My First Multisport Race

Steve Dolby shares his experience at the recent Clumber Park Duathlon

After the excitement of the local duathlons set by Dan Broughton and Dave Hinch I was really looking forward to my First official multi sport event of my very short sporting career.

The morning of the event started with the alarm rattling away at 4.30 as Mrs Dobber and the Mini Dobber Lincsquad support team wanted to be up and away bright and early. A bowl of over cooked porridge and a couple of nut bars later we was on our way to Clumber Park.

As we arrived third in the cue at the gate (best position I was going to get on the day) reality started to kick in a bit. Yep, the race was here and I was running and representing the club for the first time. We parked up and strolled over to the registration area in our team Lincsquad hoodies (1 degree at this point) to look over our shoulders to see other Lincsquad hoodies trotting over the park. That looked so cool and put my nerves at ease immediately.

With several text messages from other lincsquad members wishing me and the others all the best and also the other Lincsquad competitors doing the same it was nearly time to start the race. Just needed to double check the transition area…..
My bike was set up, this was after some help from a bloke next to me as I didn’t really know what I was doing…..First timer and all that…… Shoes on the floor and helmet sat in the ready position……All my prep work was now complete.
A couple of stretches later and the second wave was about to go off. 321…Bang and we had started the 10k run. Apart from the hilly course which I had not previously done an official 10k on, I had set my heart at getting a PB. Up hill and down dale we went and to my pleasure I was feeling quite good.

The cheers from the Lincsquad supporters certainly helped around the course. I couldn’t keep up with the boys though as they started to disappear in to the distance. In my mind was comments from other club members…’Run your own race’. That is what I did and came over into transition knocking 3 minutes of my previous 10k time. Nice one I thought!! Even though Jo Walker started 8 minutes after me and over took me before the end of the first run…….Wow!!!!!!
I thought transition was a little strange though as previously my bike was one of hundreds on rack 2 but now it appeared to be the only one left!! Blimey the others were already flying around the 40k bike circuit…. Anyway that was not the only thing. A little dazed and disorientated I looked down to get my bike shoes on and I thought they had been moved!!!!!! I was only looking in the wrong area about a metre away from my bike!! Dohhh!!
Off I went running out of transition and on to the bike. All was going well until my chain came off! Again previous advice from the club members and I managed to lean down and without falling off, put my chain on! Phew! That was close….Only for it to happen again about 30 seconds later.
3 miles to go and I started to blow a bit. Anyway, this guy came whizzing past me so I thought, breather time!! Get on his back wheel for a minute to have a rest!! It went OK until the marshal on his motorbike came level with me and shouted ‘192 find your own space’ I thought cheeky bugger!! This other bloke was in my space!! I suppose the rules are there to stop people trying to grab a quick lift………..Never mind!!
The last 5k run was beckoning and after I had got out of transition and the crowds of supporters had been left behind it all started to get a bit lonely! The legs felt like lead and I had to go up that blooming hill again!! Thinking about all the support that had turned up on the day gave me a real boost at this point as some had even ridden over to cheer us along. Awesome guys..top job.
Finish line was now fast approaching and that was it…..My first multi event was all over!!

Thank you to all the Lincsquad supporters and Lincsquad competitors for all your support before, during and after the race. Makes me proud to be part of such a FAB club!!

All the best Steve Dolby 🙂

Sports Club of the Year 2011

The North Lincolnshire Leisure and Culture Awards take place every year to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements that volunteers have made.

Lincsquad was awarded “Sports club of the year” after coming runners up in 2010. This is a real credit to all the people involved in making Lincsquad what it is today. I originally started the club in 2007, however it would not be where it is today without the committment from numerous individuals.

This year the club has seen another growth spurt and again its great to see people who want to be involved and make things happen. So a big congratulations to all.

Alan Rayment was also awarded “Disabled sports achiever of the year” so big hats of to Alan who continues to drive the sport forward and in particular triathlon.

The awards are grouped into categories that you, the people of North Lincolnshire, can nominate for. You can nominate the person or group you think deserves recognition for their contribution or achievements in leisure, arts, heritage or community settings in North Lincolnshire.

This year Lincsquad received a record amount of nominations and nearly crashed the system.

Kirmington Muddy Duathlon

16 hardy competitors and plenty of supporters turned out on a dry Sunday morning for the Kirmington MUDDY Duathlon.

Although the weather was fine on the day, some heavy rain over the last few days had made the tracks and fields very muddy and slippery.

A short race briefing to confirm route and directions and they were off.

Phil Binch took advantage of the road section and stretched out the field, followed closely by Mark York & Rob Wood, through the woods and the stream, there was nothing in it coming into T1.

Phil was first out of T1 on the mountain bike, but Mark York, Dan Broughton & Rob Wood soon caught him a mile or so later in the first field and pulled away.

Rob Wood recorded the fastest mountain bike section in a time of 41:11, with Lincsquad newcomer Chris Ware recording the second fastest bike section, only 8 seconds behind.

Rob was first into T2, with Mark York & Dan Broughton close behind.

Then disaster, Rob turned left out of transition instead of right, he didnt hear the shouts from his fellow competitors and continued on, repeating the 2 mile run route from earlier, instead of the 1 mile run route around Kirmington.

Mark & Dan ran around the 1 mile route together, wondering who would make the first move, with 300 metres to go, they both went for it and Mark sprinted up the last incline to take the win by just 4 seconds.

About a minute behind was Andrew Lawson on his first Lincsquad off road Duathlon finishing in 3rd place after recording the 5th fastest mountain bike section (only 69 seconds slower than the fastest bike split) and 2nd fastest final run.

This bike helmet saved my life

Steve Clark with the remains of his broken cycle helmet, which helped save his life!

Steve Clarks recent accident involving a bus has re-opened an age old debate on whether cycle helmets should be made compulsary.

British quadrathlon champion Steve Clark, from Bottesford, was involved in a collision with a bus when on a 30-mile training ride.

He escaped with minor injuries, but said it would have been much worse without the helmet.

You can read more of the story in the Scunthorpe Telegraph

At Lincsquad we strongly recommend the use of helmets, however they are not compulsary when training. In most of our organised events and races they are compulsary both in view of safety and also to satisfy rules laid out by the specific governing body related to an event. This is also becoming a stipulation laid out by many of the event insurance providers.

I personally prefer to wear a helmet and also hope that this sets an example to my children, and although I agree that it’s an individuals choice and should remain that way I am an advocate of”wearing a helmet”

Linc’s Road Race League 2011 Calendar

2011 Lincs League Road Race Diary
 

April events start at 18.45 hrs. all others at 19.00 hrs

DATE                                 EVENT                                       COURSE
Wed
27/04/11
Newark Castle CC. Start 6.45pm (leave HQ at 6.30pm) Entry Fee £6        

Contact:  Chris Hobey       Telephone:01636 681317

Website: http://www.newarkcastlecc.co.uk/

Long Benninton
Directions
Wed
04/05/11
 Lincoln Wheelers     Start 7pm, Entry Fee £6          

Contact:  Steve Walker     Telephone:01522 828262

Website: http://www.lincolnwheelers.co.uk/

Aisthorpe
Directions
Wed
18/05/11
 DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED  
Wed
01/06/11
 V.C.Lincoln    Start 7pm, Entry Fee £6               

Contact:  Keith Middleton  Telephone:01522 821261

Website: http://www.veloclublincoln.co.uk

Ingham
Wed
15/06/11
Lindsey Roads C.C. Start 7pm, Entry Fee £6

Contact: Nigel Black, 01472 878029       

Website: http://lrcc.brinkster.net/

Limber
Wed
29/06/11
Witham Wheelers Start 7pm, Entry Fee £6                   

Contact:  Tony Mendham  Telephone:01476 402840

Website: http://www.withamwheelers.co.uk/

Grantham Cricket Club
Wed
13/07/11
DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED  
Wed
27/07/11
Sleaford Wheelers      Start 7pm, Entry Fee £6           

Contact: Dennis Owen, 01529 307674

Website: http://www.sleafordwheelers.co.uk/

Ashby-de-La-Launde
Wed
10/08/11
Alford Wheelers        Start 7pm, Entry Fee £6               

Contact:  John Elliott    Telephone:01507 588386

Website: http://www.alfordwheelerscc.com/

Withern

League Co-ordinator John Elliot – Telephone 01507 588 386 Mobile 07787 555 8125

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Barnetby off-road Duathlon

The Winner’s Story …. in his own words – Duncan Wright

I wasn’t particularly confident going into the race, having not done a great deal of training at all recently. Though since that’s due to the weather I guess we’re all in the same situation. On top of that I wasn’t certain how my energy levels would hold out being on quite a restrictive diet for medical reasons, I wasn’t at all sure that I wouldn’t bonk and collapse into a heap of jelly somewhere out on the course.

As it happened from the off I felt great, hot on Marks heels for the first quarter mile I felt I could push on and soon took my share of the lead. At the bottom of the climb up onto the Bigby road I’d made myself a bit of room and decided to spread the field by pushing as hard as I could to the top. I kept that lead and extended it slightly into transition and onto the bike.

Out of transition I could see Rob Wood only 100m or so behind, but by the bottom of the muddy hill, having picked a bad line and not being totally confident in my new Boardman, Rob was right there with me….he descends like a madman!  We stayed together then for nearly all the remainder of the bike leg, until suddenly, just after we’d returned to the trails above the airport, he wasn’t there anymore. It transpired that a flat tyre had kiboshed his chance of a win.
Back into transition and into the final run, as I turned the first corner I thought I saw Rob just leaving the transition area, so stepped on the gas until the third corner of the run, looking back there was no sign of the competition, so, comfortable with my victory I eased back and enjoyed the rest of my run in the wolds.

A very enjoyable race with friends, an excellent course, and a pleasant suprise in my victory. Well done to everyone who took part, thanks to Dan for his planning and timekeeping. And many thanks to Rachel and her mum for the cakes….which I shouldn’t have had because they’re banned in my diet, but they were too good to refuse!

Chris Spavin’s great 3rd place

After turning up fashionably late as i always do to most things, I saw that there was a reasonably good turnout for a cold Sunday morning. At first there was a few murmors of “we must be mad to be doing this”, and maybe a few nerves of the unknown.

On to the race, as it started i wanted to go at a reasonable pace, albeit i was treating this as training, but still wanted to test myself. Dunk, Rob and Phil were edging away, I was a little way behind with Mark York talking and me grunting in reply. All was going well until the first off road downhill section when my shoe lace came undone and in the first bit of mud lost my trainer. That was the last i saw of Mark. The rest of the run went ok with a couple of slight inclines (Dan’s words not mine) better than i thought so far 5th for now.

Next the bike leg, not sure how this was gonna go as i’m not a mountain biker, don’t even own one. Thanks to Jeff Chappill for lending me a bike. Out on the course that first off road hill struck again, the bike chain seemed to lock up, pedals unable to turn, thoughts of race over, but a bit of tinkering and it was game on. Jim caught up and before too long we were catching Phil. The three of us were together for about a mile(ish) until Jim decided to try a gravel/ice slide (full marks Jim). Phil decided against riding over Jim and also skidded off. With both riders ok and getting back on their bikes i decided to take advantage and cleared off. With a few ish miles to transition i was opening a healthy gap, well that is what i was telling myself.

Out of transition for that last mile “ish” run, was probably for me one of the hardest run’s i have ever done, its a good job there was another mile “ish” for me to find my running legs. On the back straight i was opening up my legs a little in hope nobody would catch me, catching a glimpse of Rob about to finish, and thinking well 4th is pretty good. Only to find out that Mark had detoured on the bike and 4th was actually 3rd.

After finishing it was time to indulge in some well earned cake and tea/coffee, which was excellent. And also to cheer-on fellow competitors and funny to see how much mud everbody was wearing. Another excellent DANATHLON from start to finish. Well done to Dan, Rach and her mum. I’m certain everbody enjoyed it. And well done to everyone else for giving it a go and all finishing. Well done….

Nicky Robinson’s first Danathon

DanBro’s off road duathlon had been advertised on the forum for a while and promised lots of mud, fun, a bit more mud and more importantly cakes at the end! Dan had measured the route and described the 3 mile run 10 mile bike and 1 mile run as country miles, knowing Dan I decided to not bother taking a watch or garmin and was hoping that the country miles meant short miles – it didn’t!!! 

I arrived at the location with a bit of help from Phil with plenty of time to rack my bike on the hay bales, decide that it was too cold, have a discussion with the other girls on how many layers we had on, put another layer on and ask each other why we were doing this!!
 
After taking a look at the competition Lindsay and I decided that we would stick together and have a laugh while completing the course, which turned out to be a good plan!
We set off on the run and soon saw everyone disappear into the distance, the hills on the run were killers and after running what felt like for ever and lots of “this is never 3 miles” comments we finally reached the transition area. As we entered transition I had time to call Dan some names then it was off on bikes.

Dan’s warning of a little bit of ice on the roads echoing in our heads we took it steady round the corners, the bike route was fantastic and had some power sapping hills that may have been quicker walking than riding but on we ploughed. Lots of dog walkers to chat to as we went, luckily most heard us way before they saw us and got out of the way – can’t imagine why this was!! The route also had some long fast downhill stretches which is quite scary when you hit mud and have no control over your bike, I find that closing your eyes works well in this situation. As we came out of the tree’s and back onto the road we stupidly thought that we were nearing the end until a left turn took us back in to some more mud. As we were nearing the end of the bike section Jim popped up to confirm that we were nearly at the end.

We entered transition chucked the bikes onto the hay bales and ran off, then I ran back to take my helmet back, if people hadn’t shouted at me I’d have probably ran all the way with it on! We avoided looking at the finishers drinking coffee and eating cake and set off on the 1 mile!?!?!? run.

Jim followed on his bike and kindly told us that it wasn’t a mile and more like 2 but we didn’t stop even with legs screaming as us and the wind that severe in our faces that it felt like we were going backwards we plodded on. Jim kept us going with the promise that there was a nice back wind on the last bit of the run failing to mention the massive hill that we had to get up.  Lindsay and I crossed the finish line together and even though one of the hardest things we have done we enjoyed the course and will be at the next one. 

DanBro’s off road duathlon had been advertised on the forum for a while and promised lots of mud, fun, a bit more mud and more importantly cakes at the end! Dan had measured the route and described the 3 mile run 10 mile bike and 1 mile run as country miles, knowing Dan I decided to not bother taking a watch or garmin and was hoping that the country miles meant short miles – it didn’t!!! 

I arrived at the location with a bit of help from Phil with plenty of time to rack my bike on the hay bales, decide that it was too cold, have a discussion with the other girls on how many layers we had on, put another layer on and ask each other why we were doing this!!
 
After taking a look at the competition Lindsay and I decided that we would stick together and have a laugh while completing the course, which turned out to be a good plan!
We set off on the run and soon saw everyone disappear into the distance, the hills on the run were killers and after running what felt like for ever and lots of “this is never 3 miles” comments we finally reached the transition area. As we entered transition I had time to call Dan some names then it was off on bikes.

Dan’s warning of a little bit of ice on the roads echoing in our heads we took it steady round the corners, the bike route was fantastic and had some power sapping hills that may have been quicker walking than riding but on we ploughed. Lots of dog walkers to chat to as we went, luckily most heard us way before they saw us and got out of the way – can’t imagine why this was!! The route also had some long fast downhill stretches which is quite scary when you hit mud and have no control over your bike, I find that closing your eyes works well in this situation. As we came out of the tree’s and back onto the road we stupidly thought that we were nearing the end until a left turn took us back in to some more mud. As we were nearing the end of the bike section Jim popped up to confirm that we were nearly at the end.

We entered transition chucked the bikes onto the hay bales and ran off, then I ran back to take my helmet back, if people hadn’t shouted at me I’d have probably ran all the way with it on! We avoided looking at the finishers drinking coffee and eating cake and set off on the 1 mile!?!?!? run.

Jim followed on his bike and kindly told us that it wasn’t a mile and more like 2 but we didn’t stop even with legs screaming as us and the wind that severe in our faces that it felt like we were going backwards we plodded on. Jim kept us going with the promise that there was a nice back wind on the last bit of the run failing to mention the massive hill that we had to get up.  Lindsay and I crossed the finish line together and even though one of the hardest things we have done we enjoyed the course and will be at the next one.

Barnetby off-road Duathlon

A good turnout on a chilly morning for the off road Duathlon at Barnetby organised by Dan.

The mileage is still currently being debated as “country miles” are very different to normal miles. However the course was roughly just under a 4 mile run, a 10 mile mountain bike followed by just under a 2 mile run. The course was wet, muddy and hilly.

It was great to see a number of new faces to multisport and for a number of other competitors is was their first outing in an off road duathlon, not any off road duathlon I might add, this was one of Dan Broughton’s off road Duathlons, very challenging, but everyone set off and returned in high spirits.

Duncan Wright came home first in a great time of 1:27:30 taking fastest time on each of the 3 disciplines in the race, sorry competitive training.

Second was Rob Wood who unfortunately had suffered from a puncture towards the end of the bike course, not wanting to loose too much time he peddled on and with a strong run finished only 3 mins 10 sec behind Dunc, it could have been a tasty run finish without that bad luck.

Just 2 mins 30 secs behind was Chris Spavin completing the podium positions

Well done to everyone, especially the first timers to multisport or off road duathlons, see you all at Kirmington on 6th February.

Full results are on the forum, under the results category, click here http://www.lincsquad.co.uk/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1294586595

More details of these events can be found on the forum, events category, click here http://www.lincsquad.co.uk/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1286823561

New Year Swim in the Ancholme

Today saw a few members from Lincsquad kick off the New Year in crazy style with a swim in the River Ancholme. The river still has a number of areas covered in ice from the recent cold snap, in fact cold snap is an understatment!!

(Pictured from Left to Right) – Phil Binch, Steve Clark, Paul Carvill, Rob Wood, Steve Grocock and David Hinch.

So something that started off as a bit of a dare in the summer when it was nice and warm became a reality. First of all it was a quick pose for the camera and then with no messing it was straight into the Ancholme head first. The shock of the water making sure that you knew it was now a reality!! The plan was a simple swim across to the other side and back.

Everything went well and good cheer was still the order post swim and the safety kayak on standby was not needed.

In fact it went down that well it looks like we will be doing it again next year with a view to raising a bit of cash for charity.

Check out the YouTube video below 🙂

Snow hits Humberside

Humberside Police are experiencing significant calls for service due to the weather as are our partner agencies. We are asking the public to consider whether calls are essential before ringing and also to expect an increased response time.

As the bad weather continued across the region Humberside Police are still advising motorists to take extra care and drive according to the weather conditions.

The weather has left a number of roads across our region difficult to drive on and in some places poor visibility.

Rural roads have been particularly affected especially in the North Lincolnshire area. People are urged to travel only if it is essential.

The message being sent out today is that if you dont have to travel then don’t and please take care even if you are walking to your destination.

There have been no reports of any major incidents this morning, however the roads in the area that are causing some issues are:

The Humber Bridge was closed earlier but has now reopened with a 30mph speed limit.

The River Ancholme has all but disappeared!, Brigg has never seen such weather!!

And there is more to come……

Humber Sprint Tri 2010

Lincsquad take team prize and title. Sunday 3rd of October saw another great turnout for Lincsquad in the Humber Sprint triathlon.
Lincsquad actually won this event earlier in the year but couldn’t bask in their glory as it was incorrectly awarded to Barracudas.
No such problems this time although Lincsquad had to draft in the on form Steve Clark to make certain as only the top 3 from each team counted towards the prize.
 
The 9 strong contingent didn’t have it easy when met with atrocious weather conditions and a revamped extension to the bike course to 14.5 mile long. In fact, the course had a few changes in that the swim transition was further than last time but thankfully the run was slightly shorter. Maybe the organizers took pity on us having already extended the bike course?
 
Somebody who didn’t seem to mind the rain was motorbike racer Dave Hinch who capitalized on the over-cautious riders down the hills to finish just 3 places behind his season long nemesis and good mate Rob Wood. Long may that rivalry continue. Paul Ralph narrowly missed out on a top 50 position after a creditable performance. Paul, pop over and have a chat next time mate as some of us are still looking to put a face to the name.
 
Amanda Clements certainly knows how to pick her first triathlon, talk about a baptism of fire in those conditions. Still, not to be deterred Amanda put in a great performance before shooting off and missing the team photo, next time Amanda.
Getting the taste from last week’s Brigg Sprint, Becky Bowen and Kate Lancaster couldn’t let this end of season opportunity escape without having one last blast. Whether they secretly rued this decision when looking out of the window at 05:30 that morning who knows? Their high spirits at the end of the race would indicate they made the right decision. Both girls put in some good times and even Kate’s puncture couldn’t dampen her enthusiasm or was that because she won a ‘spot prize that was better than Clarky’s?
 
Phil Gibbs, following his top ten placing at last weeks Brigg Sprint was a valuable assett towards the Team prize. Phil’s ever impressive running saw him take eleventh spot, rubber stamping the top 3 highest positions.
 
Lincsquad’s superhero Steve Clark didn’t quite get it his own way this week but not through want of trying. Losing his timing chip in the pool only encouraged the British National Quadrathlon Champion to battle even harder. Despite being almost half a length behind me in the pool he’d eaten into that lead down the 300m run into transition and was out of T1 and onto the bike before me!!!
After yet another strong bike leg from Steve he knew he couldn’t let up on the run with his rivals breathing down his neck. A superb run saw Steve take the second place prize overall and more chocolate muffins to go with the plaudits.
 
For me, the swim went well but I must remember the run to transition is still part of the race! My bike leg was poor and it didn’t help watching Clarky ride off into the distance when my chain fell off. The run (for me) wasn’t too bad but still nowhere near good enough to challenge the top boys. Must try harder throughout the winter! Second in my age group was nice though. I don’t think my chain falling off would have had any bearing on that result anyway. My 7th along with Phil’s 11th and Steve’s 2nd was enough to hold off competition from Barracudas and the well supported Racing TNT team.
 
1  Rich Hunt  01:01:59 Senior 1 Male TRI KUDU 00:06:25 11 4 00:01:05 00:38:02 36.8 km/h 1 1 00:00:33 00:15:53
2nd  Steve Clark        01:03:32  Sen (2nd)    6:05            1:06        39 ish                      16:21(3)
7th  Steve Grocock    01:07:39  Vet (2nd)     5:55 (5)      1:05    00:41:05  (5)    0.43     18:50(36)
11th  Phil Gibbs          01:10:40  Vet (4th)     6:52 (18)    1:32    00:43:44 (13)   0.51     17:40(15)
40th  Rob Wood         01:17:29  Sen (23rd)  11:11 (119)  1:15   00:44:56  (19)  0.40    19:26 (49)
44th  David Hinch       01:19:09  Vet (14th)  09:15 (88)   1:31   00:45:59  (26)   1:04    21:19 (73)
53th  Paul Ralph         01:21:26  Vet (20th)  08:47 (76)   1:48   00:49:10  (46)   0:48    20:52 (68)
114th  Becky Bowen   01:42:56 Sen (19th)  11:08 (118)  3:07   00:58:54  (99)   1:52    27:54 (123)
120th  A Clements     01:46:52  Sen (23rd)  10:52 (114)  4:04   01:03:49  (113)  1:56   26:10 (113)
127th  K Lancaster     01:55:29  Sen (26th)  10:34 (109)  3:22   01:15:36  (126)  1:40    24:16 (106)