On 06 September 2015 In Triathlon News

Triathlon Club Relays 2015 - Report

The Triathlon Club Relays took place in late August. As well as competing both days, our roving reporter Pete Matthews was on hand to write a report.


Saturday proceedings saw a continuation of the relays traditional format with all team members completing the swim before moving on to the bike and run phases in succession. Although Holme Pierrepont is a notoriously breezy venue the forecasted storms held off and temperatures soared to over 30 degrees. Such conditions inevitably led to some 'interesting' tan lines and pink patches for some unsuspecting members of the team.

The day's events unfolded largely without drama, which can be largely attributed to the fantastic captaining skills of Chris Ashford and Sam Rose. However, the relays would not be the relays without the usual frantic scrambling to find ones teammate in transition, various kit-related dilemmas and the mission impossible quest to establish team positions in amongst the absolute carnage of it all.  

The morning saw an accumulation of fantastic team performances across all categories that continued into the afternoon. Where there was BRAT representation medals followed, with a notable Gold for the Ladies A team in the club competition.  Some individuals also showed commendable fitness and dedication by competing in both morning and afternoon events, although they shan't be named as their sanity may now be slightly questionable!

A fantastic time was had by all, rounded off with plenty of free beer, here's to more continued success in 2016.


Sundays event saw a revamp to the traditional format to match that seen at the elite level.

In the morning, each team member completes a mini triathlon (250m/ 5km/ 1.5km) before handing over the next member. After all four members have completed the team is given a time. The top ten teams in each category are then started in reverse order (slowest first) at 30 second intervals in a team time trial format to complete a triathlon (500m/10km/3km). The team time is then taken from the last person over the line.

BRAT entered two teams into this format; one in the women's (Becky Hair, Marie Voice, Beccy Tipping, Hannah Brookes) and one into the open (Pete Matthews, Sam Rose, Chris Ashford,  Karl Welbourne).

Both teams performed admirably with the women's team finishing second in their category in 1:23:18 and the open team finishing fourth in 1:17:24.

With both teams qualifying to the afternoon, thoughts wondered to the possibility of tactics with the possibility of drafting (within your team) on the bike. Various plans were developed

The open team started ahead of the women's and a plan for Sam to swim ahead with the rest of the team re-grouping on the ride was devised . Karl was able to catch Sam and offered her some assistance on the bike with Chris dragging Pete around. The two pairs never caught each as planned so it was onto the 2x1.5km laps where the pairs reunited just before the finish line.  

A similar tactic was planned for the women's team, with all team members rallying around each other  to offer support and encouragement when needed. This saw them pull four minutes ahead of the third place team and finish two minutes behind the overall winner who qualified with a time four minutes quicker.

Overall this proved to be a very fast and intense format  and one that I feel will prove to very popular in the coming years. 

Award Summary:


Women's A Team - 1st Women's Senior
Mixed A Team - 2nd Open
BRAT BOYS - 3rd Men's Vet 40
RULE BRAT-ANNIA - 3rd Men's V50


Cool Everything - 3rd Open Team Time Trial Format
Cool Runnings - 2nd Female Team Time Trial


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