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A Day At The Seaside

Sunday started out like any normal day at the beach. Impossible to park, loads of seagulls crapping on your car (I had just cleaned it) and the locals complaining about the day-trippers, that’s where the experience ended as it was Redcar triathlon, a European qualifying event.

The day started with registration the queue to register was massive, lots of people standing around looking like they knew what they were doing and warming up. I on the other hand was not so prepared after a trip back to the car (I had forgotten where I had parked it, to get my race licence) and I was back, to another massive queue.

After racking the bike and all the usual arguing with the race official about leaving bags in transition, it was off to the beach, thinking how bad can this be, it didn’t look too rough. On the beach and off for a test / first sea swim ever. I was soon back on the sand. this wasn’t the plan, mother nature had assessed my talents and preparation and said “NO” your best on the sand nice and safe, so washed me back. I gave it another go and managed to get about 15 meters out I turned around, safe on the beach feeling like I had just been wrestling, I was no longer that confident.

at the start line among the race hats, before I knew it the race was off another wrestle/fight before my feet had hit the water, God this is getting old already, mother nature was still telling me I should have stayed on the beach and gave me a good smashing. Back on the beach and what felt like a 1k run to transition I was feeling sick and done in

On the bike wasn’t too bad got in with a small 3 man team and worked our way around the bike course picking up a young Junior racer on our travels who only took a pull for the camera and lasted no more than 3 seconds (good work lol) the headwind seemed to be constant so was fun.

Run Action shot
Fresh off the bike and looking inward thinking why am I doing this.

Still feeling green from the swim and the salt water and sand shook around in the gut from the bike I was ready to run. The run went without much drama to be fair lots of dead turns gave you lots of opportunities to see must have a green tinge to their cheeks made me feel better.

Coming away with 2nd in age group, 18th overall I must say I would do the race again, not sure why but it was that type II fun.

The biggest downside and let down was the fish butty after, who leaves the skin on rank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Brown spent the morning squelching around in wet trainers as he did a swim-run event appropriately names as keen as mustard (was Chris as keen as mustard hhhmmmm not so sure)

let’s see what he says

The first half started with the longer sections of running and swimming, I was wondering what I’d got myself in too and if it was really such a good way to celebrate father’s day. As the sections got shorter or I slowed down, who knows I started to enjoy it!

Overall it was an enjoyable experience in the end. It’s a bit different to the modern-day triathlon, with no onerous check-in, no commerciality, start when you’re ready relaxed feel, no splits, no officious race marshalls. a bit like triathlon used to be before it became more a business and money-making exercise.

I will definitely do another one at some point.

Its been a minute

Well after a flat 2020 for events and motivation and the world, Jackpot Racing has started to get back into the swing of things with a number of the team taking up a number of different events


Eddie Howarth taking on a little gravel ride 65 miles 6,617 ft elevation gain you could say it was a little lumpy. His back was busted up or something he didn’t really complain too much the next week at all.

WTS Leeds Triathlon

With this being such a local event, you can’t help but support it. Jackpot had a number of the team out.

Pre-race was all about how rusty people felt and how busted up Eddies back was still from a gravel ride. Expectations were on the let’s not drawn end of the scale.

Helen Drew 1st female in age group and 6th female overall

Eddie Howarth 3rd in age group

Tim Ashelfotd 3rd in age group

Richard Roberts 6th in age group and 16th overall

Alistair Cooke 19th in age group

Well, no one drowned and the rust was well and truly brushed off, with strong performances for everyone. Let’s just take a small second to love the uphill blue carpet finish. (I mean whoever put that uphill finish in was having a bad day it was brutal)

Swim Run

A slightly different direction but still the same mindset for the team

Mika 1st overall over the 21k distance. A positive start to a new discipline so watch this space.

Chris Brown absolutely loved it and really enjoyed the running especially pre-race felt a little like aaaaaaaaarg, bit of a swim, aaaaarg, swim, aaaaarg, so you can get the idea was an A race and high on the list of FUN.

What’s next?

Eddie is back out on the bike to complete coast to coast, so looking forward to another non-complaining week post-ride.

Redcar and York triathlon, a few cycle events may be more swim aaarrg may be on the cards let’s see what we all get up to mixing it up.

The land of Lego, Haribo, Lurpak and now Duathlon World Championships

While the rest of us were catching our breath during the summer heat wave, Jackpot’s Gordon Kilroy was competing in the world duathlon championships. Here is what Gordon had to say.


“ITU Fyn in Denmark was my first time at the Duathlon World Championships. Another first was having to get my bike scanned for a motor! They even drug tested one of the GB athletes. Clearly things were a bit more serious than the usual local races! The race itself was delayed three times which meant 3 warm ups and last minute toilet stops. The first run started in the Kings Garden and went through the town and into another park where the course had been invaded by a family of swans.

T1 took us into an underground car park, which made finding my bike easier. The bike course was quite technical to start taking us out of town onto a simple out and back on a dual carriageway. The final run was one more lap around the town and parks. The good weather had brought the locals out in support. The race had gone well and had been an enjoyable experience. I finished in 77th place, 13th in my AG.”

Welldone Gordon.

Happy New Year….2017

Without time to pack away the Christmas decorations or to recover fully from the New Year celebrations Jackpot Racing Athletes were back in action for 2017. The Temple Newsam Ten featured a good turnout of local Jackpotters.

Conditions were muddy and heavy over what was largely a bridal and country paths course featuring views of Leeds and the 17th Century House and Gardens.

Richard Knell-Moore was first home for Jackpot completing the 10 mile course set in the 1500 acres Temple Newsam estate in a time of 1:09:56.  Richard finished 29th overall and 5th in his age group.  Very closely followed was Eddie Howarth in 1:10:36, sixth in his age group and 32nd overall.

A little off the two stalwarts was Emma Stoney who ran a blistering 1:14:49 as the fourth female home and second in her age group. Well done Emma, Eddie and Richard.


Eddie with the long sleeve and glove combo

Another Jackpot competitor with a much stated ‘pleasing’ debut performance was Richard Roberts; 1:20:26, while  Robin Simpson posted a respectable 1:26:24, with little hours of training under his belt.

Richard Knell- Moore…no gloves for him

Following his lead role as Santa at the Trinity Wakefield, Peter Kidd had recovered to post a time of 1:31:19  with Andrew Collings 1:35:42 and Gary Simpson venturing into the winter run season from his endurance time trialling events finished with a time of 1:50:51.

Well done to all those that took part.