Club update and training plans – Saturday 1st October 2016

Happy October Everyone!!!


Well it’s officially autumn because the Berinsfield lake has closed open water swimming for the year (Unless you are a true nutter and want to join their winter Cold Water Swim Squad!) and Tri season is over … !!!

But we still have the Oxford Half and the Abingdon Marathon and the Santa Sprint to look forward too!!


Congratulations Steve B, Dave R and Sean at the Carterton Triathlon last weekend. Sean smashed his first ever Sprint Tri and both Dave and Steve were amazing in the Olympic Distance…. with Steve coming 2nd in age group and Dave coming 5th in his!

Congratulations to Jo, Steve and Ella P in the Witney club swimming championships.  Steve is still competing this weekend – so good luck and can’t wait to see the results!

Talking of pool swimming – it is that time of year to head back to the swimming pool – thank you Steve for sending the email about the Witney Masters. (email Steve B for more info on this)…

I would also like to suggest we start a weekly jaunt to one of the ‘Better’ pools – for lane swimming.. it is much more fun going with others!!   Can I suggest the 8.30 – 9.30pm Sunday evening slot at Witney pool again this year? (alternatively there is a morning slot from 8am on Sundays?) – I’d like to start going again each week – so please do let me know your preferences!



Dates for Your Diaries:


October 9th: Oxford Half.  There is still space available in Steve’s Bongo (the Trihard bus!) and don’t forget to book yourself on the park and Ride bus if you haven’t already!


October 23rd Abingdon Marathon – If you’re not competing.. then why not join me in the Market Square for a coffee to whoop the Trihards through!? – If it’s a sunny morning I may even cycle there?!


November 18th. Awards night and end of season Party!  Standlake (Oxford Downs) Cricket clubhouse. 6.30pm. Families welcome!



Thank you to our amazing website developers… Andy Goff and Graeme Coates and Jon Hardy!  They are making fantastic progress on the new look website .. which will be ready in the next month or so.. so watch this space!  IN the meantime please do check out the old website which is still in operation!!!  Steve has put a calendar on the front page so you can keep up to date with training and events! (Training plans are on the forum as usual)

IN addition, the training plans for the week ahead are at the end of this email – so hope to see you all soon!


Trihards – Google Sites

Founded in 2013 after a bit too much jungle juice, here we are! A Triathlon Club based in the the villages of Standlake and Northmoor, West Oxfordshire…


Finally, the article of the week comes to help lure you back to the Leisure Centre pool!:

Mix It Up In The Pool To Stay Motivated

If you want to stay motivated in the pool this winter then it might be time to try and mix up your training


Training Plans

Saturday 1st October
RUN – Meet Standlake postoffice 7am for a 1 hour run…”The Northmoor loop” – 6mile run

Sunday 2nd October 
Lane swimming at the Witney Better Pool! 8.30pm Email the group for lift sharing

Evening Run.  Meet 7.30pm at the postoffice 

Tuesday – Thursday.  Head torch runs with Celina.  Meet 5.15am at the end of Lancott lane. 

Wednesday : 
Morning bike/run with interval training!.  Cycle to Yelford Bench and meet 9.30am. Run  intervals on the Cote Mile. Cycle home the long way over Mount Owen! 

Circuits. 6.30 – 7.30 pm Standlake Village Hall.  Entry £1



Club update and training plans – Saturday 24th September 2016

Firstly, welcome Catherine and Laura to the TriHard weekly mailing. Ladies, please take a look through the email and find training plans at the end.. it’d be great to see you at any of our training sessions!

Well done Sarah Bright, Tilly Hardy and Anna Cleland in the Race for life ‘Pretty Muddy’ last weekend! 5km of muddy obstacles – sounded like a great day.. one for the TriHard calendar next year!
THOUSANDS of women slapped on their war paint and braved a sea of mud as they came together to help beat cancer.


Good luck Steve Bright and Dave Rivers at the Carterton Triathlon this weekend (25th) – they are both doing olympic distance.. but Sprint distance also available! Any one else doing it??? Hope you both fly the TriHard Colours with pride and have a fab morning!

Cricket club quiz Friday October 21st

Only four people per team – Jon has booked one TriHard table and it’s already full! So I am waiting to see if I can get at least one more table – so please do express your interest here! Or come along on the night anyway and support the team and have a drink.. I shall be there (serving behind the bar no doubt!!!)

The TriHard End of Season Awards Party

It’s confirmed! The party will be On:
Friday 18th November


Standlake (Oxford Downs) Cricket Club, Abingdon Road, Standlake.

Please bring a plate of nibbles to share. Bar will be open from 6.30

Children welcome.

At the party we shall be celebrating the years achievements with the usual awards! We shall be welcoming all out newest TriHards who have joined this year (so please do all come along).

There will be TriHard Hoodies to buy (ready for Christmas)

And TriHard kit to order for 2017. (There will be some kit o the night for you to try for size)

We will also be perusing the events for 2017 as well as basking in a film of pictures that celebrate events this year:

Please email any photos you have to Ella or to Celina Viner.

My Article this week is a quick tip!:

Not many people love a brick session, but there are things that you can do to help make them better.

Finally, We had the committee meeting this week!!! And there are plans to update the website for next year.. making it more user-friendly and with an interactive calendar that we can use it to plan cycles, swims and runs!.. So Watch this space!

We also discussed Christmas events that will include:

The Oxford Santa Run (Date to be published soon)

Christmas eve family run with drinks afterwards

New Years Day swim – to get 2017 off to a good start!

Take care all and hope to see you at Circuits tonight (6.30 in Standlake Village Hall)

Please do check out the training plans below.. there’s loads of fun to be had!

Training Plans
Saturday 24th September

RUN – Meet Standlake postoffice 7am for a 1 hour run… OR for a 1 hour POWER WALK.

Sunday 25th July

OPEN WATER SWIMMING!!! The Queensford Lake at Berinsfield This is the last of the year!!… Or at the Lake at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club! email the group for lift sharing.

Monday 26th September
Evening Run. Meet 7.30pm at the postoffice

Tuesday – Thursday
Head torch runs with Celina. Meet 5.15am at the end of Lancott lane.

Morning bike/run with interval training!. Cycle to Yelford Bench and meet 9.30am. Run intervals on the Cote Mile. Cycle home the long way over Mount Owen!

Circuits. 6.30 – 7.30 pm Standlake Village Hall. Entry £1