Triathlon Reports

Podium Positions for HTC Pair

Writtle College in Chelmsford played host to the Discovery Triathlon, and with it the latest round of the East Region League competition.  This course is designed to test all ages and certainly had spectators watching in anticipation.  With the exception of Tri Start who competed in a run-bike-run format, all other categories included a lake swim, a wet and bumpy bike course and finished off with a hilly run.


Rachel Carpenter and Hannah Bates

The juniors had quite a few newcomers competing in their very first triathlon and they were made to feel at ease by their teammates, coaches and parents alike; a philosophy this club continues to believe in.

With conditions expected to worsen, each one took on the challenge and they all put in exceptional performances with each triathlete picking up an individual medal for finishing the course.  There were additional awards for Hannah Bates and Rachael Carpenter and who both finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

For Oliver Gates, Alastair Murray, Jasmine Bidwell, Dawson Whitelegg and Bohdi Bywater; this was their first competition they had entered into and they all came back with positive comments, and with the season well underway they are already looking forward to the next event.

Ben Willis and Rachael carpenter started proceedings in the Tri Start category competing in their run-bike-run race. Sprinting away from the start line Ben ran with happiness and steadiness always looking to be precise about each aspect of his race, coming home in 5th place.  Rachael too started her run scrutinizing her fellow competitors and attacking when it was time, to finish in a podium 3rd place.

In the boys section of Tri Star 1 was Jack Markham, Tommy Liddiard, Dawson Whitelegg, Bohdi Bywater, Harry Eagle and Callum Madden.  Whilst the temperature in the water was cold each boy swam with great determination all coming out of the water ready for transition to bike, even when there was a 100m run between swim and bike. After completing the bike course and finally the run section they all crossed the finish line with great times, placed in 5th, 6th,7th, 8th 10th and 11th respectively.

HTC Juniors


Names and placings

Tri Star 2 saw Jasmine Bidwell and Emma Quinn up next; so off to the lake – the horn is blown and away they go.  After a tough swim and the rain starting to fall the course is now getting heavy but onto the bikes they go racing away onto a soggy course. After the second transition the run section takes them up a demanding hill and along the lake, and back to cross the finishing line achieving 9th and 10th position.

In the same category was Scott Carpenter, Sam Willis and Ethan Biggs who, like the girls, had it tough however each one pushed themselves to the limit to finish in 11th, 12th and 16th place.

Tri Star 3 saw Paige Mangelshot in amongst some strong competition but Paige battled elegantly showing great spirit to finish in 11th place.

Rhys Dolan, a regular to these events, was joined by Oliver Gates and Alistair Murray both competing for the first time in this sport. Rhys, with his swimming background, enjoyed his swim to finish overall in 9th gender position.  Oliver and Alistair’s swims showed great character and although a new sport to them, they appeared to complete the course with ease, although both would probably say differently.  Both boys finished the race very close together in 13th and 14th place.

Last to go was Hannah Bates, Sophie Biggs and Tom Willis in the Youth category.  Hannah continued her season with another top position finishing in 2nd place taking home a glass trophy however she was quoted saying “that was tough.”

For Sophie Biggs who finished in 10th place the bike element was possibly the hardest she has ever encountered with the grass course throwing up cuttings into the brakes making braking hard work.  This was the same for all the juniors but apart from ‘Devil’s corner’ they all rode the course fearlessly and finished.

Tom Willis showed great maturity after a strong swim but unfortunately for him he did one less lap on the bike than required but to be honest, the course was now at cycle cross standard and although he ran fast he knew he was going to be DQ’d.

So onto the next event and another chapter to be written soon.

HTC Junior Coordinator Peter Biggs;  "Hoddesdon Tri Club took it's largest team ever to a junior tri event, and this was a particularly challenging event with a lake swim and tough weather conditions.  The training the juniors have had at Lee Valley White Water Centre since May have helped them handle the open water swim, which they all swam with confidence.  There were also great cycling and running performances, and the results from the triathlon have been turned into scores as part of the Eastern Regional League, which our Juniors are performing well in with more events to come."


Posted on 21st July

HTC juniors tame choppy waters

On Sunday 24th May three Hoddesdon Tri Club Junior boys travelled the 80 miles to Graffham Waters to compete in their first ever open water aquathlon. What an introduction it was - the temperature of the water was a chilly and choppy 15.5 degrees however the event, hosted by Nice Tri, was marshalled excellently with even a few of the officials getting in to help those who found the water hard work braving the elements too.

Unlike a pool run event each category lined up together which made for some exciting viewing.

Boys line up for start of the race

Robin Kettle and Scott Carpenter in Tri star 2 battled hard against the cold waters and following strong swims carried this through in transition and ultimately running the second part of the course with great determination to finish  9th and 12th respectively.


      Robin Kettle                                Scott Carpenter


Rhys Dolan Tri star 3 also showed great spirit racing up against some strong, older competitors and also stayed in the main pack of swimmers before putting in a fast transition and finally chasing down a few more places to finish 12th overall.

Rhys Dolan

Tim Dolan said "All three boys should be proud of their first open water event and with the extra training at the Lea Valley White Water Center the future will only get better for them and the club as a whole."

Robin, Scott and Rhys

Posted on 12th June

Hoddesdon Triathletes Triumph at County Champs

Hoddesdon Triathletes Triumph At County Championships

There was no holding Hoddesdon back at the inaugural Hertfordshire County Championships this weekend, with the local Triathlon club securing several individual age group titles, to claim the overall title of County Champions at Stanborough Lakes this weekend.

Fierce competition for the coveted title came from athletes spanning 9 clubs across the region, contributing to a hotly contested race.

HTC’s men dominated, taking 4 of the top 5 places in the Sprint event; Reece Barclay 1st – with a time of 1.05, Anthony Collier, Pas Blackwell & Chris Price closely followed in 3rd, 4th & 5th. David Craddock also impressed, registering the fastest 5k run split in 17.00 minutes.

Lucy Charles continues her run of form, securing an age group win, as well as 2nd place overall, joined on the podium by Emily Evans in her debut for Hoddesdon in 3rd. Hannah Bates, notably stepped up to 6th overall – with a convincing Junior category win, despite limited recovery time from her qualification for ITU Sprint Championships in Chicago at Eton Dorney just the previous day.

Ladies Club Captain Natasha Pack, ‘the event had a fantastic atmosphere, and as a relatively new club we were super happy to line up at this inaugural event, let alone be taking home the title. It truly reflects the tenacity, dedication and team ethos led by our Head Coach Anthony Collier, along with our army of supporters and volunteers. We saw impressive performances across the board from our 15-70+ age groups, and cannot wait to convert more triathletes for next years defenve!’

Posted on 29th May

Upminster Aquathlon

Busy weekend for Hoddesdon tri club juniors


Four HTC juniors travelled to the Upminster Aquathlon to compete in the latest event, Tri start Rachael Carpenter, Tri star 1 Jack Markham and Harry Eagle were also joined by Hannah Bates in the Youth category.

Racheal and Harry both improved their times from the Basildon Aquathlon whilst Jack was consistent with his swim time from the previous event.

Hannah in the youth category achieved a 6 second pb from her previous swim.

Final positions Rachael 4th, Jack 13th, Harry 15th and Hannah 3rd.

Brian Carpenter stated “All four competed with great enthusiasm and respect for their fellow competitor’s.

The following day the juniors were back at Rye House using the track to continue their cycle training. The home of karting plays an important part for all our juniors as they are able to use their bikes without the fear of traffic, plus learn important skills for the future.

Posted on 29th May

HTC Juniors brave the elements

Sunday saw the first event of the season for Hoddesdon Tri Club Juniors at the Basildon Aquathlon! Wet and windy it certainly was but this did not dampen the spirit of the juniors, each one putting in 100%. 

First up in Tri star 3 was Rhys Dolan (13th boy) and Paige Mangelshot (36th girl) competing for the first in this category.  The run course was altered which made for some heavy running and although the run was hard work for everyone their training kicked in helping them all to complete the event.

Next was Tri star 2 featuring Robin Kettle (13th), Scott Carpenter (15th), Sam Willis (28th), Ethan Biggs (32nd), Maggie Wyper (22nd) and Emma Quinn (43rd) all coming in muddy after completing the course.

Tri star 1 saw Katie Warburton (28th), Jack Markham (14th), Tommy Liddiard (22nd), Harry Eagle (25th), Fraser McCormack (31st) and Ryan Quinn (29th) completing their distances in great times.

Tri start competitor Rachael Carpenter (6th) didn't let the worsening conditions beat her as she too finished the course completing a fantastic afternoon of swimming and running.

For all the young ones to then stay behind to cheer on the older HTC competitors shows the club has real team spirit and the three youths were clapped and cheered right up to the line.

In the Youth category Sophie Biggs (6th), doing this event for the first time, blitzed the course.  Next was a strong favourite for the season, Hannah Bates (1st) coming home 5 minutes faster than her nearest female competitor.  Last but not least was Tom Willis (13th) now in a higher category and he too did not allow the course to beat him, coming home in a great time.

Peter Biggs (HTC Junior Coordinator) said "The Basildon Aquathlon was a great opener to the tri season for our junior team, in very tough weather conditions.  Their winter training certainly paid off, and there was a great team spirit."




Posted on 27th April

World famous Velopark plays host to first Hodd Tri Club Duathlon

Clubs from the Eastern Region converged on the Olympic park outside the Velodrome to watch Junior Triathletes compete against each other. Hosted by the adult section of Hoddesdon Tri Club there was plenty of action as well as the gusty conditions to contend with. Twenty seven HTC juniors all performed with great athleticism, showing lots of energy and technical skill to highlight how fast this club has developed over the past year.

Proceedings got under way with the youngest, but most enthusiastic, Tri start aged 8 all racing to take up a strong position and our three HTC triathletes showed their training paid off with Rachael Carpenter (4th), Willie Jenkins (4th) and Ben Willis (9th) all coming home in the top ten.

Tri star 1, 9-10 year olds saw the largest category with nine HTC members all finishing in the top 20; they were Anya Jenkins (9th), Katie Warburton (10th), Tommy Liddiard (9th), Jack Markham (14th), Fraser McCormack (15th), Harry Eagle (16th), Callum Madden (17th), Ben Vickers (18th) and Dawson Whitelegg (19th). For many this was their first experience and they really enjoyed the course.

Tri star 2, 11-12 year olds featured Elise Ainge (8th), Emma Quinn (9th), Sam Willis (6th) and Ethan Biggs (9th) all showing they have talent for this sport and will certainly make an impression this coming season.

Tri star 3 with ages 13 to 14 and Youth 15 to 16 joined together in support of each other which made for some great spectating. Not overwhelmed at the challenge ahead, each junior completed the extended course with a high standard of competitiveness with Agnes Brett (3rd), Marc Ainge (9th) and Rhys Dolan (10th) in Tri star 3 and Youth triathletes Hannah Bates (2nd), Sophie Biggs (3rd) and Jeremy Merlo (7th).

So all in all the day went extremely well with many attending clubs complimenting us on the organisation and success of the event.

Club Coach and Junior Coordinator, Peter Biggs commented “The Velopark Duathlon was a great success for the club, and was enjoyed by everyone.  A strong performance from all our team shows determination from the athletes and improving technique.”

Posted on 27th April

Tri Juniors tackle Olympic Velopark Christmas Cracker Duathlon

Hoddesdon’s Junior Triathletes were in action again on Sunday, keen to use their skills learnt from training on the Rye House Kart Track in November, the team headed  to the Olympic Velopark for the  Christmas Cracker Duathlon on Sunday 14th December. (a Duathlon is Running and Cycling)

15 junior members from Hoddesdon Tri Club arrived to a very frosty track. With the day starting very cold and icy a decision was made to delay the start by an hour for safety by the Velopark team.  Undeterred the juniors, ranging in age from 7 to 14, took the extra opportunity to warm up fully and were ready when each of the race waves were called forward.  Distances ranged from 400m run/ 800m cycle/ 200m runs for the 8 and under to 1600m run/ 5km cycle/ 600m run for Tristar 3 and youths.

Epic performances were seen by all the juniors – with several first time racers including Ben Willis age 7, Cormack Clarke, Katie Warburton and Harry Eagle.  Tom Willis, 14, was 3rd in his age category of Tristar3. Smiles were evident as all the juniors crossed the finish line to receive a medal and seasonal santa hat! 

The club is welcoming new members from their first session back on 9th January 2015 when they return to their outdoor training base at Broxbourne Sports Club.  The junior section meets every Friday from 530pm to 630pm.  The membership is open to girls and boys turning 8 years of age in 2015 up to age 16 they would be delighted to welcome you for a first free session.

 To find out more and want to come along contact the club at

Posted on 15th December

Cross Country - Ware

Hoddesdon Tri Club make their Mark with winning debut at Wodson

Sunday proved another successful day out for Hoddesdon Triathlon Club, with Mark Griffiths taking the win in the first of the local cross country series.

The club was invited to join this years’ event at Wodsdon Park, part of a 4 race league held on Sunday mornings over the winter between Harlow RC, Bishop’s Stortford RC, Saffron Striders, Ware Joggers and now Hoddesdon.

Hoddesdon fielded a 30 strong team, in their first showing, witnessing some gusty performances across the board. The men take 2nd team position so far, highlighting solid individual performances from Mark, and both Pas Blackwell and Chris Price who finished inside the top 10 out of over 200 runners.

Lucy Charles also impressed placing 2nd in the ladies category.

HTC Triathlete Howard Sladen

‘It was my first time racing cross country, at the beginning it was so tight but once we got going it was fast and furious! It was pretty hard but I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to get back in the brown stuff!’

Hosts Ware Joggers lead the overall team rankings, with the next race taking place over a new course in Harlow in December. The senior team was also chuffed to have several members of the junior club come along to support before heading to their race.

Posted on 5th December

Young Jack duck and dashes to victory

Hoddesdon Tri Club juniors started the Letchworth Duck and Dash Aquathlon with two of our 8 year old boys finishing 1st and 2nd in their age group.

Finishing the 50m swim and 0.6k run Jack Markham and Fraser McCormack completed their races in 5 minutes 50 and 5 minutes 56 respectively.

In the Tri star 2 event Robin Kettle, Rhys Dolan and Ethan Biggs all completed the 100m swim and 2k run in times of 11.41, 12.18 and 14.27.

Before the adults took to the course Hannah Bates raced her 300m swim and 4k run in a time of 24.01.

The event was very well run and for some of the juniors that had not done this event before they seemed to enjoy the experience of swimming outdoors.

Posted on 2nd October

Hoddesdon junior triathletes shine in the sun

Saturday 19th July saw Hoddesdon Junior Triathletes competing at two different events: Trent Park Aquathlon and Kimbolton.

Sam Veryard


Early in the day Sam Veryard, competing, in his first ever event, at the Trent Park Aquathlon in Brookmans Park came a very respectable 4th place in a time of 13 minutes 36 seconds. Sam really enjoyed the event and will be one to keep an eye on in the future.

Later in the day a team of seven travelled north to Kimbolton for the last 'ranking event' of the season for Eastern Triathlon. Paige Mangelshott, again competing in her very first event looked very comfortable in the hot conditions and put in a great performance, finishing in a time of 27 minutes 17 seconds in the Tristar 2 category. Paige was spurred on watching Hannah Bates coming 2nd in the Girls Youth category completing the distance in a time of 28 minutes 08 seconds  a great way to finish what has been a very successful season for Hannah.

The girls were accompanied by five boys. In the Youth category David Watts finished in 16th position in a time of 32 minutes 29 seconds whilst Tom Willis Tristar 3, recovering from  a knee injury, finished in 25th place (out of 55) in a time of 24 minutes 56 seconds.

In the Tristar 2 category there were ninety competitors. Hoddesdon Tri Club had three boys; Rhys Dolan 30th (19 minutes 53 seconds), Scott Carpenter 52nd (21 minutes 54 seconds) and Sam Willis 58th (22 minutes 15 seconds).  These young boys all put in great performances as they had to cope with very hot weather. 

Tim Dolan, Membership Secretary for Hoddesdon Tri Junior Section said "We are very proud of the performances from all of our junior triathletes, and it was great to see Paige and Sam take part in their very first Triathlon competitions."

"Next season we expect to see many more competing, and we are very excited about 2015."



Posted on 27th July

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