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National League Update #5 2010
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Posted on: Thursday 25th November 2010


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Kevin Robinson reports in with his fifth and final update of the year from the UK National Triathlon League.

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


Hello Leaguers,

This final report for 2010 will be brief, as the general comments I wanted to make about the season were made in the fourth, provisional report which appeared earlier on Tri247.

This report, therefore is primarily concerned with a few corrections to that earlier report, plus tables and comments on the various competitions that are to be found within the framework of the the Team Table and the Individual List. First, you will see a slight correction to Derby Tri's team score, a correction which still leaves them, once again, as worthy League Champions and the Club and team to beat in the UK League.

Passing on to the Individual List, the eagle-eyed leaguers will see which corrections have been made. The most notable of these being the inclusion of Lucy Gossage (Cambridge University Tri) in 6th place in the Individual List, a remarkable achievement which put her among some of the very best triathletes in the UK League. Other changes include the proper scores for Lance Conway and Paul McCrossin of Tri London, and for Chris Nicholl and Danny Evans of Derby Tri. Experienced leaguers know that corrections like these have to be made every year. Sometimes the difficulties that occasion them are not of my making. In some years, I have seen three individuals with the same surname and initial all competing in the League. Easily resolved, you might think, by looking at the club name given in results. However, some organisers of events held abroad do not usually include that detail. I have resorted to trying to solve such problems by reading race reports put on club's websites. But for example, there were this year three triathletes competing for Tri London with the initials P.M. Only one of these, fortunately, was registered with the League, but the other two were of course free to do League-listed events whenever they wished! So I really do appeal to athletes reporting on events to 'sign' there articles with their full name, not just their initials. And once again I appeal to club secretaries/race captains to let me know when registered leaguers finish in events held abroad, particularly long-distance events. Of course I have to hold up my hand and admit that some mistakes are of my own making. I won't list the reasons for these, but I will say that psychologists do describe some individuals as 'labouring under a be perfect injunction.' I do occasionally try to convince myself that I also labour, happily or unhappily under such an injection. Fortunately, however, I nearly always fail to fulfill the requirements of the injunction, and that is when I need, occasionally, leaguers and others to come to my aid.

But to continue. In the last report I mentioned the standard of excellence achieved by Joanna Carritt and Tom Williams in both the Individual List and the Endurance Competition. Given below is the complete List for the latter competition, which once again has shown that the UK League is easily the best league in the country for those interested in the longer events. In addition to her 6th place in the Individual List, Lucy Gossage placed 3rd among the endurance athletes, only some sixty points behind Jo Carritt. John Manders, of Hartlepool Tri, who won the 40+ age-group this year, finished in 5th place in the Endurance Competition, and Andy Collier (Cambridge University Tri), took 7th place in the Competition, an outstanding achievement for a novice.

Moving now to the competition for the Best 4 standard-distance results. Surprisingly, to me at least, was the reduction in the number of leaguers participating in this competition. But to say this is not to detract from the standard achieved by Steve Thompson of Tri London, who won with his score of 702.684 points, which also earned him 5th place in the Individual List. Seven hundred points by any fair means in not to be sneezed at in the UK League, and to do this without the aid of a long-distance score is certainly worthy of note. Steve did finish the Ironman UK, but that event doesn't of course count in a competition for the Best 4 standard-distance events,and moreover, Steve's ironman score didn't match those he achieved in each of his best four standard-distance events. Each to his own, I say. My marathon P.B. Is better than Lord Coe's, but some of you may remember that marathon wasn't the distance that Lord Coe was world-famous for.

Before leaving the Best 4 standard-distance Competition, I'll just say a few words about the other athletes who, like Steve, did well at that distance. Three of them are ladies and, like Steve, all competed for Tri London; Amy Forshaw, Lotte Carritt, and Olivia Hetreed, who scored 625.324 (626.824 in best 4 all distances), 592.493. and 565.473 respectively. In a year in which some of the Tri London men have been a little less active, these ladies have stepped into the breach to some extent and competed regularly and well at their chosen distance. Amy is on the UK League scene for the first time, and is 3rd lady overall, Lotte is only just behind her in points, and I can't help thinking that if Jo and Lotte had another sister of about their level of quality, the Carritt family could win the Ladies' UK League title on their own! And just one place behind Lotte in the Individual List, and !st lady in her age-group, Olivia Hetreed completes that trio of ladies who have done very well for Tri London this year. Lastly, but by no means to be neglected, a few words about Terry Brooks of Derby Tri, who finished 5th in the Best 4 standard-distance Competition, 24th in the Individual List, and winner of the 60+ age-group. Terry Brooks has been a member of the Derby Tri squad competing in the UK League for decades now. He is on record as saying 'I love the League' which, if we ever decided to adopt an official slogan, might be as good as anything that any of us could devise. Terry, his sentiments, and the excellence and dedication of Derby Tri, in large measure do reflect the spirit of the League. They don't stand alone in this, but certainly in the forefront, and Terry is among them.

Passing now to the Duathlon Competition, which I devised as requiring competitors to complete, not just three duathlons, but a triathlon as well, so that those not perhaps among Nature's swimmers, could be encouraged to take on at least one challenge involving that skill. There is never a long list of athletes in this competition, but nevertheless, some of those involved, to be exact, precisely four of those competing this year, show real quality. First, James Ratcliffe of Black Country Tri, who has won this competition, and indeed been League Champion before, with 677.432 points, just ahead of Paul Rogers, also of Black Country Tri, with 663.625 points. Roger Hamilton, of Leeds & Bradford Tri, was a very close third with 657.209 points, and Darren Riddout fourth with 620.486. There was another competitor, scrubbing around with 380.880 points, but I can hardly bear to mention his name in comparison with the first four, so we'll leave it at that.

Now for the age-group competitions which start, in the UK League, at 40+. Well we have some very good age-groupers, and at the top of the list this year is John Manders of Hartlepool Tri, whose 692.935 points earned him seventh place in the Individual List, and whose 537.424 earned him fifth place in the Endurance Competition. John is enduring very well, and with Dave Francis is spearheading the Hartlepool drive to win the League Championship. In this 40+ group, the ladies' winner is Olivia Hetreed, whose 565.473 earned her fourth place in the Best 4 standard distance competition, and twenty-third place in the Individual List in which she was sixth Lady. I have already commented on how Olivia and the other Tri London ladies, led of course by League Champion Jo Carritt, have helped to keep alive this year Tri London's ambition to regain the League Title. But what can I say about the 50+ group? Did all the former leaguers who used to compete in this group hear that Steve Howes was back again this year and decide to stay at home? Some years ago Steve was, and still is, the leader and inspiration of the Coventry Tri group that set an outstanding record for a team score at ironman distance. I haven't time to look up the score now, but I think it was very close to six hundred points. Any takers for 2011? But I don't think Steve really bothered himself this year getting his 469.714 points from three short events, perhaps because he knew there was no opposition in his age-group, perhaps he was recovering from injury, or perhaps he was just spinning his wheels in preparation for next year. Time will probably tell, as it very often does. Of course, time does begin to be a little bit of an issue to those who can look back on their sixtieth birthday. Just a very faint knocking on the door at first, but it does gradually become a little louder. In our 60+ category this year we had just two leaguers who featured. I've said a few words about the group winner, Terry Brooks already, so I won't say much more here, except that his 515.995 points total makes him a worthy winner in this group. But a few words are justified where the group runner-up is concerned. Graham (Joe) Reynolds scored 392.861 points from just two events, and so his average score was actually better than Terry's. Terry did four events, and so if Joe could manage a similar number in 2011 he might be giving Terry something to think about. The same sort of situation exists in the 70+ group, and as I've said already how pleased I am to have beaten Nigel Dimmock I won't say any more about that here! But focusing, as I did with the 60+ group, on average scores, I must acknowledge that Nigel's average, with 367.938 points from three events, was much better than my average with 380.880 from four events. So I really could get the chop next year if Nigel cares to put himself about a bit more. We'll see.

Before I finally conclude, I'll just say something very briefly about the novices. There were only four this year, and I have commented already in the last report on the really excellent achievement of Andy Collier. I said then that he had finished in seventh place in the Individual List. In fact he was eighth with the same score of 688.811 points. In second place was Simon Rolfs of Derby Tri, with 534.659 points, a very good score for a novice and one which in most years would have won Simon the novices' trophy, but that's a story one sometimes encounters in sport. I remember, I think it was in 1956 or '57, I beat a course record by two seconds in a 38 mile hilly time trial, but came second. But the man who won the race smashed the old record by seven minutes! There's nearly always someone out there who can do it better. So in addition to congratulating those leaguers who've won something this year, I say this to leaguers who've finished second, or third, or fourth , or whatever – don't beat yourself up about this, don't be discouraged, keep on trying and maybe, just maybe, one day you'll be one of those who really can do it better.

Trophies will be sent out, as usual, in time for Christmas.

Kevin

TEAM TABLE

POS.
CLUB
POINTS
EVENTS
1
DERBY TRI
2088.41
4
2
HARTLEPOOL TRI
2045.7
4
3
LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
2027.79
4
4
TRI LONDON
1995.87
4
5
TRI LONDON LADIES
1706.17
4
6
SWINDON TRI
1063.13
2
7
BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
953.24
2
8
BLACK COUNTRY TRI
950.08
2
9
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
931.06
2
10
SWINDON TRI LADIES
524.01
1
11
COVENTRY TRI
475.73
1
12
LEEDS & BRADFORD LADIES
447.94
1

INDIVIDUAL TABLE

POS.
NAME CLUB
SCORE
EVENTS
1
JOANNA CARRITT IST LADY TRI LONDON
773.24
4
2
TOM WILLIAMS LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
726.83
4
3
JAMES RATCLIFFE BLACK COUNTRY TRI
711.48
4
4
DAVE FRANCIS HARTLEPOOL TRI
708.3
4
5
STEPHEN THOMPSON TRI LONDON
702.68
4
6
LUCY GOSSAGE 2ND LADY CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
699.1
4
7
JOHN MANDERS HARTLEPOOL TRI
692.97
4
8
ANDY COLLIER CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
688.81
4
9
THOMAS PEOPLES DERBY TRI
688.17
4
10
RICHARD HOWARTH LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
686.19
4
11
PAUL ROGERS BLACK COUNTRY TRI
663.63
4
12
JAMIE BRUNNING CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
663.46
4
13
ADAM CHADBURN TRI LONDON
659.44
4
14
PAUL FREEMAN LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
658.41
4
15
RICHARD HAMILTON LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
657.2
4
16
LANCE CONWAY TRI LONDON
652.84
4
17
AMY FORSHAW 3RD LADY TRI LONDON
626.82
4
18
KEVIN LINEHAM TRI LONDON
620.98
4
19
DARREN RIDDOUT DERBY TRI
620.49
4
20
NAOMI WARR 4TH LADY DERBY TRI
616.62
4
21
CHARLOTTE CARRITT 5TH LADY TRI LONDON
592.49
4
22
OLIVIA HETREED 6TH LADY TRI LONDON
573.07
4
23
JAMES CRESSWELL DERBY TRI
551.916
3
24
CHRIS NICOLL DERBY TRI
522.14
3
25
TERRY BROOKS DERBY TRI
516
4
26
STUART CORDNER DERBY TRI
500.83
3
27
TIM ASHELFORD LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
499.61
3
28
RUTH BRADBROOK 7TH LADY BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
496.73
3
29
DAVID WILSON HARTLEPOOL TRI
481.45
3
30
STUART EMERTON DERBY TRI
472.99
3
31
STEVE HOWES COVENTRY TRI
469.71
3
32
DONNA EDMONDSON-BOOKER 8TH LADY LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
454.96
3
33
THOMAS SWIFT DERBY TRI
446.47
3
34
DANNY EVANS DERBY TRI
417.12
3
35
SIMON ROLFS DERBY TRI
403.07
3
36
GRAHAM (JOE) REYNOLDS COVENTRY TRI
392.86
3
37
KEVIN ROBINSON CAMBRIDGE CAMARO TRI
384.48
4
38
JUSTIN ROBBINS BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
371.35
2
39
JULIAN HATCHER BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
368.44
2
40
NIGEL DIMMOCK COVENTRY TRI
367.94
3
41
GARY WILSON HARTLEPOOL TRI
362
2
42
MATTHEW NEWMAN BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
349.5
2
43
MARTYN BRUNT COVENTRY TRI
347.79
2
44
ROZLYN McGINTY 9TH LADY TRI LONDON
328.16
2
45
ALISTAIR COOKE LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
322.81
2
46
JENNY LATHAM 10TH LADY LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
322.17
2‪
47
YOANN BOURGEOIS TRI LONDON
312.96
2
48
NEIL WILLIAMS BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
307.62
2
49
CHRIS KEMPTON LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
303.04
2
50
IAN KITCHING LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
303.04
2
51
EDWARD LEE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
300.62
2
52
RAY BRUNSBERG TRI LONDON
296.38
2
53
LISA GREENFIELD 11TH LADY BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
295.46
2
54
SIMON GILBERT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
292.58
2
55
KAREN HALLAS 12TH LADY TRI LONDON
292.07
2
56
GORDON DALGARNO LEEDS & BRADFORD
290.07
2
57
PAUL McCROSSIN TRI LONDON
287.43
2
58
ALISON HARDIE 13TH LADY SWINDON TRI
282.18
2
59
KATHERINE BROOMHALL 14TH LADY BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
274.69
2
60
GORDON KENNEDY TRI LONDON
273.35
2
61
JENNY BROWN 15TH LADY CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
260.06
2
62
RICHARD HAWKSWORTH DERBY TRI
259.36
2
63
BRIDGET VIRGO 16TH LADY TRI LONDON
248.52
2

ATHLETES WHO HAVE COMPLETED ONLY ONE LEAGUE-LISTED EVENT IN THE 2010 SEASON HAVE NOT BEEN CLASSED (This is standard practice in the UK League).

ENDURANCE COMPETITION (3 x 190 TARIFF)

POS.
NAME CLUB
SCORE
1
JOANNA CARRITT (F) TRI LONDON
607.14
2
TOM WILLIAMS LEEDS & BRADFORD TRI
561.18
3
LUCY GOSSAGE (F) CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
546.46
4
DAVE FRANCIS HARTLEPOOL TRI
545.24
5
JOHN MANDERS HARTLEPOOL TRI
537.42
6
THOMAS PEOPLES DERBY TRI
526.66
7
ANDY COLLIER CAM. UNIV. TRI
522.28
8
PAUL FREEMAN L&B
502.04
9
LANCE CONWAY TRI LONDON
499.92
10
RUTH BRADBROOK (F) BRISTOL (BAD) TRI
496.73
11
KEVIN LINEHAM TRI LONDON
480.28
12
GRAHAM (JOE) REYNOLDS COVENTRY TRI
392.86

BEST FOUR STANDARD DISTANCE COMPETITION

POS NAME CLUB SCORE
1 STEVE THOMPSON TRI LONDON 702.69
2 AMY FORSHAW (F) TRI LONDON 625.32
3 CHARLOTTE CARRITT (F) TRI LONDON 592.49
4 OLIVIA HETREED (F) TRI LONDON 565.47
5 TERRY BROOKS DERBY TRI 526.78

DUATHLON COMPETITION (3 x DUATHLON + 1 TRIATHLON)

POS NAME CLUB SCORE
1 JAMES RATCLIFFE BLACK COUNTGRY TRI 677.43
2 PAUL ROGERS BLACK COUNTRY TRI 663.63
3 RICHARD HAMILTON L&B 657.21
4 DARREN RIDDOUT DERBY TRI 620.49
5 KEVIN ROBINSON CAMBRIDGE CAMARO TRI 380.88

AGE GROUP COMPETITIONS

40-49 years

POS
NAME CLUB
SCORE
1
JOHN MANDERS HARTLEPOOL TRI
692.94
2
PAUL ROGERS BLACK COUNTRY TRI
663.63
3
PAUL FREEMAN LEEDS & BRADFORD
658.42
4
LANCE CONWAY TRI LONDON
652.84
5
KEVIN LINEHAM TRI LONDON
620.98
6
OLIVIA HETREED (F) TRI LONDON
565.47
7
TIM ASHELFORD L & B
499.61
8
DAVE WILSON HARTLEPOOL TRI
481.45
9
MARTYN BRUNT BLACK COUNTRY TRI
347.77
10
CHRIS KEMPTON L & B
305.8
11
IAN KITCHING L & B
303.04
12
RAY BRUNSBERG TRI LONDON
296.38
13
GORDON DALGARNO L & B
290.1
14
GORDON KENNEDY TRI LONDON
273.35

50-59 years

POS
NAME CLUB
SCORE
1
STEVE HOWES COVENTRY TRI
469.71

60-69 years

POS
NAME CLUB
SCORE
1
TERRY BROOKS DERBY TRI
516
2
GRAHAM (JOE) REYNOLDS COVENTRY TRI
392.86

70-79 years

POS
NAME CLUB
SCORE
1
KEVIN ROBINSON CAMBRIDGE CAMARO TRI
380.88
2
NIGEL DIMMOCK COVENTRY TRI
367.94

NOVICES COMPETITION

POS
NAME CLUB
SCORE
1
ADAM COLLIER CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
688.811
2
SIMON ROLFS DERBY TRI
534.659
3
JENNY BROWN CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
260.062
4
TOM HODGSON CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TRI
123.723

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