17 December 2015
Tri Results 2013
22 September 2013 - Crawley Sprint Tri
Simon Tolson - Results from Crawley Sprint Tri 22nd
1Hour 24Min 46sec. 47th out of 151. 15th in age group.
Splits: 600m swim 10m 23 secs (11th), Bike 25K 39m 22 secs (38th) Run 6k 30m
39 secs (81st)
14 September 2013 - World Triathlon Age group
Championships - Hyde Park
World Triathlon Age group Championships were held in Hyde Park commencing
with the Aquathlon on Wednesday September 11th and climaxing on Sunday 14th
with the Age group Olympic distance races followed by the pro men's final.
Friday 13th featured the Sprint Triathlon races and Blackheath & Bromley's
Maureen Farish put in a fine performance in the Female V70 category, despite
the inclement weather, and she crossed the line in 6th place. The 750m swim,
20km bike and 5km run all taking place within the confines of Hyde Park.
female elite race on the Saturday was subject to such atrocious weather
conditions that the age group race on Sunday had the swim distance halved by
the ITU to 750m in case of any cold related mishaps, as the races started
from 7.00am. Blackheath & Bromley Tri were represented on the day by two of
their senior athletes Nick Kinsey and Jim Phelan. As it turned out, they had
the best weather conditions of the weekend and the sun was out for Jim's
start at 8.00am, Nick followed some 40 minutes later and after the swim in
the Serpentine, the 40km bike took them on a lap of Hyde Park and a trip
around Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and the Embankment, turning at the
Tower of London before returning to the park for a second lap. The final
discipline, the 10km run was three times around the lake before finishing in
front of the grandstand where spectators were out in force. Thanks to all
those who came and cheered us on, it was a fantastic event with 2,600
Triathletes doing just the Olympic age group race.
SPRINT TRIATHLON Friday 13th: 750m swim, 20km bike,
FV70 6th / 8 2.17.56 SWIM 18.25 / BIKE 1.09.22 / RUN 36.06 4th GB
OLYMPIC TRIATHLON Sunday 15th (short swim 750m), 40km
bike, 10km run.
MV 50 Nick Kinsey 20th / 156 1.59.50 SWIM 11.56 / BIKE 1.01.28 / RUN 40.17
MV65 Jim Phelan 14th / 70 2.27.00 SWIM 14.34 / BIKE 1.13.53 / RUN 49.58 5th
18 August 2013 - Salford Triathlon Olympic Distance
Jim Phelan 29.44 Swim / 1.17.59 Bike / 56.35 Run
1st V65 250th / 522
14 July 2013 - Challenge Roth Ironman
Some of the finishers of Challenge Roth from Blackheath teams 1 and 2
waiting in the stadium for Pete, Beardy and Jim to finish.
LISA PAGE 1.20.24 / 5.52.17 / 4.06.36 = 11.32.20 (26W40 /
KEVIN MAY 1.04.31 / 5.02.15 / 3.43.10 = 9.59.34 (34M45 / 345TH)
GARY SMITH 1.12.54 / 5.09.24 / 3.35.49 = 10.02.24 (83M40 / 367TH)
PAUL TUCK 1.02.29 / 5.32.00 / 3.44.28 = 10.28.47 (92M45 / 622ND)
MARK SKELLY 1.12.05 / 5.57.37 / 3.52.23 = 11.13.19 (224M45 / 1199TH)
MARK NICHOLLS 1.17.35 / 6.02.42 / 3.59.10 = 11.32.55 (283M30 /1425TH)
GARETH GRIFFIN 1.23.07 / 6.13.49 / 4.09.29 = 11.57.26 (323M45 / 1744TH)
IAN MONTGOMERY 1.34.14 / 6.29.40 / 4.52.29 = 13.09.48 (481M45 / 2231ST)
PETE BURFORD 1.28.26 / 6.39.18 / 4.57.48 = 13.14.48 (54M55 / 2257TH)
JIM OSMAN 1.36.58 / 7.31.36 / 4.57.38 = 14.18.35 (541M40 / 2242ND)
DENIZ MEHMED = 10.57.51 DSQ
7 July 2013 - Frankfurt Ironman European Championship
NICK KINSEY 59.46 / 5.01.50 / 3.39.19 = 9.45.53 (5TH M50 /
week I finished 5th in my age category (300 in this cat) at the European
Ironman Championships in Frankfurt/ Main, Germany in an overall time of 9hrs
More than 2,500 athletes from 51 nations faced the
challenge of the Frankfurter Sparkasse IRONMAN European Championship. 2,4
miles swim in Waldsee Langen, 112 mile bike in the surrounding countryside
of Frankfurt and a 26.2 mile run on the banks of Mainz River with a finish
on the famous Römerberg
For those who are not familiar with the European
Ironman circuit of races and courses this course is probably the 3rd fastest
behind Klagenfurt, Austria (fastest) and Roth, Germany (2nd fastest), in
Frankfurt the bike route is relatively flat with just a couple of climbs
called ‘The Beast’; ‘The Hell’ and ‘Heartbreak Hill’ all of which are not
nearly as fierce some as they sound, ( less than a kilometre long and not
too steep at 5-8% gradient). I chose it because I hadn’t raced ‘long’ for
over a year and didn’t want to kill myself and remembered the atmosphere as
being second only to Hawaii at finish line Römerberg ‘old town Frankfurt’,
where the organisers build one of the biggest football stadium type
grandstands for the masses of spectators.
As race day dawned it was clear we were in for another
blistering hot day as temperatures had been building all week. So it was
shorts and T-shirts and onto the bus for the 20-30 minute ride down to the
lake and T1 where we had racked our bikes the previous day. In total nearly
3000 athletes were due to toe the line.
At 06.45am exactly, the ‘Pro’ men and women (and 350
top age groupers) set off in the first start, followed at 07.00hrs by all
the remainder ……great fun……..a proper race, head to head.
Luckily I got an early start in the first (faster)
wave and had a ‘great’ swim. ‘Great’, not because it was particularly fast,
but because it felt so easy, I was using the new Blue Seventy Helix suit and
I reckon it made 2-3 minutes difference over the previous incarnation
because for the first time (probably ever) the super new stretchy neoprene
on the shoulders didn’t restrict my natural swim stroke. So I literally
glided around at the back of a large pack of swimmers to finish in 59:45,
the water was cleaner/ clearer than I remembered I from my last visit in
2007, it was a nice cool light blue colour too! ……good start, just under the
Now …….come on Nick………quick through transition with
helmet and shoes and all nutrition already on the bike, what is there to do?
Just find my bike and GO!!!!!!
Well its quite a long run up from the lake up a mega
hill (because the lake is an old disused sandpit excavation), you have to
collect your bike bag (even if like me….nothing was in it) as your
wetsuit/goggles/ swim cap are put into this bag and deposited with the
helpers……..so this all takes time with another 200-300 metre run to the
cycle ‘mount line’……….I am saying to myself…..’remember Nick don’t do a
Jonny Brownlee’ and hop on too early……..and Go! Go! Go!.......it all took
3mins 41 seconds…..I’m off.
The bike route comprises of a 10km ‘tail’ into central
Frankfurt to the start/finish area and T2 (based directly beside the river
Mainz running through the city) and then two big 85km loops out into the
countryside and back over the aforementioned hills. Generally it is big flat
fast roads and is fairly safe with a slick bump free road surface. Because I
had been in the smaller first wave it was not too congested with riders
well-spaced out, making it less of a chore avoiding the dreaded overzealous
draft buster (marshal’s) who show the yellow card to any rider breaking the
rules. I saw a few issued and they were well deserved………I would have issued
a few more!!
Obviously we are riding on the right hand side and one
of the ‘obvious’ things you have to do after an overtaking manoeuvre, to
avoid a penalty, is to move back into the right hand side so others may pass
you if they can. But I often saw cases of ‘Blocking’ where the rider moves
out to the left to overtake and then stayed out in the middle of the road. I
saw 3 penalties issued for this, one to an Italian rider who should have
known better as it was normal for him to be riding on the right (he then
proceeded to argue with the marshal that he’d done nothing wrong. For Brit’s
I can kind of understand them getting confused after all we are used to
being on the left.
My ride was pretty smooth, keeping ‘aero’ and
reminding myself to consume my hydro gels and rehydration solution and
energy drink……..what a lovely picnic!!
The whole bike ride I was feeling pretty fresh, clear
headed and ready for the marathon but had a slight stomach ache, which I had
attributed to too much caffeinated drink on the morning of the race (two
strong black coffee’s and a tin of Red Bull). Maybe at 5am this was just too
much. A fun moment happened halfway through the ride, as I was chased by the
Devil up the cobbled climb (The Hell) in the village of Hockstadt, it made
me laugh so much……I was telling him to ‘go away I needed ‘Angels’ not his
This than turned out to be true, an angel was
definitely required to get me through the marathon run. My transition was
lightening (1:17) and I was soon heading out with the crowd bellowing my
name Go Nicholas! Go! (our names were written on our numbers….it helps!!)
But pretty soon I realised all was not well, in fact
as soon as I dismounted I felt rough, very stiff and locked from the bike
crouched position and worse than that my stomach felt ‘blocked’. I decided
to run a while and see if the jogging action would shake my stomach into
After 2km I shot into a porta-loo and the funniest
thing happened…..I cramped in both legs immediately as I sat down……I had to
straighten my legs to stop the muscles ripping, I sat there in excruciating
pain wedged against the front door……..how am I going to run a bloody
marathon like this? If anybody could see me now…….it was crazy, but kind of
funny too! My race to ‘win’ was over it was now a case of run and survive.
So I got out and got running…..the next 40km was just
a survival exercise, concentrating on getting in electrolytes and trying to
cool as the temps rose to 35 degrees. I had some tummy issue’s and pain for
the whole marathon. Nothing was going down well. I was like a semi blocked
drain, with everything gurgling and burping. So no energy was coming through
and I had held back on the bike ready for a fast run…….shame. John Wayne
would have been proud of me as ‘True Grit’ kept me running but Mo Farrar
would have been very disappointed in my speed! 3hrs 39 mins, my slowest
ever…..ah well next time will be better!
Although I did qualify for Hawaii (slots went to first
10), I decided…….No Hawaii World Championships for this year……I will wait
till next (maybe) when in the 55-59 cat.
2 June 2013 - Chester Deva Triathlon
Three of us did the Chester Tri today. It was a
qualifier for the World Championships to be held in Hyde Park in September.
To qualify we had to finish in the top 5 of our age groups... we all
5th overall: Colin Norris 4th in his age group 25-29:
23.59 swim/1.03.05 bike/34.51 run= 2.04.08
162nd Nick Kinsey 5th in age group 50-55: 28.44 swim/1.04.38 bike/40.21 run=
691st Jim Phelan 2nd in age group 65-70: 33.33 swim/1.17.30 bike/50.00 run=
Over 1000 started, 973 finished
19 May 2013 - Crystal Palace Triathlon
I did the Crystal Palace Triathlon on Sunday May 19th ...
here's my result.
750m swim 14.47
20k bike 40.45
5k run 23.28
160th / 600+ starters
Cheers. Jim Phelan