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National League Update #1 2012
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Posted on: Tuesday 8th May 2012


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Kevin Robinson reports in with his first update of the 2012 from the UK National Triathlon League.

If you have any queries or corrections on the scoring etc, please direct them to: kevinrobinson@cambridge2.freeserve.co.uk.


Hello again, leaguers. Well, the UK League's triathlon season is, as I write, almost upon us, with the Prince Bishop's Challenge Tri (see Update below, it was postponed!), the Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon, Ironman Lanzarote, the Crystal Palace Tri, and the Little Beaver Triathlon all waiting to test your early-season fitness and help you in your quest for league points and 2012 trophies (that's the year, not the trophies available which, as usual, number about 28).

Of course, early season fitness etc., has already been tested in the four duathlons that have already been held. So how have our early duathlons gone? I would say very well, especially with almost three hundred finishers at the Spring Ballbuster, going on for six hundred finishers at the Dambuster Duathlon / British Duathlon Championships, almost two hundred and fifty finishers at the Cambridge Duathlon, and even one hundred and sixty six finishers at the very tough Ashbourne Duathlon.

Leaguers showed a good presence at all these three events, and several of them, e.g., Paul Rogers, Chris Nicoll, Tom Swift, Stuart Cordner, Amy Forshaw, and Parys Edwards among those who might be referred to as "the usual suspects." Of course it's too early yet to give points tallies for clubs because entries are still coming in, but in anticipation of these it looks as if Derby Tri and League Champions Tri London may be leading the charge in overall terms into one of our glorious summers (or was that February?), with Tri London leading the ladies. But wouldn't it be an appalling twist of fate if East London and other parts of the UK were under water in July? Never mind austerity, perhaps the whole caboodle could be moved to the Peak District or Edinburgh and called 'the Very Dry Olympic games.' But I'm not trying to frighten anybody, and I wish all our competitors, Olympic, league, and non-league the very best. One final thought though, if you felt disposed to buy a rubber dinghy and take it with you until the weather changes, you should be able to escape the worst, and after all, sales of rubber dinghies and wetsuits etc. could make a useful contribution to re-floating (very, very sorry) the UK economy. OK, I'll shut up!

But, before I do, I'll just remind club secretaries, race captains, etc that May is the month when you should be sorting out your squads for the League. Despite the weather, there has never been a better time to join or rejoin. To help with the economic situation I've lowered fees yet again, while maintaining the same quantity of trophies available, and I've also reduced the level of demand in various of the League competitions, e.g., duathletes no longer have to include one triathlon along with their three best duathlon results. What a benefit for our weaker swimmers! But nature of course may, if present weather is any indication, have other ideas, so some swimming may be involved, from the car park to transition, where the organisers will probably allow competitors to tie up their rubber dinghies.

All these beneficial changes are set out in the Pre-Season Briefing that appeared on Tri247 on 31st January. Look it up and see how blessed you may be, and watch this space.

UPDATE:

Recently I wrote to Mark Rees of NYP Tri implying that events this year could be affected by drought or by flooding, although in my first report I gave more stress to the latter danger than to the former. This morning, however, I was notified by Tim Broomfield, also of NYP Tri, of the postponement of the Prince Bishops' Tri because water temperature levels are below those permitted for triathlon by the BTF. It is quite surprising just how uncooperative nature can sometimes be, but whatever the challenge I'm sure that we'll get there in the end.


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