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National League Update #5 2012 [UPDATED]
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Posted on: Monday 12th November 2012


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(Updated to fix corrections on 23rd January 2013)

Kevin Robinson reports in with his fifth update of the 2012 season 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, Leaguers,

Well, we've had plenty to cheer about in 2012 despite the weather and the economy, and the League hasn't been so bad either. As I mentioned in the fourth Update, we've had the tightest finish for years in the Team table, with Black Country Tri coming out on top. But how did our individual leaguers get on? From those at the very top to some of those much further down, this Update will provide a wealth of detail.

First, however, a few reminders of the changes I made for this season.

  1. I reduced the requirement for the competition to find the top individual leaguer from Best 4 to Best 3 events of any mix, a change intended to relieve some of the economic pressures on leaguers re. entry fees, travel, accommodation, etc.
  2. I reduced the requirement in the Endurance Competition from 3 events with a tariff of 190 or more to 2 such events.
  3. I discarded the requirement for duathletes to complete one triathlon as well as three duathlons.
  4. I relented on my original intention to discard the competition for Best 4 events at Olympic distance, and merely reduced it to 3.

All these changes appear to have produced results, some of which appear to have indicated support by leaguers while other results perhaps indicated a negative response. Of course, the foul weather and the economic situation also made a contribution. We'll see how these played out.

Taking the Competition for the Best three events of any mix first, it produced some excellent results. The overall winner, our new League Champion, is Chris Nicoll of Derby Tri, whose results at the Dambuster Duathlon, Ripon, and Nancy, made him not only the top leaguer in his age-group, but League Champion with 514.08 points. Chris has been a dedicated leaguer and leader for some years now, and thoroughly deserves his League title. Close behind, in the three of any mix competition, were Lee Moreton and Mike Anslow of Black Country Tri, with 507.313 and 504.035 respectively. These two leaguers, who were also well supported by team-mate Paul Rogers, who won the Duathlon Competition with 493.641 points, made a major contribution to Black Country Tri's League Championship, as indeed they did to the Club's second-placing in 2011.

Now, before going on to look at the other competitions, I'll just dwell for a moment on what might be referred to as one of our competitions that 'never was' this year. As you know, we didn't have a Best four Competition in 2012, but just out of curiosity I compiled the results that would have been the winning results if we had had such a competition. These results were both interesting and surprising! Just five leaguers completed four or more League-listed events. Three of them were ladies. One, Amy Forshaw, of Tri London, completed seven events, and the total from her best four was 666.029 points. Did Amy know that I had reduced the requirement from 4 to 3 events of any mix (notified on Tri247 in January 2012)? If she didn't, and if I hadn't changed the requirement, it wouldn't have meant that she would have become League Champion, because those leaguers who completed three events of any mix would probably have done another event. The results of the other four leaguers who completed four events in the 'phantom' competition (I'm writing this on Halloween!) are given, with the other results, below.

Passing now to the Endurance Competition. It has been won by another Tri London leaguer, Robert Brundish, whose performances at Wimbleball and the Cowman for a total of 373.686 points won him the trophy. Reducing the requirement to two events certainly worked in this competition in that whereas it usually only attracts a handful of competitors, this year there were no fewer than twenty, of whom eight were female, some of whom completed full Ironman events. The best of the ladies in the Endurance Competition was Amy Forshaw, in sixth place, with Claire Smith, of Swindon Tri, in 9th, and Kate Mapham, of FOT, in 11th. Pete Doubleday and Stu Travis, also of FOT, were 2nd and 3rd respectively behind Robert Brundish. The full table is given below.

Whereas the Endurance Competition benefitted from a reduced requirement, this could not be said of the Duathlon Competition. For the last eighteen years until 2011, I required duathletes to compete one listed triathlon in addition to three duathlons in order to win the trophy. This was intended to encourage people to swim, and throughout the previous eighteen years the competition attracted a worthwhile number of leaguers. This year however, with the swimming requirement removed, the competition attracted only two! You couldn't make it up! Nevertheless, Paul Rogers and Kate Mapham will be receiving their trophies.

Now to the age-group winners. In the 40-44 group, Pete Doubleday and Claire Smith came out on top, as did Chris Nicoll in the 45-49 group, in which no ladies competed. In the 50-54 group however, Olivia Hetreed finished just ahead of her clubmate John Griffin; both these leaguers have made excellent contributions to Tri London team scores over several years. John Griffin is no slouch, and Olivia has clearly demonstrated her ability in beating him. In the 55-59 group a relatively new name has emerged as a trophy winner, Jeff Mowbray of NYP, but there was no lady this time to challenge him or indeed in any of the remaining groups, but in the 60-64 group there were two leaguers who have served their clubs very well over the years. Jon Zigmond of NYP won from Terry Brooks of Derby Tri, their scores being 396.024 and 384.542 respectively.

Usually, I have some novices registered for the Novice Competition; this year there some, but none who completed any events. Were there novices competing in the League without being registered as novices? This was possibly the case. I did wonder, for example, if Amanda Window of Coventry Tri had had less than two years of competition before 2012? It is up to Club secretaries or squad leaders to indicate it when novices are registered, and if Amanda was a novice this was not indicated by Coventry Tri.

Here are the tables for the individual results in the various League competitions in 2012, plus some extras for which trophies are not awarded.

UK TRIATHLON & DUATHLON LEAGUE 2012; PROVISIONAL RESULTS

BEST 3 ANY MIX

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
CHRIS NICOLL DERBY TRI
514.08
2
LEE MORETON BLACK COUNTRY TRI
507.31
3
MIKE ANSLOW BLACK COUNTRY TRI
504.04
4
AMY FORSHAW (1ST LADY) TRI LONDON
503.98
5
TOM SWIFT DERBY TRI
502.92
6
DARREN ROBINSON DERBY TRI
496.74
7
PAUL ROGERS BLACK COUNTRY TRI
493.64
8
BILL SPEAKE DERBY TRI
490.7
9
KATE MAPHAM (2ND LADY) FUL-ON-TRI (FOT)
479.08
10
CHRIS PEDLEY BLACK COUNTRY TRI
472.30
11
EMMA PARTRIDGE (3RD LADY) FOT
469.33
12
MATTHEW KNIGHT COVENTRY TRI
468.84
13
TIM HALLETT SWINDON TRI
443.4
14
KEITH BATE BLACK COUNTRY TRI
438.484
15
ANDY HOYLE FOT
436.74
16
ANDY PATTISON NORTH YORKS P.(NYP)
434.74
17
OLIVIA HETREED TRI LONDON
427.33
18
JOHN GRIFFIN TRI LONDON
424.22
19
JON ZIGMOND NYP
396.02
20
TERRY BROOKS DERBY TRI
384.54
21
ANDY THORNTON DERBY TRI
377.43
22
JOE REYNOLDS COVENTRY TRI
315.91

BEST 4 ANY MIX (INTEREST ONLY: NO TROPHIES THIS YEAR)

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
AMY FORSHAW (1ST LADY) TRI LONDON
666.03
2
LEE MORETON BLACK COUNTRY TRI
662.64
3
MIKE ANSLOW BLACK COUNTRY TRI
657.33
4
KATE MAPHAM FOT
623.70
5
CHRIS PEDLEY BLACK COUNTRY TRI
609.00
6
EMMA PARTRIDGE FOT
602.41

BEST 2 ANY MIX (INTEREST ONLY)

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
ROBERT BRUNDISH TRI LONDON
373.69
2
PETER DOUBLEDAY FOT
358.97
3
GRAHAM PAINTER ARMY TRI
357.85
4
STU TRAVIS FOT
355.27
5
RICHARD HUNT ARMY TRI
354.15
6
CHRIS WOOD BLACK COUNTRY TRI
339.84
7
CLAIRE SMITH (IST LADY) SWINDON TRI
328.52
8
MARK SKELTON DERBY TRI
327.12
9
CHRIS PEDLEY BLACK COUNTRY TRI
323.00
10
MARK STEWART COVENTRY TRI
319.82
11
ROBERT HERRING ARMY TRI
319.05
12
GRAHAM MARKHAM ARMY TRI
318.42
13
JEFF. MOWBRAY NYP
316.29
14
SIMON HARWOOD TRI LONDON
315.09
15
PARYS EDWARDS (2ND LADY) FOT
315.08
16
CHRISTINA JENKINS (3RD LADY) FOT
314.27
17
STEPHEN BLAKEMORE BLACK COUNTRY TRI
314.26
18
NEIL MILLWARD BLACK COUNTRY TRI
313.92
19
ANDY BREWER FOT
309.16
20
NAOMI SHINKINS TRI LONDON
307.4
21
BOB PEARCE ARMY TRI
306.55
22
DAVE NASH BLACK COUNTRY TRI
303.06
23
NATALIE BUTLER ARMY TRI
298.86
24
ALISON HARDIE SWINDON TRI
297.48
25
CHRIS PEDLEY BLACK COUNTRY TRI
296.05
25
JOE GODDARD TRI LONDON
290.87
26
KEITH BATE BLACK COUNTRY TRI
287.25
27
ADRIAN HOWLETT DERBY TRI
284.65
28
STU WALLACE NYP
274.62
29
WILL l'ANSON NYP
268.53
30
ROB OSBORNE DERBY TRI
265.48
31
SARAH GOODWIN DERBY TRI
257.86
32
GRAHAM SMITH DERBY TRI
256.19
33
AMANDA WINDOW COVENTRY TRI
187.2

N.B. LEAGUERS WHO COMPLETED ONE EVENT ONLY HAVE NOT BEEN CLASSED. NOR HAVE THOSE WHO COMPLETED NO EVENTS!

ENDURANCE

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
ROBERT BRUNDISH TRI LONDON
373.69
2
PETE DOUBLEDAY FOT
358.97
3
STU TRAVIS FOT
355.27
4
MIKE ANSLOW BLACK COUNTRY TRI
346.65
5
DARREN ROBINSON DERBY TRI
343.75
6
AMY FORSHAW (1ST LADY) TRI LONDON
339.99
7
BILL SPEAKE DERBY TRI
337.7
8
MATTHEW KNIGHT COVENTRY TRI
333.07
9
CLAIRE SMITH (2ND LADY) SWINDON TRI
328.52
10
CHRIS PEDLEY BLACK COUNTRY TRI
323.00
11
GRAHAM MARKHAM ARMY TRI
318.42
12
KATE MAPHAM (3RD LADY) FOT
315.8
13
NAOMI SHINKINS TRI LONDON
307.4
14
TIM HALLETT SWINDON TRI
304.01
15
ALISON HARDIE SWINDON TRI
297.48
16
EMMA PARTRIDGE FOT
296.72
17
OLIVIA HETREED TRI LONDON
287.54
18
JON ZIGMOND NYP
273.03
19
ROB OSBORNE DERBY TRI
265.48
20
JOE REYNOLDS COVENTRY TRI
197.61
21
AMANDA WINDOW COVENTRY TRI
187.2

DUATHLON

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
PAUL ROGERS BLACK COUNTRY
493.64
2
KATE MAPHAM (1ST LADY) FOT
449.92

AGE-GROUP 40-44

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
PETE DOUBLEDAY FOT
358.97
2
CLAIRE SMITH (1ST LADY) SWINDON TRI
328.52

AGE-GROUP 45-49

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
CHRIS NICOLL DERBY TRI
514.08

AGE-GROUP 50-54

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
OLIVIA HETREED (1ST LADY) TRI LONDON
427.33
2
JOHN GRIFFIN TRI LONDON
424.22

AGE-GROUP 55-59

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
KEITH BATE BLACK COUNTRY TRI
438.484
2
JEFF MOWBRAY NYP
316.29

AGE-GROUP 60-64

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
CHRIS PEDLEY BLACK COUNTRY TR
472.30
2
JON ZIGMOND NYP
396.02
3
TERRY BROOKS DERBY TRI
384.54

BEST 3 OLYMPIC DISTANCE

POS
NAME CLUB
POINTS
1
TERRY BROOKS DERBY TRI
384.54

Why is there only one person in this table? Why did I place it at the very end here? Because only one leaguer finished three of the listed Olympic-distance events. I should have stuck to my original intention of dropping the Olympic-distance competition, because it seems that the mass of leaguers now prefer other distances. When I started in triathlon, in 1983, there were no other distances of real significance in the UK - no iron or half-iron man events, no TriStar events, no duathlons. Anyone who was serious about triathlon did the Olympic Distance. Now that we have so much more choice things appear to have changed. But Terry Brooks was there this year, and has got himself a trophy. So perhaps there'll be others who might have the same idea in 2013. Just keep on reading Tri247. You never know what you might find! Meanwhile, if you want to notify me of any required corrections, just send me an e-mail.

Kevin


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