Well done to everyone for making it through another term! Its been a busy one with fantastic crossfit sessions, 50m swimming training sessions down at Mount Kelly, university strikes, club photos, several helpings of snow, and our first ever UV spin! An illuminating experience involving a darkened room and hi vis!
Welcome to Katie Synge
At the start of term 2 we were joined by former professional ITU Triathlete, Katie Synge, to coach our Track, Spin and Circuits sessions. She brings with her a wealth of experience from the top level of triathlon and has already made a fantastic contribution to the club over the last term with many members already seeing great improvements.
Exeter Half Marathon
It was fantastic to see not only so many members racing but also marshalling and supporting during the Exeter Half Marathon in February. The fast course around Exe Valley Park meant that PBs were aplenty with many members knocking 5 or even 10 minutes off previous times. Finn was our first club member home, storming the course in 1:18:14 and taking 4th place overall from a strong field. Next in, Alex snuck into the top ten with a time of 1:20:44. Coach Katie flew round the 21km in a time of 1:22:05, taking home the prize for first female. Also running under the 1hr30 mark were Morgan and Pierre, nip and tuck throughout the run, Morgan eventually led Pierre home with a time of 1:27:26. Trevor, now a half and full marathon veteran ran strongly with a time of 1:34:14, as did Brian finishing not long after with 1:41:56. Rob took a huge 14minutes of his previous half time, finishing in 1:42:30, while strong run from Jessel saw him finish in 1:42:48.
A large contingent of our runners were completing the half marathon distance for the first time, among them, Coral making the last minute decision to race, finished in a very quick 1:43.02! She was followed by Elise, also completing a half for the first time, overcame illness this week to finish in 1:43:33. Beth, another fast finisher completed the course in 1:44:13. Not many people can claim to complete a half marathon on their birthday, not only did Bizzy complete the half, she powered round to a 5minute PB – very well done and a belated happy birthday from EUTriC! Livvy was next home, again with a fantastic PB, looking very good ahead of the Bath Half in a few weeks. Abbi came in with a fantastic finish, battling through some knee pain and had supporters cheering her into the finish line! It was also a first half marathon for Bronte and Sophie really well done to both of you and some fantastic times!
Another huge thank you to the rest of the club who came down to marshal and cheer on the runners and a big thank you to Exeter City Community Trust for organising the event! Club results below:
Alex Foyn 1:20:44
Katie Synge 1:22:05
Morgan Freeman 1:27:26
Pierre Terlinden-Ruhl 1:29:15
Trevor Cousins 1:34:14
Brian Tai 1:41:56
Rob William 1:42:30
Jessel Patel 1:42:48
Elise Metcalf 1:43:33
Beth Lewis 1:44:13
Bizzy Watson 1:51:09
Livvy Moorey 1:51:35
Brontë Penney 1:52:07
Sophie McCormack 1:55:36
Abbi Scarr 2:19:24
It was another great AGM with some really closely contested positions. Its always fantastic to see the club means so much to so many members. A very warm welcome to next year’s committee!
Captain – Seamus Sheard
Vice Captain – Sophie Woolcock
Welfare Officer – Kate Milsom
Treasurer – Matt Kuningas
Social Sec – Issy Defillion & Roger Reid
Stash Sec – Coral Hays
Events Sec – Simon Jones
Publicity Sec – Brontë Penney
Nine members braved the Arctic conditions to compete at the rescheduled Sidmouth Aquathlon, delayed two weeks by snow and then nearly cancelled again by a second episode of the white stuff. The race consisted of a 600m swim followed by a 5km run in temperatures below -1C, with many of our Athletes competing for the first time. The later racers also had to contend with heavy snow falling. The club managed to return to Exeter just in time to avoid getting snowed out!
Despite the weather, there were some really fantastic efforts, with EUTriC taking a full sweep of the podium. Josh Alculumbre took the overall win with a rapid run off the back of a strong swim, finishing in a time of 27:23. 2nd place went to Publicity Sec, Alex Foyn, just under a minute behind. Rounding out the podium, Brad Toseland, racing at Sidmouth for the first time, finished just over the 30min mark (time adjusted for 550m swim). Brad also won the 17-19 age-group first place. Next home was Captain, Ellen P-K, our first female finisher in 33:12. Also competing at Sidmouth for the first time, Sophie Woolcock finished in 35:28. Robert Porter was next with a strong swim of 09:34 and powered through the run finishing in 35:43. Social Sec, Molly Perkins put in a great effort in the cold conditions finishing 14th in 38:03. A solid performance saw Bizzy Watson finish next in 38:16. Unfortunately Coral Hays, after a rapid swim was unable to complete the run, going off route, it’s very easily done, especially in the conditions!
The club would like to thank Exeter Triathlon Club for organising the event, and the marshals for braving the cold and snow, including Alumni, Ollie Thorogood, normally see winning this event. Once again a massive well done to everyone who raced and a very promising start to EUTriC’s race season.
EUTriC was represented by five members down at Paignton for the Donut Duathlon, a very muddy 5km run followed by a 15km 10 lap bike course, finishing up with another dose of mud with a 2.5km run. All of athletes put in fantastic efforts with Tim Gordon defending his title from last year by taking the overall win! Livvy Moorey had a fantastic race finishing the 3rd senior female overall. Bizzy Watson and Pierre Terlinden-Ruhl also had great races with Pierre finishing in the top 10. After coming out of run 1 in 3rd, Alex Foyn demonstrated his counting prowess by doing an extra bike lap, who is the bigger donut? Really well done everyone!
British Duathlon Championships 2018
Huge congratulations to Seamus Sheard competing at the British Duathlon Championships. He put in a fantastic performance over the Run 10km, Bike 39km, Run 5km course finish a huge 24th overall in a time of 1:59:04! Fantastic stuff Seamus, the club is really proud.
Four members headed down to Dawlish at the start of April for Dawlish Aquathlon where thankfully there was not a flake of snow to be seen! Despite a tough run course, members put in some solid performances! First home for the club was Josh Alculumbre in 2nd overall in 27:36 and an age group win, backing up his win in Sidmouth last month which puts him in a strong position for the series. Next back was Beth Lewis in 35:50, to take 6th female overall. She was followed by Vice-Captain, Grace Jessett, returning to racing from injury, to post 36:40. Next in was Bizzy Watson improving on her time from Sidmouth despite a difficult course, to finish in 37:32. Very Well done everyone!
Portugal Training Camp
In April a group of club members headed out to Portugal for a training camp to pack in some serious kilometres as well as doing some swim and running analysis, organised by our partners at Tri Training Harder – a big thank you to them! Now they have had time to recover, here is how they got on in their own words:
Ellen – “Training was great, the coaches planned the week well with some hard days and some slightly easier days. The video analysis has helped my swimming so much, already starting to see results! The group was great, everyone got along well and we all enjoyed forgetting that exams/deadlines even existed!”
Pierre – “The two things that have been highly beneficial were the swim analysis and covering some impressive mileage on the bike! All this wouldn’t have been possible without such a quality group; they put me at ease, while at the same time encouraging me to push my limits. And there’s no doubt that such an experience will allow me to improve in the long run!”
Elise – “Really enjoyed training in Portugal with TriTrainingHarder and I saw a marked improvement across all three sports from the targeted sessions and coaching. I felt I really benefited from the sessions that focused on my technique (both running and swimming) and am looking forward to working on the areas that need improvement now that I am back. The highlight was the rides- hitting three digits on more than one occasion was a huge achievement for me and was definitely made easier by the stunning Portuguese landscape, bargain coffee and (occasional) good weather!”