Looking back on 2017

As 2017 draws to a close we are having a quick look back over what has been a fantastic year for the club from hitting over 100 members at freshers in September, to members completing both Iron Man 70.3 & 140.6 events and taking home a BUCS point from BUCS Duathlon in November. We would like to thank all our members for playing a part of the success, the club would be nothing without it members’ commitment, and positive attitudes; so, we are looking forward to more success in 2018!

Beach Training

All the way back in January, on an unseasonably warm Saturday morning, 20 members took the train to Dawlish Warren to take part in our first Beach Boot Camp Session. This was a huge success and the club has gone back several times since.

Aquathlon Series

Exeter performed well throughout the spring series, with a race win from Tim Gordon at Dawlish, age group podium places from Finn Arentz and Molly Perkins, as well as 3rd overall for Ollie Thorogood at Sidmouth. The series was rounded of at Exeter Aquathlon where another 3rd overall for Ollie saw him take the overall series win for the second year running! 

Majorca Training Camp

Members travelled to Majorca in April for a week of training in the sun. The group covered over 300km on the bike, amongst the many rides, they scaled Sa Calobra, one of the biggest climbs in Majorca and regarded as a Mecca for cyclists. Training also included running sessions and open water swimming along the Majorcan coastline.

BUCS Sprint Triathlon

What better way to start than BUCS Sprint. In May, we took 20 athletes to Calne for BUCS sprint triathlon. The girls did brilliantly, headed up by Ellen P-K who finished in 1:24:51, placing her 50th overall! Tim Gordon was our fastest male, coming 62nd in a time of 1:11:10. A fantastic day was had by all, fingers crossed for more success next year!

Donut Duathlon

In May, Tim Gordon took part in the Donut Duathlon in Torbay, consisting of a 5k run, 15k bike ride and then another 2.5k run. Tim raced fantastically, finishing in a time of 50:49, winning the event overall!

Exe Valley Triathlon

May was a busy month with more success at the Exe Valley Triathlon. Tim Gordon and alumni, Jack Bristow battled it out with Jack eventually edging out Tim for 2nd place over all with Tim placing 3rd behind him.

Run Exe Relays

We entered 3 teams for the Run Exe Relays, they came up against some strong teams from all over the southwest. After some outstanding performances, EUTriC 1 came home in 3rd place overall! They were followed by EUTriC 2 and EUTriC Girls shortly after in 20th and 46th respectively with the girls also finishing as the 8th overall female team.

 Taunton Triathlon

Back in May A few members headed up to Taunton to take part in the Sprint Distance triathlon and did the club proud. The highlight was Ellen P-K, who was the fastest female of the day finishing in an amazing time of 1:23:55! Becca Locke also did well, finishing 4th in the senior women’s category and Simon Jones finished 4th in the senior men’s category.

 

 

End of Season Dinner

We rounded off a fantastic season with our end of season dinner in June at On the Water Front. A massive thank you goes to Social Secs Ellen and Quang once again for organising everything and making the evening an enormous success!

Freshers Week

We have had a fantastic fresher’s week back in September, with packed taster sessions, meet and greets, capped off by a record number of sign ups at the Freshers Squash, with membership jut tipping 100 atheletes!

BUCS Duathlon

We had our strongest ever showing at BUCS Duathlon this year, with a record turnout of 34 athletes, with a huge six of our athletes finishing in under 50mins! Stand out performances came from our first men’s team, Jack Bond finishing in 43:55 – 23rd place overall, Harry Preston, with a time of 44:32, and first year, Seamus Sheard, finishing in 45:25. They finishing as the 9th Men’s team overall and scoring Exeter a BUCS point! On the girls front, Captain, Ellen P-K lead from the front with a fantastic performance, finishing our highest placed girl in 53:06!

 

Christmas Meal & Ride

Our term was rounded off with a Christmas meal and a festive themed Sunday bike ride. Big thank you to our Social Secs, Molly and Allan for organising a fantastic evening at Coals attended by almost 60 members earlier this month. We also had a Festive Group Ride with a great turn out with some impressive costumes!

7 Years of BUCS Duathlon with EUTriC

Following the clubs strong performance at this year’s BUCS Duathlon we are delving into the archives to take a look back at the clubs involvement in BUCS Duathlon over the last seven years. 

2011 – Kicking off EUTriC at BUCS

Seven years ago the club took 25 athletes to compete in the Triathlon Club’s first ever BUCS competition. The competition was as fierce as it’s always been, and the weather conditions were not ideal, as has since become the expectation! The exception being this year, when we saw the sun for the first time at Castle Combe. Dispite the weather the team put in a strong showing, headed up by then Captain, Chantal Cummings placing 13th overall in her category. Men’s Captain, Tom Hood also raced well finishing 60th (out of 337) in the overall competition. You can find the full write up HERE.

2012 – Strong Performances from the Men’s & Women’s Teams

The club’s second year at BUCS Duathlon saw 15 members taking part, with 4 of those being new members of the club. Great performances came from Laura Wakeham, our top woman from the club, finishing 38th with a time of 56:53 and the rest of the women’s team who finished 15th overall. The men also had good races with Tom Kitchen our fastest man, finishing 114th in a time of 51:06:429, and firsts year, Ollie Teenan and Jack Bristow making their first BUCS appearances. You can find the full write up HERE.

2013 – Strength & Depth

2013 saw one of the club’s strongest performances at BUCS to date, with six men under the 52 minute mark despite both Jack Bristow and Ollie Teenan suffering time penalties. James Phillips headed up the men’s squad with a time of 46:57 to finish 41 and the men’s team finishing 20th overall. On the women’s side, Clare Parkin put in a stellar performance to finish in 54:32, 24th in her category, helping the girl’s team to 12th overall. You can find the full write up HERE.

2014 – Small but Mighty

Due to fewer members owning bikes and a few injuries, EUTriC had a slightly smaller team than in past years. However the squad punched well above it’s weight with a stand out performance from Club captain, Clare Parkin, who finished 50th despite being hampered by rubbing breaks on the bike section. In the men’s race Joseph Perkins was set for a huge performance placing 3rd overall after the first run, however his race was ended prematurely by a puncture on the bike leg.  Joaquin Munoz took up the lead for Exeter’s men and brought home the team with a time of 51:08 in his first race for the club. You can find the full write up HERE.

2015 – 7th for Clare Parkin

Our fifth year at BUCS was marked by the club’s strongest individual performance to date. A fantastic race from Clare Parkin gave her 7th overall in the women’s category finishing in a time of 51.24. The rest of the squad, including a few familiar faces, also performed well. The first wave included Club Captain Ollie Teenan, AU President Jack Bristow, and then EUTriC newcomer, Harry Preston. Sadly Ollie got a puncture on the bike after a very strong run and had to withdraw but Jack and Harry both finished very strongly with times of 46.25 and 47.38 respectively. You can find the full write up HERE.

2016 – Exeter Field Large Squad

Last year EUTriC took 22 athletes down to another cold BUCS, this didn’t stop some fantastic performances from both the men’s and women’s teams. The men’s team saw a very strong showing from new comer Jack Bond who finished in 24th place from a very competitive field. This was backed up by strong races from Club Captain, Harry Preston and Vice Captain, Alex Foyn with times of 47:19 and 47:46 respectively. On the women’s team, Social Sec, Ellen P-K made her BUCS Duathlon debut and was our first girl home, finishing in 65th place in a time of 55:35. She was followed by Publicity Sec, Alice Carr and Events Sec, Lizzie Hobbs who finished 76th and 86th. You can find the full write up HERE.

2017 – Record BUCS Participation and Strength

We took a huge 34 athletes this year who all put in massive efforts. The strength in depth of the squad was exceptional, with six of our athletes finishing in under 50 minutes and some rapid times. Stand out performances came from first finisher, Jack Bond in 43:55 with a PB, and 23rd place overall despite not using a TT bike. Harry Preston, a regular force at the BUCS events over the last few years, was next in with a time of 44:32, also a PB! First year, Seamus, showcased his huge potential finishing not long after in 45:25. Captain, Ellen P-K lead from the front on the women’s team with a fantastic performance, finishing our highest placed girl in 53:06, followed closly by first time racer Elise Metcalfe with 55:37. You can find the full write up HERE.