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There were 32 teams in action at Sunday’s Cleveland Triathlon Relays – the last triathlon event in the North East of 2011. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the wind and rain and it really was a great day of racing.

Congratulations to the team from NE31 Tri Club, ‘Team Hurricane’ winners of the event overall.

Full results can be seen HERE

Durham Triathlon Club has been awarded ‘Sports Club of The Year’ for Durham and Chester-Le-Street CSN Sport and Physical Activity Awards 2011.

The awards ceremony was held at the Emirates Stadium in Chester-Le-Street (Durham County Cricket Club), where Allan Seheult collected the award on behalf of the club.

The club was nominated for its transformation in the last three years, its success in UK and international age group championships, and most importantly, their success in attracting new members to achieve their challenging goals in the sport.

CDS (County Durham Sport) is one of 49 county sports partnerships nationally, funded by Sport England and the department of health and other local partners. Their goal is to encourage more local people to take part in sport and physical activity, by supporting all sports in the county.

Durham Tri won the award from competition against football, rugby, cricket and cycling to name a few sports.

As local winner, the club is automatically entered in to compete for the county title. All county winners will be announced at the Durham Sport Partnerships annual awards dinner on 13 October at the Ramside Hall Hotel.

For further information on the CDS, visit:

The ITV drama ‘Vera’ with Brenda Bletheyn, filming in Newcastle and around Northumberland at the minute. The next episode their filming in September/October involves the murder of a character who regularly goes wild swimming in the area. They have the main actors but are looking for a few swimmers to be extra’s for a day or two and also shooting some scenes in a health club and may need a few strong swimmers for that too.

At the moment there is no further information about location, exact dates, duration etc but expect within an hour of Newcastle, and there will probably be a few takes, so bring hot drinks, water and warm clothing – water temperatures will be 12-15 degrees where you will be swimming. You will also be paid – £75 for around 10 hours of work.

If you are interested, please contact Penny at They are looking for around 10-15 extra’s.

A very sad message from Donna James

A notice for all those who knew Rob Addyman, friend, modest yet great triathlete, and all round nice bloke: I have been asked by his wife Jo to share with the triathlon community the very sad news of his death this last Monday. I last saw him swimming hard (as usual with style and very fast) in Thirsk pool on Thursday. Rob was 41.

The funeral is Friday 30th Sept at Harrogate Crematorium at 3.40 and after at the Woodlands Hotel. All welcome but please contact Donna James ( so she can give Jo an idea of numbers.

– On behalf of Tri Northern Pulse, our thoughts go out to Rob’s family and friends.

A message from Philip Addyman

Just to let you know of an truly awesome result from a member of Ryton Tri, who is perhaps too modest (or too tired to write in himself!)
Gareth Huxley finished an incredible 13th in the Challenge Henley Ironman event in a time of 9:47:04!!!!
Ahead of him were 10 Pros, and just 2 other age groupers.
His supporters at Ryton Tri knew he was in good form after his third place overall at Helvellyn just two weeks ago, but this result is something else!
Well done Gareth!
Seasoned campaigner, Ian Maddison, also from Ryton Tri recorded a PB after his 8th attempt at this distance of 11:22:33

Charity Duathlon – Prissick Base (Saturday, 1 October)

A 300 mile cycle ride across California raising more than £6000 for Marie Curie is looming ever closer for Vicky Fawcett and Andrea Hogg, Sports Development workers and triathletes with Stockton Borough Council.

The duo will set off in October for the five-day Yosemite to San Francisco ride that will see them undertake 73miles in just one day! Andrea and Vicky have been overwhelmed by the support and donations they have already recieved from friends, family and colleagues.

They have just a few weeks left to raise the last of the £3200 each that they are committed to raise  through the event. Vicky said: “We chose to raise money for Marie Curie because so many people are effected by different types of cancer and we’ve heard some amazing stories about how Marie Curie has helped them and their families.

“Raising money has been extremely hard work doing a variety of activities from bag packing in supermarkets to pool parties, trail runs and boot camp sessions. But once we’ve done the cycle challenge we’ll have raised more than £6000 for the charity and that will be fantastic! People have been overwhelmingly supportive and generous”.

This duathlon event is to help raise more money for Marie Curie and is also  great for people who are new to the sport and fancy ‘giving it a go’ or if you want a ‘brick session’ for you elites! For more details and to enter, please visit: Prizes will be given and donated by Godley’s Cycles.


A race video from the Stockton Tri Festival on 21 August has now been finalised and is now online.

Can you spot yourself?

The video can be seen HERE

The second half of the series points scores for this years North East triathlon grand prix are now in. The races featured are from the Castles Challenge Tri on 17 July, through to the final tri of the season at Newbiggin on 11 September. All athletes are asked to look at the results and check to see if their names are correct, they are listed in the correct age group, club and if they can clarify if they are a BTF member.

Athletes have until 30 September to make sure all information is correct before the final scores and prize winners etc can be released. If you do notice any errors, please contact Tony Prince at:

Provisional results can be seen HERE

There are new items which have been added to the ‘For Sale/Wanted page…

A message from Tri Northumberland
We are proud to announce Sunday 30th October as the date for QE2 `Woodhorn Museum` Duathlon…
Woodhorn Museum will be the venue for the QE2 `Woodhorn Museum`Duathlon. This is the same venue that we use for the very popular QE2 Triathlon and Challenge swim events. The QE2 Country Park boasts a 16 hectare lake surrounded by developing woodland and and open grasslands.
The Country Park is approximately 14miles North of Newcastle Upon Tyne and 1 mile North of Ashington and this is our `Home` for open water swim & Run training in the summer months.
Both runs in the duathlon (6k – 2laps, 3k 1lap) will be on the footpath that winds it way through the Museum then onto the QE2 country park. The run passes the Start/Finish at the Museum, making this ideal for spectators to cheer everyone on to a great finish with a big smile.
The 24km ,`undulating` bike route will take you out towards Widdrington Village, before sweeping onto the coast road near Druridge bay and then along to Cresswell village with some breathtaking views along the coast line. The QE2 `Woodhorn Museum` Duathlon is an ideal race distance and multi sport event for all abilities.
Postal entries only – Entry forms are available at