Club Race Series 2018


Each year Stafford Triathlon Club set out a selection of races that form the club’s race series which give a focal point for members and create a great atmosphere on race day!

To qualify for the series you must take part in at least three of the races. If you take part in more races only your best three scores count. The club endeavours to create a series to suit all levels, distances etc, which is no easy task, but hope as many members as possible are catered for. If you do intend to take part you are encouraged to enter these events as soon as possible. Many of these races fill up surprisingly quickly!

Scores will be calculated throughout the series and presentations will be made the successful triathletes at the end of the season – Good Luck!

2018 – Club Race Series:

1. 25th  March 2018 – East Leake Sprint Triathlon (Pool swim): More Info

2. 29th April 2018Ironman 70.3 Marbella More Info

3. 29th  April (TBC) –  BRAT Sprint Triathlon (Pool swim): More Info 

4. 20th May 2018 – Southport (All distances) (open water): More Info

  • This is a GB Age Group Team Qualifier for the ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships

5. 20th May 2018 – OUTLAW Half (Middle distance) (Open water swim): More Info

6. June 10th 2018 – IRONMAN Staffs 70.3 (Middle) (Open water swim): More Info

7. 23rd June 2018  Cholmondeley Castle All distances (Open water swim):More Info
There are also a Child/Youth events on the same weekend offering a chance for all of our club members to find an event to suit them.

  • Junior (13-15 yrs) – 300m/8km/4km 15:00hrs
  • Children (11-12 yrs) – 200m/4km/2km 15.15hrs
  • Children (8-10 yrs) – 100m/4km/1.3km15:30hrs

8. 22nd July 2018 – Bosworth Water All distances (Open water swim): More Info
Please note there is also a children’s/youth open water aquathlon held over the same weekend – the swim takes place around buoys in the lake followed by a run in full sight of the lakeside.

9. 5th August 2018  BRAT Sprint and Standard Triathlons (Open water swim): More Info

10. 2nd September 2018 – Shrewsbury Sprint Triathlon (Open water – river swim): More Info

11. 10th September 2018 – Derby Sprint Triathlon  (Pool swim): More Info

12. 16th September 2018  – Shropshire Triathlon All Distances  (Pool swim): More Info

2016 Club Award Winners

A magnificent well done to all our 2016 award winners.

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Prizes dished out last Saturday were…

Most improved
Male Simon Warwick
Female Katy Sigley


Fastest TT
Male Mark Reg Charles & Martin Tolley
Female Emily Doris Meakin


Race Series Winners

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1st male Vet Matthew Harte
1st female vet Clair Turner

1st place
Male James Fox
Female Kelly Bate

2nd place
Male Mark Charles
Female Kate Waterhouse

3rd place
Male Simon Warwick
Female Clair Turner

Top Dog

Simon Warwick

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Junior awards competitors in Tri star 1
Erin Ridgeway
Scarlets Williams
Jolie Andrews

Tri star 2 competitors
Sydney Williams
Emmaline Grace
Maddie Hammond

Tri star 3 competitors
Christian Rowe
Youth Competitor
Luke Dewhurst.

IM Bolton 2015

Keith Sherratt – Ironman Bolton 2015

RACE REPORT: Ironman UK (Bolton): Here’s a report from the weekend and thought it would be useful for those contemplating this event or (like me) were wondering how the UK Ironman event compared to the Outlaw triathlon.

Swim: My family and I arrived at Pennington Flash at about 5am in the persistent rain. Unfortunately the day before at bike check-in they’d stopped giving out the bike covers as the strong wind was blowing the covered bikes about (cover acting like a kite) and so I checked over a very wet bike and noted that my wife’s homemade flapjack was a bit mushy (left in my top-tube bag overnight) – oh well, bit of extra hydration. The swim had a new “rolling” start, so you line up next to your predicted finish time in a long line of athletes (exactly like Stafford half marathon). You pass over a timing sensor just before you enter the water and you start swimming next to people of a similar speed and there’s less of the washing machine experience as people fight for position; in truth it worked very well. Not quite the adrenaline-rush of a mass start, but I think it’s a good improvement. The other thing about this swim was that it is 2 loops with an exit and re-entry between, so you jog past cheering supporters half was through – really added to the excitement. My background is competitive swimming so my main challenge in the swim is NOT to race and to save as much energy as possible for the two things that I’m not so good at (i.e. bike & run). Given I was expecting a tough day my plan was to force myself to aim for 1:10 and I came in at 1:06 so sort of not bad.

Bike: Into T1 which resembled a sauna room with a haze of steam coming from fellow competitors. Onto my bike kit and out to collect my bike in what was a now very heavy rain. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as I went out onto the bike course in a torrential downpour; I was just glad I’d put on an extra cycling jersey and a waterproof gilet. The bike course is far hillier than the Outlaw, but not stupidly hilly. There are some long and steep bits, but on the whole it’s what you’d call rolling. It took me 7:52, so about 1:30 longer than the Outlaw (which is pretty flat), and if it hadn’t been so windy, probably about an hour extra. The main thing about the bike course is that the support on the climbs is truly exceptional!!! I felt like I was riding in the Tour De France at times; other than the finish line, the support on the bike course was my stand out moment. It actually bought a tear to my eye at one point; just overcome with just how much enthusiastic support was directed at me by total strangers – some in fancy dress; the locals really get behind the event.

Run: So off my bike and feeling very tired I have to say. However, I now knew I’d finish (my one and only goal for the day) as I had enough time left to walk the marathon. I jogged out of T2 and onto the course. For the first 8 miles I was going really well and on for a 4:20 marathon, but once onto the loop part of the course the hills were back and by mile 10 I was empty – so a slow slog to the finish. The course loops (3 of these to do) take you in and out of Bolton town centre where, like the bike climbs, the support was just incredible! I mean really, outstandingly incredible!! Eventually, 14 hrs and 41 minutes after I entered the water I crossed the finish line. Over two hours slower than the Outlaw and with my body in pieces, but I couldn’t have cared less because crossing that finish line is the biggest “hit” you’ll ever have – a feeling of elation words cannot do justice to.

Overall: Ironman do an exceptionally good and professional job, yes there were some issues (shuttle transport and also not enough toilets on the course), but on the whole incredibly well organised. However, what sets this event apart for me was the support out on the course – just brilliant. If you haven’t done this event then I would highly recommend it, it’s not an easy course (Ironman rate it as Medium-to-Hard), but it’s well worth it.














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