The big WTS London Hyde Park took place last week and what an absolute blinder! We had a great turn out from Ful-On Tri-ers across the Saturday and Sunday, with some fantastic results across the board. A big well done especially to the Blue Carpet Relay boys who came in 3rd over all... Though expect to see 'Shock Horror at Triathalon Gawp' all over the tabloid back pages, since a mix up at the at the finish line meant they didn't even get their medals! In other news the Brownlee Boy's came in an absolutely unheard of 4th and 5th.
Saturday saw the second running of a Ful-on Tri specific wave at Eton Dorney, with a great turnout and some very "friendly" rivalry in the build up & on the swim start line. The high quality field saw a lead pack of 4 in the swim exit together around 5mins 20, consisting of Paddy Tierney, Euan Lees, Olly Bradford and Sarah Lewis.
The FoT men turned out in force on Saturday for the 3rd match of 4 in the Surrey Cross Country League, with 30 guys running round the very hilly & muddy Oxshott course. First home, in 5th place, was Charlie Elliott, followed closely by Conor Richardson, Euan, Stephen Hill and then hordes of others. With a decent turnout for the ladies match too, I think we had as many XC runners on Saturday as we did for the Mob Match in December, and it really made a difference.
Normal service was resumed yesterday as Ful-on smashed Thames Turbo in the annual mob match, having lost the two previous years, to go 4-3 up in the "series". 42 Ful-on athletes turned out, against 43 of Turbos, but quality overturned the slight numbers advantage to win 3722 points to 3128 (I'll explain my calculation if anyone's interested!).
We had just over twenty keen athletes at our first bike skills day at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit on Sunday. Despite the chilly weather, fortified by coffee and early-season mince pies we worked through a range of drills and skills sessions before spending the afternoon flying round the track in impressive formation! Well done to everyone who attended, we're looking forward to seeing everyone put their newly honed skills into practice on club rides and in races.