Race Report 2014

The inaugural Havenpoint Triathlon took place on Sunday 10th August at South Shields. The main topic of conversation during the set up on Saturday evening in glorious sunshine was, “Would tropical storm Bertha arrive during the race or would we be lucky?”

Race day arrived and the weather was calm and overcast as the first members of the organising team were on site at 04:30 hrs, swiftly followed by a small army of helpers, friends and family, without their help this race and every other event on the sporting calendar would not take place.

285 competitors registered for the event which consisted of a 400 metre pool swim, followed by 3 lap 20 km bike on closed roads, then finishing off with a 5km run along the South Shield sea front taking in the newly refurbished promenade.
Although the event clashed with the National Championships at Liverpool it still attracted a competitive field and refreshingly a large number of “first timers”

The early starters entered the water at 7 a.m and enjoyed the best of the conditions, a gentle southerly breeze, one of the early numbers, junior Zak Logue set a blistering swim time of 4;44 that no other competitor would get near to.

The rest of the competitors would follow at 30 second intervals.

The mens race would see the expected favourites set the early pace Daryl Oguana, Craig Hamilton ( Scottish Fire Service) Dave Turnbull ( Ne31) Paul Head (Sun City) and Michael Morris.

Even though the wind really started to pick up for the later starters ensuring they would have to work hard on the outward leg but enjoy the strong tailwind back to Havenpoint. It was during the bike leg that Daryl distanced himself from the rest of the field with the fastest bike split of the day 31:32. The others were now scrapping it out for the minor places. Michael Morris left himself with too much to claw back after the swim. the top six completed the race under the hour and were rewarded with a SUB HOUR T shirt, no mean feat given the blustery conditions.

The ladies race was lead from the off by the pre race favourite , Nat Batey, she never lost the lead and finished in a superb time of 1:03:20 to take the ladies race, the only competitor to get close was her younger sister Jen.

Other notable performances on the day for very different reasons, for completing the run in the fastest time of the day was veteran Michael Morris 16:20 and our new triathletes who arrived nervous and full of trepidation but completed the event, hopefully the first of many, with big smiles on their faces.

The added bonus for many of the triathletes entering Havenpoint Triathlon is the now famous fire service post race buffet, and most of the field stayed to enjoy this courtesy of the Sandwhich Tree while the raffle prizes were drawn and and race results announced. The measure of a good buffet is how much is left at the end, and in keeping with previous events only Nacho crumbs were left for the late arriving organisers!! You are all obviously embracing the healthy lifestyle as the bar didn’t sell many cans of beer!

Thank you to the many who have posted really positive comments on social media regarding the event, they make all the hard work and planning worthwhile.

The bike raffle winners were;

  1. Roy Jordan- Tyne &Wear Fire & Rescue – Scott Aspect MTB
  2. Steve Andrews – Fixie bike
  3. Scott Fawcett – Sun City Tri – Fixie Bike

A total of £1550 was raised for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, in memory of too many friends and colleagues who have succumbed to the illness and thanks from the survivors who are still with us.

Special thanks must go to South Tyneside Council, our main race sponsors A1 Multisport, A Douglas Contruction Scott Bikes, All the marshals and volunteers you know who you are but there are too many to mention individually.

And all the local business, shops restaurants, pubs, Fairgrounds who donated raffle prizes.

And to the local residents of South Shields who allowed us to race on closed roads.

Race Organising committee : Ed Cooper, Dave Linsley, Daryl Oguana, Jamie Brady, Sam Nicholson, Mick Golightly, Carl Latimer, Paul Hopkins, Nat Batey and Bryn Hanson.

For full results visit Haven Point Triathlon 2014 Results.

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Official Results 2014

Please find attached the official results for Haven Point Triathlon 2014.

Once again, congratulations to everyone who took part, and congratulations to our male and female winners, Daryl Oguona and Natalie Batey.

Furthermore, congratulations to the following category podiums;

  • Female Junior
    1. Kate Malcolm
    2. Faye Wilson
  • Female Open
    1. Natalie Batey
    2. Jennifer Batey
    3. Caroline Rochester
  • Female Vet
    1. Melanie Haughan
    2. Vicky Miller
    3. Deb Peters
  • Female Super Vet
    1. Kate Blakey
    2. Marie Louise Drozdowicz
    3. Dawn Elliott
  • Female Vintage
    1. Sue Barnes
  • Male Junior
    1. Zak Logue
    2. Keaton Mackel
    3. Andrew Robertson
  • Male Open
    1. Daryl Oguona
    2. David Turnbull
    3. Craig Hamilton
  • Male Vet
    1. Micheal Morris
    2. Paul Robson
    3. Hedley Fletcher
  • Male Super Vet
    1. David Stevens
    2. Ken Brown
    3. Brian Shiel
  • Male Vintage
    1. Eric Blakie
    2. Keith Elliott
    3. John Wannop
  • Male Super Vintage
    1. Don Shotton

See you all next year?!

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Event Feedback & Thanks

We’ve had some great feedback from the weekends race and the whole team are really proud with how the day went. The whole team owes a special thanks to Eddie Cooper, the race organiser, who has put so much time and effort into the planning and running of the race, and to all of our sponsors. The full race report will follow soon with photos and finalised results, but in the meantime, here are a few comments from participants;

Just a quick thank you regarding today’s event , really well organised and great venue and course.

Hi everyone!! Absolutely brilliant event today. Definitely one to be repeated!

Can I just say what an amazing time I had this morning . Never done a triathlon until this morning and I was terrified !! But it was so well organised , a big thanks to you and your team for organising and all the volunteers who were there helping it was fantastic , even the stern guy in the pool wasn’t too bad !!!!

Just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for such a well organised and enjoyable event. We only had three participants from Ponteland Tri today but I will certainly promote the event in the club for next year as it was really enjoyable. Great to have the advantage of closed roads, and a free buffet included, excellent. If it’s possible to pass on our thanks to all your volunteers please do as everyone was helpful and very friendly.

I just wanted to send an email to say what a brill time I had on Sunday – last year was my first ever Tri, this year my fourth, and it was such a great day – the organisation, all the marshalls, who will have sore hands from encouraging everyone, the venue was totally superb, the legendary buffet, and to top it off, I got a pb which I was over the blooming moon with!
Thanks so much for all your hard work – can guarantee I will be back next year, and hopefully bring some more people from One Life with us!

I just wanted to thank you and the team for the fantastically run event on Sunday. this was my first race and I loved every second. From an organisational prospective, it was flawless. at no point was I left confused as to where to be or what to do. I hope that every race I do in the future is as well ran. I think the triathlon family would rapidly grow if every event were the same as Sundays. Once again from myself and I’m sure the coalfields race team, thank you very much’

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Give it a “Tri” for Sir Bobby

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is proud to reveal a new triathlon to be held on 10 August 2014 at Haven Point, South Shields.

This Triathlon is in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which helps find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer and directly benefits patients in the North East and Cumbria.

The event is being supported by South Tyneside Council and is being sponsored by the Triacademy, The Sandwich Tree, Sunderland and A1 Multi-Sport who is kindly donating bikes and other raffle prizes.

They have an additional sponsor – A.Douglas Construction Ltd of Chapel Park who is kindly donating two bikes to raffle also.
They have an additional sponsor – A.Douglas Construction Ltd of Chapel Park who is kindly donating two bikes to raffle also.

From 7am, over 300 competitors will set off every 30 seconds to compete the 400m swim at Haven Point’s brand new swimming pool followed by a 20km cycle on closed roads then a 5km run.

Haven Point is the perfect place to view the race and there will be a buffet and presentation afterwards at the venue.

Crew Manager Ed Cooper, Event Organiser said: “I am sure the new Triathlon will carry on from the success enjoyed by many triathletes who competed in the Hebburn Triathlon over the past 13 years.

“This year, the competitors will have the bonus of running on the beautiful coast road of South Shields, passing the recently refurbished new Little Haven promenade and Gypsies Green, finishing on the beach.”

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader at South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event at Haven Point, our wonderful new swimming pool and leisure complex and on our award-winning seafront. I’m sure all those who come along, as competitors or spectators, will have a great time.

“The event will help to raise vital funds for such a very worthy cause, and will inspire more people to get involved in physical activity. It will also help to draw more visitors to our stunning coastline while building on our excellent reputation for holding first class events.”

Pauline Buglass from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said: “This new triathlon sounds fantastic and we have no doubts it will be a great success.

“We were very pleased to hear we’d been chosen to benefit from this event and the money raised will help continue the work Sir Bobby started when he launched this charity.

“Thanks to events like this, we’ve now raised more than £7 million to help people in our region faced with cancer.  We’re grateful to everyone involved and wish all the competitors the very best of luck.”

If you would like to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go to https://www.justgiving.com/twfrstri/

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