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OPEN WATER SWIMMING. Sunday 5th and Sunday 12th June 2011 from 10am

Tri4u have organised some coached Open Water Swim sessions at Pooley Bridge (Ullswater) Penrith in preparation for the Great North Swim, other Open Water Swim events and Triathlons.

  • Coached sessions based around novice, intermediate and advanced groups
  • Specific stroke technique coaching and 1-1 tuition
  • Open water skills focused around individual athletes

 SENIOR TRIATHLON TRAINING DAY. Saturday 11th June 2011 from 9am

Predominantly aimed at novice athletes and those looking to improve technique and knowledge. The day will cater for all abilities and will consist of:

  • Open water swimming (wet suits compulsory)
  • Bike Set up talk and demonstration
  • Cycling session around the surrounding countryside
  • Transition practice
  • Run technique and training session

Further details can be found at:


Tel: 01434 344284

Hetton Youth and Junior Triathlon 2011 – 9th July 2011

Entries now open:

Entries are now available online for this exciting open water youths and juniors triathlon to be held at Hetton Lyons Country park located near Sunderland in the North East of England. The park will be home to the Inter regional championships in September so why not take the opportunity to race the course before the IRC event.

The races are for ages 8 to 16 and are split into the standard Tri-Star categories. The cycle and run are held on closed roads within a country park and the distances have been set to fit into the Tri-Star categories with the loops all GPS measured for accuracy.

How far will I race?

Your age on 31st December 2011 determines your age-group.

TriStar Start (8 yrs old) – 50m swim/1.2km bike/500m run

TriStar 1 (9-10 yrs old) – 100m swim/3km bike/1km run

TriStar 2 (11-12 yrs old) – 200m swim/4.8km bike/1.6km run

TriStar 3 (13-14 yrs old) – 300m swim/7.3km bike/2km run

Youths (15-16 yrs old) – 400m swim/9km bike/3km run

All distances are subject to change on the day and are approximate but have been GPS measured for accuracy.

F4L Coaching: Open Water Swim Coaching
This session is aimed at helping both novices and improvers swim faster in the open water this season.

Time and date: 5pm, Saturday 18th June

Location: Ladyburn Lake, Druridge Bay Country Park

Who is it aimed at?
This two hour coaching session is aimed at novices wanting to build confidence in the open water as well as more experienced swimmers aiming to improve their existing open-water skills. Throughout the session you’ll learn the basics (plus some proven race skills and tips) of open-water swimming from a Level 3 coach, with drills, wetsuit routines and more, all included to help you gain an advantage in the open water. The coach will be on the water with you. There will be a maximum of 8 swimmers.

What the session includes:
Water confidence drills
Sighting drills to navigate your own swim
Drafting drills on feet and hips
Barrel rolls for effective turning round swim buoys
Swim starts and exits
Group starts
Tips and routines for getting your wetsuit on and off

Price: £15.00

To book:
Contact Paul Jones on 07837 468667 or email:

For more information about F4L Coaching services check out out website:

Paul Jones (Level 3 Triathlon Coach) – F4L Coaching


Phone: +44 7837 468 667


F4L Partners: Cébé Sunglasses, TORQ Nutrition, AquaSphere, Ironman Wetsuits

Meet our new Regional Programme Manager:

At the end of March this year, the previous North East Regional Programme Manager, Georgie Rutherford, stepped down from her job to work for ‘Human Race’, a triathlon events company in London. Applications were made for someone to take over that role and after the interview process, this role was given to Michelle Scott of Darlington Tri Club. Michelle said:

“My name is Michelle Scott and three weeks ago I started as the new Regional Programme Manager for the Northeast region.

My background is mostly from sport and physical activity as I previously worked as the Adult Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator funded by Sport England for Durham County Council as well as coaching for British Triathlon and British Cycling. Prior to working for the council I was a Personal Trainer and a tracksuit soldier in the British Army were I trained full time and competed with the GB team in Modern Pentathlon.

“For those of you who I don’t already know, I look forward to getting to know you and working with you to help Triathlon within the Northeast develop further and continue the good work that is already sustained within the region. In the mean time if anyone has any questions regarding Triathlon within your region, I can be contacted at:

I hope to see you all soon!


Congratulations to Marc Laithwaite of and Rhiannon Silson of Arragons Cumbrian Tri Club, winners of today’s Keswick Mountain Festival LONG triathlon.

And congratulations also goes to David Barker of Tri Northumberland and Michelle Scott of Darlington Tri Club, winners of today’s Keswick Mountain Festival SHORT triathlon.

Results of the LONG triathlon can be seen HERE

Results of the SHORT triathlon can be seen HERE

Photographs can be seen HERE and HERE. A race report will also follow shortly.

Ironman Research – A message from Tony Rees:
“My name is Tony Rees and I am a student at Teesside University. I am currently researching the sociological reasons why people participate at Ironman triathlon (I have done IM myself 8 times) I would like to hear from both male and female Ironman participants to help with my research. Initially I would ask just a couple of questions via E mail on your reasons for participation and possibly contact you in person at a later date for a more detailed conversation – If you are willing to help you can contact me at – any responses included in my study will be done so anonymously.
Thanks for your help.
Tony Rees”.

New F4L Coaching Sessions:

  • Saturday 21st May from 09:30 – 10:30 there will be an F4L Coaching track session at Amble.

The session will be run to cater for all abilities of athletes, so everyone welcome – £2 per person… excellent preparation for the open water triathlon season ahead including the Northumberland Triathlon. We’ll be doing an easy warm up – run drills – main set (reiterate: you’ll do this at your own pace) – cooldown. The whole session will be done at YOUR OWN PACE. Max of 15 people – so if interested please let me know

  • Saturday 21st May from 19:00 – 20:00 there will be an F4L Coaching swim technique session at Alnwick – ****SESSION FULL****
  • Saturday 4th June from 19:00 – 20:00 there will be an F4L Coaching swim technique session at Alnwick

 F4L Coaching have hired a lane at Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick for two additional F4L Swim Technique Sessions: It will be a ‘swim technique’ session for MAX of 3 people per session (working on frontcrawl). There will be some video feedback work so you can see more clearly what it is we need to correct – you’ll also get a feedback sheet with notes too. The sessions are £12 per person per session. First come, first served – anyone welcome.

  • Wednesday 8th June from 19:00 – 20:00 there will be an F4L Coaching mid-week open water Aquathlon training session at Druridge Bay.
  • This is a short mid-week blast / time-trial session – swim (750m approx) with a 2 lap run of the lake to follow – we’ll even have some prizes. We’ll be using much the same route as the Northumberland Triathlon – so excellent race preparation. The session will be run to cater for all abilities of athletes, so everyone welcome – £2 per person.

    For more information on other
    F4L Coaching activities check out the website:

Paul Jones (Level 3 Triathlon Coach) – F4L Coaching


Phone: +44 7837 468 667


F4L Partners: Cébé Sunglasses, TORQ Nutrition, AquaSphere, Ironman Wetsuits

 “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Mohammed Ali

Cuthy’s 200 a 24-hour, 200 mile round-the-clock bike ride was set up by Falklands veteran Colin Charlton to pay tribute to 19 year old Pte Nathan Cuthbertson, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment. who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan June 08.

This year’s event takes place on the 11th -12th of June, The distance covered is mostly off-road and takes in some of the most stunningly beautiful countryside through Tyne and Wear, Cleveland and Durham. If you’re up for it, and want to push yourself to a place where your body’s never been, then please email:

Tom Cuthbertson –

Colin Charlton –

This years bike ride is helping to raise money for a Parachute Memorial at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.
For further details on Cuthy’s200 Bike ride, click HERE


Tyne Tri Club has a World Champion!

Congratulations to Harry Coates who won gold in the M20-24 category at the 2011 Extremadura ITU Cross Triathlon (the bike leg is cross-country on mountain bikes), in Spain on 29 April.

The event consisted of a 1000m open water swim, 20k mountain bike ride and a 6km run.

An article on Harry’s achievement featured in the Journal newspaper recently. You can read it HERE

After the beautiful weather of the last few weeks, there were hailstones and driving rain in Alnwick on Saturday when the course was being set up so finding race day only windy was a big relief.

In the men’s race Greg Chambers was 1st out the water with Tyne Tri’s Phil Aiston only 4 seconds behind,’s Alan Copland 7 sec further back and Alnwick Tri’s Jack Ferguson in 4th place 12 seconds back again.

Out onto the bike and if was set to change completely with Copland putting in the fastest bike leg of the day to take the lead with TRI’s John Barker just over a minute behind and Tri Northumberland Dave Barker a further minute back but closely followed by Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescues Daryl Oguana.

On the run Copland and John Barker consolidated the first 2 places but Oguana ran a 17min 12 sec 5k to overtake Dave Barker and take the 3rd spot.

In the Women’s race Becki Newman was 1st out of the swim, 35 sec ahead of Absolute Tri’s Emma Pearson and One Life’s Claire Jackson in 3rd. Newman faded to 4th on the bike with Jackson and TRI’s Joanna Reed passing her. Newman clawed one place back on the run but was unable to catch Jackson who held on to 2nd place.

Nearly one third of the field were first time triathletes so it was great to see them enjoying themselves and having thier own little battles to beat firends or other competitors around them.

The story of the day for me was Derek Drinnan winning the 70+ category. He is the oldest competitor we have ever had and he was supported the whole way round by spectators and marshals. This was his first triathlon and was persuaded to do the event by his son after Derek marshalled the event last year.

Tracey Sample
Organiser, Alnwick Triathlon 2011

Full results can be seen HERE