Junior Success at Brackley Triathlon

Our Juniors had a brilliant race at Brackley Junior Triathlon on Sunday 13th September. This triathlon was a longer distance than standard junior triathlons. The Tristar 2 race was a 200m swim, 4km bike and 1.8km run. In contrastthis is longer than a Just Racing Tristar 3 race and significantly longer than their Tristar 2 races which are only 150m, 2.4km bike and 1.2km run.

Beatrice Pauley was first girl overall in Tristar 2, Lucia Mosca was fifth girl and Lilly O'Dell seventh girl in the same race. Edward Cochrane was fifth boy in Tristar 2 and fifth overall. Livio Mosca had a great race in Tristar 1 and was sixth boy and sixth overall. They all performed exceptionally well and again, did the club proud.

Results are here.

Further information about the triathlon is here.



First Race= First Place, well done CC Hime!

Fifteen BRJ members took part in the second race of the Nicetri St Neots triathlon Series on Sunday 12th July. There were lots of good performances and placings overall. Notably Andy Darby was third in the Standard Race (1500m swim / 45km bike / 10km run), Gillian Peck was first in her age group and Bernice Curtis finished as the second woman home in Standard Race.

CC Hime (also known as Cecilia) competed in her first adult triathlon in the Sprint Race (750m swim / 23.9km bike / 5km run) and won first woman home! An amazing birthday performance especially beating her dad who came fourth. 

Great to see Andy fit and well again!

It was also great to see Andy fit and well again!

Three Generations Open Water Swim at Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Three generations of the same family took to the waters of Hinchingbrooke Country Park Lake the other week confirming the popularity of triathlons and open water swimming to all ages.


I spoke with Adam Boon and his son George about their open water swimming and the previous week when they had been joined by Adam's father Tim Boon, as they all swam together at the BRJ Run and Tri Open water training session in the main lake at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. Showing that open water swimming which is part of the clubs triathlon training session has a multi-generational appeal. Indeed it was typical of the BRJ group as a whole, as young and old shared the pleasure of open water swimming. Tim Boon was unable to make the swim when I visited but should be back in the coming weeks.


Last week was George's first open water swim. "It was harder this week" said 11 year old George, but he still enjoyed it. "It was choppy this week" added Adam. Last week when all three swam together it was calm and still and though it was about 13C both weeks in the water, 11 year old George felt it was colder last week.


Adam said they are hoping to all enter the Henley Mile event. "They have a junior half mile swim, and it would be great if we could all swim it together" said Adam " I have two brothers, it would be good to rope them in too. A big family swim."


For Adam it is the swimming that interests him the most and the chance to swim in open water in such a beautiful setting is quite rare. He did once swim the water leg of a triathlon as part of the team, but has no plans to compete in a triathlon whereas young George said he would really like to do a triathlon. I watched as they were out in the water for sometime swimming the clockwise course marked by red buoys. It was quite windy creating the choppy waves, and not making it the easiest swim ever. So, George certainly has the swim leg of any triathlon under his control.


Swimming is actually not permitted in the lake but BRJ Run and Tri have special permission to swim in the lake on Friday evenings throughout the summer months and as Adam said "it is all very professional, it's really well run."


Jackie Wren who is the Triathlon coordinator at BRJ said "We have a very good relationship with the Park Ranger and also with the Huntingdon Canoe Club, who give up their free time every Friday as an extra safety measure at our swim sessions."


"We would like to promote the fact that swimming and triathlon has no age barrier - young or old and would like to encourage some more veterans to join as well as a few more juniors." Said Jackie.


All three generations of the Boon family plan to be back again in future weeks to swim together again. Let hope the water warms up a bit though.


Nick Bradford


Our Junior Triathlon Champions

BRJ's junior triathletes had an outstanding weekend at the Duston triathlon in Northampton. Our juniors were competing against more than 350 young triathletes from all over the Eastern region and beyond. Your juniors got 5 top three places out of just 10 entrants with an amazing two juniors winning their age triathlon Championships.


Dominic Pauley and Jodie Elliott were both crowned Duston 2014 Triathlon Tri Start champions comfortably winning their age/gender categories. Dominic even said just moments after finishing “That was great, can I do another lap?” such was his enthusiasm for the event. Incredibly, both were competing in their first triathlons.


The three other podium performances were from Oliver Wood who again in his first Triathlon finished second against far more experienced triathletes. Speaking to him afterwards he said he thought he had more in the tank. As it was his first triathlon he wasn't sure how he would feel and so saved himself in the earlier stages and could of gone faster. Next time Oliver. Madeleine Todd and Lauren Elliott both finished third in their age categories.


There were also top 10 finishes for Beatrice Pauley (4th place), Daniel Moore (7th Place) and Emily Wake-Primett (8th place), Isabelle Moore finished 11th and Ed Cochrane came 25th rounding out a truly memorable day for the Huntingdon club. Bea just missed the third place spot by 4 seconds.


These fantastic results are all the more remarkable when you consider the junior running section has been running properly for less than a year and the junior triathlon section is even younger.


Our Juniors Coach Andy said “for me yesterday is why I coach. It was great to see them all doing so well and enjoying it.” One of the key things for the BRJ juniors is the great team spirit, with juniors cheering and encourage their team mates both before and after their own runs.


BRJ's triathlon future looks to be bright with such a good crop of young athletes both enjoying the event and performing so well.

Open Water Swimming starting soon!

The open water swim sessions are scheduled to start on Friday 25th April (providing the water temperature is ok).

If you want to take part in the open water swim sessions then you MUST be a member of BRJ Run & Tri. Non-members are NOT permitted to swim.

We have a very good relationship with the Park Ranger and also with the Huntingdon Canoe Club , who give up their free time every Friday as an extra safety measure at our swim sessions.

All members must have read AND SIGNED the open water code of conduct. Please complete one of these forms and bring it along to your first open water session. Spare copies will be available at the lake if you forget!

The swim sessions rely on a number of volunteers to make the event safe (signing in/out, a watcher on dry land etc). In order to spread the load we would like you to volunteer to assist please. If everyone did one night then I think that should cover the whole season, so it is not a regular commitment. I have volunteers for the first session but if you could please e-mail Jackie Wren the dates that you are able to help out then we can start populating the rota. Please note that if you volunteer and then you can't make it, it will be your responsibility to find a replacement volunteer.

Junior members are allowed to swim at these sessions provided they are accompanied at ALL TIMES by a parent/guardian or a BRJ coach. Please note that parents/guardians must also be BRJ members and competent swimmers. All code of conduct rules apply to juniors, juniors MUST wear a wetsuit if entering the water, even to paddle!

If any juniors do not have a parent/guardian who can swim with them and they would like a BRJ coach to be their responsible adult, please can they contact Andy Matson ahead of each session so he knows how many juniors to expect.

We are very keen to encourage our junior members to take part in the open water swim sessions so if you are able to assist Andy, and be willing to take some of the juniors please can you let Andy and Jackie know. If we aim to get the juniors in the water at the start of the session it will still allow the helpers plenty of time to do their own swim after they have accompanied the juniors.

Please note only qualified BRJ coaches will be allowed to take more than one junior out at a time. Parent/guardian to child ratio remains 1:1 for non qualified coaches.

Lastly please remember you are  NOT allowed to enter the water until the senior responsible adult in charge of the open water swim session has confirmed it is safe, and ok for you to do so - thank you.

The sessions start at 18:00 and you must be out of the water by 19:30. People usually get to the lake around 17:45 as it takes time to get change and register etc. Please note there are no changing facilities or toilets at the lake.

We hope this covers everything but if you have any questions or would like further information please feel free to contact either Jackie Wren, Rachel Real or Claire Schmidt.

Kind Regards and happy swimming :-)

Club News

Road Running
Bedford Parkrun 5k Debut at this venue for both Jackie Wren & Phil Pearsons who also both secured runner-up spots in their respective age categories
Cambridge Parkrun 5k In this event, Sue Yendley was runner-up in her age category and 2 Parkrun milestones were also reached. Namely, Keith Simmons completing event # 25, whilst Julie Holmes reached Parkrun # 50!
Gorlestone Cliffs Parkrun 5k Linda Crookbecame the first BRJ'er to participate in the Gorlestone Cliffs Parkrun. The course runs up & down the cliff's and on the day the temperature was around 27 degree heat, the location allowed Linda and the other participants to cool down in the sea afterwards.
Riverside Runners 10k 14 of our members competed in this "one-off" event to celebrate 25 years since the formation of the Riverside Runners (St Neots) Club. The tough course and the extreme heat meant that no PB's were achieved today, although Gillian Peck secured 1st in her age Catogery. Anna Kay and Mark Dickinsonchoose this event to complete their debut club runs whilst for Beth Falkner this was her first Club 10k.

Milton Keynes Olympic Distance Frank Holmes was the sole BRJ participant and despite the heat secured a PB over this distance by more than 20 mins.

Martin Doig Guesstimate will be held on August 23rd at Hinchinbrooke School. Register from 6pm with juniors at 6.30 and seniors at 7pm

Club Duathlon
Information and entries now open for the inaugural BRJ Run and Tri Duathlon. 

Club BBQ Sat Sept 8th Tickets from Nikki Webber or Mel Fowler

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