However you wish to measure success I think it’s safe to say that 2018 proved to be another successful year for Bayside Tri Club. Many of you will know that the Club formed in January 2014 but what you probably don’t know is that when the committee got together for the very first time we thought that it’d be great if we could 50 members in each of the first three years. After that we’d hope to still be in existence but didn’t really have any plans post that. Roll on 5 years and we’ve had in excess of 90 members each year, with membership in 2018 reaching 97. Without giving exact figures (they’ll be available at the AGM) our bank balance is healthy and the strongest it’s been for a couple of years. This gives us a sustainable base and the potential to grow.
SWIM: We’ve changed the swim session from a Friday to a Thursday and reduced the session from two hours to an hour and a half, all proving a positive success. Numbers always drift off during the summer months but we’ve managed to tick over and keep the sessions going. With three lanes available there’s always something for everyone. Thank you to Erika and her team of coaches for Thursday evenings. Always positive comments on Facebook following these sessions.
BIKE: Spin classes continue on a Tuesday evening and it’d be great if we could get a few more to attend. The feedback on the spin class is positive and I think the instructor now understands that you triathletes are slightly different to your average gym goer! We probably haven’t had as many club/social rides as I would’ve liked but it’s understandable with the varied training, family & work commitments of our cycle leaders. Please use our facebook group page to post if you’re heading out for a ride, there’s a fair chance that someone else is thinking the same and would welcome the company.
RUN: Running has been a bit hit and miss and I know that John Blake has worked incredibly hard (supported by Lou and Mike) to try and ensure that the Club caters for members that aren’t part of a local running club. Plans for 2019 are being finalised and we hope that these fit in with what you are after, they include monthly Park Run tourism and Alver Valley runs. As with cycling, if you are heading out on a run and fancy some company post it on the Facebook group.
Club Awards 2018: I’ve always strongly believed in the Club’s ethos of ‘Friendship, Endeavour & Commitment’ and it’s no mistake that these three simple words feature on our club kit. I believe that you, the members, embrace this ethos each time you train & race. We have such a great mix of abilities, from complete novices, those getting back into multi-discipline sport, seasoned triathletes through to GB Age Group athletes, each of you supporting, encouraging and inspiring your club mates. This year we decided to hold a Club Awards evening to celebrate all that is great about our Club. An event that I hope will become an annual occurrence.
Congratulations to all the winners:
Members Triathlete of the Year (as voted for by you): Mark Millard
Outstanding Achievement Award (as voted for by the committee): Mark Millard
Swim Captain’s Award: Dan Roiz De Sa
Cycle Captain’s Award: Howard Stinton
Run Captain’s Award: Kate Stubbings
Chairman’s Award: Amanda Crofts
Club Website: This year we revamped the Club website, recognising that it had become a bit stale and dated. Thanks to Paul Jeram for his efforts on this, I think you’ll all agree that the new site looks a lot better. It does rely on content to be kept current though so if you have any photos / articles / things to share please do pass them on.
GOTRI Events: With 2 more GOTRI races hosted by the Club we continue to provide an accessible intro into our sport. Simple and cheap to organise these events help to raise the profile of the Club, raise some funds and result in a few new members joining the Club. The most common questions I get at the end of our GOTRI’s is ‘when is the next one’, ‘can you make the next one longer’ and ‘can my children get involved’. So in 2019 we’ll be hosting another GOTRI series with an Aquathlon, Triathlon and Duathlon as a minimum. We’re also working hard to get a junior (10 – 15yr olds) aquathlon approved by British Triathlon.
Stokes Bay Junior Park Run: Thanks to your generosity we were able to support the team responsible for organising the Stokes Bay Junior Park Run with a cheque. This went towards some storage facilities and extra equipment. These kids are the future of our sport so it was a privilege to be there and cheer them all on.
Dame Kelly Homes: In July we were lucky enough to meet and run with Dame Kelly Holmes, a true ambassador for running and the benefits of sport on mental health. We did invite her to the Bayside Autumn Duathlon 2018 (even offering free entry) however despite initial interest we didn’t see her on the start line, maybe she’ll turn up in 2019!
Bayside Autumn Duathlon 2018: On Sunday 4th November we returned to Stokes Bay for the 4th Bayside Autumn Duathlon. A cold morning was on hand to welcome 170 competitors take on the Sprint and Super Sprint distances. Entry numbers were down a little on previous years but we had enough to break even and with a new bike course providing a much better route than 2017 hopefully we’ll get a few more when we return in 2019.
The aim of this race has always been to provide local athletes with a friendly/social end of season event as well as providing the opportunity to introduce new people to the sport. It was great to see athletes returning for the 4th year in a row as well as first timers. We had 20 different clubs represented on the start line with our friends at Pompey Triathletes once again leading the way (in terms of numbers) and a strong team from Southampton University Tri Club taking a number of the awards.
Thank you to all that gave up their time on a cold Sunday morning, your enthusiasm and support were very much appreciated by all the competitors. We received some good feedback/comment from the Technical Officials from British Triathlon that we’ll take onboards and look to implement in 2019.
And finally, just a few photos of #TeamBayside doing what they love doing most.
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