Allerthorpe Sprint Tri

Freebird Events first open water event in the 2011 season took place at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park Yesterday. Situated just 10 miles from York, the venue has proved to be very popular with many triathletes with 300 entering the race. The swim comprises of a single lap of the lake, before exiting the water to transition. The swim exit lends itself to an ideal viewing area for spectators with the Lincsquad press team getting some great shots. Following the swim, a fast, very scenic bike course awaits and finally the run comprises of an out and back 5km run on quiet country roads. (Left Clark celebrates with 2nd Lawson just behind)

Lincsquad was well represented putting a strong team in for the race as they look to move up in the Udo’s choice race series team and solo competitions.

Competitors were set off in 4 waves (pic of wave 1 mass start) at 3 minute intervals with the fastest predicted times going of 1st so the crowd could see who was leading the race throughout. J.Dudley (Leeds/Bradford Tri) was 1st to exit the swim in 9:08 closely followed by Lincsquad lady Lauren York in 3rd with a 9:46 swim, Steve Clark 16th out the water 10:28 followed by Rick Stenton 17th 10:30 and Huwie Davies 19th 11:10, all with work to do to get up towards the front of the race. Sallie Joseph 15:39, Steven Dolby (below exits the water) and Amanda Clements 20:25 competing in only their 1st or 2nd open water triathlon posted solid times.


Onto the windy bike and Steve C posted the 4th fastest bike time of the day with a 30:01 split to move from 16th to 2nd heading into T2 behind new race leader Shaun Lawson from Sheffield Tri, Huwie Davies (below) also moving up from 19th into 17th with a bike of 31:36. Chris Spavin was lying in 60th after swim and showed his strength on the bike 31:49 to move up 30 places in the field. Paul Ralph posted 33:37 40th fastest showing that his strongest discipline is the bike as his training is stepping up as he builds towards the Outlaw. Amanda pulled Sallie back a little on the bike riding the 20km 1 min faster than her Lincsquad team mate. Alberto Legido coming back from injury completed the swim and bike before pulling out of the race. Duncan Wright set the 6th fastest bike time with a 30:25 split

Out of T2 and into the run S.Clark worked hard and got onto the leaders shoulder and sat on him until the first left turn on the run and then attacked him opening up a 5 metre gap to take the lead at the halfway turn 2.5km into the run they were back shoulder to shoulder and Steve attacked him again opening up a 10m gap and held the lead to take the win posting a last mile of 5:35 to come home just over the hour in 1:00:17 to win by 7 seconds!!!!. H.Davies again got stronger and stronger and moved up to finish 15th overall putting more time into Stenton 25th and Spavin 34th. Lauren York again showed she is a force as she posted the fastest junior splits in all 3 disciplines and against all the other Female Juniors. Lauren (below) also just missed out on the podium in the ladies overall as she finished 4th Lady in 1:09:43.


Lincsquad positions

1st Steve Clark Lincsquad/Falcon Cycles 1:00:17

15th Huwie Davies Lincsquad 1:05:18

25th Rick Stenton Lincsquad 1:07:41

34th Chris Spavin 1:09:03

38th Duncan Wright 1:09:28

39th Lauren York 1st female junior 1:09:43

69th Paul Ralph 1:14:28

83rd Steven Dolby 1:14:52

184th Sallie Joseph 1:24:22

187th Amanda Clements 1:35:05

Alberto Legido swim bike only

Full results with splits can be viewed here

M2M Ferry 10K

The Ferry 10K saw 198 runners finish Jason Ward of Tipton taking the top spot with a time of 32:02.

Rob Wood (photo) was the first home for Lincsquad and goes sub-40 again with a brilliant time of 39:46, must have had his weetabix again. Next in for Lincsquad was Phil Binch with a time of 40:47 and again misses out on going sub 40, it won’t be long till he cracks it though. Alan Woodcock came home with an excellent 41:11. Nicky Robinson clocked a time of 61:14.

Full Results here

North Lincs Adventure Challenge Results

Sunday the 29th May saw competitors arrive from all over UK to compete in the 10th Annual North Lincs Adventure Challenge. North Lincs Adventure Challenge is an adventure race which is run annually on the bank holiday weekend towards the end of May. There are three disciplines consisting of: a 36 kilometre cycle race on the roads around Brigg, two laps in a canoe or kayak around the Brigg ‘Island’ and a 10K trail run finishing in Brigg Market Place. The day look set to see some rain, however a hellish wind ensured it stayed dry for the most part.

The Race started with the 36 kilometre bike leg with all competitors setting of at 1 minute intervals. Last years winner Steve Clark setting off with the pressure of having the No.1 on his back posted a blistering 52:35, so the race was on. The wind seemed to blow from all directions except from behind!

The kayak leg saw Josh Hook post a brilliant 50:28 followed by newcomer Ian Smith with a blistering 51:23 only beaton by Andy Grimwood who was competing in a team with a 48:04.

On to the run and it was now between Steve Clark and Matt Stephenson for the overall honors. Steve had the advantage and Matt was running like a Steam Train to try and make up lost ground, eventually posting a wicked 38:53. This was not enough to make up the defecit on Senor Clark and Steve took the top spot for the third year in a row missing out on the course record by only a minute.

Peter Chappill and Andy Yeadon received an “Outstanding Achievement Award” for having competed in all 10 of the Adventure Challenge Races.

The days racing was a success and ran smoothly thanks to Andy Veitch who has taken over as Race Director after many great years at the hands of Ken Collier. A big thank you to everyone that helped organise, marshall, registrations, goody bags and support the race. See you next year.

  • 1st Place – Steve Clark – LiNCSQUAD – 2:26:43
  • 2nd Place – Matt Stephenson – Stockport – 2:29:42
  • 3rd Place – Ian Smith – Herefordshire – 2:31:20
  • 4th Place – Peter Connolly –  LiNCSQUAD – 2:38:18
  • 5th Place – Phil Binch – LiNCSQUAD -2:38:50
  • 1st Lady – Alison Deykin – LiNCSQUAD – 3:10:15
  • 1st Team – Tony Yeats and Andy Grimwood – 2:42:29

(Course Record – John Parker – Worcester Canoe Club – 2:25:43) 


Previous Adventure Challenge Results

Some photos taken by Mick Hardie from today.
Some photos taken by Ben Nobbs from today.

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The Brigg Bomber

The Brigg Bomber will take place on the 10th July 2011, so it is not too late to get your entry in.

The Brigg Bomber is a quadrathlon, which from its inception has been designed as an international event. It was conceived with the World Middle distance championships in mind, and also as an addition to North Lincs’ Adventure Challenge for those who like a swim. Along with our sister race The North Lincs Adventure Challenge it is one of the BQA’s national trophy rounds.

The race is not for the faint hearted and kicks off from Broughton Bridge with a 1500m open water swim with a transistion to the Kayaks before paddling 8km back up to the Ancholme Liesure Centre. Then it is off on the bike for 40km road TT returning to Brigg for the finale 10km road run.

If you want to know more then click here.

North Lincs Adventure Challenge – Start times

Please find below start times & race numbers for the North Lincs Challenge on Sunday 29th May.
Registration will open from 7am to 7:45am, please follow the signs at the leisure centre to register where you will receive your race numbers.
Please arrange your kayak in race order on the river bank with lowest race numbers closest to the bridge, paddles & buoyancy must be left in the transition area.
A Race briefing will take place in the transition area (artificial football pitch) at 8am, all competitors are required to attend. (A marshall briefing will take place at 7:45 am on the grass outside the front door of the leisure centre)
Please arrive at the exit to Leisure Centre at least 5 minutes before your start time, a marshall will direct you to the start line when appropriate.
On behalf of the Lincsquad Events Committee, thank you for taking part, have a great race & don’t forget to come to the T-shirt tour around Brigg on the sunday night, everyone is invited.
Please read the full race briefing prior to the event DOWNLOAD RACE BRIEFING


Race No. Forename  Surname  Start time 
38 Sallie    Joseph  08:30    
37 Mark  Askew  08:31 
36  Antony  Runnegar  08:32 
35  Paul  Hewson  08:33 
34  Shaun  Crummey  08:34 
33  Andrew  Yeadon  08:35 
32  Steve  Lund  08:36 
31  Jeff  Chappill  08:37 
30  Peter  Chappill  08:38 
29  David  Leigh  08:39 
28  David  Heffernan    08:40 
27 Alison  Deykin  08:41 
26  Mark  Craswell  08:42 
25  Darren  Jordan  08:43 
24  TEAM Lindsay, Ben, Chris  Lindsay Heathfield, Ben Chappill, Chris Spavin  08:44 
23  TEAM Rayment  Natalie Rayment, Alan Rayment, Neil Bvatt  08:45 
22  TEAM Good in Parts  Tony Yeats, Andy Grimwood  08:46 
21  TEAM Steve, Becky, Emma  Steve Grocock, Becky Bowen, Emma Phillips  08:47 
20  Paul  Barley  08:48 
19  David  Finch  08:49 
18  Gareth  Barker  08:50 
17  Steve  Dolby  08:51 
16  Rob  Wood  08:52 
15  Rick  Stenton  08:53 
14  Paul  Carvill  08:54 
13  Alan  Cardy  08:55 
12  Giles  Byworth  08:56 
11  Ian  Smith  08:57 
10  Dan  Broughton  08:58 
Nigel  Crowe  08:59 
Tim  Deykin  09:00 
Pete  Stockdale  09:01 
Josh  Hook  09:02 
Mark  York  09:03 
Peter  Connolly  09:04 
Phil  Binch  09:05 
Matt  Stephenson  09:06 
Steve  Clark  09:07 

Lincsquad take Top Honours at Driffield

Freebird Events hosted their second sprint event of the year at Driffield yesterday. Despite the unforgiving weather, Lincsquad were once again out in force mixing among the well represented big city clubs like York Tri and Leeds/Bradford. Although punching well above their weight Team Lincsquad I’m sure, will have left a lasting impression on the ‘full to capacity(250)’ field.
Not having a Team Prize to contend for it was left to Steve Clark, Jo Walker and Lauren York to put things beyond doubt and show which team had been putting in some serious early season graft.
Of the many notable performances of the day these three individuals rubber stamped the overall top honours in winning 1st Place Overall Male, 1st Place Overall Female and 1st Place Female youth.
Again Lincsquad and (new sponsor)Falcon Cycles’ Clark showed why he’s the reigning British Quadrathlon Champion. Steve left the pool in 14th place before making good ground on his rivals posting the 5th fastest bike time. The 5k run was done under 20 minutes ensuring a 22 second lead on the second placed athlete giving Steve his second victory of the season.

Not letting Clark and the men grab all the glory duathlon champion Joanne Walker turning to the ‘dark side’ that is triathlon proved she’s no slouch at the three disciplined event either!
Jo finished almost 1.5 minutes in front of her nearest rival and an amazing 17th overall dipping under the magic hour by 10 seconds. Not bad seeing as Jo has only just returned to proper training following a month out due to illness.

Following Jo’s lead, Lauren York showed she’s got a promising future in the world of multisport winning the first female youth trophy. A former national swimmer Lauren set the pace from the off and her 5min 16 second 400m swim was the 4th fastest time of the day, and that includes the seniors! Lauren looked a chip off the old block as her proud Time trial champion dad witnessed her strong riding in such windy conditions from the stands.

When the above three members hit such dizzy heights it’s very easy to forget the part the rest of the Lincsquad competitors play in such an event. The remaining six contingent all had stories to tell with some personal bests among them.

Two other Steves, Grocock (13th) and Lormor (15th) duked it out to the wire with Steve Grocock’s swim and cycle (3rd fastest of the day) giving him just enough of a lead to fend off the ever gaining Lormor. Steve Lormor being another athlete to fall victim to the winter illness was praying for just another 200 metres as the flagging Grocock crossed the line. Both men going under the hour. The older and balder Steve yet again missing out on a trophy by just 25 seconds!

The fortnightly series’ of Duathlons and Timetrials have certainly paid dividends for both Chris Gibbs (44th) and Lincsquad debutant Huwie Davis (26th) A very strong bike leg for Huwie and Chris’ trade mark run being of particular notes for the two. Chris also narrowly missing out on an age group trophy, not helped by the winner of this age group posting the fastest run split beating Clarky by almost 2 minutes!  

Paul Ralph (94th) still nursing an Achilles injury had three solid legs (there’s got to be a joke in there somewhere) to keep his Ironman training on track for the year. 
Al Curtis (125th) another relative newcomer to the world of tri wasn’t even sure he’d be racing until that morning as an admin error nearly put paid to his race. This didn’t stop Al putting in a  spectacular swim time. It’s amazing how much noise Paul Ralph and Chris Gibbs, normally the quiet men of triathlon can make when showing their support for fellow team mates. I’ve got to include Mark York and all the Lincsquad Wags in this too as their support was tremendous.

The strength and depth of the club is becoming ever more obvious at events such as these where we can compete at the highest level against the big towns and city clubs. Well done all.

Steve Ornsby a workmate (soon to be Lincsquad) times included. This was Steve’s first venture into the world of multisport and with a 6 week crash course on the 3 disciplines did himself proud.

1    239 Steve Clark       M        (14) 05:56   00:59     (6)  0:28:05      00:30      (8) 19:59     00:55:29
13  220 Steve Grocock M40     (9)  05:39   01:34     (4)  0:27:48    00:43    (66) 23:30      00:59:14
15  235 Steve Lormor   M        (19)  06:09  01:22    (16) 0:29:36     00:48   (28) 21:42      00:59:37
17  195 Jo Walker          F        (50)  06:54  01:16    (26) 0:30:33    00:39    (14) 20:28      00:59:50
26  196 Huwie Davies   M         (39) 06:38   01:13   (14)  0:29:31     00:40    (52) 22:40      01:00:42
44  185 Chris Gibbs      M50    (94) 08:05   01:59    (43) 0:31:43    00:49    (27) 21:38      01:04:14
60  229 Lauren York      FY       (4)   05:16   01:14    (85) 0:35:02    00:41    (82) 24:20      01:06:33
94  129 Paul Ralph       M40   (100) 08:18   01:53    (72)  0:34:14    00:55   (119) 25:56     01:11:16
125 143 Alan Curtis      M         (46)  06:49   02:46   (138) 0:38:20   01:25  (145) 27:25     01:16:45
127 189 Steve Ornsby M40     (81)  07:48   02:21   (143) 0:38:32   00:40  (153) 27:42     01:17:03

North Lincs Adventure Challenge

Last chance to enter the North Lincs Adventure Challenge which takes place at the Ancholme Leisure Centre on the 29th May 2011 from 8am. You can either enter Solo or as a Team.

This will be the 10th Anniversary of the Challenge and we are looking to make it bigger and better than ever.

The race is a triathlon with a difference and kicks off with a 36km road cycle followed by a 10km kayak which takes you round the Brigg Island. You then finish of with an off road 10K which follows the river bank down to Broughton Bridge.

You can either enter Online Entry or via post using our Entry Form.

Don’t forget we also have the infamous T:Shirt tour around Brigg on the Sunday evening.

New Website for Lincsquad

Lincsquad gets a makeover with a new website launch today, following in the footsteps of the old one that has proved a great success.

The new site is geared towards having regularly updated news and results allowing people to add their own comments (subject to approval) while keeping the very popular club forum which beats at the heart of the club.

The forum is open to all, however only Lincsquad members will have full access to all features.

Lincsquad Mobile!

The site has also been redesigned for Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm and Torch, Palm Pre and other touch-based smartphones.

Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

Sub 5 hours for Lewis

All I managed before i went to Lisbon to compete in the Half Ironman was a steady 35mile ride which confirmed I was weak due to my little bug friends from the Ancholme.

We flew in to Lisbon on Wednesday with me still on Antibiotics….Winning race prep for sure! But as its said “I was on the razors edge”!!
Lisbon was red hot and i wasn’t particularly looking forward to Saturdays race day, still feeling pretty poor.

Thursday and Friday were spent on a training swim, ride and run checking that all my kit and myself were functioning!!
Saturday Morning came and I took a steady stroll down to transition to rack my bike and layout my kit. Reminding myself that the race was a training race in preparation for Ironman I went down to the Swim start to get my season under way as it duly started to hoof it down.

This is where the fight started, I say fight i have been in less brutal fights than that swim! It took a few good kicks and 800m to get in to a decent rhythm but once i had some space i eased through the swim which had been extended to 2.1km in 40.12 goal time of 37min but i didn’t expect the brawl at the start so happy with that.

A long 500m run to my bike and I was out of transition in 4.35 probably a bit long but it was a long run from the swim to get my bike so i was still smiling at this point.

On the bike and the plan was to keep to my nutritional goal and spin through keeping it as easy as possible, I was impressed at how well i felt on the ride even though it absolutely hammered it down with rain but then hey skins waterproof!

Stopped off for a pee stop after much debating with myself and then off the bike in 2hrs42 with a goal time 2hrs48 and feeling fresh i was enjoying myself.

In to and out of T2 in 2.24 as i didn’t have lock laces and my fingers didnt work at this point (lesson learned!!) Picking up the run i felt great.

The first 2 of the 4 laps went by easily, 6.40min miling and going well, the 3rd lap came and just kept on going, It felt like i was running with lead in my legs.

A quiet word with myself after seeing the Garmin on 7.40min/miling and i pushed it back down to under 6.50min/miling to run an 89min half marathon 91minute goal time so all in all a finishing time of 4hrs58min27sec.

Happy Days im in the Sub 5hrs Club on my 1st race and i loved it. Next stop Beaver HIM in 4weeks!!

All the best Lewis

Youth shine at Quibell Park

The Youth Academy have had another excellent weekend’s racing starting with an Omnium at Quibell Park, this year’s first track meeting for our riders.

It was a cracking sunny day which meant the racing was pretty tough. Simon, Torin, Louise and Max all had good days, Louise with her typical hard working never give up attitude finishing 5th in the girls. Max riding probably the best race day he’s ever done, with some real quality sprinting, this is his first year as an under 14 and if he carries on in this way then things will come good later in the year.

The Youth A under 16’s was a really tough group, Simon started well by winning the 500m time trial, Torin battled in the sprints which are never his best events. The final distance race saw some brilliant team riding by Torin and Simon which secured Simon a richly deserved 2nd place overall for the day.

Sunday was back to Thoresby Hall for the last of the series of races there. Max, Louise and Will rode a tough Youth B (under 14’s race) which was again stacked with talent. All three of them did their club shirts proud, Max finishing 15th with Louise and Will 17th and 18th, all of them show a real determination and hard work. Youth racing is a really tough arena and they all get stuck in and never give up even when things really start to hurt.

Simon and Torin had a real battle in the Youth A race where the field was of a really high quality as this was a regional selection race for the East Midlands Road Team. The pace was pretty relentless and the attacks started firing off even before the proper end of the neutralised zone, as it was said to me “it’s proper tough this youth stuff”! Simon finished a brilliant 13th with Torin just squeezing into the top 20 despite riding the last 5 laps with what looks like it may be a broken toe.

A special thanks on behalf of Torin for all the help he received for the cake stall we ran on Sunday, it’s very much appreciated and he’s getting closer to the £2000 needed for Sweden.