Entries are now being taken for the Microgaming Junior Triathlon to be held at the NSC.
Having the pool, perimeter cycle track and running track at one location makes this an ideal location, great for youngsters to get involved in a traffic free environment and experience what it is to be a triathlete.
This year's event is scheduled for Saturday 22nd April, 9am
For further information of race distances and entry click here.
Hannah Howitt has been selected to start and represent GB alongside Jess Learmouth, Lucy Hall & Julie Nimmo at the forthcoming ITU World Cup in Cape Town. This will be the highest level of competition that any recent Manx athlete has competed since Sian Brice (nee pilling ) competed in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
She has been making good progress since training with the Scottish Performance squad based a Stirling University. Hannah is currently training in Alicante and said she is very excited by this opportunity.
The full start lists can be viewed here
2017 Membership is now due for renewal and new members are always welcome.
By joining the club you will have reduced entry to Manx Tri Club promoted events and be eligible to purchase the clubs clothing. You will also be supporting Triathlon on the Island that would not exist without a club structure.
You can download a form to post here
or enter online from this link:
If you are considering racing off Island you may also wish to join British Triathlon via Triathlon England. This will further reduce your event entry as a day licence will not be required and you will be covered for third party insurance while training too.
Click on the logo for more information.
Gianni Epifani ’s cousin , Daniel Quinn, who emigrated to Australia several years ago has taken up Triathlon and is doing well. Daniel still has strong family links with the Island as his father is the current acting Attorney General .
Daniel completed Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie in 10:40:50 placing him 35th in the 40-44 age group. In November he did Western Sydney 70.3 in 4:48:19 , 19th in age group.
Gianni sees him taking chunks off his time in the season ahead as he is new to the sport.
Provisional dates have been set for the Club's 2017 events and are as follows :
Junior Tri 22nd April 2017
May Sprint Tri 6th& 7th May 2017
September Tri 3rd September 2017
Aquathon 17th September 2017
Congratulations to Nigel Quaye pictured being presented with Manx Tri Club Ironman Trophy. The award was being made in recognition of his performance at Ironman Copenhagen in August where he finished 153rd overall in a time of 9:46:31.
Well done to all that competed this year at Barcelona, Bolton, Nice, Copenhagen Vichy and Wales.
More details and items available on Facebook page.
Manx Masters Swimming Club. Tuesday evenings at the NSC 8pm to 9.30pm, and Saturday 1pm to 2pm at Ramsey Swimming Pool. They can offer assistance with stroke improvement and stamina. Turn up or contact Shirley on 626063 for further information.
The Manx Tri Club promoted its first Aquathlon event at the weekend at the Mooragh park. The weather and water temperature (16°C ) was kind to us.
The event was staged at short notice in part to take the place of the traditional September open water triathlon event that had to be cancelled because of road works.
There were many people who were trying a multi-sport event for the first time so very well done to them. A big thank you to all who took part, our marshals and sponsor Microgaming.
Category winners were:
Girls Tristars 2 Blae Richardson
Boys Tristars 2 Luke Ward
Boys Tristars 3 Elliott Nash
Youth Girls Kazia Whittaker
Men Junior C Brody Hewison
Women Sue Powell
Men Andrew Nash
Full results here
On the weekend that would have been our own Ramey Triathlon there was still plenty on in the UK. Two more podium places were achieved by our women in the last throws of this season.
Hannah Howitt was competing at the Cotswolds Triathlon which was also the South West Sprint Championship. She finished first woman and 10th overall. Her time of 1:02:50 is a Commonwealth Games Consideration time and a full 2 and a half minutes clear of the next woman. A great finish to her season after a fine second place at the Nationals in Liverpool over the Standard distance.
Becky Storrie continued her improvement on the national stage at the British Triathlon under 20’s festival held on the Strathclyde course used for the Commonwealth Games. After a close draft legal battle she was 3rd (1:06:05) only four seconds off silver and seven seconds off gold and she had the equal fastest run split only just slower than her track 5k despite not having the best of preparation because of injury. All bodes well.
The men were competing at a windswept Balla. A course that is usually fast, but not at the weekend. Ryan Downey finished 19th overall in 2:09:10 , Paul Swindale 25th in 2:13:41 and Callum Taggart 88th in 2:34:52. Mark Terrace had to pull up after the bike to protect an injury.
Microgaming Aquathon - Sunday 18th Septmeber - Start Time 09:30
The Tri Club Committee has arranged to host an Aquathon race in place of the cancelled Triathlon event. The Event will take place within the confines of the Mooragh Park, with the Swim in the Lake and the run around the lakeside pathways. The Aquathon is open to a wider group and has categories which youngsters can take part in
There will be 3 race distances and the Age Groups are noted next to each (please note that the Age is determined as at 31st December 2016):
Age 11yrs to 12 yrs - Swim 300m (Open Water) Run 2.2k
Age 13 yrs to 14 yrs - Swim 500m (Open Water) Run 3.3k
Age 15 yrs & above - Swim 750m (Open Water) Run 5.5k
Closing date for entries is Thursday 15th September
The Island Games selection date is fast approaching so we thought it time to start making some logistical plans for the team.
For this reason it is necessary to arrange a meeting for all those who have made the consideration, or are still to race and hope to make the time.
The meeting will be held this Sunday 28th August at The Sea Terminal, Costa at 4pm.
This will give the opportunity to provide information and for you to ask any questions.
A huge contingent from the Club took part in the British Triathlon Championship at the weekend held in Liverpool docklands. The age groups were first to start their swim in a surprisingly warm water temperature of 19°C.
We also had 3 competitors in the elite field. Joseph Ricciardi was out of the swim in a group and used his cycle strength to try to bridge the gap to the next group when his group were not contributing. His endeavours eventually failed but not for want of trying. The men’s winner was Adam Bowden of Great Britain.
Ex IOM swimmer Jennifer Newbery competing in her first Elite triathlon also gained valuable experience in what was a stellar field won by Charlotte McShane of Australia.
Rebecca Storrie had to pull out of the race after T2 while sitting in a good position in the second group to protect an injury.
National championship medals were won by Hannah Howitt, Silver in the 20-24 age group and 2nd overall woman. Juan Kinley also won a Silver in the 50-54 age group.
Standard Distance Age Time Pos. AG Pos. OA
Andrew Nash 25-29 2:00:33 6 59
Hannah Howitt 20-24 2:06:10 2 2
Juan Kinley 50-54 2:06:11 2 52
Ryan Downey 25-29 2:08:04 15 73
Paul Swindale 45-49 2:09:29 6 8
Ian Rowley 35-39 2:12:05 26 123
James Wright 30-34 2:13:08 21 132
Chris Crellin 50-54 2:13:48 14 142
Graham Stigant 55-59 2:17:47 4 192
Paul Cubbon 50-54 2:20:54 31 221
Rob Parker 25-29 2:27:23 36 310
David Thomas 40-44 2:29:10 44 335
Richard Thomas 40-44 1:21:21 2 38
Mario Ricciardi 50-54 1:22:29 4 47
Joseph Ricciardi 1:03:11 55
Jennifer Newbery 1:13:43 51
The race is due to be screened on Channel 4 on Saturday 27th August.
Full results here.
The Committee has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the September Triathlon event because of the on-going road road works both in and around the Mooragh Park Promenade area & outside Andreas Village, and the further planned works on the Vollen Hill.
The safety of the competitors is obviously the priority and the road works will affect 3 significant sections of the bike course, of which, some may also be subject to traffic flow control measures. Without having a firm date for the completion of these works, it is impractical to re-schedule the event at this stage. All competitors who have entered will receive a full refund early next week.
Whilst the situation is disappointing, the circumstances are beyond the Committee’s control and we trust competitors will understand the decision taken. The Committee will of course look at whether any alternative events may be scheduled before the end of the year.
Manx Tri Club
It is with great sadness that we learned today of the untimely passing of Andy Parker, 'Parky'.
Parky had been involved with Triathlon on the Island for 8 years and was one of the Club's real characters. Having dabbled with a few triathlons himself as a competitor, he turned his attention to supporting his son Rob competing at Ironman distance races. He became the Club's principal referee 5 years ago, bringing his own unique mix of enthusiasm, encouragement & discipline to the local events. Parky worked with many local athletes on their training programmes through his Gym & Tonic business and would often be found offering support to his wide network of friends and clients at many events around the Island.
The Club offers its sincere condolences to his wife Diane and sons Robert & James, and all his family. He will be very sadly missed.
Andrew Parker - died 26th July 2016
The Celebration of Andrew’s Life will be at Santon Church on Thursday 11th of August at 1pm and after at Gill’s opposite the church.
The Triathlon at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 has now changed to a sprint distance race which has brought about some keys changes which impact on the Isle of Man team.
Following the IOMCGA meeting on Thursday (28th July) we are now in a position to provide a full update with regards these changes.
We will be holding a meeting at the NSC café at 4.00pm Sunday 31st July to brief athletes and to answer any questions.
Sprint consideration standard can be viewed here.
Re-Scheduled Date - Saturday 9th July
The Microgaming 2016 Junior Triathlon will be held on Saturday 9th July at the NSC Douglas.
Anyone who hadn't previously entered may still enter using the 'Register Now' link below.
This is a great opportunity for all young athletes, aged from 8yrs to 14yrs to take part in a multi-discipline event, combining the 3 sports of Swimming, Cycling & Running.
The event is separated into the following Age Groups (age is based as at 31st Dec 2016) and the distances set are those as recommended by the British Triathlon Federation:
Swim 50 m (2 lengths) Cycle 1k (1 lap of NSC Raceway) Run 400m (1 lap of the NSC athletics track)
Ages 9 & 10yrs
Swim 150 m (6 lengths) Cycle 4k (4 laps of NSC Raceway) Run 800m (2 laps of the NSC athletics track)
Ages 11 & 12yrs
Swim 200 m (8 lengths) Cycle 6k (6 laps of NSC Raceway) Run 1600m (4 laps of the NSC athletics track)
Ages 13 & 14yrs
Swim 300 m (12 lengths) Cycle 7 (7 laps of NSC Raceway) Run 2000m (5 laps of the NSC athletics track)
Course maps and detailed instructions will be issued nearer to the time. Capacity is limited to 100 children, so please register as early as possible to secure a place.
Enter the Event by clicking on the link below
New Club Kit is available.
We are placing an order on Monday to make sure that the tri suits arrive in time for the September event.
If you would like to order a tri suit please contact Diane as soon as possible. Payment can be made by direct payment. Diane has the details. On this order only, there will be a discount.
Anyone who would like to see... the material can call at Diane's in Port Grenaugh on Saturday between 3 and 5pm.
A number of people have been competing recently with some great results.
Karen Shimmin was at the Chester diva Tri on 12th June and was second overall in a time of 2:18:59. Full results here
Andrew Nash was in Scotland competing in the Strathclyde draft legal race and finished 5th against tough competition in a time of 1:02:41 . Results are here
I am always pleased to receive race reports to publish.
Andrews report can be seen here.
Entries are now open for the 2016 Microgaming IoM Triathlon Championships
Event Date - Sunday 4th September 2016
Venue: Mooragh Park, Ramsey
Sprint & Standard distance races for both Individuals and Teams.
Min age for Sprint = 15 years
Min Age for Standard distance = 17 years
All competitors who are Island residents are asked to nominate a marshal for the event (marshals should be 18yrs +). 25 marshals are required. If your marshal is selected you will be contacted and any training required will be organised. Any entries without a nominated marshal will not be accepted.
Click on the cyclist to view the cycle course: 1 lap for the Sprint event 2 laps for the Standard event
Or on the Runner for the run course - 2 laps for the Sprint 4 laps for the Standard
With the new season opening its time to start thinking about the Island Games in Gotland next year.
This year’s competition will form the basis for team selection for 2017. The criteria is as follows:
- Eligible to compete by virtue of Island Games Criteria (ie Manx, IoM resident etc).
- Current member of Manx Tri Club and British Triathlon.
- Actively competing in 2016 season.
Between 1st January 2016 and 12th September 2016 athletes must achieve the consideration time at a recognised Standard / Olympic Distance event (1500m open water swim - 40k bike - 10k run) and evidence of results submitted to the head of performance (Graham Stigant).
· Male: - 2 hours 9min
· Female: - 2 hours 25min
Manx Tri Club Selection Committee has the right to award a discretionary team place where consideration time has not been met due to a specific reason (e.g. injury / age restriction on taking part in Standard distance event during qualification period / distance of event changed by organiser due to weather conditions etc. - this list is not exhaustive).
For a discretionary place to be awarded the Committee will take into account results of other distance triathlons events / individual event performance such as open water swimming 1500m, 25mile Time Trial, and 10k running during the qualification period. Previous experience of racing over the standard triathlon distance 1500m, 40k, 10k in open water will also be taken into consideration.
Should an athlete attain a consideration time for the Commonwealth Games this would also be a consideration time for Island Games.
The rule from the IGA is that the minimum age for competitors is 18 on 31 December 2017.
The Microgaming Sprint Triathlon Festival weekend saw the course records smashed in both the Men's & Ladies Individual events and in the Team event. 78 competitors started in possibly the best conditions that the event has enjoyed over the last 8 years. It was great to see a big field of 25 ladies and a lot of new facers and 1st time triathletes.
In perfect weather conditions on Saturday, Becky Storrie led the womens field out of the Swim onto the Bike and No.1 was the position she held right to the finish line. Becky, who already held the ladies course record, absolutely destroyed her previous time, finishing in an amazing 1:02:23 (which also placed her 4th overall). Jenny Newbery, another very talented triathlete had chased Becky hard in the swim and on the bike, but couldn't match Becky's run & finished 2nd in 1:06:03 (9th overall). Wendy Sandford completed the podium in 3rd in 1:16:38 (31st overall)
15 year old Emma Draper, competing in her 1st Sprint Tri was the first Youth, finishing in an excellent 1:23:40 (11th Lady & 55th overall)
Amber Carridge had a great race to take the Senior Women Category Prize in 1:18:15 (4th Lady & 27th overall)
Christine O'Shea was the Veteran Women Category Women in 1:19:27 (5th Lady & 45th overall)
Becky Storrie, winner of the Ladies Race, pictured with her Team Mates, John Swindlehurst & Rob Parker from the Gym & Tonic Tri'ers who took 2nd place in the Mixed Team race.
In the Men's race, last year's joint winners Joseph Ricciardi and Andrew Nash found themselves head to head again. Joseph had a lead of 1min 15s over Andy as they came out of the swim, and then used his strength to add a further 50s on the bike. Despite the best T1 split of 24s, and the best run split of 17:21, Andy wasn't able to close the time gap, and it finished in that order, Joseph taking 1st place and Andy 2nd. They both however had raised the bar to a new level. Joseph finishing in a blistering 56m 27s and Andy in 57m 52s. Age & experience definitely have advantages as there was nothing 'Veteran' about Juan Kinley's time of 1:02:23 to give him 3rd place.
Kyle Cochrane put in a very credible performance in his 1st Sprint Tri to be placed 1st Male Youth in 1:25:01 (58th overall)
Ryan Downey & Paul Swindale raced very hard but weren't able to close the gap on 3rd place Juan, Ryan taking the Senior Men's category prize in 1:03:37 and Paul the Veteran Mens Category in 1:03:49)
Terry Bugg and Nigel Hendy the 2 Super Vets just keep getting better and better, both improving their Personal Bests, Terry by over a minute to take the Category prize in 1:19:08 (44th overall).
Sunday's weather wasn't as kind with a fresh and fairly chilly Northerly wind blowing down the promenade. It was however dry and it didn't prove a hindrance to those who were out to challenge the previous course record. 42 Teams, comprising 123 competitors put on a great display of team racing. Josh Corteen swimming for RGS Young Guns barely had time to get wet, completing his swim and transition handover in 9mins 4s to give Joe Haddock a lead out on to the bike course. Robin ('Batman') Garry riding for the Bikestyle Bandits wasn't going to let the small matter of being 3rd out onto the bike get in the way, as he overtook Joe, bringing the bike leg home in 27:00. Meanwhile Gianni Epifani (Team NSC), Roger Raatgever Team Microgaming), Liam Mazzone (Tri Hard), Rob Sorby (RGS Old Boys) & Paul Kneen (Team GPR) were all determined to mix it up and together with Joe all racked their bikes in under 31 mins. By now Batman had handed over the baton to Ben Corkill for the run. Ben didn't look back and the team (Joe Ricciardi/Batman/Ben) took the win in an incredible 54mins 45s. Team NSC (Luke Annett/Gianni/Andy Nash) took 2nd in 56mins 42s and Team Microgaming (who had shared Joseph for the swim leg/Roger/Tim Knott) took 3rd in 58mins 21s. The RGS Young Guns (Josh/Joe/Connell Jacques) weren't very far behind to take 1st Place in the Youth Team Category (6th overall) in 1:01:01.
In the Mixed Teams, Team Mac (Heather McGowan/Jon McGowan/Keith Gerrard) stormed around the course, to take 1st Prize in 1:03:17, Keith making light work of the 5k run in 15mins 55s!! 2nd place were the Gym & Tonic Tri'ers (Rob Parker/John Swindlehurst/Becky Storrie).
Heather McGowan, Jon McGowan & Keith Gerrard winners of the Mixed Team race.
The all Ladies Team of 'No Direction' (Silla Parnell/Cal Brown/Beccy Miller) clearly did know where they were going and took 1st Female Team in 1:13:55. 2nd place were the Tri'S of Carroll Powell/Clare Ledger & Kathryn Quayle in 1:17:28
Full results can be found via this link http://my5.raceresult.com/48220/?lang=en
Entries for the IoM Triathlon Championships on 4th September will be open shortly.
The MTC Committee has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone this weekend's Junior Triathlon (Sat 2nd April) due to the poor weather forecast of strong winds and heavy rain.
Manx Tri Club
Two of our athletes got their season off to a great start with high placing in the elite field at the Windsor Duathlon at the weekend.
Karen Shimmin was competing in her first Senior Elite Women’s race and came 5th in a stellar field with women’s race winner Emma Pallant and non-other than Michelle Dillon second.
Becky Storrie came 6th in the Elite Junior race taking some significant scalps along the way in a field of 30 of the best juniors in the country.
Hi everyone, we are looking at getting new tri suits/kit etc. We want to hear from you, our members. Would you like new kit? What colours would you like to see?
Also being our 25th year, we are thinking of getting some t shirts for this season. Techno material, white with logo and 25th anniversary . Approx £15. Available in xs to xxxl. (We have samples)
Please let me know your thoughts as soon as possible so we can sort and get orders in.
The 2016 Microgaming Triathlon Festival Weekend will be held over the weekend of Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April at the Ramsey Swimming Pool.
This is a great season opener event over the classic sprint distance of 750m Swim / 20k Cycle & 5k Run, and being a Pool based swim is ideal for the 1st time triathlete. The Swim is 30 lengths of the Pool, the 20k Cycle course goes out towards Bride, through Andreas and back to Ramsey and then the 5k run is based in and around the picturesque setting of the Mooragh Park.
Like last year, the Individuals will race on the Saturday and then the Team Challenge day will be on the Sunday. This gives any Individuals competing on the Saturday the opportunity to also race on the Sunday with their friends, family or colleagues. Teams of 2 or 3 may enter.
The minimum age is 15 years (based on the age at 31st December 2016).
or use the Postal entry forms which can be downloaded below
We need about 25 marshals to run this event and as a small club, we are asking all entrants (who are Island residents) to nominate a marshal. This can be anyone over the age of 18 yrs. Obviously not all the nominated marshals will be required, but we will advise those who are as soon as possible and training will be given. It's only a couple of hours, and is a great event to watch and be involved in.
As Part of the British Elite Championship Series this event will bring the top echelon of British Cycle Sport back to Manx roads on Sunday 10th April 2016.
It will be an annual event which will lead to the Island bidding to host the British National Road Championships in 2018.
The event will see three races for Elite Men, Elite Women and 2nd/3rd category riders being run simultaneously. That means approx. 450 riders and three separate race convoys on the road at once!
We need at least 250 volunteers to act as Stewards and Marshals on the day.
The duty hours will be from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the latest. Lots of volunteers will be 'stood down' from approximately 4.00 pm onwards. The duty tasks will not be onerous or complicated, it will be mostly providing a 'hi viz' presence, marshalling barrier positions and helping people to cross the roads, all with a big smile! The volunteers will be the 'happy face' of the event as they were for the Commonwealth Youth Games back in 2011.
All volunteers will receive a souvenir T Shirt and will be entered into a raffle with some great prizes on offer.
We really need your help to stage this event which will lift Isle of Man Cycling to a new level. There are no local events on that day and you can still get your Sunday morning ride in if you want to.
Early commitment to this event is essential as we have to plan resources effectively.
Can you please let me know if you will help to make this a massive Isle of Man success?
Thanks in advance.
The criteria for consideration for selection for the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Triathlon team to be held at Australia's Gold Coast has now been finalised.
Men's time 1:56:00 and Women 2:08:50
This represent a considerable reduction from Glasgow and has been driven by IOMCGA needing to make team size quotas.