It's actually been a year of 2 big events and a lot of training behind the scenes. I competed in the Alpe d'Huez long course triathlon this year for the first time. I finished just over 10 hours and loved it!
My main season goal was to finish under 3 hours at the New York Marathon on November 6th. I was doing 2 jobs on the lead up to the event and most weeks I work out of the country Monday to Friday. I have developed my own training system based on having very little time and was able to achieve my goal on 3 runs per week. My time was 2 hours 58 minutes.
The year started off with long distance events in mind. First off was Grisedale Trail Marathon in February. Up next was Ironman Lanzarote followed a week later by representing GB inETU Lisbon Standard Distance Triathlon. Then on to Chester Middle Distance relay( which we were first place relay along with Simon Ward and Phil Dabner). Next up was the toughest Full Distance on the race calendar Triathlon X. Then onto IMUK. A very tough 8 weeks of racing. Wirral Tri was next, then a 6 day Mountain Bike race in South Africa (Lesotho Sky), and lastly just got the Beacons Ultra next weekend. It's been a draining year but Triathlon X was the main focus. It's been great to train and race against so many club members over the year.
This year I raced Driffield sprint distance - 1st in age group, 3rd overall; Wetherby standard distance - 1st in age group, 3rd Overall; Llandudno standard distance - 1st in Age group, 3rd overall; Liverpool Sprint Distance - 1st OVERALL and South Manchester sprint distance - 1st in age group and 2nd overall.
Since the last awards I have done the following:- Raced in European duathlon champs in Kalkar in April 2016 - got a 10k PB of 41:17 during that race (was previously 43:30). Following that race I was 3rd Brit to finish and so have qualified again for the Euro's next April in Spain. Was First Lady at Hoylake 10k in June Ran my fastest ever 5k and won Parkrun in June in 19:54 (won twice more since) Knocked 9 mins off my half marathon PB at Liverpool Rock and Roll, and finished top 10 in 1:33. August - knocked 4 mins off my olympic distance triathlon PB at Liverpool tri. Was second lady in whistle stop tour 8 mile trail race in September Won Manchester mini duathlon in September And I guess all top 10 finishes at the multi-terrain races.
I've been proud to represent Mersey Tri over the past year and here is a list of some of my achievements:
1st in Age Cat at the Oulton park sprint distance spring duathlon 2016. ITU world championships qualifier.
Oulton park sprint distance autumn duathlon 2016. ETU. Qualification for European duathlon champs for GB age group.
- 1st place- Liverpool Harriers 5k summer series. (May, June, July, Sept) - 4 wins & Series Winner
- 1st place- East lancs 10k
- 1st place - Asics Oulton park 10k
- 1st place - Blackpool 10k
- 1st place - Mersey tunnel 10k
- 1st place- Penny lane 10k
- 1st place - Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
XC - 2nd or 3rd lady for Mersey Tri at each event I raced for them in the NWXCL
2nd place- Capenhurst 5k
2nd place - Hale 5 mile
2nd place- Liverpool spring 10k
2nd place- Port sunlight 10k
2nd place- Mad dog 10k
3rd place- Southport half marathon
3rd place - Cheshire half marathon
3rd place - Walton 5 mile
West Lancs spring triathlon 2016 - 11 overall female
2016 Merseyside cross country championships I represented mersey Tri and qualified for a spot in the county team to represent Merseyside at the UK inter counties championships
This year I achieved two new PBs on the half ironman distance at Grafman and the Cotswolds 70.3s, I got the elusive fourth medal at Long Course Weekend for completing all 3 ironman distance events over the weekend with the season finale being Ironman Wales in September!
Alan Kirkham Most Improved Triathlete
This year started with me being determined to enter some events as nerves have always held me back and fitting training around 2 young children and work can prove difficult. It started with a 10k race then a couple of local time trials. I then completed Oulton Park duathlon and qualified for my age group to represent GB at the European championships in April next year. I've really enjoyed this year and thanks to whoever nominated me! Here's to 2017!
Last year I rode out to cheer on some of the MT guys who raced IMUK. The atmosphere was absolutely electric and so inspiring, which planted seeds to do an Ironman myself. A month or so later I did a half, which put me off the idea for about a month before deciding to just go for it. So this year was all about trying long distance and going for Ironman Wales. It was a good, long year training with a couple of half ironman distances and long course weekend which I'd thoroughly recommend to anyone doing IMW. The support in Tenby is incredible and I literally smiled my way around the entire course having a ball. Full thumbs up from me for both those events!
My journey to my first triathlon started back in December when I began to fulfil a bet I had made with my new husband. He was to sit on a horse (I'm a horse riding instructor) and I was to learn to swim (he's a seasoned triathlete). So I began attending the oval swim sessions on a Sunday. I was pretty scared of the water as I've managed to get to 36 yrs old having never swam. It really wasn't something we ever did as a family growing up. So thanks to Dave Brunton and the other coaches at the oval I started to get the hang of it and my confidence improved. So to motivate me to continue to learn I entered my first triathlon in June "Chester tri". Looking back I probably wasn't ready but I gave it my all and have kept on improving in all 3 aspects since. I have certainly got the bug and am looking forward to competing in more triathlons in 2017 and it's all thanks to the great coaching I've received through Merseytri.
Club member of the year
I really feel flattered to be nominated as I have done no more than anyone else! Because I work away a lot I can only coach when I'm in the country. I coach the swim sessions on the Wirral and also run the Saturday morning Open Water swims at west Kirby in the summer. I also do the Coaching Rota for the Wirral coaches. Not glamorous but necessary!
Thank you so much for the nomination! Mersey tri has been my club since I was 7 and I love being involved with it as a coach, Wirral sub-committee member and athlete. 2016 has been a fun year for me in the club, as well as coaching swimming at the Wirral sessions, I have started running two new sessions, a Wirral run session and a Total Fitness swim session. This year I was also closely involved in the creation of the year long swim session plans which we've introduced to improve the structure of our coaching and hopefully the progression of our athletes. Having raced in France last year, I brought over their 'Bike and Run' race and held a new style of race, Velo et Course, which was super cool (next one coming on Feb 11th)!!! Volunteering at the kids aquathlon and tri, Crosby aquathlon and Wirral tri is important to me, without volunteers this races would not happen, and it's always a great day out. Coaching is my passion and being able to do so with my friends and family in the club is amazing
As a long time club member,I have been involved in setting up and coaching at all the sessions in the Sefton area including Crosby Open Water swims, Litherland track sessions and Formby sea swims. I also coach Juniors and organise the Crosby Junior Aquathlon as part of the North West series. I really enjoy organising the club Aquathlon Championships and try to keep it interesting by changing the venue or format every year. I still compete and have been fortunate enough to represent Merseytri and Great Britain at the European and World Age-Group Championships this year. Apart from these races,my highlights have been taking part in the newer team events-Swimrun and Velo et Course which have brought back the fun element to the sport.
This year Leanne continued her long distance triathlon passion by setting a PB of 12:51 in the Challenge Roth. She also continued the role of club secretary, taking the minutes at all the lengthy, and not so lengthy club meetings!
I've been working behind the scenes updating the website, keeping MT members updated on the latest events and training details, and being the first point of contact for new member enquiries.
I completed Roth (albeit slowly) getting friendly with Jan Frodeno in the process and putting Mersey Tri onto the world stage.... I'm also our Welfare Officer and volunteer for Wirral Tri, Go Tri Event for local kids and Swim/Run event for people new to Tri.