WTC Weekend Roundup - 29 April - 1 May 2022

On the 29th April and the 1st May, the tri club participated in different events ranging from the Spring in the Park Critierium cycle race on Friday evening to the Goudhurst junior parkrun on Sunday.

Friday 29th

On Friday evening the Spring in the Park Critierium race series kicked off at cyclopark. Some of our juniors went to the race. Sophie Richmond finished 4th in the under 12 girls race and James Smith 10th, Luke Draper 12th, and Oliver Richmond 14th. We had to do a roll out to measure our gears before to check if they were correct! It was a very cold evening so it made the race a lot harder. James Smith had the race of his life and got in the front pack of the race. We all had a lot of fun!

Also on Friday Max Selby ran in the prestigious 5k run series in Battersea Park, London. Max completed the course in an amazing 15:15 despite a collision with an inattentive pedestrian! That’s an impressive 5k PB for Max and he’s getting ever closer to the sub 15. Then the next day he took part in a school track meet representing Tonbridge School and won the 800m in 2:03 and also a tactical 1500m in 4:17. Quite an amazing series of fast times! 

Saturday 30th 

On Saturday some athletes went to the Bedgebury Parkrun. James Crittell finished in a time of 20:47, Steven Ellison ran a time of 22.45 and Penelope Stent kicked off a busy weekend with 30.51. Will Knight, Ed McKinney and Nicky Vinall were part of the amazing volunteer team making the event possible - thanks. 


On Sunday 11 of our juniors went to the Medway duathlon at Cyclopark in Gravesend. We all went to the race as it was the first in the South East Junior series and it was also a qualifier for the IRC - Inter Regional Championships for Tristar 2 and 3. For a change it was warm and sunny with hardly any wind - this is so unusual for Cyclopark!  


When we got there we set up our base using the Weald Tri Club flag and incredible brand new banner featuring our slogan “all it takes is all you’ve got”. There were some great performances.

Lottie Goodman came fourth in the tristart category, Jago Dinnage had an exceptional race leading from start to finish and winning by 40 seconds in the tristar 1 age group. Oliver Goodman won the tristar 2 race despite getting a slow puncture on the bike and Noah Preston and Charlie Harris both competed in there first ever event in good style running strongly all the way to the finish line. Sophie Richmond came third in the tristar 2 girls category, holding her own up against two of the fastest girls in the country. In the tri star three category Finlay won, Luke came 5th and then James Smith and Oliver Richmond came in right on his heels. In the Youth age group Katie Allen raced hard over 2.6k / 10k / 1.3k event, and ended up finishing 2nd.  

Penny Stent did the Vitality London 10km event. She got to race in the same event as Sir Mo Farah running around the capital and completing the race in under an hour!

This is it for this week’s edition! Make sure check out next week’s episode! If you did something amazing then make sure to tell us (Luke or Kevin) to be featured in an episode!

WTC Weekend Roundup
2/3 April 2022

This week the WTC did lots of events! We went to lots of Parkruns and also lots of other events! We went to Parkruns in Hastings, Bedgebury and also the Goudhurst Junior Parkrun as well! We also had some people at the Sussex road team relay!


On Saturday we had 5 athletes racing at the Hastings 5k parkrun! Iain Mantell, one of the fastest runners in the tri club, ran a 17.06 and ended up finishing second. Kevin Draper, the head Junior coach ran a 19.21. This was his first proper Parkrun in a while. Katie Allen came in next for the tri club, with a finishing time of 19.59! Not only did she break the 20 minutes barrier, but she also did it on her second-ever park run! She wrote for us: For my second parkrun my aim was to get sub 20 minutes down on the flat seafront, it was a full 19 minutes and 59 seconds of pain!


The next person was Sophie, who ran a 20.07 only a few seconds from her PB and Ollie Richmond ran a 20.33, not a PB but a good time!

Finlay Goodman went to the Sussex road team relay on Saturday as well! His team came second in their race! He wrote a quick quote for us:

I raced the Sussex Road Relays last Saturday, in Brighton, for my running club, Brighton and Hove AC. Each leg was a mile and it was a flat, out and back course with a small hill towards the end.

I was running as the last leg and as the 2nd runner came in to hand over to me, we were in 1st a couple of seconds ahead of 2nd. I ran super hard and held off 2nd place for over 1km and with 350m to go, he came past. He got a small gap but with 200m to go, I managed to get back to him and was pushing hard. Then he kicked really hard too and I sprinted, giving everything I had left. My team finished 2nd, as I came over the line just around 3 seconds behind. I was really pleased with how I ran as he is one of the top runners in Sussex and I ran a very fast time.

Oliver Goodman also races at the event. His team ended up fourth! 

Bedgebury Parkrun is the Local parkrun for the weald tri club, so we always bring a small crowd to the event. Ed Mckinney was the first out of the tri club to finish with a time of 22.57. The next runner to come in was Charlie Ellison, Who was taking it easy. Steve Ellison got a new PB of 22.42, getting his third PB in four weeks! Bonita Backhouse also ran, and she was close to a PB! Bob Sharp, One of the eldest in the Club ran a 43 min 5k in the 75 to 79 category!

Some members braved the cold swim in the river! Will Addis did this on his 50th birthday! 


On Sunday a couple of juniors went and did the Goudhurst Junior Parkrun! Sophie Richmond won it with a time of 7.40 and James Smith came in second with a time of 8.52!

That's it for the WTC weekend round-up! Make sure to keep an eye out for next week's edition! If you did something amazing then please message Kevin Draper to feature in future editions!  

WTC Weekend Roundup
26/27 March 2022

On Saturday and Sunday (26th / 27th March) athletes from WTC were racing at different venues from the SIAB cross country international championships in Wales to the Hillingdon Duathlon in London. We also had some athletes running at the hilly Bedgebury parkrun.


On Saturday, Finlay Goodman, one of the best runners in the club, went up to Wales to compete in the SIAB cross country international race representing England. His amazing relay team of two boys and two girls ended up winning the race that they competed in! He said on his Instagram post…

“Great to race the International Cross Country on Saturday, for England in the mixed relay at Pembrey in Wales. My team won the relay so super happy with the performance and a gold medal.”  

Sophie and Luke raced at the South-east Schools Inter County championships for years 7 & 8 in Chelmsford, Essex. Sophie had a great race and came 8th which was amazing! She also beat some of her main competitors from Kent League. This is what she said about her race…

“This weekend I did a cross country in Essex. It was a bumpy course and had a bit of pavement so I had to wear trail shoes. It was a fun race and we got lots of videos by Ollie the camera man!” 

WTC were also well represented at the Bedgebury parkrun. Zoe Allen did a double parkrun (the old and new course in one morning!) and Charlie and Steve Ellison, Ed McKinney Bonita and James Backhouse, Penny Stent and Bob Sharp also did it as well.


On Sunday several of the juniors made the long trip to the Hillingdon Duathlon! Some of us go to this race each year as it is a good starter to the triathlon season! Jago Dinnage, Sophie and Olliver Richmond, Noah Preston, Katie Allen and finally Luke and Kevin Draper all competed. Sophie, Luke and Jago all won their races and Kevin came second in the adult super-sprint!

Kevin (head junior coach) told us about his race:

“It was my first duathlon for 10 years and I really loved getting back into racing. There were some very speedy juniors in the same race but I'm used to getting beaten by kids so I just ran and rode my own race. It was such a fun event and great to be cheered on by all the ones I'm
usually supporting!” 

Ollie also told us about his race…

“I loved the race the bike was my favourite part going around a downhill corner at about 35kph on tri bars was quite fun. Overall, it was an amazing race and I loved it, however I didn’t do enough laps on the bike so I got disqualified, but despite this it was the best duathlon I have done.”

We are all featured on the Hillingdon Triathletes Instagram posts, including Noah’s stunning sprint finish!

After having a great first run and bike, Sophie found herself in a long and gruelling battle through the whole of the final run of 800m, she’d already secured first place in the girls (no other girl was in sight) but she was still contending for first overall, sadly she was pipped just before the line by the boy in red - giving her an amazing 2nd overall finish!

That's it for this week's WTC weekend round-up! Make sure you look out for next week's edition! If you are a member of the tri club and you do something in a race or training please send a quote and maybe a photo as well!

WTC Weekend Roundup
19/20 March 2022

Weald Tri Club members ran in three different events, the National School Cross Country Championships at Paddock Wood, the Bedgebury parkrun and the Goudhurst Junior parkrun. We had lots of amazing performances on both days. 


On Saturday Finlay Goodman and Luke Draper competed in the National Schools Championships at Paddock Wood. They were both racing in the year 8 and 9 race (Juniors). Finaly ended up coming 10th which secured him a place in the English national team. He will be racing in Wales next weekend competing with the England team against Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

He wrote a small bit for us about his race:

When the start gun went off, (I was racing in the junior boys) it was incredibly fast. The race was completely flat and it got quite congested because it narrowed quickly. I got pushed and people fell over and I was outside the top 100. I made-up places throughout the race, by having to run hard on the outside and catch and pass runners. I finished 10th in the end, which I was really pleased and happy with and I was only 20 seconds from the top 3. I was in 11th with not long to go so had to give a massive attack to break into the top 10. I was so glad I did as it meant I made the England team to race in the SIAB International Cross Country, in West Wales this Saturday. It was such a good feeling as I felt like one the top runners in England and I was racing internationally and in another country for the first time. I received an England vest and other kit and in my opinion, it felt like my best race yet. As I came 10th, I don’t race the individual but I do run the mixed relay so at the moment I’m really looking forward to going to Wales this Friday.

We also had some athletes running at the Bedgebury Parkrun. Lots of the runners from the Weald Tri Club managed to get a PB. Noah Preston, a junior athlete did the parkrun and got an amazing PB (22:51). Steve Ellison also got a PB (22:55). Zoe Allen got a PB as well. Lots of other people did the Bedgebury Parkrun but didn’t get a PB. Bonita Backhouse, Ed Backhouse, James Backhouse, Charlie Ellison and club legend Bob Sharp.


On Sunday some of us went to the Goudhurst Junior Parkrun! This is a 2k run (not a race) around the Glebe field in Goudhurst. This is for ages 4 to 14 so lots of the juniors go there most weekends. Luke Draper does this event most weeks and this week he got a PB of 6:50! Oliver Goodman finished in second just behind him with a time of 7:13, a PB for him. Sophie Richmond got a 7:35 PB, also taking her own women’s course record. James Smith was four seconds off his PB which is amazing as he has only just started running again after an injury. Lottie Goodman also ran and got a PB of 11:11. This is an amazing time as she is one of our younger athletes.

Our new member Katri Willens did the Hastings Half Marathon!

She said:

I ran Hastings half yesterday. Got 2.05. Not personal best but course was very hilly. Lots of spectators and sunshine were a big plus.

Sadly, this is the end of this week’s WTC weekend round-up. If you are a part of the Weald Tri Club and you did something amazing then please send Kevin Draper on Facebook or send the WTC Instagram what you did and a small quote along with it to be featured in next week’s edition. Lots of our athletes have lots of races so make sure you watch out for the next one!   

WTC Weekend Roundup 12/13 March 2022

Last weekend (12th / 13th March) the Weald Tri Club had lots of athletes racing on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday our athletes participated in the national INTER REGIONAL cross-country championships at Loughborough, Ashford park run or Bedgebury park run. On Sunday lots of members went to the east Sussex cross-country league race in PETT while Katie and her Mum took on the challenge of the Paddock Wood half marathon!

I was one of the runners who went to the inter counties so I am going to share with you what happened! The weald tri club had runners competing in the under 13 boys and the under 15 boys. At the start, they lined us up on this long field. There was lots of pushing and shoving before the gun went off! When we started someone stood on my foot and broke my spike and also hurt my foot. I ended up around 200th at the start. The course was very muddy in some parts but it was dry in others, that made the choice of spikes tricky. It was a fun course with a couple of hills and a couple of tight turns! I ended up coming 20th and Olliver Goodman came 125th in the under 13 category. In the under 15’s category, Finlay Goodman came 34th! 

On Sunday, there was an east Sussex League race. Lots of the junior did this race as there is an age category for everyone! I won my race, Oliver Goodman (under 11) won his race and Finlay Goodman (under 15) won his! Ollie Richmond (under 15) was second in his race which is amazing for him. Jago (under 11) was second in his race and Sophie (under 13) ended up being directed the wrong way by a marshall. She ended up doing two laps instead of one! Charlie was in the top five (under eleven). I was lucky enough to be able to interview one of our main junior athletes Oliver Richmond.

What do you think of the course at PETT?

I really like the course because its muddy, tight and wooded but I didn’t like the gate halfway through because it was tough to open. 8/10

What do you think of the competition?

Good, I got into a race on the first lap and there was other boys my in my race ahead of me who I hope to stay with next year. 5/10

What do you think of the series?

It was a great junior series apart from the Wadhurst race because it was just straight up a hill and then back down it again on a gravel path. 

In the men’s race we had Mark Goodman who came 29th and Leigh Harris who came 41st! Leigh shared a bit with us about the race and the whole series:

ESSCCL With stunning race locations, from Heathland to forests and coastal downland the East Sussex Cross Country Sunday League doesn’t disappoint. The league is made up of 6 races that are run over the winter season from October to March, you’re guaranteed to experience all weather conditions from sunshine to snow. Unlike the weather, one constant throughout the season is the great camaraderie experienced by all who take part from competitors to marshalls and the all important cake makers.

Each race is put on by a different local running club, the courses are “undulating”, generally muddy and enthusiastically marshalled as you’d expect from fellow runners. You can either run as an individual or earn points for one of the 18 teams who take part in the series. There are individual prizes at the end of the season for first three men and ladies in each 5 year age category based on the best 4 results from the 6 races. The races are inexpensive and the league offers both junior and senior races so there’s something for everyone with age categories from 8 to 70+. 

With a disrupted 20/21 cross country season it was great to be back racing in the final round of the ESSCCL at Pett Village on Sunday. This course doesn’t disappoint with a mix of open farmland, tricky single-track descents, woodland, steep hills, and plenty of mud! It’s your quintessential XC course and definitely one for long spikes. As ever there were plenty of friendly Hasting Runners marshals on hand to direct and encourage you up the steepest hills and slipperiest corners.

The start is a short walk up the main road at the beginning of a sweeping downhill hard surfaced track where I question my decision to wear spikes! Luckily the track doesn’t last long, soon after the start and I’m plunged into a muddy technical descent covered in roots, there are a few tumbles and one of my fellow competitors loses his shoes in a deep puddle! This fun section is soon over, the race then opens into farmland with long tufts of grass that feel like they’re dragging you back. I focus on the back of the person in front of me and it seems to pull me along, time to try and move up. We wind round the field edges, up and down grassy hills and switch backs where you can see the leaders. They look miles ahead! I’m pleased to finally plunge back into the woods where you can’t see the head of the race.

Almost halfway now and I know the worst bit is to come…. short steep hills with even shorter descents. I think of all those hill reps Kev’s put me through and think of my form, it pays off and I pick up a few more places. On to the final push and into the finishing arena to a cacophony of encouragement from the Weald Tri Club Juniors who spur me onto the finish. As I catch my breathe “never again I say...…well maybe again….definitely this one again…when does it all start again!”

On the women's race, we had one racer. Annabel ended up finishing 73rd overall including all men and women. She also wrote for us:

I felt quite relaxed going into the final race of the East Sussex Cross Country League on Sunday. I’d managed to stay at the top of my age category all season so knew that it didn’t matter what happened in the last race. Within a couple of minutes of the race start, I hit the first bottleneck and was stuck behind a few slower runners. Usually, that would bother me but this time, I was very relaxed and thought it was probably a more sensible pace for me to start at anyway. I have a reputation for starting too fast so this time I just plodded on & felt strong.

We raced through so much mud, trees, fields, gates, woods, bridges. I overtook one rival but she caught me again and I had a little walk up a hill towards the end. I was relieved to hear all the cheering and grateful for the bank of WTC supporters cheering me on as I came out of the wood at the finish. I started the day thinking why do I do this, I’m never entering a race again and as I set off home I started to wonder when I could do this again!

Annabel did so well this year she even won her age category! 

Katie and her Mum did the Paddock Wood half marathon on the same Sunday as the PETT cross-country! Zoe (Katie’s Mum) didn’t know she was doing it until the day before! This is what she said…

After only deciding for definite the day before I ran the Paddock Wood half marathon at the weekend. I was really nervous as I had only done 1 long run previous to that in the last couple of months and had not run for a week whilst skiing a few weeks before. Despite this, I had an idea of a time target in my head that I wanted to complete it in and this is what spurred me on during the run. At times I found it really tough and just wanted to give up but I didn’t give in to that voice in my head and kept going and crossed the finish line within my target time. Thus proving that sometimes it really is mind over matter!

Next year, we are hoping to do the league again so dont miss out on this excelent season! You can always just turn up and do the races individually if you like! Thankyou for reading and make sure you don’t miss next weeks edition! Please send quotes and photos to Kevin Draper! 

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