Monday, 24 April 2017

Race Report – Boundary Park Tri – 23/04/17

Boundary Park Tri – Standard Distance – 1k Swim, 33.5m Bike, 10k Run

Bike was roughly 10 mile over standard distance as well

Brilliant event, small low key (100 Limit) and really good for beginners to experience their first open water swim

4 A&Ters (Mat T, James B, Graham T and Neil H) took part and 1 A&T support crew (Chris S) also both Captains at this tri as well.

We all turned up around 7:30 am, would have been earlier for Graham and I, but we put the wrong postcode in and was 20 miles in the other direction! Slight panic on! So we all stood around chatting for a bit, tested the water (freezing) I think we may of waited a bit too long because when racking bikes hardly no room (smallest transition area ever) and all the racks were wobbling with the weight of bikes.

Swim route was 2 loops of the lake. Water temp was 13, I am not sure about this personally I think they lied seemed more like 11. We all got in and tried to acclimatize to temp, ended up bobbing up and down for 10mins waiting for the horn. It was freezing once your head was in, it took around 150m before you could get into some proper rhythm. First open water swim race for me and yes it is mental elbows in face. Even swimmers just swimming over you. First out the water was Mat then I was out followed by Neil and then Graham. Just want to add Graham had amazing swim as this was his first tri and he was so nervous. Graham only started to swim 4 months ago!

Transition from swim to bike was a little slow, myself and Neil taking our time having a chat lol. Neil evening saying “why are we taking this long got to be the slowest ever” Graham had brain freeze and struggled to work out what was going on (Just looking at his bike) hahaha.

Bike route was 2 loops quite flat with a few small hills, this race was also drafting allowed which was very new to me. So no TT Bikes, Road bikes only. Marshalls out on the route were really good shouting you on and watching for traffic on turns. So first in was Mat followed by Neil then myself and then graham. Transition was faster this time!

Run route was 2 loops which was fairly flat but had a couple of small uphill drags. At this point of the day it was getting hot as it was lovely day. Mat was first in followed by Neil then myself and then Graham. For me this was the first time, I have not been able to feel my legs waist down for the first 4 miles. A very odd feeling.

Any way once i crossed the finish line, I got back into the water and it felt amazing!

Great event and would recommend to all and great to have Chris there as well for support.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Cake Race 

The next club race is on the fells next Saturday 29th April and is The Cake Race at Diggle.  I did this last year, it’s a lovely run and I would recommend it, but would class it more as a tough trail race than a fell race, the biggest descent/ascent being 2 (long, long) flights of steps.  At 9.9 miles don’t take it lightly, but if you are confident of a half marathon, then you’ll be okay.

The race starts at 11am and entry is either £5 on the day, or free with a homemade cake (which brings the added excitement of a cake judging competition and prizes after the race!).  ALL my brownies had gone last year, with a stack of the winning entry still left over . . . but I’m not bitter about that (...fix!)  

Parking is tight near the start/finish, so allow time for parking a short trot away, but there’s a village hall type place that you can leave stuff in (at your risk) if you wanted to take a bag or a jumper.  Note that if the weather is poor then they may expect you to have full body cover, i.e. waterproof top and trousers, although last year rain/hail was forecast and they only wanted the top.  They do also state a requirement to carry map (print off website), compass, whistle and emergency food (e.g. a gel), so make sure that you have these, plus something to carry them in.  I have a couple of spare whistles and a spare compass if anyone needs one, plus some other spare kit. In fact, I have at least 1 spare of everything, so IM me if you need anything, but it’ll be in the boot of the car anyway.  There’s a good description of the course and a copy of the route map that you can print off on the race website, which is at the URL below.  However the race was well-attended and well-marked last year, so navigation wasn’t a problem. 

Give me a shout if you have any questions, hope you enjoy the race! 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017



The club have decided to take the busy water station at 'The Lane', just off Beaumont Road near Chorley New Road, which is one of the busiest points on the course.  We need to have 25 people manning the station at all times during the day.  The marathon is from early afternoon to late evening.  We appreciate most people are working the Monday but we will be needing people to stay as late as possible.  If you can only do a few hours you might be better doing the late shift as the afternoon shift will be easier to fill.

Family and friends are more than welcome to help but MUST be registered.

The IRONMAN UK race season is fast approaching, and with the introduction of another new race in Edinburgh, it promises to be our busiest yet. Now more than ever, we need our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to perform crucial roles and to help make 2017 our most successful year to date. As someone who has previously volunteered at an IRONMAN event, or expressed an interest, we'd love to have you on the team!

The registration forms for all events can all be found at Alternatively, you can follow the links below:

IRONMAN UK Bolton on Sunday 16 July 2017

You will need to sign-up as a volunteer for each race individually (so if you would like to join us at more than one race - please remember to fill out the relevant registration form for each one).

If you have any questions, please contact

We very much hope to see you in the summer!

Best wishes,

The IRONMAN UK Volunteer Team 2017