Other Training Events

This page is to inform members, and those interested, about events and training outside of the regular club sessions, including and not limited to:

  • Seasonal Training
  • Event Specific Training (Marathon Training groups etc)
  • Race Recce Runs
  • One-Off’s (Yorkshire 3 Peaks etc)

The idea of this page is to provide information and resources to help include all of the club in activities happening within the club community and to help those new to the club find out about what is happening.

Stay Safe Duathlon Series

01/06/20 – 30/09/20

With events across the world cancelled and travel restricted, we felt that the December presentation evening would be a little barren. With this in mind (and the fact that swimming isn’t available right now), we’ve decided to create some club duathlon events. Duathlon, for the uninitiated is a 3 stage event like triathlon but instead of swim-cycle-run, it’s run-cycle-run.

Because of the current guidelines stating “one form of exercise per day”. These events will be over 3 consecutive days and will consist of 2 event series.

Event Series 1 – Monthly Time Trials

This will consist of 2 types of race. The “sprint” and the “standard”. Each distance will be awarded points for the fastest 2 attempts recorded based on the cumulative times. So if you completed 3 sprint duathlons and a standard then your total time for the fastest 2 sprints will be ranked. To qualify for a place you must complete 4 events. So yes you will have to complete both distances.

The distances and dates are as follows:

Sprint:-                 5km Run – 15km Ride – 5km Run

Standard:-           10km Run – 30km Ride – 10km Run

Event weeks as detailed below

  • 1st June – 7th June – Sprint
  • 15th June- 21st June – Standard
  • 6th July – 12th July – Sprint
  • 20th July – 26th July – Standard
  • 3rd August – 9th August – Sprint
  • 17th August – 23rd August – Standard

Event Series 2 – Monthly Grand Tour (Distance Challenge)

For those that like to “go long”, we have the distance challenge. Choose your 3 consecutive days. You must complete in order a run, a cycle and another run. Your time limit for each activity is 1 hour. Cumulative distance will be ranked accordingly with an adjustment for climbs. You will have one attempt per month starting in June and ending in September. To qualify, you need to log 2 separate attempts in different months. NOTE each attempt counts towards the total so get the miles in.

And finally, you can do a Big Grand Tour, or CopperMan (copper is a bit softer than iron), consisting of (1 hour each) run-run-cycle-cycle-run-run on consecutive days. (one attempt only and completed by 30th September 2020)

Cumulative points for each event will count towards the A&T Triathlon Championships.

Rules

  • You must let me know when you are attempting an event/stage.
  • All activities must be recorded on a measuring device such as a watch or a phone and uploaded to an online platform for viewing.
  • The stated distance is the minimum for each activity. Short runs/rides will not be accepted. If Strava takes distance from your activity (as it sometimes does) then please send me the original data (help on request).
  • All results will be based on Elapsed Time rather than Moving Time so choose your routes carefully.
  • Each Distance will have a ranking table and be scored according to finishing rank. These scores will then count towards the overall championship competition.
  • If you are using Strava then title your activity “Stay Safe TT May/June etc (run 1/cycle/run2)” or“Stay Safe GT May/June etc (run 1/cycle/run2)” and mark it as “Race”. If not then please either forward a screen shot of the activity or forward the GPS file to me. (as per Stay Safe 50k)
  • Your run cycle run may be inside or outside but MUST be on consecutive days.
  • Where possible runs/cycles should be in a loop or out and back from home to enable the warm-up and cool down periods to be within social distancing guidance.
  • No run/cycle shall be ‘Downhill’. This will be managed sensibly, if you feel one of your runs may be downhill, put it in your run notes and run in the opposite direction the following day.
  • Elevation as per Ultra champs for running. Cycling elevation thresholds are double the run thresholds.
  • No cheating/GPS doping/short cutting/cheeky wheel sucking! You won’t make any friends and you will forever be known as Cheaty Mc.Cheatface.
  • Always stick to social distancing guidelines.

Any concerns with timings or the routes taken by other runners will be reported direct to myself for consideration. Final decision will be based solely on physical evidence and uploaded data.

Gary Firth


A&T 6hr Run Challenge

18/05/20 – 23/05/20

The next run in the Stay Safe series is the A&T 6hr Run Challenge, this is a series of 6 x runs of up to 1hr over a period of 6 days where the cumulative distances are added together for the final results. Please see below for rules:

  • All runs must be recorded on a measuring device such as a watch or a phone and uploaded to an online platform for viewing.
  • runs will be between 15 minutes up to a maximum of 1hr (with a 15 second allowance at the end of the run before penalties are applied). If Strava takes distance from your run (as it sometimes does) follow the below process regarding sending original data.
  • All results will be based on Elapsed Time rather than Moving Time.
  • All runs uploaded to Strava should be named ‘A&T 6hr Challenge Day X’ and the Type of run shall be selected as ‘Race’.
  • those not on Strava will need to DM a screen grab of the front page and data page of their run from their recording platform. See below from Garmin:
  • A maximum of 1 run can be registered in one day. All scores are cumulative based on distance achieved within your run and all runs should be within current Social Distancing guidance.
  • Where possible runs should be in a loop or out and back from home to reduce time outside the home and prevent overall elevation loss on the run, which would give an unfair advantage.
  • As per previous rule, No run shall be ‘Downhill’. This will be managed sensibly, if you feel one of your runs may be more downhill than uphill, put it in your run notes and run in the opposite direction the following day.
  • The following rules and deductions will be made to each individual run, so make sure you stay within the rules every day:
  • 15 Seconds allowance will be given each day at the end of each run before deductions are made for a ‘Long Run’. After this, 0.1 miles will be deducted from total distance for the day for each additional 15 seconds or part thereof. A reminder that this is based on ELAPSED TIME, so don’t pause tour watch if you stop for a wee or cross a road as it may cost you more than you know!
  • Runs will be deemed ‘Downhill’ if the finish location is more than 20ft below start location. For every 10ft difference after this, 0.2 miles will be deducted from the total distance for that day.
  • All times will be recorded daily and results will be posted on the club Facebook page. All those not on FB should message me direct for results to be sent out individually.
  • Any concerns with timings or the routes taken by other runners will be reported direct to myself for consideration. Final decision will be based solely on physical evidence and uploaded data.
  • those who upload a bike ride instead of a run will be lined up against a wall and shot with pea shooters until suitably covered in saliva, then branded ‘TRIATHLETE’ in dry wipe marker.
  • The results of this event will go towards the club 2020 Ultra Championships, therefore final scoring will be based on distance covered, final position and elevation gain, so some hills could help those looking for extra points if you still have hill legs after all those 5k’s.
  • Run well everybody and if you see a fellow competitor out on your run, don’t get too close.

Dave Sloan


2020 Winter Training Runs

Haworth Hobble Recce 1 (First 14 Miles)

Saturday 25th January

This run will start in Haworth and run in a Westerly direction following the trails along a number of reservoirs to Long Causeway. This section of the route is on a mixture of hard packed trail, flagstones, soft trail and short sections of road. As with most of the course, there are a lot of exposed areas, so make sure you pack appropriate kit. We are also likely to be out for around 3 hours as this is a recce to gain a knowledge of the course for those racing in March, so make sure you take enough food and water.

Haworth Hobble Recce 2 (Last 18 Miles)

Sunday 16th February

Starting at Long Causeway, where the last recce finished, we will take a more scenic route back to Haworth, first heading south through Todmorden and climbing up to Stoodley pike and then changing direction to head back North East, up the cobbled road to Heptonstall, to come back down the other side to then climb steadily again out of Hardcastle Crags for an ‘undulating’ last 6 miles. This is a tough but enjoyable route, but expect to be out for 4 hours, so as with recce 1, ensure you have the correct clothing, food and water to get to the end as the weather is changeable and there will be nowhere to buy food on the way around.

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Saturday 22nd February

This run will be an attempt to complete the 24 mile loop taking in the three peaks of the Yorkshire dales (Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside, Ingleborough) within 6 hours (Weather dependant). This is a tough route with around 4,800ft of elevation change. Those wishing to come should be able to navigate the course from a GPX if the group splits, be experienced over this terrain and distance and have suitable equipment and resources to be self-sufficient for the duration of the run.

Other groups are welcome to join as I will post a GPX on here close to the date, but they should have somebody who is able to lead a group, particularly if the weather is bad on the hill tops. Contact me if you want to come, but are unsure.