important announcements in this newsletter so please don’t delete this.

Firstly, the date of our AGM is Friday 20th March, 8pm, in the Goat in St Albans. Details have been posted in Facebook and on our WhatsApp group as well. Please keep the date free and come along. There will be the usual free bar!

Secondly, is a general request for volunteers to come on to the Committee to help to run the club. The current Committee is very “male dominated” and we are missing out on the female viewpoint. If you are interested, even vaguely, please talk to one of the coaches or an existing Committee member. In addition, our current chair, Darrin Dexter, will be stepping down and we need a new Chair person.

Thirdly, club fees for 2021 are due at the end of February, but you can renew your membership now using the link here. The Committee have decided to leave the current fees unchanged at a more than reasonable £70. As a club we have two main sources of income: membership fees and the entrance fees from our Club run HSV races. These will be on 17th May & 23rd August this year: please keep these dates free so you can either take part or marshal.

Contained below are also details of the latest club kit order, a reminder of our winter training sessions as well as reminder about the race series, the first race of which is in the next few weeks. Also a BTF regional competition you may be interested in.

Hope to see you at the AGM, and look forward to welcoming new Committee members.
The Committee


Strength and conditioning is something that as triathletes we typically do not do enough of, but it is a huge help in injury prevention and performance improvement.

Sessions run on Wednesdays from 20:15, at Fitness First, Christopher Place, St Albans.

Indoor cycling is a great way to maintain cycle fitness over the winter, avoiding the dark, wet, icy roads.
These run on Tuesdays from 19:30 at Fitness First. The sessions actually start at 19:45 giving 15 minutes to set up the bike, warm up, chat or whatever else you need to do. Remember to bring a drink and a towel, you’ll get warm!

There is free parking at St Christopher Place for both spinning and circuits.

Swimming: Don’t forget we have our usual swim sessions at St Albans Boys school on Mondays from 19:45 to 21:15. Please only use the top car park!

We also have the session on Thursdays at HSV starting at 20:15 for an hour.


You should all have received the separate mail regarding our club kit order. The club shop is now open and can be found here.

The shop will be accepting orders until Friday 9th February at 16:00, at which point it will close and the ordered items will be put in to production with anticipated delivery for mid – late March. The ordering process is straight forward, however a guide is here to support this.
We anticipate the next opportunity after this ordering window will be much later in 2020. If you plan on ordering club kit to race in this summer, you will need to order now. We have received samples covering a range of garments which will be at Monday night swimming, whilst the store is open, for people to try on and understand the sizing and differences between the collections.

There is also our leisure range of club kit available at all times. The link can be found on our club website or direct on the Birds Eye Sports site here.


The events that will count towards the 2020 race series are below.

You are awarded points based on participation in one of these events or marshalling at club events, plus then writing a race report either on Facebook or the Forum. The full rules can be found here.

2020 Race Serie


For those of you planning your races for 2020, you may be interested to know that Triathlon England East run a regional triathlon league for individual athletes and a club league as well as 3 Championship races. These are open to all East Region Triathlon England members and all East region affiliated clubs.

The 2020 Club League comprises several events and at each league event, the 3 best scoring male TE East members and the 3 best female TE East members count towards their club’s points for that race.

At the same races there is an adult league with awards given for the first 3 male & female athletes in the following age bands: Juniors (B&C, aged 17-19), Seniors (D,E,F&G, aged 20-39), Veterans (H,I &J, aged 40-54), Super Veterans (K+, aged 55+). 

Athletes may take part in as many league events as they wish, but only their best 3 performances will count towards their league placing, and additionally they must compete in at least 1 sprint race and, at least 1 race at standard or middle distance.

The races that qualify are shown below:

Walden Tri Sprint May 3rd
St Neots 1 Sprint May 10th
St Neots 1 Standard May 10th
Big East Middle May 17th
Grafman Middle May 24th
Beccles Tri Sprint June 7th
Sudbury Tri Sprint June 14th
Grafham Water Standard 5th July
Norwich Tri Sprint Sprint July 12th
Gosfield Lake tri  Standard July 19th
Maldon Tri Standard August 30th
St Neots 2 Sprint September 6th
North Norfolk Standard September 6th
Stowmarket Sprint September 13th
Clacton Standard September 13th
And Finally

We have received details of a training camp that may be of interest:
IRONLABS Wales are running a training camp from 8th to 10th May, targeting at those participating in Ironman wales later in the year. It is situated directly on the Ironman Wales route. TriForce members of Tri-Force can receive a 10% discount on shared room basis with a further 5% donated back to the club for any bookings made before the end of February.

Over the course of the weekend, there will be a structured programme including Open Water Swim, Bike, Run, Strength and Conditioning and educational sessions. As well as driven course recce’s, kit try-outs and Q&A’s with the pro coaching team. Prices start at £449 per person and more details can be found here

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