Newsletter November ’20

From the Committee

We are now half way through lockdown #2 and less than six week to Christmas Day. On the bright side, its time also to look forward and start thinking about, if not planning, for your 2021 races. The races that will count towards the 2021 race series are listed on the website and are shown below. We have tried to include at least one race per month, of varying distances, through to September 2021. If you are not already thinking about next year, why not start now?

In particular for 2021, please pencil in the dates of the HSV triathlons – May 16th and September 12th. These races did not happen in 2020 and normally are a crucial source of funds for the club. Please try to keep the dates clear so that you can either participate or help marshal. More details nearer the time.

As has been previously announced, our annual Club awards night will be a virtual event this year and take place on Friday 27th November, at 8pm. Pour yourself a glass(es) of your favourite tipple and join other club members to reflect on the successes that have been achieved in the club this year, despite the restrictions.

Finally, welcome to Leanne & Nicola who have jointly agreed to join the Committee as the Club’s welfare officers. Should you have any welfare issues related to club matters please do contact them at the welfare officer email address.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 27th.

The Committee

Winter Training

As many of you know we have been having our weekly strength and conditioning sessions virtually. These are on a Monday evening from 8pm. The link to join is shared on the S&C WhatsApp group, and if you want to join please ask Simon to add you to that group. These sessions are a great way to stay in touch with clubmates as well helping to build a strong foundation for next year.
You are not required to complete the health questionnaires to join a virtual session, but if you want to receive club points you will need to register on the booking form. Access to the booking form is given on receipt of the questionnaires. The link to the questionnaires is here.

Winter Duathlon Series

All being well and lockdown is lifted, we are planning to hold the second of our winter duathlons on 5th December, but it may be delayed by a week if restrictions are not lifted. You can register using the tab on the club booking sheet here. Don’t forget you must complete you health questionnaire first.
There is a WhatsApp group that will be used for communication and confirmation of any changes. Please contact Darrin Dexter or Graeme McTait with your phone number of you wish to be added.


Prosecco Run

Why not start your 2021 training in December with the Clubs annual Prosecco run on 19th December? This has to be slightly different from previous years, even if we are out of lockdown. You will need to provide your own “drinking device” (glass, mug or beaker) and bring a bottle.
But the essential details remain the same: we meet at a point, take a drink, run a bit, drink a bit, then run a bit more. No-one is left behind. More details of where, when and how will be sent nearer the time.

Race Series Events 2021 – Draft

Continuing the theme of 2021 events, the initial list that will be counted towards the 2021 race series are below. At this stage this is provisional as not everything is confirmed, plus they may of course be amended if Covid restrictions are re-imposed, and / or dates may change.

In 2021, as we will have a much higher proportion of members in both the 50+ and 60 + categories, we have decided to reconfigure the age groups to reflect balanced numbers in each group. There will be an additional category with the over 50 age group being split into 50-54 and 55+. The age groups will therefore be:
17 – 39 Seniors
40 – 49 Masters
50 – 54 Vets
55 +     Super Vets
Full information about the rules and point scoring for the race series can be found on the club website here

And Finally …

All sports need individuals who can motivate and encourgae people to take part in sporting activity. The solution for triathlon is the Activator: this could be anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for triathlon. Activators may take on a variety of roles depending on their environment, ranging from welcoming people to organising activities and leading the activity (not coaching it).
There are more details about the role on the BTF website here, and if this appeals please contact Simon for more information.

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